Selected Bios

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Agur Schiff was born in Tel Aviv in 1955. Studied at St. Martin's School of Art in London (specialized in animation) from 1979 to 1981, and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, from 1984 to 1985. Schiff won critical acclaim as a filmmaker before turning to writing in the 1990's. He published two collections of short stories, Dying Animals and Bad Weather (Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem, 1995) and Stories for Short Trips (Hakibbutz Ha'meuchad Publishaers, Tel Aviv, 1999) as well as six novels: Bad Habits (Zmora-Bitan Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2004), What You Wished For (Zmora-Bitan Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2007), In the Sand (Am Oved Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2010), The Latecomers (Am Oved Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2013 short listed for Sappir Prize 2014), Anonymity (Am Oved Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2017), Professor Schiff's Guilt (Achuzat Bayit Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2021) of which an English translation is due to be published in May 2023 by New Vessel Press, New York.

Until his retirement in February 2022, Schiff served as a professor at the Screen Based Arts dept. of the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, where he taught dramatic writing and gave various courses relating to cinematic concepts.

Schiff lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Ruti and has a son and a daughter.

Alba Kunadu S. Amoo-Gottfried, graduated as a Film Editor from the Cuban film school and currently works as a writer and audio-visual content producer.

She freelanced for over 10 years as a scriptwriter and editor for the acclaimed BBC World Services’ radio drama Story Story and as a writer and director for the television drama Wetin Dey.

She has worked with several international and national productions, including MTV, CNN and Discovery Channel.

FABteen, a magazine style TV show for teen girls by teen girls, shown on GHOne TV in 2021, is her most recent project, as creator, producer and director.

Alba is also the author of the books The Imported Ghanaian and A place of Beautiful Nonsense.

Ama Asantewa Diaka is a storyteller who is committed to community. She is the founder of Tampered Press, - a literary and arts journal for Ghanaians and Africans, and Black Girls Glow, an initiative to foster collaboration among black women creatives. She is the author of the collections You too will know me and Woman, Eat me Whole

Ama Dadson is the Founder & CEO of AkooBooks Audio Ltd , Ghana's first publisher and a digital streaming platform for Black/African audiobooks and spoken word. Founded in 2017, she was inspired by her mother, a children's book author who lost her sight, to create accessible African audiobooks.

Ama is passionate about the opportunities offered by digital reading to combat illiteracy in Africa and is dedicated to finding indigenous narrators who can accurately portray African voices, characters and experiences.

Ama worked at the University of Ghana for over a decade and a half in several capacities including Deputy Director of IT Services. Ama also previously worked for UNEP DTIE, where she acted as adviser on matters related to ICT and e-sustainability and assisted with UNEP industry outreach activities, in particular those related to the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS).

Ama was awarded Women in Tech Africa Startup of the Year in 2021. She has previously served as a jury member for the Prix Ars Electronica Digital Communities category.

Anwuli is the publisher and co-founder of Narrative Landscape Press, an independent publishing company based in Lagos, Nigeria that has published authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Chibundo Onuzo, Yejide Kilanko, Marlon James, Lupita Nyong’o, among others. She is an editor with 16 years’ experience, and co-founder of Society for Book & Magazine Editors of Nigeria, a non-profit that provides training and resources for editorial professionals. Anwuli is the editor of the 2022 AKO Caine Prize Anthology. She currently sits on the board of trustees of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Lagos Hub and Open Country, a leading literary magazine.

Dr. Asangba Reginald Taluah is a senior lecturer at AAMUSTED, the erstwhile Kumasi and Ashanti Mampong campuses of the University of Education Winneba. His research areas include: Literary Linguistics, English Education, African Studies and Liberal Studies. His works have been published in both national and international anthologies. His poem, Mother was awarded the Castello Di Duino Poetry Prize in 2014, Italy.

Clifton Gachagua is the author of Madman at Kilifi and appears in a chapbook box set, Seven New Generation African Poets (University of Nebraska Press).

Gachagua was an editor at Kwani?

His work appears in Naijographia, Manchester Review, Saraba, Jalada, Kwani?, Poetry Foundation, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories (Caine Prize Anthology), AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers, Sunspot Jungle, Enkare, Africa39, PEN Foundation: New Voices, Harvard Divinity Journal, among others.

His manuscript, For You Sweetheart, I’ll Sell Plutonium Reactors, was selected for the Kwani? Manuscript Project. He has been translated into Italian, and into music.

He writes for TV and radio. He is a founding member and contributing editor at DRR (down river road).

Dany Asase, Creatively known as Dagny Zenovia, has a background in journalism, law, and digital content creation. Her published multi-media works focus on topics ranging from self-development, advocacy, and a holistic lifestyle. Currently, she is a time traveler at Bandele Muse, an inner-galactic African life and style experience / Afrofuturistic boutique providing statement fashion pieces and magical adventures. When she is not working or creating, she enjoys indulging in her love for Afrofuturism and freedom.

Dr Eghosa Imasuen is a Nigerian writer and cofounder of Narrative Landscape Press Limited.

He graduated with a 1999 medical degree from the University of Benin. His second novel, Fine Boys, a coming-of-age novel, was received to wide acclaim in 2012 and was published in America by the Ohio University Press’ Modern African Writers Series in 2021.

Eghosa Imasuen teaches creative Writing at the annual Chimamanda Adichie Creative Writing Workshop. He lives in Lagos with his wife and twin sons.

Dr Wale (Olawale) Okediran, a Medical Doctor by training and a former Member of the Nigerian Parliament.

A published author of 14 novels and two collections of Travel Stories some of which have won Literary Prizes within and outside Nigeria, the film adaptation of his ward winning novel Tenants of the House (directed by Kunle Afolayan) was adopted in November 2021 by NETFLIX for a three year global streaming contract.

In 2010, he established the first Writers Residency in Nigeria, THE EBEDI INTERNATIONAL WRITERS RESIDENCY in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria an initiative for the use of writers from all over the world.

Dr. Okediran who is a former National President Of the Association Of Nigerian Authors, is the current Secretary General of the Accra, Ghana based Pan African Writers Association (PAWA).

Dr. Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon, is a world-renowned linguist, scholar and the architect of Abibitumi, a large Black social education network.

He completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012, winning the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s award for the Best PhD Thesis in the Humanities.

He also won the 2016 Provost’s Publications Award for best article in the College of Humanities. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation award for excellence in Afrikan Studies and Education.

Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon was awarded the 2020/2021 University of Lagos (UNILAG) Lagos Area Cluster Centre (LACC) Fellowship where he contributed significantly to the work of “reconfiguring” Afrikan Studies.

He is an Associate Professor and Head of the Language, Literature and Drama Section of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana and is Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics.

His research interests include Serial Verb Construction Nominalization,Historical Linguistics, Kemetology, & Afrikan=Black Liberation.

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.

Empi Baryeh is a Ghanaian author of heartwarming, sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance and women’s fiction. 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 Changing 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.

Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare is an enquiring soul who is interested in fully exploring life at the intersection of art, science, stillness, and conscious manifestation.

As an intellectual, she is concerned with the "politics of space" and the enabling of cognitive justice through an engagement with multiple non-western and/or non-academic ways of producing knowledge.

As the creative persona A. B. Godfreed, she writes poetry and narratives, as well as creates art and experimental beatmixes, which she shares online on "A.B. Godfreed Prosetry & Pic(k)s", Medium, Soundcloud and other digital platforms.

Epifania immerses herself in these eclectic endeavors, as her way of engaging in an "art of unthinking" and the creation of "work that makes life sweet", while also trying to highlight our diversity and yet epigenetically entangled oneness—in all its intelligence and beauty.

Frances Mensah Williams is a Ghanaian-born writer, entrepreneur, and Executive Coach, and the author of several fiction and non-fiction books. Her debut novel, the romantic comedy From Pasta to Pigfoot went straight in at no. 23 of WH Smith Travel’s Top 100 Summer Reads. It was followed by From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings, the novel Imperfect Arrangements and a novella series, the Marula Heights Romances, all set in Ghana.

Frances has also written two non-fiction books: Everyday Heroes - Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals and ‘I Want to Work in Africa – How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent’ and freelance articles for print and online publications including The Voice and Hello! Magazine. Alongside her writing, Frances is an entrepreneur, consultant, and Executive Coach with extensive corporate and commercial experience across a diverse range of industries.

As the founder of Interims for Development, she led international skills and business development projects in the UK and across Africa. She is also the founder and Managing Editor of ReConnect Africa, a global online careers and people management portal for professionals of Africa heritage. Frances was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2020 for services to the African community in the UK and Africa. Frances’s latest novel, The Second Time We Met, was released in July 2022, going straight to #1 on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list for Black and African American Romance.

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  • Fui Can-Tamakloe is a prose, poetry and film writer based in Ghana. In 2017, he co-authored Made in Ghana: A Collection of Short Stories.

    His poetry, profiles, short stories, and articles have appeared both in print and online. He also works as an editor and ghostwriter.

    He enjoys cold beers, great books, and slow traveling. He writes in English and Ghanaian Pidgin

    Gbontwi Anyetei is an activist screenwriter, novelist, essayist and entrepreneur.

    He has written a number of pieces based on African history -most recently The Red Ants & The Noise will be his third book capturing the story of a genocide of the Gā people by the British in 1854.

    He believes art can reframe our present and create a revolutionary future, daily obsesses about how to produce literature media productions that entertain timelessly WHILST espousing a Pan-Africanist ethic.

    His flagship project is his biopic screenplay in development of his hero Kwame Nkrumah.

    With his entrepreneur hat on Gbontwi established a business named 'Repatriate Arts' which is a talent agency connecting creatives from all over the world with the film, literary, arts, music worlds in Accra now and other African cities in future and an agribusiness (The Sabla Process) that exports value-added commodities from Ghana worldwide.

    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 World Literature Today, 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 and Olongo Africa.

    He is an MFA student at Chapman University. Find him on Instagram/Twitter via @kwaku_kyereh.

    Joshua Weber has always had a love for literature, so it wasn’t a surprise to his family when he quit his day job in 2017 and became an intern with the hybrid publisher Calumet Editions.

    In the past several years, he has held many roles at Calumet: developing marketing campaigns, proofreading manuscripts, communicating with authors, and now holds the role as the Operations Manager at Calumet’s headquarters in Edina, Minnesota.

    Josh thrives on finding creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems while trying to realize an author’s wish of having the best possible version of their book published.

    Ko-Jo Cue is a Ghanaian rapper & songwriter with an uncanny knack for storytelling following the tradition of the old griots of West Africa.

    Born Linford Kennedy Amankwaa, he describes himself as an African man telling African stories with an neo-African voice.

    His lyrical style is Introspective and socially conscious yet non-judgmental.

    He tells everyday stories from the viewpoint of a philosopher in search of answers. His music is a blend of Hip-Hop, Highlife and Afrobeats.

    His 2017 joint album Pen & Paper with label mate Shaker was lauded for its brazen lyricism and creative music videos.

    Ms. Lauryn Hill and earned him an opening spot on her 20th Anniversary Miseducation Tour.

    On November 5th 2019, He released his debut album 'For My Brothers' to critical acclaim and fan appreciation.

    Notable past performances include Afrochella 2017, GidiFest 2019, Ghana Meets Naija 2018, Ghana Music Awards Launch Party 2018 and 20th Miseducation Tour 2018.

    He is also a former KFC Ghana brand ambassador and has done admirable social work with OxFam International, Drama Queens Ghana and Young Einsteins Ghana.

