A'bena is a Lawyer, an Artistic Activist and a Writer - of sorts. She believes in power of the literary arts to spark social change. It is a Litizens world!
Mrs Abigail Aryeh, CEO of Abigail’s Child Care Foundation, is a teacher and blogger. She has studied at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, College of African Professional Writers and Foundation, and the Creative Writing Academy. Her publications include Motherhood and Children our Future. She lives in Accra with her husband and three children and is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers.
Mrs Aryeh is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is an award-winning Nigerian creative writer and journalist, and has also been nominated for several prizes. He was described by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle as a "literary provocateur". He is the author of The Whispering Trees (2012), the novel Season of Crimson Blossoms (2015), and his latest collection, Dreams and Assorted Nightmares (2020). He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). He won the BBC African Performance Playwriting Competition (2007), The Amatu Braide Prize for Prose (2008) and the Nigeria Prize for Literature (2016). He was also included in the Hay Festival Africa 39 (list of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under 40).Writers Project of Ghana acknowledges NYU Accra for facilitating Abubakar's participation in Pa Gya! 2021.
Afia Atakora was born in the United Kingdom and raised in New Jersey, where she now lives. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the De Alba Fellowship; she is author of the debut award-winning novel, Conjure Women.
Agnes Titriku is a parliamentary development expert with thirteen years’ experience of active engagement in the field of Parliamentary Democracy and Governance. She is the Programs Manager for the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) where she is involved in the design and implementation of various programs for several African Parliaments and parliaments outside the continent, with a focus on capacity building, institutional development, strategic planning, parliamentary oversight, gender, and poverty reduction.She holds a Master of Arts in Social Policy Studies from the University of Ghana and very passionate about the Arts and Literature.
Akorfa Dawson is a short fiction writer who regards writing as a means of creating and curating today's stories for posterity. She is also a two-time published author under the auspices of the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing's thematic anthologies; and a contributing writer of The Big Yellow Post, an anthology on gendered violence published by The GBV Project.
Akorfa spends her spare time assisting emerging creatives hone their creative expressions; whether to the ends of a creative career path, for social impact, or as a therapeutic endeavour.
Akosua Hanson is the creator of the thrilling and philosophical Ghanaian graphic novel series, Moongirls Live, which follows the adventures of African queer supersheroes fighting for an Africa free from corruption, patriarchy and the legacies of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.
She is an artistic activist and the host of the Y Lounge on Accra-based urban radio station Y 107.9FM.
Before participating in the Ghana Writers’ Marathon, Alberta Zormelo wrote for BraPerucci, a fashion and lifestyle website. She has also written a couple of human impact stories and poems. Alberta holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Linguistics from the University of Ghana. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and having her personal time by the shores of the Atlantic. Currently, she is pursuing an MPhil degree in International Relations at the University of Ghana. She hopes to enter law school after earning her Masters’ degree.
Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet whose first collection little bit long time was written in the desert in 2009. In 2013 Ali won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight. Ali is first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program in Iowa in 2014 and in 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA.
Alice Johnson is a creative that is passionate about telling stories in front of (performing/ presenting) or behind the camera and stage (writing/ producing). She has training in both veins, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Education, Winneba and training in Film and TV production from GBC TV/Film training school respectively.
She has worked with various organizations such as face2faceafrica , Accra architectural archive, DrMonk, Terra Alta, Si Hene and AE Media to churn out text, audio and video content for social media and other traditional media in the form of Articles, stories, TV and radio shows. She is an ambivert who is constantly exploring other mediums to express herself artistically. She has an undying enthusiasm to acquire new knowledge and aspires to be a blessing with that knowledge in any way possible.
When she isn’t telling stories, you may find her singing her heart out at a karaoke bar, dancing or out on an adventure. She also enjoys chatting up a storm and spending time with friends and family.
Amina Mama is a transdisciplinary educator, researcher, organizer and writer whose most influential works include Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Routledge 1995); Engendering African Social Sciences (co-edited, CODESRIA 1997); Feminist Africa (founding Editor, 2000-2021). She began her academic career as a community activist in London, until her appointment as senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague (1989-1991), returning to Nigeria to work with pro-democracy and women’s movements. In 1999 she was appointed as first Chair in Gender Studies at University of Cape Town. She is currently a Professor at the University of California, Davis, and Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. She worked on two documentary film projects: The Witches of Gambaga (co-producer, Fadoa Films 2010) and The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (executive producer, Fadoa Films 2014). She has worked with a range of feminist movements and organizations, and served on the Boards of the United Nations Institute for Research Development, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, and the Global Fund for Women (Board Chair 2001-2011).
Amy Shimshon-Santo is a poet and teacher at at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Even the Milky Way is Undocumented (Unsolicited Press, 2020), the chapbook Endless Bowls of Sky (Placeholder Press) and the poetry phonics books for children, Alphabet Quest. Her works have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry (2020), Rainbow Reads Award in poetry (2020), Best of the Net in poetry (2018) and a Pushcart Prize in creative nonfiction (2017). Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, ArtPlace America, GeoHumanities, Zócalo Public Square, Tilt West, Boom CA, GeoHumanities, SAGE, UC Press, SUNY Press, Public, among others. Her teaching career has spanned research universities, community centers, K-12 schools, arts organizations, and spaces of incarceration. She believes that culture is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation. Connect with her at www.amyshimshon.com.
Dr. Ana Rita Santiago is a Professor at the Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB) and at the Graduate Program in Cultural Criticism at UNEB, in Alagoinhas Bahia. She is the editorial coordinator of Katuka Edições, and an integral member of the ANPOLL Women and Literature WG. She completed postdoctoral studies (2016-2017) at Université René Paris Descartes, Paris V, Sorbonne, Paris-France, supervised by professors Michel Maffesoli and Ana Maria Peçanha, where she developed the research “The Literature of Afro-female authorship in Mozambique and Bahia-Brazil.”
She earned a doctorate in Letters and Linguistics from the Federal University of Bahia (2010), and a Master in Education and Contemporary at UNEB. As a talented researcher, she was part of the research project “Love: Reflections, Coincidences and Dissidences,” coordinated by Prof. Ana Maria Peçanha for the Franco-Brazilian Center of the Université Paris Descartes, Paris V, Sorbonne, France. She authored the research “(Love Affairs in the Literature of Black Authors from Bahia-Brazil and from Portuguese-speaking African Countries” (2017-2019). She is currently developing the research “Afro-female Literature in Traffic: Africa and Bahia – Brazil.”
Ana-Maurine Lara (PhD) is a national award-winning poet, novelist and scholar. She is the author of: Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press, 2006), When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones, 2011), Watermarks and Tree Rings (Tanama Press, 2011) Kohnjehr Woman (RedBone Press, 2017), Cantos (letterpress, limited edition 2015), and Sum of Parts (Tanama Press, 2019). Her academic books include: Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty (SUNY Press, 2020) and Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic (Rutgers University Press, 2021). Lara’s work focuses on questions of Black and Indigenous people and freedom. She has been published in literary journals (Sable LitMag, Transitions Literary Journal), scholarly journals (Small Axe, Bilingual Revue, Sargasso, Feminist Review) and numerous anthologies, as a scholar and as a creative writer. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Arinzechukwu Patrick is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Random Photo Journal in print and online. He is a writer and photojournalist studying the social ecology of neighbourhoods, living conditions, colour theory, visual storytelling and curation of photography focused on African unification through collective memories. He shares in Pan-Africanist morals inspired by the different spaces in West Africa he has been to.
Currently, he is based between Ghana and Nigeria.
Asangba Reginald Taluah is an academic and poet. He holds a Ph.D in Literary Linguistics - University of Cologne. His works have appeared in both national and international anthologies. He was one of the recipients of the Castello de Duino International Poetry Prize for his poem “Mother” in 2014. His research interests include: Oral Traditions, Comparative Literature, Literary Criticism and English Education.
Ato Quayson is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2019 was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is a Professor of English at Stanford.
He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana and took his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge after which he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford before returning to Cambridge to become Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature in the Faculty of English from 1995-2005. He was also Director of the Centre for African Studies and a Fellow of Pembroke College while at Cambridge. Prior to Stanford he was Professor of African and Postcolonial Literature at New York University (2017-2019) and Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto (2005-2017). In 2016 he was appointed University Professor at the University of Toronto, the highest distinction bestowed by the university.
Professor Quayson has published 5 monographs and 8 edited volumes. His monographs include Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing (1997), Postcolonialism: Theory, Practice, or Process? (2000), Calibrations: Reading for the Social (2003), and Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (2007). Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (2014) was co-winner of the Urban History Association's 2015 Best Book Prize (non-North America) and was named in The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Books on Cities in 2014. His edited books include Relocating Postcolonialism (with David Goldberg, 2001), African Literary Theory: An Anthology of Literary Criticism and Theory (with Tejumola Olaniyan, 2007), Fathers and Daughters: An Anthology of Exploration (2008), Labor Migration, Human Trafficking, and Multinational Corporations (with Antonela Arhin, 2012), The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (2012), A Companion to Diaspora and Transnational Studies (with Girish Daswani, 2013), and The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel (2016). He also wrote a new Introduction and Notes to Nelson Mandela’s No Easy Walk to Freedom (2003). He is currently completing Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature for Cambridge University Press and also working with Grace Tolequé on Accra Chic: A Locational History of Fashion in Accra for Intellect Books and Chicago University Press.
Professor Quayson was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar (1991-1994), Chief Examiner in English for the International Baccalaureate (2005-2007) and member of the European Research Council (2010-2017). He has also held Fellowships at the Du Bois Institute for African American Studies at Harvard (2004), and the Research Centre in the Humanities at Australian National University (2015). He was the 2011-12 Cornille Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College and is founding editor of The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. He has lectured widely in Africa, Europe, Canada, the United States, Singapore, Turkey, Hong Kong, Australia, and various other places.
He is currently Vice-President, African Studies Association, and President of the ASA in November of 2019.
Aziza is a multi-lingual Corporate Lawyer, e-commerce entrepreneur and development consultant with over 25 years of work experience. She studied Law at the University of Manchester and received a Masters in Law from University College London. She worked in London, Belgium and Dubai for the International Law Firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Norton Rose Fulbright for many years.
Aziza Atta is the CEO and Founder of Ozoza Lifestyle, a Fashion Line and International Online Shop that specializes in items Made in Africa and promoting African Culture and Heritage (www.ozozalifestyle.com). Ozoza Lifestyle curates exhibitions, presentations and blogs seeking to increase awareness about African History and Heritage globally. Her Crucial Conversations Podcast has received critical acclaim for addressing key issues with filmmakers, writers and thought leaders in Africa.
Aziza is on the board of various developmental projects and NGOs in West Africa, Central America and Europe. She ran a Literacy project (Eduquemos a La Nina) initiated by the Ministry of Education in Guatemala for the Mayan Q’eqchi Indians for Proyecto Ak’tenamit, which is still in operation as well as a vocational training project for youths in the Niger Delta. Aziza completed a course in Script Writing/Screen Plays at London College of Communication and course in Film-Making at New York Film Academy. She has since worked on various scripts and documentaries internationally. She is part of the BBC Media Action Writers that write for the Development Radio Drama Series Nebor my Nebor that is widely broadcast and seeks through stories to reduce the instances of infant mortality. She co-founded the Saturday School Literacy, Numeracy and Mentoring Project in London in 1999 that now has various branches in the UK. After conducting extensive field trips and research, she wrote the first comprehensive report on the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the Partnership for Child Development and Imperial College London that was run in Kano and hopes to spread to other states and other countries in Africa. The project seeks to encourage states to provide one balanced meal a day to primary and secondary school students to encourage them to attend school.
Aziza consults on legal matters globally and writes numerous articles, scripts, delivers numerous workshops and speaks at several conferences and seminars worldwide.
Belinda Akanpiem Amosa has a B.A. in Rural and Community Development Studies from Presbyterian University College. After a short course in Screenwriting and Directing at NAFTI (National Film and Television Institute), she enrolled at the Creative Writing Academy, where she is specialising in Writing for Television and Short Fiction.
Belinda is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Born in Accra, Ghana, Benjamin Kwakye is the author of several works of fiction and poetry. He is the winner of the 2021 African Literature Association’s Book of the Year Award for Creative Writing, the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the IPPY Gold Award for Adult Multicultural Fiction. His other awards include the Afrique Newsmagazine WEB DuBois Award for Literature, an indie book award for poetry, and the Illumination Book Award for Poetry (Bronze). His collection of poems, Innocence of Photographs, was a finalist for the Snyder Poetry Prize. His novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, has been adapted for radio as a BBC Play of the Week. Kwakye’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Professor Eustace Palmer notes that “Kwakye continues to reinforce his claim to being incontestably in the front rank of African writers.” He attended the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, and holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is a director of The Africa Education Initiative.
Bernard Mensah is a children's book author with a passion for writing diverse and representative kidlit. With two self-published titles and several traditional publishing contracts, Bernard is working hard to do his bit to improve the number of high-quality stories in the world told from an African and Ghanaian perspective.
His work ranges from picture books to young adult, and when he is not writing, Bernard can be found managing a team of software engineers, wrangling his two rambunctious boys or both!
You can find his website at https://www.booksbybernardkmensah.co.uk/ or follow his social media accounts, Twitter (@bernardkmensah) , Instagram (@booksbybernardkmensah)
Brian Gyamfi is a Ghanaian-American poet from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He is passionate about improving the discourse surrounding Pan-African ideology and the intersection of Black identity and collectiveness. Therefore, much of his work explores collective trauma, womanist pedagogy, and how the idea of truth is shaped by traditional norms, politics, and spirituality in pre-and post-colonial African history.
In 2018 he was named a Benjamin Gilman Scholar and a McNair Scholar in 2019. In 2021, he was named the winner of the UT 2020 UGS Student Writing Flag Award for his poem "Like Electricity Over the Makombo Village" and was the runner-up for the Gutow Poetry Prize for his poem "to Benin to Cape Verde to Côte D'Ivoire". He is currently a Rackham Merit Scholar at the University of Michigan.
Captain Cosmos Asamoah is a military officer in the Ghana Armed Forces and an old student of Opoku Ware School, and a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is happily married and enjoys reading, writing and blogging.
Captain Asamoah is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Charles Selorm Agbemashior, Founder of WeGo Innovate and Creator of GH4STEM JUNEOS CHALLENGE. Charles is a divergent thinker and problem-solver by nature, my strengths include concept and content creation, design thinking, prototyping, user experience, creative direction and production. With extensive experience in media, the performing arts, applied technology, and corporate branding, I believe deeply in the power of storytelling to connect people and mobilize resources towards a common cause. My unique combination of skills allows me to analyze challenges and develop solutions that are fiscally sound and socially responsible, optimizing benefits for all stakeholders. I am energized by building networks of like-minded people, communities, and organizations to address the challenges facing Africa, especially in education and active citizenship.
Christian Elongué is an author and researcher. Dismayed by a lack of black characters in books available to African children, Elongué founded munakalati.org in 2017 with the goal of building international recognition for African children’s book authors and increasing access to African children’s books. In 2018, he started publishing Muna Kalati magazine, which is becoming a reference for writers, publishers and illustrators of children’s and Young Adult books.
Christian has supported several researchers to undertake research on African Children literature. In 2019, he authored An Introduction to Children Literature in Cameroon, the first ever survey of the children’s book industry in Cameroon. Prior to that, he worked with the French National Centre for Children’s Literature. As a founding member of International Board of Book for Young People (IBBY-Cameroon), he has also spent several years developing literacy and educational initiatives as a means of empowering children in West Africa.
In 2021, he was selected as one of the 30 Global literacy Champions and innovators by the International Literacy Association, a global advocacy organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through a network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 128 countries.
Christopher Merrill has published seven collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them,Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, numerous translation awards, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and Ingram Merrill Foundations. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO from 2011-2018, and in April 2012 President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.
Crystal Tettey is a poet and songwriter. In 2011, she self-published 'Love, MadaGhana', a poetry collection clad in generous expressions of collage, cursive and sketch art. In 2013, Crystal launched her maiden music project, "Faith, MadaGhana". Both her 2011 and 2013 projects were heavily influenced by her dual origins in Ghana and Madagascar.
One may infer from a number of #odetohome social media posts that Crystal is set to release another groundbreaking project. We can't wait!
Daniel Asamoah Yeboah has been writing since February 2010. His dedication to the creation of a new literary revolution at the University of Cape Coast was infectious. It included the organization of organized writing workshops, forums, and open mic events. Daniel helped propagate the poetry experience through radio readings on Atlantic FM and Orange FM (Cape Coast, Ghana) to create an appeal for creative writing. His writings have been featured in online literary magazines such as Lunaris Review, For the Motherland, and Tampered Review.
Daniel considers himself a product of mixed orientations and philosophies. He defines poetry as ‘a gift that, when not given back to society, haunts its creator.’ He is an ardent literary performer who has graced platforms including the University of Cape Coast Theatre stage, Moonlight Café, Verbz Café, and Indigenous Minds. He is an alumnus of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. He had his foundational education at Christ Standard Academy, Globen Nursery, Cosmos Basic School and Wesley College Demonstration School, and Aduman Senior High School. He lives in Kumase with his family.
Daniel Owusu-Koranteng is a Trade Unionist/ Industrial Relations Practitioner, Human Resource Development Specialist, an Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) Practitioner, a Professional Paralegal, Poet, Mining Activist and a Writer. He has championed many community struggles against multinational mining companies and held them accountable to responsible mining principles through his work in Wacam which he founded with his wife to protect the environment, community livelihood and national interest. Daniel Owusu-Koranteng is a Futurist who believes that the resources of our nation should be used to build a strong foundation of prosperity for today and future generations of our nation and that “the future” should feature prominently in our planning process.
He started writing at an early age of 16 years when he wrote poems and contributed articles to the Newsletter of his alma mater, Nkawkaw Secondary School. He is an accomplished Writer with about forty (40) published articles to his credit. He co-authored two published books, “Training Manual for Advocacy in Mining Communities” and “The Right to Decide: Free Prior and Informed Consent in Ghana”. He is yet to publish an anthology of his twenty-five poems. He has made tremendous contribution to the empowerment of workers and vulnerable communities through his work as a Trade Unionist and has become well known for his mining advocacy work at the national and international levels. In October 2008, he represented Civil Society Organisations in West Africa on the ECOWAS Committee of Experts that prepared the Draft ECOWAS Directive on the harmonisation of policies and guidelines in the mining sector for ECOWAS member states. He is the General Secretary of the Maritime and Dockworkers’ Union(MDU) and has led the MDU to successfully campaign against projects which are not in the interest of Ghana. He was sworn-in as the President of the Ghana National Association of ADR Practitioners(GNAAP) in January 2020.
He served as a Member of the Steering Committee of Dockers’ Section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) representing Africa and the Arab World and was elected to represent Africa on the Fair Practices Committee of the ITF at the 44th Congress of ITF held in Singapore in October 2018. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ghana Dock Labour Company (GDLC) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC). He has received a number of honours and awards including the 2018 National May Day Best Worker Award; Co-recipient of the Peoples’ International Bridge Builders Award given by a coalition of organisations in the USA including the University of Colorado’s Indigenous Support Network for making extreme sacrifice in defending the rights of indigenous people and the Dr J.K. Baffour-Senkyire Award of UST for being the Best Student in the Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Farm Management Final Examinations for 1984/1985. He holds M.A. in Human Resource Development from UCC; Bsc Agriculture from UST; Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Farm Management from UST; Executive Master in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Professional Executive Master in General Paralegal Studies; Certificate in Project Analysis from EICA, Cairo, Egypt and Certificate in Workers’ Education, Histadrut, Tel Aviv, Israel. CNN described him as “A man of Many Missions” in a documentary that profiled his life. He is married to Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, an Environmentalist and a Mining Activist with national and international reputation and they have two children, Akua Owusu-Koranteng and Dr Kojo Owusu-Koranteng and two grandchildren, Nana Afia Adutwumwaa Kusi and Nana Adwoa Oforiwaa Kusi. He loves Reading, playing Table Tennis, Swimming, Singing and watching nature.
Dannabang Kuwabong is author of the collections of poetry Visions of Venom (Woeli Publishers, 1995), Echoes from Dusty Rivers (Capricornus Enterprises, 1999), Caribbean Blues & Love’s Genealogy (TSAR Publications, 2008), Voices from Kibuli Country (TSAR Publications, 2013), and a collection of folktales, Naa Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales (Woeli Publishing Services, 1992).
Dannabang has taught in several institutions of higher learning, including Rivers State College of Education, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, University of Ghana and McMaster University, Canada; he is widely published in academic journals and has contributed numerous essays in books, and is on the editorial boards of various journals.
He obtained a B.A. (Hons) degree in English from the University of Ghana, a Master of Letters (MLITT) in Modern Poetry in English, University of Stirling, a Magisteriate in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University, and obtained his doctoral degree in English from McMaster University.
Apart from being a poet, writer, and author, Darlin Tessah pursues a career in Information Technology. He has served in different capacities such as Systems Support Specialist, User Support Specialist, IT Analyst. He attended Achimota Basic School, St. Charles Minor Seminary Senior High school and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Gab-Darlin passionately believes in helping others unearth their potential. To him, this enriches our shared humanity. In this regard, he volunteered with Young at Heart Ghana, an institution that aims to close the technological gap among the youth by inculcating in them digital literacy skills. Gab-Darlin also volunteers with Curious Minds Ghana, a nonprofit that seeks to create an equitable society for the young in Ghana.
Delali Avemega is a children’s book author and an illustrator. He is the creator and author of the Lulu Series for early readers, Bobo stories for toddlers and more. He publishes his stories through his independent publishing outfit Fish and Plankton, located in Accra Ghana. Delali strongly believes children of today can be engaged and enlightened through relevant creative stories and interactions. He mostly writes about original African characters and has 23 titles published so far. He is a parent, artist, jungle lover, minimalist, rebel on a course and seashore enthusiast with vegan and musical aspirations. He currently resides in Accra, Ghana.
You can find Delali on Facebook and Twitter via the handle @DelaAvemega.
Derrick Yeboah Atakorah is a Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) professional with 9 years of experience working in the TV Broadcasting industry.Derrick specializes in broadcasting engineering and TV channel operations and is currently responsible for managing GNTV Junior, a kids dedicated TV channel in Accra with a focus on educating and entertaining children through television. He's a graduate of the former Ghana Telecom University College with a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and have been involved in the technical operations of Next Generation Broadcasting Company, operators of Smart TV in Ghana; GN Electronics, Set-Top Box and Smart Television assembly company in Elmina, Malaysia based streaming company iflix and currently doubles as Product Lead at GN Network Operations Limited.
Doris Lomo is a graduate of the University of Education and Jayee University College. She holds French Language and Journalism majors and is a freelance journalist and an advocate for natural hair and self-employment for the youth in the media.
Doris is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Edwige Dro is a writer, a literary translator and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire. Her writings have been published in anthologies like New Daughters of Africa, Africa39 and in magazines and publications like This is Africa, the Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, etc.
She has judged many literary prizes, among which the PEN International New Voices and the Etisalat Prize for Literature and has led various creative writing and literary translation workshops in Africa.
She was awarded a Morland Writing Scholarship in 2018 and is a 2021 resident at the Iowa International Writing Program.
In March 2020, she established "1949: the library of women's writing from Africa and the black diaspora", in Abidjan.
Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s best-known performance artists and poets. In 2015, he co-founded West Africa's first international poetry festival, the Lagos International Poetry Festival, which he currently directs. He is the author of the poetry collection For Broken Men Who Cross Often. His poems have been translated into Afrikaans, French, German and Mandarin.
Ekow Manuar is a Sustainability Scientist, trained at Lund University in Sweden. He co-founded and runs an agribusiness company that grows vegetables and fruits for the local market. He has also developed and financed renewable energy projects for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
He has published stories in the Lund UPF Magazine (Sweden) and the Dark Mountain publication (UK). His works have been featured in the online literary Nigerian magazine Mbari and a Pan African online magazine, Kalahari Review. His published works include ‘A Prayer on the Train’, ‘The Days Before the World Ended’, ‘The Stories We Tell’, and ‘Tell Me What You See.’ You can see his other work on his medium (https://abdallahsmith06.medium.com/ ).
Ekow Manuar is heavily influenced by the works of Ursula Le Guin, Philip K Dick, and Chinua Achebe. His style of Afro-Futurism takes place in a singular speculative universe, damaged by climate change, altered by technology, and inhabited by this unique species called homo sapiens. Ekow writes about the now vis-a-vis the end of time.
Elikplim Akorli, lives and works in Accra. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Coast, (2010) and an MBA in Human Resource from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, (2015).
As a writer, he has published two poetry anthologies, A Heart’s Quest and Purple Harmattan. Recently he has ventured into painting as a form of therapy and discovery. As a seasoned and passionate performer, he has presented and hosted a number of events in Accra.
Elizabeth Allua Vaah is the author of the novel Maame, which tells the stories of three generations of women, exploring the transition from girlhood into motherhood within the complex world of a rural Ghanaian community. Maame was inspired by her childhood and growing up in rural Ghana.
Elizabeth Allua Vaah grew up in Bakanta, a small village in the Western Region of Ghana. She is a graduate of the University of Ghana and the University of Connecticut (MBA). She moved with her family from Ghana to Canada in late 2010 following a harrowing experience with childbirth. Allua calls herself a Maternal Health Migrant. She is a co-founder of the Vaah Junior Foundation for Better Maternal and Child Health. Allua is a strong environmentalist. She is currently heavily engaged in the fight against Irresponsible mining practices that has left waterbodies in southern and central Ghana heavily polluted with mercury and silt.
She is also a strong advocate for girl child education, never failing to use her own life story as an example of how girls’ education impacts generations. Allua works in Risk Management at TD Bank in Toronto.
Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is a clinical biochemist and the director of a medical laboratory in Accra. She is a multiple award-winning writer of entertaining novels for and about children and young adults. Each of her novels leads page by page to the discovery of the hero buried within her characters.
Elizabeth-Irene and her husband live in Accra with their three children.
Find out more about her books on www.elizabethirenebaitie.com
Emma Ofosua is a creative entrepreneur -- founder of Tuniq Afrca, the producers of Mashke (a Ghanaian staple made from boiled corn dough) and Nightline (comfortable sleep wear), who currently finds expression through spoken word poetry. She's mainly a freestyle poet who has graced many stages icluding the Ehalakasa stage. She is the author of the collection of poetry I wish you Courage in the Night Season. Emma Ofosua has writen over forty poems and freestyled numerous spoken word poetry pieces with "To Every Woman" and "when a boy calls you beautiful" as flagship pieces.
Empi Baryeh is a Ghanaian author of sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance and women’s fiction.
She was born in Harper, Liberia, to Ghanaian parents and considers herself an honorary citizen of her country of birth. She spent the first thirteen years of her life living in various African countries, including: Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.
Her interest in writing started around the age of thirteen after she stumbled upon a Young Adult story her sister had started and abandoned. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind, and she’s been writing ever since.
When she is not writing, she likes to read, listen to music and catch up on TV series. Her published novels include: Most Eligible Bachelor (2012, 2020), Chancing Faith (2012), Forest Girl (2018), His Inherited Princess (2018) and Expecting Ty’s Baby (2019) and The Illegitimate Prince (2021).
Empi has won several awards for her novels, including Ufere Awards Book of the Year for Most Eligible Bachelor and Expecting Ty’s Baby, while Chancing Faith won the Ayi Kwei Armah Novel 3rd Prize in the 2018 Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) Literary Awards.
She is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers, as well as Romance Writers of West Africa, an organisation that supports romance writers of West African origin and/or writers who write romantic fiction set in Africa.
Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian-born, Wales based writer, poet, playwright and actor. He sits on the board of directors for Literature Wales and Aberystwyth Arts Centre Advisory Group, the first part of his autobiography I, Eric Ngalle was recently published by Parthian Books, June 2019. His poetry film THIS IN NOT A POEM (a hymn on tolerance) is currently touring Wales and England.
Eric was most recently selected by Jackie Kay in Guardian Books as one of the ten best BAME writers in United Kingdom and his work was showcased at Cheltenham Literature festival as part of the International Literature Showcase organised by the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. He is currently a postgraduate taught student at Swansea University, South Wales, United Kingdom.
Femi Akomolafe, a passionate Pan-Africanist, was one of the PC Pioneers and ran a Computer Consultancy firm in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for several years, where he also set up the first African Bulletin Board System (BBS), the precursor to the Internet. He also established the first Black Newspaper, The African, in the country.
Femi has been very active in the Pan African Movement since the early 1990s. A columnist for ModernGhana and a Correspondent for the London-based New African magazine, Femi lives in both Europe and Africa and writes regularly on Africa-related issues for various newspapers and magazines. Femi is the author of the following books: Africa: Destroyed by the gods, Africa: It shall be well, 18 African Fables & Moonlight Stories and Ghana: Basic Facts + More. His latest book, Africa: a Continent on Bended Knees was published in 2001. Femi was the producer of the FOCUS ON AFRICANS TV Interview programme for the MultiTV Station. He was also the Man and Machine Coordinator at Alaye Dot Biz Limited, a Multimedia organization that specialized in Audio and Video Production.
Femi loves to shoot and edit video documentaries.
Femi Nylander is a Panafrican activist, filmmaker, poet and actor of West African descent who grew up in the UK, graduating from the University of Oxford in 2016 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. His debut feature film, which he cowrote and presented, is a dramatic investigation of the French colonisation of Niger and the ongoing impacts on the local population. Delivered in French, English and Hausa, 'African Apocalypse' recently premiered at the BFI London Film Festival to strong reviews, and currently holds a 91% rating on rotten tomatoes, it is due for a TV release on BBC2 in early 2021.
At 25, he has given two Ted Talks in the form of poems, on migration and public health respectively. As an anticolonial and panafrican activist and organiser of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, he has appeared on ‘The Big Questions’, ‘Daily Politics’, ‘Good Morning Britain’ and 'The One Show'. Femi is also a keen musician who creates music, both solo and alongside his jazz funk band pangolin. He has performed at London's infamous Ronnie Scott’s jazz Club, at multiple “Sofar sets” and for BBC music.
He enjoys mixing his passion for music with his passion for languages and African Culture, and ‘African Apocalypse’ includes scenes of musical collaboration in the indigenous Hausa tongue with traditional griot singers. He has worked as an actor both for television and stage and has been a contributor for a number of publications including The Guardian and The Platform UK.
Francis Gbormittah is an academic with a focus in media arts and practice, and the President of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW). He co-edited The Performing Arts in Africa: Ghanaian Perspectives. Francis’ books and, film and television scripts include: Beggar’s Plight, Wedding Blues, Aloma’s Playhouse, Manya Krobo: Memories, Identity and Cultural Heritage, Knocking on Heaven’s Doors, Dusty Hustle, etc. His research interests are in film and television aesthetics (reception studies: narrative and the response to narrative, images and the perception of images); film and television technology (realism vs. cinema); African Cinema (the cultural context and the colonial legacy). Francis’ research publications are in national and international journals. He worked on stage plays and films such as: Director, The Trial of JJ Rawlings, Art Director, Chronicles of Odumkrom: The Headmaster, Producer/Production Designer/Actor, The Destiny of Lesser Animals.
Edzordzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture from the Michigan Technological University. He researches discourses of technology, and rhetorics of health and medicine, and teaches courses in scientific, medical, technical, & professional writing.
His poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North Dakota Quarterly, Dunes Review, Oakland Review, Drift, Kalahari Review, U.P. Reader, and anthologized in According to Sources, and Intercontinental Anthology of Poetry on Universal Peace. He recently co-edited Resilience: A Collection, published by the Writers Project of Ghana.
Gbontwi Anyetei is a Pan-Africanist writer who believes that art can reframe our present and create a revolutionary future. His riveting book, The Red Ants & The Noise is a historical fiction about the genocide in Accra by the British in 1854. It is his overriding passion to create multi-layered content with Pan-African appeal, full of narratives of initiative, vision, humour, and accessible excellence.
Gbontwi spent his infancy in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Botswana before moving to Britain. His novel, Mensah, was short-listed at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, and its sequel, For the Republic of Hackney, will be available soon. His essay, ‘Writing for Africa from Britain’, was featured in the 2019 anthology Safe.
He has written three novels, twenty film screenplays, dozens of TV screenplays, and numerous non-fiction pieces. He produced a few shorts whilst relocated from London to Accra where he has written extensively for feature films and television –the latter winning writing awards. He has also written a variety of plays including a short play that was recorded at BBC’s 1xtra radio studios in Central London. He has been an invited speaker and panelist at international events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s ‘Mean Streets’ panel in Scotland and ‘Revolutionary Characters in Non-Revolutionary Places’ presentation at the Pagya Literary festival in Ghana. He chose to honour scholar-writer and activist Amos Wilson whose work had been highly influential to him in a paper, ‘Unfalsifying African Consciousness’, at the All-African People’s Conference at the University of Ghana.
Gbontwi founded The Accra Writing Experiment, a bi-monthly series of events for creatives based in Accra and internationally because the power in a meeting of creative minds is limitless synergy. His time with the Ghana Writing Marathon has supported that belief.
Gerður Kristný was born on June 10, 1970 and brought up in Reykjavík. She graduated in French and comparative literature from the University of Iceland in 1992. She won the Icelandic Literature Awards 2010 for her book of poetry Bloodhoof (Arc Publication, 2012) which is based on an ancient Nordic myth, told in the Eddic poem Skírnimál, about the attempt of the Nordic fertility god Freyr to fetch the poet's namesake Gerdur Gymisdóttir from her far away home as his bride. Bloodhoof was also nominated to the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Gerður Kristný is one of the most prolific contemporary writers in Icelandic, writing poetry and short stories, novels, books for children and a biography, for which she received The Icelandic Journalism Award. Other awards for her work include The Icelandic Children's Choice Awards, The Halldór Laxness Literary Award and The West-Nordic Children's Literature Award. Last year Gerður won the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award for her contributions to the Icelandic language.
Agambila has been a Deputy Minister of State in three ministries: Finance and Economic Planning,Harbours and Railways and Science and Environment. He was a Senior Lecturer in Public Finance and other courses at the Graduate School of Governance, GIMPA. He has also been a Senior Manager with Ernst and Young, Ghana. In more recent times, he was a member of the presidential Constitution Review Implementation Committee and Vice President of the Ghana Association of Writers. Agambila has published books for both children and adults. Adult novels include Journey, Emigrant and The Shrinking Bowl. His books for children are Solma and Nature Stories. He has also published three plays: The Mad Man of Bolga, Neighbours and Oh God, Give Me Another Life. He has several completed manuscripts awaiting publication.
He had his education in Ghana (Navrongo and Achimota secondary schools) and the USA (BA, Brandeis University; MBA, University of Rochester and PhD, New York University).
He is currently a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and spends his time in Ghana and the USA.
Gifty Agyeiwa-Marfo, an aspiring author, is currently studying at the Creative Writing Academy. She loves reading and enjoys connecting with great minds.
Gifty is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Gloria Carrera Martinez is a poet and linguist from Oaxaca, Mexico. Her first language is Enna (Mazateco), and Spanish her second. Carrera believes that poetry is a way to dialogue with life over time through words. Carrera works with INALI, the National Institute of Indigenous Languages in Mexico.
King Dakolo is an environmental and human rights activist of repute. He was an intellectual partner of the Ijaw struggle for resource control in the late 1990s and founder of the Nun River Keepers Organisation, a community-based organisation whose objective is to protect one of the most historically significant rivers in the world – the Nun River and its environment. He is married to Her Royal Majesty, Queen Timinipre Bubaraye Dakolo, Igirigi 1 nee Ogiriki, and they have two lovely children. He likes reading, writing and teaching.
He is the author of the book, The Riddle of the Oil Thief.
Saltpond-born Hajara Lydia Daniel is a Ghanaian playwright, author, poet, publisher, and educationalist. Her works include the plays Kookua (2017) selected for the Accra International Children’s Arts Festival (KIDDAFEST), The Akans: Birth of Two Kingdoms (2017) (performed at the Centre for National Culture, Accra), Sankofa Hills (2018) a radio play, Coconut Court, a television sitcom, the novel, Passage of Love (2015), a collection of poems, Cocoa’s Kisses (2017), an anthology of short stories, Amazing Grace (2018), children’s books, Kofi: Growing Pains (2016) and Reaching for the Stars (2019). Mrs Daniel is the founder of the Creative Writing Academy and Chief Executive Officer of Larajah Limited and RIWC Foundation.
She is also a contributing author and editor of the book, The Haunted Widow.
Henneh Kyereh Kwaku is a poet from Gonasua in the Bono Region of Ghana. He’s the author of Revolution of the Scavengers, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His poems/essays/hybrids have appeared/forthcoming in Lolwe, Agbowó, Tupelo Quarterly, Tampered Press, Poetry Society of America, Praxis Magazine, IceFloe Press, Random Photo Journal, Lunaris Review, CGWS, New South Journal, Lolwe, Samira Bawumia Literary Prize Winners Anthology, Resilience, Olongo Africa & elsewhere.
Find him on Twitter/IG: @kwaku_kyereh.
Prof. Emeritus Henry Nii-Adziri Wellington attended the Presbyterian Junior and Presby Middle Boys Boarding Schools at Osu, Accra. He continued to secondary school from 1958-1962 at Presbyterian Secondary School, Krobo Odumase. He majored in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and as a Science Student at that time; he did the unusual by adding Art to his subjects, including Literature and Religious Knowledge which were compulsory at his time.
He chose architecture as a career path when he was in Form Three at Presec and in 1962, went to KNUST to study Architecture. He graduated with honors with an M.Sc. Architecture, and B.Sc. Design. He continued to Rheinische Westphaelische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany from 1969 to 1972 and graduated with a qualification: Dipl. Ing. (Urban Design). He studied further at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany and earned a Doctorate Ing. (Architecture and Development Planning) from 1978-1981. He trained at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra in 1992 and achieved a Certificate in Consultancy.Since 1972, he has designed and supervised construction of several architectural and housing/ planning projects. He has also researched in and made publications on housing, urban design and urban conservation issues. In 1994, Professor Wellington was awarded a Fellow of Ghana Institute of Architects. In 2001, he was appointed a member of the Visiting Board of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) to the University of Free State and University Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture, K.N.U.S.T., and Kumasi, a post he held and performed admirably from 1999 to September 2002. He was also elected, Vice Dean, Faculty of Environmental & Development Studies at this same university and served at this position from 2001 to September 2002. In October 2002, he filled the Acting. Pro Vice-Chancellor position of the prestigious K.N.U.S.T., Kumasi until December later that year.
Since 1973, over 20 of his research projects have been carried out in issues in the area of architecture, urban design, housing and rural development in Ghana. From 1988 to 1996, he served as the course director for the Undergraduate Programme in the department of Architecture at KNUST. To date, five books and mimeographs have been jointly published with other authors. Since 1982, four major exhibitions have been undertaken on his architectural and cultural works.Prof.Emeritus H.N-A Wellington was appointed as a leading consultant for rehabilitation of the Bank of Ghana Cedi House, refurbishment project in 2002. He initiated the academic link programme arrangement with the Ecole Africaine des Metiersde l’architecture et de l’Urbanisme (EAMAU), Lome, Togo in 2001. In the same year, he was a member of the board of advisors for the proposed Centre for the Arts and Culture of Ghana at the College of Art, KNUST, Kumasi. Due to his experience and expertise, he was the project architect for the Monastic Church for Benedictine Monks, Kristo Buase near the town Tano Buase, a very historic Brong settlement located on the north east of Tekyiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. The Monastic church he has designed may become a world icon. The Monks are soliciting funds from ROME to have it built because of its uniqueness. He has been given seminars and talks on the design and the resonance to date has been fascinating. Prof.Emeritus H.N-A Wellington also served as chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Transformation Code Review, FEDS, also in 2001.He spearheaded links between the department of architecture, K.N.U.S.T and Ecole Africaine des Metiers de L’achitecture et de L’urbanisme (EAMAU), Lome, Togo to promote regional integration as well as links between KNUST and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. He co-coordinated a Miami University students’ House-building project at Abrafo-Odumase in the Ashanti Region. Professor Wellington cooperated with African Action e. V., a German NGO, to put his contribution in the 4th Edition of “Symbolic Language of Ashanti” on the Internet.
He is the author of Stones Tell Stories at Osu.Bio Credit: csuc.edu.gh
Hondred Percent developed his craft of poetry and rap in the University of Zululand between 2005-2010. He was also the winner of the 2014 and 2015 Ehalakasa Poetry Slam. He released a spoken word/hip hop album titled WTF? in 2017. He has performed his works in Kenya and South Africa alongside notable poets and artists in Ghana such as Kwabena Kwabena, Chief Moomen, Nana Asaase, RhymeSonny, Ms Vee, Kwesi Arthur, M.anifest, Kwame Write, Poetra, and many more. Hondred Percent is the founder of Mic Check, an organization responsible for spearheading the formation of the Poetry Association of Ghana.
Purple Shitor is a term coined to describe his art. Purple symbolizes bissap, a local African and Caribbean drink made from hibiscus. This represents the music. Shitor, a spicy Ghanaian stew, represents his words, which are black, Ghanaian, and hot.
Iquo DianaAbasi is a creative writer and performance poet. She writes prose, poetry and scripts for radio and screen. Her writings explore societal issues, womanhood, pain and the need to embrace our humanity as a precursor to healing. Her book, Èfó Rírò and Other Stories was released in 2020 to much acclaim. Her first collection of poems, Symphony of Becoming, was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria prize for literature, and the ANA poetry prize. It has also been shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. She is an alumnus of Fidelity Bank’s International Creative Writing Workshop, and was writer in residence at the Ebedi International Writers Residency.
Her writings appear or are forthcoming in African Literature Today, Kalahari Review, AfricaInWords, Saraba magazine, Ebedi Review, ANA Review, and Olisa.tv . She has also been featured in several print and online poetry anthologies. Iquo is known to perform her poems with a touch of Ibibio folklore. Stages she has graced include: Lagos International Poetry Festival, Ake Arts and Book Festival, The Big60 Cultural Exchange, Wole Soyinka @80, Lagos Black Heritage Festival, The Macmillan Literary night, PLAYPoetry Festival and more.
Iquo resides in Lagos, where she has just completed work on a novel, a second volume of poetry, and edits a speculative fiction magazine, omenana.com.
Joseph Ampomah Adu is a fifty-eight-year-old retired procurement specialist with a degree in insurance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Joseph is married with six children and is currently polishing his writing skills at the Creative Writing Academy. He enjoys reading, writing and watching football.
Captain Asamoah is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Kimberly Frempong commenced her education at De Youngsters’ International School in Ghana. After completing Accra Girls Secondary School, Kimberly continued her education at the Creative Writing Academy (Ghana), where she graduated with a Diploma in Creative Writing. She has previously worked at the Ghanaian Times and Spector Cooperation and specialises in prose and scripts for film and theatre.
Kimberly is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Kinna Likimani is a Director of Special Programs and M&E at Odekro, a Parliamentary monitoring organization that works to promote transparency, effective representation and accountability of Ghana’s Parliament. She is also a board member of Mbaasem Foundation. Mbaasem supports the development and sustainability of Ghanaian and African women writers and their creative output.
Kinna is a feminist and is a member of the Women’s Manifesto Coalition. She is a literary and literacy activist. Her literary blog Kinna Reads, is one of the go-to locations online for dialogue on African literature. In 2012, she began an online based literacy challenge - the Africa Reading Challenge - which encourages participants to read, discover and discuss African literature for one year. In 2018, she founded and launched Nsona Books which publishes fiction by emerging and established writers in Ghana.
In election years, Kinna leads Ghana Decides – A BloggingGhana Elections Project, which aims to encourage informed youth participation in the Ghana’s elections. Prior to her move back home, Kinna worked at the Department of Medical Informatics at Columbia University for 10 years, where she worked on technology transfer of research from higher education to the private sector.
She and her brood of boys live in Lashibi.
Kirk Bright Enu writes on living life on purpose featuring dreams and visions and bringing them from ideation to realization. He is the author of The Purpose, The Process, The Promise, and 24 Hours in A Day. Through his literary works, he challenges his readers to dream of things that are not and ask themselves why not.
Kirk is presently pursuing his doctorate in urban green infrastructure can how it can be optimized to mitigate climatic extremes. He has a Master’s in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Ghana and a first degree in Geography from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. It gives him great joy in seeing young people muster the courage to live life to the limits through relentless pursuits of their dreams and visions. An environmental conservation enthusiast, he enjoys writing in the coziness of quiet places and gardens.
Kirk has quite a diverse background, having worked in the media as a news writer and creative designer before transitioning into development planning. He is now a full-time researcher with a focus on climate adaptation, nature-based solutions, hydrology, circular economy, urban planning, and sustainability.
He is an alumnus of the Ghana Writers’ Marathon and is currently working on a series of plays on themes around youth, patriotism, and purpose. When he gets the chance, Kirk enjoys reading autobiographies and biographies, traveling and sightseeing, and playing football.
Kofi Dzogbewu is a Ghanaian storyteller. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and English from the University of Ghana, where he read Creative Writing. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Central University in Ghana. He works with words in many forms including non-fiction, fiction, play, and poetry. He is an alumnus of the Mo Issa Writing Workshops. His works have been featured in the Kalahari Review and other online literary journals. He has performed his poetry on several platforms across Ghana. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time performing, reading, or watching movies.
Kofi is the CEO of Dzomoko Productions, a film and theatre organization. His writings explore African culture, ambition, Afro-futurism, and modernity. He aims at using his books and writings to educate, entertain and address socio-economic and political issues.
Kofi Konadu Berko is a Freelance writer whose works explore a variety of issues across all genres of literature; fiction, nonfiction, poetry and development writing. His work has been published in the Afro young Adult anthology; Waterbirds on the Lakeshore, Tampered Press Writers Space Africa, Kalahari Review and others. Currently he assists as a writer and editor at WeGo Innovate, an organization that transforms learning material into fun and interactive content for students.
Image Credit: Alex Nollet-La Chartreuse-8631Kokouvi Dzifa Galley is a Togolese writer born in Lomé. Kokouvi Dzifa Galley has an imagination deeply rooted in the tradition of his country. His creative universe extends beyond play writing, poetry, short stories and storytelling. He holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Lomé. In 2005, he took part in the Ruche Sony Labou Tansi residency in Mali. Following this experience, a Beaumarchais grant offered him a writing residency at La Comédie de Saint-Étienne and in Paris in 2009. As part of the ODYSSÉE program, he carried out residencies at the Prieuré de la Charité - Cité du Mot, at the Maison Maria Casarès, at the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Sénans and at the Chartreuse - CNES. Galley is a member of Escale des Ecritures, a network of playwrights from Togo and elsewhere. His plays include: In-certitudes published by Éditions Lansman (2009), Dés-espérances (2013), Peau de braise (2015), Un pas avant...(2018) which won the Prix Littéraire Komla Messan Nubukpo 2021, La Réserve (2018), Otages (2020), published by Éditions Awoudy in Togo, Arènes intérieures (2018) by Éditions Passage (s). He has also published two collections of poems: Bris de vie, bris de souffle, at Éditions Ponts de Lianes in Lomé, in 2017 and Vagues à lame, at Éditions Unicités, in Paris, in 2020. He is a contributor to the literary review Legs and literature since 2016.
Kwame Brenya is AKƆM: Godness exhibited in ANANSESƐM (storytelling), ANWENSƐM (poetry), NNWOM (music) and AYƐSƐM (drama).
Kweku Daniel Jnr. is a former student of Langley Park School for Boys (Kent, UK), and Greenwich University (UK), where he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. When not watching or playing football, Kweku loves to read and write.
Kweku Daniel Jnr is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Kweku Egyir Inkoom is a graduate of the Creative Writing Academy. He writes prose and poetry but often blends them to produce poetic prose and narrative poems. A believer in the transformative power of stories, he revels in moonlight strolls with Andrea Bocelli, reads everything out loud, and enjoys magical realism and myths.
Kweku is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Ladan Osman is the author of Exiles of Eden, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, winner of the Sillerman Prize. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Lannan Foundation, and the Michener Center. Her work in film includes Sam Underground, Sun of the Soil, and The Ascendants. She is a 2021 Whiting Award honoree and lives in New York.
Her social media accounts are: Twitter @OsmanLadan IG @ladanbadan
Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese author and the first winner of the Caine Prize. Her latest books include the novel Bird Summons and the short story collection Elsewhere, Home, winner of the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year. Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of migration and Islamic spirituality. Her previous novels are The Kindness of Enemies, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the year, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.
Leila’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize. Leila was born in Cairo, grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Aberdeen. She is Honorary President of the SSSUK-the Society for the Study of the Sudans, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Lola Shoneyin's works includes three books of poems: So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg (1997), Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010) and two children's books: Mayowa and the Masquerades and Iyaji the House-girl . Her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 and went on to win the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award and the Ken Saro Wiwa Prose Prize.
Shoneyin is the founder of Book Buzz Foundation—an NGO that is devoted to promoting literacy, creating reading spaces, and organizing cultural events such as Ake Arts and Book Festival. In 2017, she founded a publishing house called Ouida Books.
Shoneyin lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
If you asked many Ghanaian rappers why they rap, they would probably answer, “Because of M3NSA” ( born Bondzie Mensa Ansah ).
Growing up in a family of artists, he was drawn to creativity. Following his brother’s passions, he immersed himself in Hip Hop, manga culture and the Ghanaian exciting music scene. When he was a teen, he was expelled from school for missing classes to spend days in a studio. What could be considered a regrettable episode was indeed a middle finger towards the conservative school environment and the inability to nurture a creative mind. But thankfully, it kick-started his career. Soon after discovering his love for playing and performing, he realised that producing was his gift.
As much as he dislikes being called a “conscious rapper,” his vision expands beyond the music, whether he talks about the need for better representation for African artists, or the responsibility to use his platform to uplift his community.
His career spans two decades with a MOBO nomination debut album N.1 Mango Street, production for the most prominent West African Artists, 3 Demon Albarn’s Africa Express Tours, playing music festivals and a dozen albums with his bands F.O.K.N BOIS and RedRed. After receiving the PRS Open Fund for Music Creators and successfully funding a Kickstarter in 2020, he is ready with his next solo album, “Bondzie” ( his first name, meaning ‘speak up’), set to be released in October 2021 with a live EP and a documentary titled “a-Live.”
Mamle Kabu, a Ghanaian/German writer, was born in Ghana, and raised in Ghana and the UK. She attended the University Primary School at Legon and had part of her secondary education at Achimota school. She holds an MA in Modern Languages and an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster.
Her short stories have been published in various anthologies and journals in Africa, the UK and the US. Anthologies include Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (W.W. Norton, 2006) and African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). Journals include Sable Litmag, Obsidian and The St. Petersburg Review. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for her story The End of Skill. In 2011 she won the Burt Award for her children’s novel, The Kaya Girl, published under the name Mamle Wolo. Mamle spent the latter half of 2014 as an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa, and then as a writer-in-residence at the City of Asylum, Pittsburgh. She is a director of the Writers Project of Ghana (WPG), a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the WPG, and co-editor of the WPG anthologies The Sea has drowned the Fish (2018), and Resilience (2021).
Margarita León is from the Municipality of Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo, Mexico. She belongs to the Otomí-hñähñu culture of Hidalgo, its linguistic variant is the hñähñu of the Mezquital Valley. She is an educational psychologist who has carried out specialization studies in Reading and Writing at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. León earned a master's degree in cognitive psychology and learning from the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO. She won the "Orquídea de Plata" award, Canto a mi tierra hñahñu, annual poetry award from the Secretary of Culture of the state of Hidalgo. Her collection of poems “Ya Bꞌospi,”is a bilingual poetry book (Otomí-Spanish) which he has presented in venues including the Ramón López Velarde Poet House, and the Octavio Paz Courtyard of the Mexican Library. Her book Cosmovisión Otomí, was published by the Autonomous University of Querétaro and edited by Ewald Hekking and Aurelio Núñez with illustrations by the painter Eduardo Ruiz. In 2019, she compiled the Zojña jñatjo anthology, Poesía Mazahua, and her publications include: a collection of poems Feni, Memoria 1990, Collection Aires International Poetry Festival Ignacio Rodríguez Galván, and contributions to the anthology Words on Flight, Fifth anthology of Latin American poets and writers.
Martin Egblewogbe is a physics lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a co-founder and director of the Writers Project of Ghana, and hosts a weekly radio literature show on Citi FM in Accra, Ghana.
Martin is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Mary Ashun is the Principal of Ghana International School. She enjoys writing for children and adults and has experimented with novels, plays and musicals. Her latest story for children, Grace The Pandemic Warrior was timely and educational. Tuesday’s Child a semi autobiographical work is being read as text in public and private schools in Ghana and was also used in a "Worlds of Childhood" course at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her upcoming work in collaboration with the noted author and historian Ivor Agyeman Duah, will be a student adaptation of the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s award winning play ‘Death & The King’s Horsemen. Mary is married to Joe and they have three adult sons.
Michaela Paulette Shirley (Diné), MCRP, is a program manager for the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute at the University of New Mexico. She is originally from Kin Dah Lucho, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. Michaela is Water Edge, born for the Bitter Water. Her grandparents are Coyote Pass and Salt clans. Michaela’s research interests are in urban planning, community development, and Indigenous planning, with interests in community-school relationships, biographies of landscape, Diné studies, critical Indigenous studies, critical regional studies, and hemispheric Indigenous comparative studies. She is a PhD student in American Studies at UNM.
Mmakgosi Anita Tau is a writer and filmmaker currently pursuing her MFA in Film at Syracuse University. She is a mental health activist and the creator of Mmakgosi Live, a global campaign that uses poetry, art, film, dance, and theatre to destigmatize mental illness and to inspire connection among artists.
Mmakgosi is also the co-founder of Sekei Girls, a mentorship program that promotes literacy development and nurtures creative talents in young scholars. Her work is an ongoing protest against human rights violations, social injustices, and a contribution towards dismantling gender ceilings. Mmakgosi has given speeches and performed Spoken Word pieces for programs in Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, and the USA. She has been published in Drum Magazine, South Africa, Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Water Stone Review, Badilisha Poetry, Praxis Magazine, The Syndrome Magazine, the University of Iowa’s Women’s Creative Mentorship Anthology, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in the United States of America. Her short stories and poems were also published in the Botswana Tourism Organization’s Share Botswana Tourism Fiction Award Anthology in 2018 and 2019.
Ghana-based Mohammed (Mo) Issa is an innovator in the world of business. His current focus is sharing that savvy with other entrepreneurs, as a Certified Business Coach. In the role, his mission is to combine business savvy and coaching techniques to help other business leaders realize their greatest potential. Mo is also a Certified Life Success Facilitator and certified as an NLP practitioner providing seminars With nearly three decades of successful career experience as an entrepreneur, Accraand empowering individuals to change their lives and ultimately reach their “higher selves.” He infuses those techniques and strategies throughout his coaching and public speaking gigs.
Mo loves to write (usually when the clock hits 6 in the morning), and visualizes himself as an author one day soon. As a first step, his posts have been published in websites such as: “Rebelle Society” and “Elephant Journal”. He blogs and writes poetry at mo-issa.com. He earned a Master’s of Law degree from the London School of Economics.
Mohammed Dauda was born in Bole, Ghana. He is currently studying Marketing at the Accra Technical University and teaches Literature-In-English at a Junior High School. Mohammed uses his life experiences to feed his readers with thought-provoking, analytical, constructive, and educative works. So far, he has written fifteen short stories, ten poems, and four plays. He is also working on an anthology titled, For The Road.
Mohammed’s writing prowess earned him a short stint with a Nigerian writing blog called Isys Drain Blog. He takes inspiration from renowned African writers such as Efo Kodjo Mawugbe (In The Chest of A Woman), Waterz Yidana (Madman and the Drunkards), Lawrence Darmani (Blood Invasion), and Ama Atta Aidoo (Dilemma of A Ghost).
Over the course of his writing career, Mohammed has participated in numerous writing competitions around the world, including the Samira Bawumia’s Writing Competition in Ghana. He has also scripted a few music videos. He lives in Adenta, a suburb of Madina, Accra.
Mujib Merhad (poet, playwright, translator; Afghanistan) is the author of the poetry collections Gladiators Are Still Dying (2007; winner of the Afghan Civil Society’s literature contest), The Fishes Have Fled Our Veins (2008), Audience (2009), and soldiers (2014) and of the collection of essays The Rain Passed. His recent book Dolphins’ Alley have been among 12 top selected book of Ahmad Shamlo award in in Iran. He has translated Ginsberg, Plath, Langston Hughes, Mayakovsky, Tagore, and others, into Dari. He is a board member of the literary organization Kashane Nawesendagan [House of Authors] and teaches Persian literature at Albironi University in Kapisa.
He is also a board member of Afghanistan Pen association and in 2010 he was representing Afghanistan Pen in the 76th congress of International Pen association. In 2014 he was one of the participant of IWP one of the most prestigious cultural programs in US along with 31 other poets and writers from all around the world. He has worked with Tolo TV, and for three years he has been working as a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education. Now he is editor in chief of hasht-e- subh daily, the largest newspaper in Afghanistan.
Myay Hmone Lwin (the pen name for San Mong Aung) is the author of a short story collection, An otter sneaked out from the Yangon Zoo (2014), four novels – One By Two 1/2 (2011), Khu (2011), Watch Out Your Shadow (2012), and What has been Written on the Stone can’t be Erased by an Eraser (2013) – and two poetry collections, Wanna Ride? (2010) and Scuttlebutt , which was published in a bilingual edition and launched at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2015.
May Hmone Lwin is the founder of NDSP (Ngar Doe Sar Pay, meaning ‘Our Literature’) publishing house which has published about 500 titles, many of them bestsellers and potential classics of Burmese literature. In 2014 he was nominated for the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish award. In the same year he won a Salai Tin Maung Oo Literary Award, named after a student activist who was hanged in prison in 1976 at the age of 24.
Selected for the International Writing Program at Iowa, in 2014 May Hmone Lwin spent ten weeks in the USA, participating in a wide range of literary activities. He edited an anthology of Burmese writing at Iowa called A Knot is where you Tie a Piece of Rope.
In 2015, May Hmone Lwin helped organize the first literary translation workshop in Myanmar, called ‘Link the Wor(l)ds’ and supported by PEN International, the British Council, the British Centre for Literary Translation, the Writers’ Centre of Norwich, Select Center(Singapore) and Penguin Random House. He invited to Summer Translation School at University of East Anglia in 2019.
He is the founder of Yangon Book Plaza, the biggest book plaza in Myanmar and is serving as a secretary of PEN Myanmar since 2020.
Naa Ashorkor is a Ghanian broadcaster, actor, brand influencer and entrepreneur.She is best known for starring in the award winning movie 'The Perfect Picture' (2009) and 'The Perfect Picture ten years later' by Shirley Frimpong Manso. Presently she is the host of 'We got this Africa' a self produced TV show created to give African women a platform to share difficult life experiences. On radio, she’s the host of 'Between Hours' & 'Just Us' on Asaase Radio. She also owns April Communications, a PR and Theater production company. As part of her social responsibility and her love for education, Naa Ashorkor is the ‘voice on’ the GH4STEM campaign, an initiative created by WeGo innovate to promote practical STEM education in Ghana.
Nadia Owusu is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. Her first book, Aftershocks, topped many most-anticipated and best book of the year lists, including The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, TIME, Vulture, and the BBC. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.
Nadia is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Orion, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, and others.
By day, Nadia is Director of Storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a consulting firm working for justice and liberation in partnership with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She teaches creative writing at the Mountainview MFA program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Nana Asaase(Philp Boakye Due Oyinka) is a Ghanaian award-winning poet, spoken word artist, writer, trainer in creative writing, and master of ceremonies. His works are mostly rendered in both English and Twi (one of the dominant Ghanaian languages). He also employs other languages when necessary. Nana Asaase was born in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region to Mr Kwaku Due Oyinka (Late) and Mrs Esther Due Oyinka.
He has performed for Presidents, diplomats, business executives, traditional rulers, Children , women and cab driver in Ghana for the fun and love of poetry. Despite being young, Nana’s deep appreciation of ‘Akan oratory’ embodied in appellations directed at the high and mighty, and of Ghanaian folklore, has earned him a seat around the table of the country’s literary giants.
He is a former student of the St Augustine’s Collage, Cape Coast and University of Ghana, Legon, he was under the tutelage of Prof Kofi Anyidoho, a giant in Ghanaian and African literature. He has been interviewed on both local and international radio and television networks, including the BBC and CNN’s “African Voices” program. He is a member of Ghana’s National Folklore Board.
Nana Asaase is a unique talent, his skills, performance and showmanship are un matched. He plays the keyboard, drums, Nana is a good percussionist and sings in church.
He recently won the award for the best performing poet for the year 2020 at the Entertainment Achievement Awards held by Citi TV this year.
Nana Darkoa writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and essays. As a feminist with over 15 years experience working with women’s rights organisations, she has focused on documenting the stories of women, particularly African women’s stories of change, resistance, and sexuality.
Nana Darkoa is Director for Communications and Tactics at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Curator and co-founder of the award winning blog ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’, which has won multiple times at Ghana’s social media awards in the categories of ‘best overall blog’ and ‘best activist blog’ and editor of Women leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women.
Her book, Sex Lives of African Women was published in 2021. She has also contributed short stories to the anthologies The Pot and Other Stories (2016) and It Wasn’t Exactly Love (2015). email@example.com
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called "a winning debut." Her work has appeared in the anthologies Africa39, Everyday People: The Color of Life, New Daughters of Africa, and Accra Noir.
Nana Kweku A. Daniel, who hails from the Asante Royal family, pursued his flair for fashion in the cutting edge industry in London, following his formal education in Ghana. However, during the COVID 19 pandemic, the former footballer and table tennis championship winner added reading and writing to his two favourite hobbies – listening to music and watching football.
Nana Kweku is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Nana Nkweti is a Cameroonian-American writer and AKO Caine Prize finalist whose work has garnered fellowships from MacDowell, Kimbilio, Ucross, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, and several others. Her first book, Walking on Cowrie Shells, was hailed by The New York Times review as a “raucous and thoroughly impressive debut” with "stories to get lost in again and again." The collection is also a New York Times Editor's Choice, Indie Next pick, recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly>, and BookPage; and has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Oprah Daily, The Root, NPR, Buzzfeed, and Thrillist amongst others. The work features elements of mystery, horror, myth, and graphic novels to showcase the complexity and vibrance of African diaspora cultures and identities. Nkweti is a professor of English at the University of Alabama.
Nana S. Achampong has written 25 books covering the different genres of poetry, play, for children, fiction, non-fiction, Christian, media and anthology. He’s also a life-long media practitioner and educator who has worked in the fields of journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, the visual arts and literature in Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States. He currently teaches at African University College of Communications, where he's also the Director of the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing, and the Program Coordinator of the School of Research and Graduate Studies, AUCC. His new book One Stone, One Bride and a Zombie, is due out later this year.
Nana-Akua Daniel is an Occupational Therapist who lives in London, England. Through her work, she has met unique individuals from all walks of life who have shared stories of their experiences of trauma, injury and disabilities. She enjoys long walks along the Thames, tending to her garden and trying her hand at DIY and photography.
Nana-Akua is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Natalia Molebatsi is a Pan-African feminist poet, writer, and performer. She is the author of two poetry collections: Sardo Dance and Elephant Woman Song. She is the editor of We are: A Poetry Anthology and Wild Imperfections: An Anthology of Womanist Poems. Her experimental CD projects, Natalia Molebatsi and the Soul Making and Come as You Are: Poems For Four Strings are available on iTunes. Natalia has performed and facilitated creative writing workshops in over 15 countries on 5 continents. She is currently a PhD student in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Natasha Tiniacos (1981) is a US political refugee from Venezuela; a poet, researcher, and educator. She has published two books of poems Historia privada de un etcétera (2011 and 2016), and Mujer a fuego lento (2007) with a forthcoming book Mignumi. She has been a poet in resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, Vermont Studio Center, and others. She created a poetry workshop in Spanish for senior citizens in Washington Heights, Manhattan. She holds and MFA in Poetry from New York University, and currently she is in her second year of the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Nene Tetteh Adusu holds a master’s degree in Development Communication from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and a B.A (Theatre Studies) degree from the University of Cape Coast. His publications include Heart in the Sand (a collection of lyrical poems) and Palm Leaves (a creative collaboration with Nana Arhin Tsiwah and Kofi Acquah). A list of his plays includes As Black as White , Achop , The Preacher , At the Morgue , and Perfected in Weakness Divine Forgiveness . Nene is a Universal Inspirational Poet honoree by the Pentasi B World Friendship Poetry, based in the Philippines. He is the Creative Director of The Poetics Stage, a theatre outfit. He lives in Accra, Ghana with his family.
Poet, filmmaker, and performer Ngwatilo Mawiyoo is the author of two chapbooks, Blue Mothertongue and Dagoretti Corner. Twice shortlisted for both the Brunel University African Poetry Prize and the Pushcart Prize, her poems have also appeared in Transition, The Malahat Review, Johannesburg Review of Books, Obsidian, among others. She has presented her work at various international festivals, and occasionally teaches. Her short film, Joy’s Garden, debuted in March 2021, and is currently on the festival circuit.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian editor, socio-cultural commentator, poet, and author of the acclaimed hybrid literary novel, Tail of the Blue Bird (Random House), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and translated into Dutch and German. A 2007 recipient of Ghana’s national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy, he has held visiting positions at the University of Southampton and California State University and delivered lectures and talks on poetry and creative writing at universities internationally. Nii Ayikwei holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck (University of London) and serves on the boards of the Poetry Book Society, the Arvon Foundation and the Caine Prize. As a poet he has published several pamphlets and his latest books of poetry are the Michael Marks Award-shortlisted pamphlet, Ballast: a remix (2009), described in the Guardian as, “An astonishing, powerful remix of history and language” and The Makings of You (Peepal Tree Press).
Obari Gomba (PhD) is an Honorary Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa (USA), and he teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. He is a recipient of Rivers ANA Distinguished Writer Award, and Kangaroo Poetry Festival Poet of 2018. He is a two-time winner of both the Best Literary Artiste Award and the First Prize for Drama of the English Association of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His works include Guerrilla Post (Winner of ANA Drama Prize 2018/Shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2018), For Every Homeland (Winner of ANA Poetry Prize 2017/Shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017), Thunder Protocol (Winner of ANA Poetry Prize 2016), Length of Eyes (Shortlisted for ANA Poetry Prize in 2013 /Shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2013), and Pearls of the Mangrove (adopted as a ‘Book of the Festival’ for the 2011 Garden City Literary Festival and the 2019 Festival Poetry Calabar). He curated an anthology featuring 35 writers from 33 countries, entitled A Piece of Daily Life, for the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa (USA) in 2016.
Obed Benyin-Mensah (MD) is an alumnus of St. Augustine’s Senior High School and the School of Medical Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He graduated as a medical doctor with a Master of Medicine, Master of Surgery honours in 2017. He currently practices professionally as a medical officer in the Ahafo Region of Ghana. His belief in being born a creative urged him to practice writing and commercial photography. With the latter, he has worked for about three years in the industry under the brand name, “trigershots” where he specializes in family life photography. He draws inspiration from life in the African setting – the challenges, demands, beauty, culture, beliefs – and churns them into thought-provoking literary works across several genres.
