Kabu Okai-Davies
Alumni Excellence Award Arts and Design Winner

Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing, 2007, Masters of Creative Writing, 2008, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), 2010, PhD in Communications, 2014

Kabu Okai-Davies is an African-Australian poet, playwright and novelist from Ghana.  Kabu holds four degrees from the University of Canberra, as well as postgraduate degrees from Oxford University, the Australian National University and RMIT, and did undergraduate studies and research at the University of Ghana, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey and New York University. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in Writing at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at ANU.

In Ghana he served as the Organizing Secretary for the Ghana Association of Writers before researching for his PhD, while teaching at the African University College of Communications. From 1992 to 2005 he was the Founder and Producer of African Globe TheatreWorks in Newark, New Jersey. Upon moving to Australia in 2006, Kabu joined the Street Theatre as a Playwright-in-Residence, actor and cultural consultant.

From 2006 to 2008 Kabu served as the Entertainment Producer and Logistics Coordinator of the National Multicultural Festival and was later appointed Festival Director for the 2008 and 2009 festivities, which had a then record-breaking attendance of over 150 000 people. The festival has since gone on to be one of the most successful multicultural festivals in Australia. Additionally, Kabu was the Manager of the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre and the Aboriginal Centre at Yarramundi Reach from 2007 – 2011 before joining his wife on a diplomatic posting in the United Arab Emirates.  Kabu has recently returned to Canberra to resume his duties as Centre Manager.

Kabu's latest book, Curfew's Children, was written as part of his PhD thesis at the University of Canberra. It is a coming of age memoir focusing on his childhood years in Ghana, interwoven with stories about ancient Africa and beyond. Kabu has written numerous original plays, short stories, poetry collections and produced Broadway musicals while in America. His commitment to creativity and originality in combination with his many roles as a leader in the multicultural sector are testament to his outstanding achievement in his field.


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