Scion of the Kinimi Warriors
As the great, great, great, great, great grandson of the Kinimi warriors, Kabura Zakama was born the fifth child and second son of Amina and Zakama Garnvwa. He went on to become his own man under the watchful care of mama and baba. Then he became the husband of Safia and father to Aliyu and Ibrahim (he still prays to sire Amina).
At school he studied Veterinary Medicine with an extracurricular interest in poetry (where did he read that veterinary work is pure poetry?). At the moment, he has interests in governance, capacity building, personal and leadership development, participatory approaches, community development and change management (end of thinking capacity aka e.t.c). He likes to refer to himself as a poet by calling, veterinarian by study, a development worker by vocation and a motivator by interest!
There are the usual questions: what genre do you write in? He attempts to write poems and dabbles into short story writing. What inspires you to write? Love, acts of kindness and injustice.
Ok, so what if he won the 1999 ANA Poetry Prize? Over a decade ago? No big deal!
Kabura Zakama is currently working on two collections of poems (Chant of the Angry and Every Rambler Knows) and a collection of short stories (Paradise of Dreams).