Poetry & Talks

Bakita’s stage name is BAKITA:KK.


BAKITA:KK is an international performance poet and speaker. She has shared her poetry and spoken in Africa, Europe and North America. She has been commissioned to write poetry for National Stephen Lawrence Day, spoken at the largest health conference in the world and delivered a TEDx in 2017.

Through her poetry and talks she explores the tensions between expectations/stereotypes, internal dialogue and social constructs. Through her talks she challenges the notion of ‘hard to reach’, challenges self-stigma, access to healthcare, advocacy and community empowerment. 

In 2017, Bakita tried her hand at theatre writing and wrote a dramatic monologue for HIV Voices. Her piece, Invisible No Longer, was inspired by and named after the research project that shone a spotlight on the needs of women affected by HIV. This piece was performed by Ayesha Casely-Hayford, at a MAC Cosmetics event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo by  Munya Chidakwa , makeup by  House of Cherry

Photo by Munya Chidakwa, makeup by House of Cherry

 
 
Bakita succeeded in making my thumb and middle finger go numb from so much snapping. She took it there. She spoke my heart.
— AUDIENCE MEMBER, SURREY CULTURE SHOW
 
 
Staggeringly powerful poetry from Bakita, highlighting the importance of unpicking self stigma to improve quality of life
— SUSAN COLE-HALEY
Truly an honour and privilege to hear you speak. You are an amazing young woman! Like seriously. You WERE my highlight and I could listen to you speak all day.
— Aled Osborne

 

Black + Female - filmed by Melanated Minds (as part of the Miseducated Project).
Contains strong language and necessary education.

 

I Am - filmed as part of the Spark17 movement at Sentebale (Lesotho).