Obed’s poetry has been featured in literary publications such as the Pine Cone Review (Issue 2), Writers Connect's Quills Magazine (Issue 8) and the Africa Haiku Networks’ 11th Mamba Journal. His passion for agriculture led to the establishment of Triger Farms in January 2020 where he seeks to produce high quality pig and pig products for the Ghanaian and international food market.
Ms. Odolina Roussinov is a Media Arts educator at the University of Ghana. Her research areas are Media and Globalization and Intercultural Communication.
Odolina is an audio-visual content producer, and serves on the board of the Accra Indie Fim Fest.
Odolina is passionate about children's picture books. She is an author as well as an artist and illustrator and blogs at adolika.com
Okornore Manu is a private educational consultant, private tutor, podcaster and writer.
Panji Anoff has worked in Arts & Entertainment for over 30 years. After 4 years of studying Mechanical Engineering at University College London, he dropped out to become an apprentice journalist. In 1992 he won a BBC Training Scholarship, and spent the next year and a half learning the BBC approach to programme making, working in TV & Radio as a researcher, Assistant Producer and Producer on programmes including “Pebble Mill at 1”, “Black Britain”, “BBC Radio WM”, and going undercover for Migrant Misery, an investigative programme that gave BBC2 their “highest audience rating for a documentary” in 1992.
In 1993 Panji left the BBC to become a full-time writer. 2 scripts Panji wrote for UK's Desmonds were nominated for BAFTA awards, and though neither won, in 1995, "Desmonds" won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Script Team.
Writing full-time allowed him to spend more time in Ghana where he worked with Robert "Bob J" Johnson and Koffi "Zokko" Nartey to produce Ghana's last independent 35mm film, Back Home Again (1994). The soundtrack showcased an indigenous new sound called hiplife which was inspired by the hip-hop aesthetic, in which Panji had recognized a lot of African expression. This led to managing and producing hiplife pioneers Talking Drums, Atenteben and many others.
The mid to late 90's were spent between London, Los Angeles and Miami, running nightclubs and working in Artist development, but Panji returned to Ghana with a new brand & philosophy in 1999. Pidgen Music.
Over the next 20 years Pidgen Music worked with and recorded artists including Kofi Ghanaba, Mac Tontoh, Ebo Taylor, Atongo Zimba, Nii Noi Nortey, King Ayisoba, Wanlov the Kubolor, Mutombo da Poet, Akablay and Yaa PONO.
During this period Panji also started the High Vibes Music Festival which held 5 successful editions between 2008 and 2014 and the Culture Caravan, which scaled up the Ghanaian Concert Party tradition to a much bigger scale with contemporary artists including Kwaw Kese, Reggie Rockstone, King Ayisoba & Wanlov with musical director Funsho Ogundipe.
Then followed the worlds’ first Pidgen Musical film, “Coz Ov Moni” starring Wanlov the Kubolor & M3nsa (with all dialogue entirely in music).
Always willing to learn new things, Panji believes his experiences as a Studio Rat, Roadie, Sound Engineer, Scriptwriter, Stage Manager, School Teacher, Cameraman, Musician, Fixer, Film-Maker, Impresario, Line/Executive Producer have all shaped his perspective for the better.
Pat Masioni is a professional graphic novel and “American comics” artist. He is originally from the D.R. Congo and has lived in Paris since 2002. He has published many comics in Kinshasa where he used to live. He is the first African comic book writer published in the United States. Spotted by DC Comics/Vertigo, he illustrated episodes of Unknown Soldier before working with Dark Horse/Berger books and Fair Square Comics.
He has also worked with numerous publishers in France, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. He has collaborated with several newspapers (Le Monde, Huffington Post, Courrier International, le Gri-Gri International, Bakchich Info...).
He has worked on committed and/or didactic projects with international organisations (UN, PositiveNegatives/PRIO, International Red Cross Geneva, UNESCO, World Food Programme...). His work and original plates are regularly exhibited in several African countries, Europe and recently at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in Florida (USA).
He teaches his art in schools, media libraries and to amateur groups. He is regularly invited for artist residencies (Benin, Mozambique, Cameroon, Morocco, Ghana).
Patrick Ofosu-Hene, who writes under the pseudonym, Nana Doudu, is a Ghanaian author and creative writer who strives to give people hope and a reason to smile despite their circumstances. He loves to read and write poems, sing and write songs, and is a big fan of the spoken word genre.
Patrick is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Patron Henekou is a poet and cofounder of Festival International des Lettres et des Arts(www.nimblefeathers.com) at Université de Lomé, Togo. He writes in French and English as well, and translates, and teaches literature and creative writing. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Palmes pour le Togo, Arbolarium, Antologia Poetica de Los Cinco Continentes, and The Best New African Poets Anthology 2017, and in poetry journals such as AFROpoésie, Revue des Citoyens des Lettres,Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Asymptote, Better than Starbucks, Zócalo, etc. His published books include Souffles d’outre-cœur (2017), Souffles & Faces (2018), Des cheveux et des ongles (2021) and Vendredi soir sur la 13 (2021). Patron is a 2018 African American Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray, Florida.
Petra is a writer with two publications - Sales 101: What Everyone Should Know About Sales and Jungle Dance. She started writing poems and short stories from an early age and whilst an undergraduate student at the University of Ghana, shared some of her work on Radio Univers, a platform she credits with giving life her talent. She published her first book in 2017.
Petra wrote Sales 101 as her contribution to the Marketing profession as she has spent most of her professional career as a Marketing Practitioner, holding senior management positions in the airline industry, media and textile manufacturing. She started a thought leadership initiative in 2015 to support entry level salespeople and professionals in general to develop selling skills. She believes that selling is a survival skill in the business world as cooking is to life. It is this thought leadership initiative which started on Facebook that formed the basis of her book – Sales 101.
Her second publication - Jungle Dance, is a reflection of her over fifteen years’ experience in the corporate world. She tells the story of two women and how they navigate life, love, corporate politics and their own internal struggles.
Petra is a Chartered Marketer by profession and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, an MPhil (Marketing) from the University of Ghana Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science also from the University of Ghana. She teaches Marketing on a part time basis and has taught at Simon Page College of Marketing and Ashesi University. Petra is a prolific writer, public speaker and trainer. With a life story that inspires the truth of an Africa with possibilities, Petra frequently mentors younger people to also believe they can achieve their goals and be globally competitive.
She believes that it takes a village to raise a confident, purposeful, globally relevant and influential African child and she is determined to be a part of the committed hands that raise Africa’s next generation of leaders.
Prince Kwasi Mensah (or PKM as he is fondly called) is a Ghanaian-American poet, playwright, and author. He is the Founder of the Ghana Writers' Marathon, a six-month intensive writing program with the goals of a finished manuscript and a track to publication. He is also the Executive Editor for Mensa Press, a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit small press that assists emerging writers from Ghana through publication, promotion, and branding. Prince was the past Associate Editor (and later, Editor) of the One Ghana, One Voice ezine. He believes that, for the Ghanaian literary ecosystem to thrive, it should aggressively encourage literary criticism. To Prince, our ownership of narratives involves intentional investments in interpretation and insights.
He lives near Washington DC with his family.
Raafeke is an Afro-Caribbean spiritualist, creative writer, and the author behind the novel, Radiance Lost. "I believe that writing has the power to transform the world, no matter the genre. My biggest goal is to connect the African diaspora with those on the continent through my work.
Rahim Munir is a writer, music critic and media strategist. He has written on the Ghanaian music scene including album reviews, articles and opinions for a variety of publications, both in Ghana and Nigeria. He is also the founder and editor of CulArtBlog, a Ghanaian media platform dedicated to covering arts and culture.
Ray Ndebi is a Cameroonian writer, literary translator, literary analyst, writers and readers coach, publishers consultant based in Yaounde. He leads online and in-person writing, reading and translation workshops. In 2019, he co founded Ônoan, a group that aims at fostering quality writing, via their creative writing, reading and translation academy, and promoting young authors. Their actions in schools and universities help best understand books and improve the abilities of students. Ônoan also offer a large range of services including literary agency, editing, ghostwriting and mentoring.
Ray is a renowned literary mentor who keeps working with established, starting or aspiring authors for an easier understanding of words and literature.
Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and poet. He was named Managing Editor of Jalada Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2021. He has published the novel, City of Memories (Parrésia Books 2012), and the poetry collection, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things (Konya Shamsrumi 2019).
Richard was Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. He was Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (2011 to 2015). He currently sits on the board of Uganda’s Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, which runs BN Poetry Award—Africa’s only in-Africa continental poetry prize. He has served as a consultant, holding a public policy-shaping role in Nigeria as Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Interior (2015 to 2017).
He continues to work in internal security, particularly in preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE). He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.
Sabata-mpho Mokae is an academic, novelist, and translator. He is the author of a biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje (2010) and novels Ga ke Modisa (2012), Dikeledi (2014) and Moletlo wa Manong (2018). He has won the South African Literary Award (2011), M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana (2013) and the M-Net Film Award (2013). In 2014 he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the USA where he is now Honorary Fellow in Writing. He has translated two children’s books by Gcina Mhlophe, Dinaane tsa Aforika ( (Tales of Africa) and Semaka sa Dinaane ( (Our Story Magic), from English to Setswana. He teaches Creative Writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley.
Samantha Boateng is a poet, creator and educator. She is the founder of Read 2 Lead, a literary-focused nonprofit organization that operates in the US and Ghana. Since 2016, Read 2 Lead has built 3 libraries in Ghana and serves 10,000+ students.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading, dancing, and baking.
Sela Kodjo Adjei is a researcher with varied interests in Art Education, Religion, Politics, Race, Philosophy, Anthropology, Linguistics, Narratology and Children’s Literature. He received his PhD in African Studies at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. Sela Adjei is a member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association and the International Society for Folk Narrative Research. He is also an AICRE fellow and a member of the AI4Afrika team. Sela is a Lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) where he teaches Philosophy, Digital Imaging, Figure Drawing, Design Principles and Studio Practices. He is currently a Postdoc at the University of Ghana Business School working in collaboration with the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Loughborough University, UK to undertake the project “Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG)”.
Selikem Gotah is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at New York University. He is interested in investigating phenomena in the structure and formation of sentences in dialects of Ewe.
Sonia Ibrahim is a multiple award-winning actress and model and a former television presenter of Lebanese, Liberian and Ghanaian descent. She is also a motivational speaker, writer, entrepreneur, wife, mother of two beautiful girls, and a graduate of the Creative Writing Academy. She loves poetry, singing and dancing, although she can’t dance to save her life.
Sonia is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Sophia Amissah Laryea uses poetry and short stories to comment on global trending issues and daily events in her country. She “poeticizes” her observations, concerns and opinions on social media. She is a lawyer who has a strong interest in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights and has delivered several workshops on the development and protection of Intellectual Property rights in Ghana.
She actively engages in activities focused on improving the lives of women within her community.
Stephen Dziedzorm Dadugblor is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He earned a PhD in English (concentration in Rhetoric) from The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching specialties are in cultural rhetorics and public deliberations about democracy. An avid reader of Ewe stories, Stephen is committed to the belief that there is immense value in using African languages to promote African epistemologies.
Susan Rich is Editor-at-Large for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She has published the work of Mamle Wolo, Sophie Blackall, Lemony Snicket, Maira Kalman, Raúl the Third, Thomsas King, Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Michaela Goade, Jon Klassen, Frank Viva, Dav Pilkey, Christoph Niemann, Daniel Handler and others. Susan earned a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, began her publishing career in New York, and now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a graduate of the fiction program of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in Fiction. Her work is published in Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Callaloo, The African American Review and elsewhere. She has received writing fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Vermont Studio Center. The opera for which she wrote the libretto, A Gathering of Sons, was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Society and Social Issues category of the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. She is at work on her first novel, You, Your Father--an epic family saga that considers the untimely deaths of African American men over six decades beginning in the early 1940s in northern Louisiana. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Oxford College of Emory University.
Theophilus Quaye is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, who fell in love with literature during his Junior High School days in Christ Mission School. The love has bloomed ever since. He enjoys helping his students to express themselves through writing.
Theophilus is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Theresah Addai-Mununkum is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, College of Humanities and Legal Studies at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where she teaches and engages in research. Her teaching and research areas are: African literature, Literary theory, Masculinities, Gender and Writing, Queer theory, Gender Identity and Sexuality Studies, and Literary and artistic constructions of gender and sex. She is also the Coordinator for Advocacy and Outreach at the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) at the University of Cape Coast.
Apart from the University of Cape Coast, she has worked as a student Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also as the Language Coordinator and Administrator (Ghana, Cape Coast Site) for the School for International Training, Vermont. She obtained her PhD in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 in the USA where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She had her Master of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Cape Coast in 2001. Currently, she is a member of the African Literature Association and the African Studies Association. Her academic awards include a 2018 ASA Presidential Fellows Award and a 2014 ACLS/African Humanities Program Fellowship. She has been a guest speaker at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, UNISA and Iowa State University in the USA, and published in Journals such as the West Africa Review, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and the African Studies Quarterly.
Dr. Thomas Amatey Tagoe is a Neuroscientist, Science Communictor and Co-founder of G.H.Scientific, an organisation focused on building capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through public engagement and outreach activities. He holds a PhD in Physiology with a current research focus on epilepsy which he carries out as at the University of Ghana.
Thomas has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented various aspects of his work at Local, National and International conferences. He has also had his work featured on local and international news outlets such as the Daily Graphic, StarrFM, The BBC and CNN.
Thomas sits on the Africa Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organisation, helping steer contributions to neuroscience in Africa. He is also the regional secretary of the Ghana Science Association and Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Neuroscience Society. Thomas has a strong passion for collaborations and is responsible for implementing multiple public engagement projects which earnt him the British Council Social Impact Award in 2018. He also co-produces The Horizon on StarrFM, a science based conversation every Wednesday on morning radio.
Thomas has spent many years in academia and is a keen advocate of learning through practical education; a passion he lives out by organising and participating in a number of capacity building, learning and training events aimed at both students and teachers. He has consulted for many education focused organisations including Lead For Ghana and facilitated a number of science communication workshops for DANIDA and other organisations.
Toby is artistic director of Tall Stories Theatre Company, which he co-founded in 1997 with Olivia Jacobs. The company is a registered charity which tours nationally and internationally with its unique blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of humour. Tall Stories produces shows for families and for grown-ups – some adapted from children’s books, some based on folk tales and others created from scratch. Toby wrote the story ‘The Snow Dragon’, which the company then adapted into a show and published as a book. The company is best known for its theatrical adaptation of ‘The Gruffalo’, which premiered in 2001 – only 18 months after the book’s publication. Prior to Tall Stories, Toby worked as a French teacher at Kimbolton School, assistant director at Soho Theatre Company, French textbook editor at Thomas Nelson and editor at Macmillan Children’s Books. He studied Modern Languages at Cambridge and did an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Ursula M. Abanga is a twenty four year old Ghanaian writer, living in Ghana. She writes fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. She blogs at instagram.com/the.insomniac.logophile_ and ursyrants.wordpress.com
She has a dog, an addiction to good music and a constant craving for the beach. She's also a tea junkie.
Her work has appeared in The Big Yellow Post, Larabanga: Stories from the Savannah and The Voices of African Women Anthology.
Vera Akua Nti is a Ghanaian writer, musician and artist, a final year student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology. Her love for writing began as a child, with motivation from her parents. She hopes to reach the youth through her writing and contribute to creating a beautiful African heritage.
Vera is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Vera Duarte Lobo de Pina, Desembargadora, poeta e escritora, formada em Direito pela Universidade Clássica de Lisboa. Membro das Academias Caboverdiana de Letras, de Ciências de Lisboa, Gloriense de Letras. É investigadora correspondente do Centro de Humanidades/CHAM da Universidade Nova de Lisboa Foi Ministra de Educação Ensino Superior, Presidente Comissão Nacional Direitos Humanos e Cidadania, Conselheira do Presidente da República e Juíza Conselheira do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça. Integrou organizações como Centro Norte-Sul Conselho d`Europa, Comissão Internacional Juristas, Comissão Africana Direitos do Homem e Povos, Associação Mulheres Juristas e Federação Internacional de Mulheres de Carreira Jurídica.
Foi condecorada pelo Presidente República com a Medalha Ordem do Vulcão (2010); pelo Governo Cabo Verde com a Medalha de Mérito Cultural (2005); recebeu os prémios Norte-sul DH do Conselho d`Europa (1995); Tchicaya U Tam´si de poésie africaine (2001) e Sonangol de Literatura (2004). Foi agraciada com o prémio FEMINA 2020, para mulheres notáveis.
Publicou Amanha Amadrugada (1993), O Arquipélago da Paixão (poesia, 2001); A Candidata (Ficção, 2004); Preces e Súplicas ou os Cânticos da Desesperança (poesia, 2005); Construindo a Utopia (Ensaios, 2007); Ejercicios poéticos (poemas em Espanhol e Francês, 2010); A Palavra e os Dias (Crónicas, 2013); A Matriarca – uma estória de mestiçagens (romance, 2017); De Risos & Lágrimas (Poesia, 2018) e a Reinvenção do mar (Antologia poética 2018), Cabo Verde um roteiro sentimental viajando pelas ilhas da sodad do sol e da morabeza (prosa, 2019), Naranjas en El Mar (poesia, 2020), Contos Crepusculares - metamorfoses (prosa, 2020).
Veronica Ababio-Aggrey is a twenty-two-year-old student at the Creative Writing Academy who aspires to be a writer and director. She can be a bit goofy at times and enjoys reading, writing, and having a good laugh.
Veronica is a contributing author to the book, The Haunted Widow.
Victoria Princewill FRSA is a historical fiction novelist, whose work is driven by a desire to write forgotten intelligent African women back into our world. Born in the U.K. in 1990 and educated at Oxford and UCL with degrees in literature and philosophy, she is currently working towards a third degree in Neuroscience. Writing for the Guardian, the London Reviews of Books, n+1, BBC News & more crystallised the extent to which her first love remains fiction. It still feels slightly impossible — as do her many other goals. But Victoria has always sought the impossible. She used to say that within the pursuit lay the art of self-mastery. Nowadays she lives in London and the closest she gets to the pursuit of the impossible (in a pandemic) is attempting to touch the sky from her balcony.
Dr Wale Okediran is a Nigerian born Medical Doctor, Writer and former Member of Parliament. In view of his prowess in the field of Sports, he was awarded a University Scholarship for Sports for his University Education. He established the first Writers Residency in Nigeria, THE EBEDI INTERNATIONAL WRITERS RESIDENCY in Iseyin, Oyo State, an initiative for the use of writers from all over the world in 2010. Okediran has published till date fourteen novels out of which ten are adult fiction and three are for children. Many of the books are on the reading lists of several Nigerian Universities. In addition, he is also the author of the Biographies of five famous Nigerians. His collaborative works include, Human Rights Educational Book for Children (Amnesty Int, Nig 1995) and Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literature in English (Routledge,11 New Fetter Lane, London).
A multiple award- winning author, Okediran’s highly acclaimed novel, Tenants of the House which is a fictional account of his years in the House of Representatives was the 2011 Co Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature and is currently on the reading list of many Nigerian Universities. The US edition of the book was launched in Atlanta Georgia in April 2012. A Film adaptation of the novel has been commissioned by Netflix. Okediran who was the National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors between 2006 and 2009 is currently the Deputy Secretary General (Africa) for the Writers Union of Writers from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He was appointed the Secretary General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) in August 2020.
I am a 25-year-old aspiring novelist and prose poet from Malawi. I have written a number of poems touching upon subjects such as death, loss, love, loneliness, split personalities, discrimination, prejudice as well as erotica. I currently have 3 non-published poem collections, and I'm writing fictional literature exploring fantasy and historical fiction.
Winifred Iddrissu-Parker is an eighty-one-year-old retired property developer and former Chairman of the Winipak Group of Companies. She enjoys travelling, singing, sitting in her garden and listening to her favourite radio station - Peace FM.
Winnifred is a contributing author and editor of the book, The Haunted Widow.
W.K. Dziewornu-Norvor draws from his life story when writing about experiences around him. He is a poet, actor, and performer. He has directed a number of plays with his theatre production company, Village Minds Production. These plays manifest as creatively activist performances where the ills of society are satirized. He holds degrees in both Arts and Communications Studies. He is currently pursuing an M.Phil in African Studies. He has love for Anlo-Ewe oral performances as a way of maintaining and further re-enforcing the domains of language usage and vitalization.
Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has three poetry collections, One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), Pretend I’m Not Here (2006), and Secret Manta (2001). A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, he was Festival Director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.
Zukiswa Wanner is the author of four novels: The Madams (Oshun, 2006), Behind Every Successful Man (Kwela, 2008), Men of the South (Kwela, 2010), London Cape Town Joburg (Kwela, 2014); four children's books: Jama Loves Bananas (Jacana, 2011), Refilwe (Jacana, 2014), Africa: A True Book (Scholastic, 2019), Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on the Run (Pushkin, 2021); two books of nonfiction: Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam (Jacana, 2013) and Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts (Black Letter Media, 2018) She co-authored the Mandela house biography with late veteran photographer, Alf Kumalo 8115: A Prisoner's Home (Penguin, 2010) and has been published in many anthologies including 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible (2011), New Daughters of Africa (2019), Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa (2021) . She has been a columnist for True Love(SA), The Star and Nation (Kenya), New African and Mail & Guardian and has also written for publications like New York Times and The Guardian . As a publisher, Wanner counts among her authors Mukoma wa Ngugi from Kenya, Angolan writer Yara Monteiro and Maimouna Jallow from Gambia. She is the founder and curator of Artistic Encounters, Afrolit Sans Frontieres and Virtually Yours. In 2020, Wanner became the first African woman to win the Goethe Medal, an official decoration by the German government conferred to non-Germans for outstanding service for international cultural relations. She was also selected by New African as Africa's 100 Most Influential Africans for 2020 and literary journal Brittle Paper's 2020 African Literary Person of the Year. Zukiswa Wanner is host of the monthly literary discussion, Virtually Yours where she hosts a different writer and gives away free books. Her keynote for Time of the Writer Festival in May 2021 can be found here https://literandra.com/the-writers-voice-in-a-political-world/ and she gave the inaugural address for University of Cape Town's Great Texts/Big Questions 2021 series with her topic as Creating In the Midst of a Crisis. Her Afrolit Shorts with five other African writers debuts on Audible in October 2021.
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