Multimedia Journalist. Poet. Author

A renowned contemporary Swahili poet, multimedia journalist and novelist, Mohammed Ghassani was born in Zanzibar in 1977.

As a Journalist

Mohammed Ghassani is a professional multimedia journalist working with the Swahili Services of Deutsche Welle in Germany, where he moved from Zanzibar since 2010.

As a Poet

His poetry book, N’na Kwetu: Sauti ya Mgeni Ugenini earned him the inaugural award from the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature in 2015.

As an Author

Mohammed Ghassani has so far published seven books, six of which are of poetry and the last one is a novella called Mja wa Laana (The Cursed)

Mohammed Ghassani trained as a language teacher and translator and is a devoted pioneer of Swahili language and Swahili culture.