Abena Kwatemaa Karikari
Abena Kwatemaa holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. At an early age, Abena discovered her love for reading which later translated into writing stories of her own in notebooks, which she would pass around to her classmates to read. Her story, Cooking with Mama was published in Flash Fiction Ghana’s Kenkey for Ewes in 2018 (DAkpabli Publications).
Abena is passionate about promoting reading in Ghana, particularly African literature, and has a YouTube channel - Bookworm In Gh - and Instagram account (@bookwormingh) where she discusses the books she reads. She also co-founded and leads three book clubs for women (@mu_sorbookclubs on Instagram).
Aside from reading and writing whenever possible, Abena enjoys swimming, watching films and travelling. Abena is Ghanaian, born and raised in Accra. She is married with two children.
Abena Sɛwaa is the founder of AKADi Magazine - an online culture publication that is driven by content shaped by Ghanaians in the Motherland and the Diaspora. Abena has a background in journalism and has written for online and national print publications including the Graphic, GhanaWeb and Black UK newspaper the Voice. She is keen to explore the ways in which Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora can connect meaningfully through knowledge sharing.
Adinah is a singer/songwriter from London, UK. She has performed throughout the U.K. in places such as London and Brighton, and in The Gambia. Her musical style is a mix of modern RnB/Pop with a twist of AfroSoul. Adinah also works as a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. She aims to use her voice to support, motivate and encourage people in times of need.
Afua Ansong is scholar and artist who received an MFA from Stony Brook University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of the chapbook Try Kissing God (APBF 2020). Her work interrogates representations of black female subjectivities in African Diaspora Literature. She is currently working on a collection of poems about Adinkra Symbols from Ghana, interacting with these symbols as modes of grief and artistic freedom. Afua's work can be found on her website afuansong.com.
Afua Awo Twumwa
Afua Awo Twumwa is a Ghanaian living in and writing from Accra, Ghana. She is an accountant, writer and has a keen interest in the performing arts, currently with a company called BIG step Theatre. Her work has appeared in Tampered Press, Kalahari Review, AFREADA and in CGWS' 'How to Write My Country's Name' and Jay Kophy's 'to grow in two bodies'.
Akila is a published and award winning writer, poet and spoken word artist. She performs and reads inter/nationally. Some of her writing gives voice to the Black German experience. She’s had her writing published in Penguin, Peepal Tree Press and Waterloo Press. She collaborates with a range of art genres and is due to publish her first poetry collection. She is writing her first novel. Akila’s portfolio includes leading creative projects and currently leads the LITUP mentoring; publishing scheme with Waterloo Press, supporting poets through their first publication. She is the current Writer in Residence for Creative Future.
Ama Benewaa T. is fascinated by the rationale behind, as well as the making of art. One of her favourite things to do is observe people interact with and react to art. She lives in Accra and is currently reliving some of her childhood every chance she gets.
Amarachukwu Chimeka is the founder of Purple Shelves Nigeria Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading brands in editorial services. She is also one of the founding editors of The Village Square Journal. She is a seasoned copyeditor, proofreader, book publicist, publisher, and literacy development expert with experience in providing mentorship and professional services to clients, in and out of Nigeria.With her mix of extensive literary experience, visionary perspectives, passion, and belief in the power of the written word, Amarachukwu has brought innovation to publishing as well as tackled book sales challenges for authors; one of which is the popular #ReadIgboChallenge to sell books in Igbo published under her company’s Akwukwo Ndu imprint. The challenge gained recognition on social media and was featured on BBC News Igbo. She has not only carved a niche for herself as an excellent publisher but also demonstrated her expertise as a reading consultant, chairing the facilitation of several book clubs, both for schools and individual clients. She holds a DELF A1, a certification for non-native speakers of French, administered by the International Centre for French Studies for France’s Ministry of Education; a B.A. in English and Literature from the University of Benin, Edo state, Nigeria; and an M.A. in English (Literature Bias) from the University of Lagos. Additionally, Amarachukwu holds other relevant certifications from professional associations, including the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (now Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) UK; and Publishing Training Centre, London. She was also a recipient of the prestigious Graduate Fellowship Award, from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2014.
Due to her high interest in strengthening the reading culture as well as raising the next generation of readers in her country, Amarachukwu has authored some titles for children in her Grow & Know Series as well as created reading resources and teaching materials that help younger readers build strong literacy skills, sharpen their cognitive reasoning skills, and boost their love for reading.
Ambassador D. K. Osei
His Excellency D. K. Osei is the inaugural President and Board Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations-Ghana. Prior to that appointment, H.E. Osei was Diplomat-in-Residence at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) of the University of Ghana.
Ambassador D.K. Osei has been a diplomat for over forty years. Significantly, he served as Secretary to the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, between 2000 and 2008. He was also a member of Cabinet, the Economic Management Team, the Diplomatic Advisory Council and National Security Council. During his career as a diplomat, he served in Paris (1984-1988), Conakry (1992-1996), Kinshasa (1997-1998) and Copenhagen (1998-2001).
Ambassador D.K. Osei is recipient to several awards, including The Commander of the Order of Mayo by the Government of Togo, the Order of the Volta (Companion Division) from the Government of Ghana and the Order of Gravenhage from Her Royal Highness the Queen of the Netherlands.Ambassador D.K. Osei is the author of Privileged Conversations - Adventures of an African Diplomat.
Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere
Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere is presently the Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations- Ghana and Chairman of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO). He was the High Commissioner of Ghana to Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005, and Ghana's Ambassador to La Cote d'Ivoire between 2006 and 2009; both countries were emerging out of civil war when he was appointed. In 2007, the University of Sierra Leone conferred on him a Doctorate Degree in Civil Law (Honoris Causa) for his contributions towards the Ghana- Sierra Leone relation, and his tutorial work at the Fourah Bay College.
Ambassador Blay-Amihere is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and the London School of Economics. He is also a Chevening Scholar and a Nieman Fellow of Harvard University.
Prior to his ambassadorial appointments, H.E. Blay-Amihere spent twenty-five years in journalism as a columnist, editor and publisher. He served as Chairman of the National Media Commission, and President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and West African Journalists Association. He was also an Executive Member of the International Federation of Journalists and the Commonwealth Journalists Association.Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere has six books to his credit, including Between the Lion and the Elephant - Memoirs of an African Diplomat.
Amma is a Doctoral candidate at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana. Her research focus is on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, specifically persons living with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases in Ghana. She lives in Accra with her family and loves to bake and make good food.
Amoafoa spends the daytime working in legal advocacy and the night hours reading and writing stories that plough through Africa and its diaspora’s arbitrary borders. She has been published by Flash Fiction Ghana, Tampered Press, the Gender-Based Violence Project’s The Big Yellow Post and on her personal blog: astoldbyamoafoa.wordpress.com. She also maintains an active ‘Bookstagram’ account @whatamoafoaread.
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia holds a B. A. in English from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and holds a Postgraduate degree in Education from the University for Development Studies. Her first collection of poetry, Excursion on an African Mind garnered attention from many universities. Her current novel, Ashawo Diaries, was published by D'Akpabli and Associates. Amoafowaa is the founder of the Autism Help Foundation, an Ashoka Changemaker, a Yali Regional Cohort Fellow, a Kumvana Fellow, a Yher Fellow, an Alumni of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, and a Governing Council Member of the African University College of Communications.
Amoafowaa lives in Tamale where she works as a teacher at the Tamale Senior High School. She is a Ghanaian who hails from Kwahu in the Eastern Region.
Facebook: Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia // Twitter: @Maame_c // Instagram: Amoafowaa Sefa // Blog: www.amoafowaa.com // LinkedIn: Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia
Anna Naa Amanua Ankrah
Anna is the Ga category winner of the maiden edition of the Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize organized by Write Ghana. With a background in English and Linguistics, Anna has an innate flair for writing in both English and Ga.
She is also an avid reader of Ga literature. Besides these, she has quintessential editing and proof-reading skills and a natural eloquence where reading in public is concerned. She has also served as a leader on several platforms and worked as chairperson of her church's Literature Committee for 3 years.
Anni Domingo is an Actress, Director and Writer, working in radio, TV, films and theatre. She appeared in Inua Ellam’s Three Sisters, a play set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, at the National Theatre (UK). She currently lectures Drama and Directing at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama Students and at RADA. Anni’s poems and short stories are published in various anthologies and her plays produced in the UK. Her first novel, Breaking the Maafa Chain, is scheduled to be published in 2021. An extract from the novel won the Myriad Editions First Novel competition in 2018 and is featured in the New Daughters of Africa (2019) anthology edited by Margaret Busby. Anni recently won a place at Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and Norwich National Writing Centre’s ‘Escalator’ programme enabling her to start working on Ominira, her second novel.
Apiorkor is a Ghanaian poet, writer, author, literary critic, media practitioner, activist and versatile creative of Ga-Daŋme and Ewe ancestry. Author of The Matriarch’s Verse (a collection of Poetry), her work is noted for its rare prosaic nature and sharp, vivid imagery. Her poetry concert, "The Matriarch's Verse", remains Ghana's largest poetry event to be hosted by an individual artist.
