OMEKONGO DIBINGA is a Les Brown Platinum motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNN iReporter, and positive rapper. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.”
Mr. Dibinga has shared the stage with Les Brown, Willie Jolley, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Brutus, Black Thought, The Last Poets, Awilo, Felix Wazekwa, OutKast, Wyclef Jean, Reverend Run, Free, and Jeff Johnson. Internationally, he has performed in South Africa, England, Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, France, Cuba, and Canada. His work has appeared on TV and radio on CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Music Choice, Voice of America and Telesud in millions of homes in over 150 countries.
Mr. Dibinga has studied at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently a Ph.D. student in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland. He provides educational empowerment as a motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions and his work has been globally adapted for curricula in primary, secondary, and university institutions. He has featured/lectured nationwide in universities and poetry venues from Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit. His two rap mixtapes CD, “Bootleg” & “Bootleg II” promote positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Hay-Z, Nas, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and others.
Mr. Dibinga is a first generation Congolese-American, his parents were Congolese refugees who were exiled for their role in aiding in the liberation of the Congo.