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Ingy Mubiayi

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Ingy Mubiayi
Ingy Mubiayi Kakese

(1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 50)
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation(s)Writer, language teacher
Years active2000–present
Known formigrant narratives

Ingy Mubiayi (born 27 June 1972) is an Egyptian-born Italian writer. She focuses her works on migrants and has become a voice of the Italian-African diaspora. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Eks & Tra prize for migrant writers for her work "Documenti, prego". In addition to her writing, Mubiayi teaches Italian and Arabic and has worked as a translator.


Ingy Mubiayi Kakese was born on 27 June 1973[1] to a Congolese father and Egyptian mother in Cairo, Egypt, where she lived until she was four years old. Moving to Rome, Italy, in 1977, she first attended a French school as her spoken languages were French and Arabic. When her sister was confused by the multi-lingual household, her parents imposed a rule of only speaking Italian and she lost her earlier two languages.[2] Mubiayi attended the Sapienza University of Rome, graduating with a degree in the History of Islamic Culture. In 2000, she opened a bookshop called Modus Legendi in the Primavalle neighborhood of Rome focusing on intercultural and migrant literature.[3] In 2003, Mubiayi began teaching Italian to immigrants with the Association Sociocultural Villa Carpegna and since 2004, she has taught Arabic at the 1° Circolo Didattico "P.Maffi".[1]

Mubiayi's works discuss the experience of second-generation Italians, who are both part of and separated from Italian culture. Her stories evaluate what it is to be Italian in a world where migration,[4] gender and racism differ among cultures.[5] In addition to writing for anthologies, she has published works in the journal Internazionale and served as a translator.[3] In 2004, she was the recipient of the Eks & Tra prize for migrant writers for her work "Documenti, prego" which then appeared in the anthology La seconda pelle. She hosts a radio show on Vita Trentina Radio discussing identity.[6]

In 2007, Mubiayi jointly edited and published with Igiaba Scego a series of interviews with Afro-Italian writers about their migration experiences entitled, Quando nasci è una roulette: Giovani figli di migranti si raccontano (When You’re Born It’s a Crapshoot: Young Children of Migrants Tell their Stories).[7] In 2009, she was a featured speaker at the International Women's Day presentation in Capannori with her work, Parole migrate (Words Migrate).[8]

Selected works[edit]

  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2004). "Documenti, prego". In Sangiorgi, Roberta (ed.). La seconda pelle (in Italian). Bologna, Italy: Eks & tra. OCLC 606497351.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2005). "Concorso". In Capitani, Flavia; Coen, Emanuele (eds.). Pecore nere: racconti (in Italian). Rome, Italy: GLF editori Laterza. ISBN 978-8-842-07797-8.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (March 2005). "Fiori e scarafaggi". Nuovi Argomenti: Fuori Casa (in Italian) (29). l'Istituto Grafico Tiberino, Rome, Italy: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Spa: 108–115.[9]
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2005). "La famiglia". In Scego, Igiaba (ed.). Italiani per vocazione (in Italian). Fiesole, Italy: Cadmo. ISBN 978-8-879-23331-6.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2005). "Rimorso". In Gnisci, Armando (ed.). Allattati dalla lupa: scritture migranti (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Sinnos editrice. ISBN 978-8-876-09051-6.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (June 2005). "L'incontro". El-Ghibli (in Italian). 2 (8).
  • Scego, Igiaba; Mubiayi, Ingy (2007). Quando nasci è una roulette: giovani figli di migranti si raccontano (in Italian). Milan, Italy: Terre di mezzo. ISBN 978-8-861-89007-7.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2008). "Nascita". In Capitani, Flavia; Coen, Emanuele (eds.). Amori bicolori: racconti (in Italian). Rome, Italy: GLF editori Laterza. ISBN 978-8-842-08578-2.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2008). "Uno sguardo al 'contrario': l'ironia come strategia letteraria". In Camilotti, Silvia (ed.). Lingue e letterature in movimento : scrittrici emergenti nel panorama letterario italiano contemporaneo (in Italian) (1st ed.). Bologna, Italy: Bononia University Press. ISBN 978-8-873-95417-0.
  • Mubiayi, Ingy (2009). Parole migrate (in Italian).[8]



  1. ^ a b "Ingy Mubiayi Kakese" (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Apollo 11. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ Camilotti, Silvia (February 2010). "Intervista a Ingy Mubiayi Kakese" (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Storie Migranti. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ingy Mubiayi Kakese". Universidad de León, León, Spain: Encyclopedia of Afro European Studies. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. ^ Armelli, Paolo (27 April 2015). "Gli immigrati siamo noi. Storie di seconde generazioni e nuovi Italiani". Wired (in Italian). Rome, Italy. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ Lombardi-Diop & Romeo 2012, p. 228.
  6. ^ "Mubiayi, Ingy" (in Italian). Trento, Italy: Il Gioco degli Specchi. 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  7. ^ Brioni, Simone (2016). "Igiaba Scego". London, England: Institute of Modern Languages. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Venerdì 8 maggio la presentazione del libro 'Parole migrate' di Ingy Mubiayi Kakese" (in Italian). Capannori, Italy: Comune di Capannori. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Fuori casa" (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Nuovi Argomenti. Retrieved 20 February 2016.