Boonaa Mohammed

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Boonaa Mohammed
Born (1987-04-14) April 14, 1987 (age 30)
Origin Canada
Genres Spoken word
Occupation(s) Poet, writer, Media professional
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present

Boonaa Mohammed (born April 14, 1987) is a Canadian spoken-word poet and writer of Oromo descent.

Early life[edit]

Mohammed is a second generation Ethiopian immigrant of Oromo ancestry.[1][2] His Parents came to Canada as political refugees seeking asylum in the country after their involvement with the Oromo Liberation Movement in Ethiopia.

He grew up in the down-town Toronto area and was heavily involved in the street life while attending Oakwood Collegiate Institute. He graduated at the top of his class and was named Valedictorian before enrolling in Ryerson University and graduating from the Radio and Television Arts program in 2011.


In 2007, Mohammed won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Poetry Face-Off "Best New Artist" award. He also has a playwright residency at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.[3] He has appeared on TedX Toronto and has had a short story published in a Penguin Canada anthology called “Piece by Piece”

Besides poetry and theatre, Mohammed is the founder of Safina Media, an Islamic media production company and has continued the art of story-telling through various platforms of media.


  1. ^ "Oromo-Canadian poet Boonaa Mohammed celebrates African legacy". Oromia Times. February 9, 2009. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Dabu, Sheila (June 15, 2007). "Art Saves Young Lives, Forum Told". Toronto: Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Boonaa Mohammed". TEDxToronto 2014 Conference. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 

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