Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa

2018 YBCA 100 Honoree

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is an award-winning, internationally touring, queer immigrant poet and storyteller. She is the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 TEDWomen speaker. She co-runs an African culture and fashion blog at and is the coordinator of the New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival.