Lee Mokobe © Kaya Mtengwane
In his impressive performances slam poet Lee Mokobe (b. 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa) deals with social and political subjects and with his experiences as a black, transqueer member of the LGBT* community.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Vocal Revolutionaries, an organisation dedicated to nurturing new literary talent in Africa, and has won both an Adobe Creative Catalyst Prize and a fellowship from the Awesome Foundation.
Mokobe’s work has already been awarded many international prizes and is taught in various universities around the world. He is a three-time TED and TEDx speaker and in 2015 was the youngest ever recipient of a TED fellowship. The video clip of his performance reflecting on his transgender identity has been clicked on more than 1.5 million times.
Mokobe is currently working on his first collection of verse and teaching photography, poetry and film to young people from all over the world.
Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry 1st Place, 2015
TED Fellow, 2015
Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry 2nd Place, 2014
Gold Medal-South African Youth Slam Champion, 2014