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Art Practitioner

3x Author 

Motivational Speaker 

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Shakkoi went to the University of Toronto where she studied sociology, media and African studies. Since then she has combined her education, life experiences and passion for poetry to become Need Some Koi.

Shakkoi is an art practitioner. As a three time author, she excels in spoken word poetry performance, facilitation and dance instruction.

Through her art she inspires audience members and participants to 'Release their doubts & step out!' She advocates for safe programs that support positive mental health practises, anti-hate initiatives and spaces to decrease community violence.

 Shakkoi's unique, raw and powerful presence encourages many to "Release their Doubts & Step Out!". With plenty of experiences to share, there is no doubt that everyone needs some Koi in their lives!


Interview on Rogers TV w/ Anna Huk

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is now available for purchase!


This poetry book consists of over 100 poems & prompts combined. With over 60 poems and over 40 writing prompts, this is not just a poetry book but a poetic experience.


The book starts with poems written during times of feeling pain, then follows with short pieces of poems, poems that reflect overcoming and ends with writing prompts. From youth to senior levels, there is something for all in this book. 

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Visual Poetry Video: To Impose a Black Rose

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#1 Best Selling in African Poetry
#1 Best Selling in Caribbean & Latin American Poetry
#1 in Hot New Releases in Poetry
#1 in Hot New Releases in Canadian Poetry

Poetry Features: Need Some Koi 

Interviews and more, scroll to explore. 

Live Dance + Poetry Performance

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