Profile: Boniface Mwangi

Profile: Boniface Mwangi Country: Kenya Boniface Mwangi is a Change Maker and Leader who has spent his life fighting for justice for the ordinary mwananchi (citizen). His drive for change started in his early years where he decided to fight head-on what life had thrown at him. Born in TaitaTaveta and raised in Starehe, Boniface [read more…]

Profile: XN Iraki

Profile: XN Iraki Country: Kenya Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi, formerly assistant professor at Kentucky State University, Columnist with The Standard since 2006. East Africa’s only certified dowry negotiator. Bibliography *Sustainability, Economics, Environment and the Legacy of British Settlement in Kenya, To be published by Spinger, 2017 *The Politics and Economies of City Spaces, [read more…]

Artist: Liz Kilili

Artist: Liz Kilili Country: Kenya Liz Kilili is the driven and slightly eccentric creative, mostly known as the Chief Mechanic and founder of Creatives Garage. Liz’s end goal is for all creatives to network, share ideas, collaborate, learn, gain market accessibility and push boundaries in order to contrive a sustainable creative economy that feeds into [read more…]

Profile: Fathia Hassan Moussa

Profile: Fathia Hassan Moussa Country: Djibouti Fathia Hassan Moussa is a Djiboutian woman and 32 years old. Currently, she works as an administrative assistant in a private organization that is based in her home city. Her long journey as a worker started back in 2006 at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Djibouti in [read more…]

Artist: Janet Onyango

Artist: Janet Onyango Country: Kenya I am obsessed with great fiction and African art in all its forms. I blog about both on Medium @atienojanetonyango. I am a freelance magazine writer. I create social media strategy and content. I also train corporate teams to write compellingly and to build impact through their business writing.

Artist: Esther Nshakira

Artist: Esther Nshakira Country: Uganda I am, in the simplest of terms, a creative. Writing is my first love. You can see a few of my pieces at hermusingss.tumblr.com. I am also a self-taught graphics designer. As a lover of words, I have also been passionate about books from a young age and of late [read more…]

Artist: Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa

Artist: Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa Country: Uganda / South Africa Philippa was born in Uganda to Henry and Fayce Barlow. In 1977, at the height of Amin’s rule, her family left Uganda and moved to Ethiopia. Philippa attended Kenya High School, and Kenyatta University where she studied to become an English and Music teacher. It was [read more…]

Artist: Elshadai Tesfaye

Waiting for the Sun by Elshadai Tesfaye (Ethiopia) 165 pages, CODE Ethiopia, Ethiopia, 2015 First Prize Winner of the Ethiopia Burt Award for African Literature, 2015 Shortlisted for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars competition Elshadai Tesfaye Biru is an aspiring writer and poet. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, [read more…]

Artist: Ruby Yayra Goka

The Step-Monster by Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana) 149 pages, Digibooks, Ghana, 2016 First Prize Winner of the Ghana Burt Award for African Literature, 2016 Shortlisted for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars competition Ruby Yayra Goka lives and works in Ho, Ghana. She has always loved stories and storytelling. For a [read more…]

Artist: Elizabeth-Irene Baitie

The Twelfth Heart by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana) 174 pages, Kwadwoan Publishing, Ghana, 2010 First Prize Winner of the Ghana Burt Award for African Literature, 2010 Shortlisted for the 2017 Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: All-Stars competition Elizabeth-Irene was born in the UK and raised in Ghana, and has always been drawn to a [read more…]

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