    Michelle Alipao Chikaonda (she/her/hers) is a nonfiction writer from Blantyre, Malawi, she was a resident of the USA from 2002-2022, most recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently a graduate student at the University of East Anglia in the UK, studying biography and creative nonfiction at UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. In addition to being a 2019 resident at The Seventh Wave’s Rhinebeck Residency, she is a Voices of Our Nations [VONA] Workshop fellow, a Tin House Summer Workshop alumna, and has presented at several Association of Writing and Writing Programs [AWP] conferences. A contributing editor for nonfiction at Electric Literature, Michelle is also currently published at Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, Catapult, the Broad Street Review, Business Insider, and Africa is A Country, among others.

    Molara Wood is a writer, journalist, critic, editor and speechwriter. She won the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition and received a Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for her fiction.

    She is widely published internationally and has served on the judging panels of several awards including: the Zuma International Film Festival, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the Quramo Writers Prize.

    Described as ‘one of the eminent voices in the Arts in Nigeria,’ and with credits across film, literature and visual art, she served as Arts & Culture Editor of NEXT Newspaper, and was for many years an Arts columnist for The Guardian. She continues to write on books and the arts for publications including the BBC and The Irish Times.

    Molara Wood is one of 10 Nigerian women writers featured in a Google Arts & Culture exhibit on the city of Lagos, and was selected for the LOATAD West African Writers Residency 2022. She also hosts the ART for the People Podcast. She is the author of INDIGO, a collection of short stories with a strong focus on the condition of women in society.

    Ms. Anna Naa Amanua Ankrah is a language enthusiast with a flair for writing and editing. She is an author and the winner of the maiden edition of the Ghanaian Languages short story prize (Ga category). Ms. Ankrah has edited several books and write-ups and is keen on using her stories and poems to project the culture, language and customs of the Ga people. She holds a degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana.

    Nii Ayertey Aryeh is a Gã language activist exploring new ideas that can expand the language to be ahead of modern trends. A hybrid GãDaŋme with roots in Abola - Gãmashie and Kletsokunya - Prampram. He works with AccraDotAlt to produce Chale Wote Street Art Festival, and Sabolai Radio Music Festival.

    Noble Kofi Nazzah is the Director of Programs for the New York-based United Solutions Consultancy Group and he was an Associate Producer (Africa) for the Talking Black— Roots in America documentary.

    Noble is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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    Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and Samuel and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a practising barrister and appears as counsel before the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals. He sits as an arbitrator in international investment disputes and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    He is author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and numerous academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, The Guardian and the New York Times. His most recent books are East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (2016) (awarded the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne) and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (2020), also available as BBC and France Culture podcasts. His latest book is The Last Colony: A Tale of Exile, Justice and Britain's Colonial Legacy (2022). Philippe is President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature.

    Reggie Rockstone (Reginald Yaw Asante Ossei, "the Godfather of Hiplife") is a Ghanaian rapper.

    He was born in the United Kingdom but lived his early years in Kumasi and Accra. He has been living in Ghana continuously since he pioneered the Hip-Life movement in 1994..

    He pioneered the Hiplife art and has played an important role in the development of this uniquely African genre in Ghana. He raps in Akan, precisely Asante Twi, and English.

    In 2004, Rockstone won the Kora Award for the best African video and he performed in front of a 50,000-person crowd in Ghana, together with Shaggy.

    In 2006, he recorded a track with the Jamaican Dancehall singer Beenie Man called "Chukku Chakka" (in reference to Rockstone's 1999 hit "Eye Mo De Anaa", which sampled Fela Kuti).

    Rhoda Korley-Owu is a lover of literature who channels her creativity through writing articles and crafting book reviews. She is a contributing writer on culture publication AKADi Magazine and hosts the magazine's Instagram Live series The Bookplate. The Bookplate is a space for Ghanaian writers/ poets and illustrators to showcase their creativity, discuss their work and hopefully inspire another generation of budding writers.

    Rita Esieduah Intsiful has a background in development and volunteerism with expertise in education management, public policy, health management, event management and research spanning over 10 years. Significantly at the intersection of her work are education, health and development. She has especially focused on rural development practices as well as women and children. She has also worked with a number of international organisations in developing and sustainably maintaining projects on education and health.

    Zenith Akwei holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Cape Coast. He teaches English Literature at Bishop John Daly School, Accra.