Apiorkor has appeared on two Tedx platforms and has spoken at Re:publica, Berlin. She is also an Editorial Advisor, for The InfluencHER Project, an editorial program and global community - working alongside the living legends Pat Mitchell, Alison Smale and Christine Heenan, to empower and to amplify female voices. Again, at Africa6 News, she leads a team of passionate young Africans towards reclaiming the African Narrative, from the Western media.
Apiorkor is a Production Executive at Accra-based Citi FM/Citi TV, where she continues to create cutting-edge content- she is the host of Diplomatic License on Citi TV, which features diplomats who work in Ghana, focusing on the non-official aspects of their lives and showcasing anything from what they eat, to family life, fashion and style, to the Art, History and Culture that characterises their home nations.
Apiorkor is also a copywriter, content designer/creator/curator, voice over artist, Literary scholar, an Educator, an Event Moderator, a Wife and a Mother.
Asantewa is a Ghanaian storyteller. A sensational balance of poetry, music, intellect and wit, she uses storytelling to subvert the mainstream role of artists as entertainers only – by being unapologetic and unwavering in using her voice to question well, observe closely and reaffirm what ought to be. She’s a co-founder of BlackGirlsGlow and the founder of Tampered Press.
Ato Quayson is Professor of English at Stanford. He took his BA (Hons; First Class) from the University of Ghana and gained a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cambridge. He is Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Royal Society of Canada (2013), and the British Academy (2019).
He has published 5 monographs and edited 8 volumes, along with publishing several articles in a variety of fields including African and postcolonial literature and literary theory, disability studies, urban studies, and diaspora studies, among others. His edited collections include African Literary Theory and Criticism (with Tejumola Olaniyan; 2007), Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations: The Commodification of Illicit Flows (with Antonela Arhin; 2010), the 2-volume Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (2012), the Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism (with Girish Daswani, 2013), and the Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel (2016). 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). His most recent monograph, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2014) was co-winner of the Urban History Association’s Best Book Prize (non-North American category) in 2015. The book has also been featured in a special forum on “Concepts and Methodologies” in the (PMLA) of March 2016. He is currently completing a monograph on Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature for Cambridge University Press. Professor Quayson is founding Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Previous appointments held include University Professor at the University of Toronto (2016), and Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (2005-2016).
Prior to Toronto, he was also Lecturer, then Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Cambridge (1995-2005), Director of the Centre for African Studies (1997-2005) and Fellow of Pembroke College (1995-2005). Other appointments have included Chair of English for the International Baccalaureate (2005-2007), Visiting Professors at UC-Berkeley (2000), Research Fellow at the Du Bois Institute for African American Studies at Harvard (2004), and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities at the Newhouse Centre, Wellesley College (2011-2012). He is Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013) and has served on the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (2005-2010) and European Research Council (2011-2017).
Ayesha Harruna Attah
Ayesha Harruna Attah is the author of Harmattan Rain (2008) which was nominated for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Saturday’s Shadows (2015), shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013; The Hundred Wells Of Salaga (2019), translated into four languages, and her first novel for young adults, The Deep Blue Between(2020). Ayesha Harruna Attah grew up in Accra, Ghana and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University. She currently lives in Senegal.
Beatrice Anowah Brew
Beatrice Anowah Brew is an International Relations specialist with particular interest in Peace and Security. She focuses on policy-oriented research; security policy development; academic and training curriculum development; and advocacy. She is passionate about education and youth development and supports various social impact initiatives and skills development interventions as part of her commitment towards the attainment of SDG 4 and SDG 8.
She is knowledgeable in migration, violent extremism, human rights (R2P), elections and human security.
Ben Peter is an internationally known business executive, leadership scholar, author, and business development expert, widely regarded as one of the leading business strategists around the world. Books authored by Ben Peter include: Build Up, The Money CookBook, Principles of the Top Money Code (co-authored with Charles E. Eromosele), Clearing Your Mental Deck, and Get Set, March! He is a Professor of Management and the Chairman and CEO of five privately held companies.He has a Ph.D. and an MBA in Business Management, and over fifteen years’ experience in the financial services, motivational speaking and coaching, pharmaceutical, healthcare, education, and direct selling industries. Ben’s personal life story is a source of immense inspiration to many. He has helped countless people to reignite their passion for life through health products, live events, personal mentoring, and coaching. He believes that working hard is not enough. You have got to work smart with a high dose of discipline and willingness to be intentional with every goal and vision of greatness you have. His books also carry that same philosophy.
Bisi Adjapon’s writings have appeared in journals and newspapers including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Times, Daily Graphic and Chicken Bones. She founded and ran The Young Shakespeare company for four years in America. The short story version of her book, Of Women and Frogs was nominated for the Caine Prize by Dave Eggers.
As an International Affairs Specialist for the U. S. Foreign Agricultural Service, she won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations, and a Strategic Objective Award for her work on the Norman Borlaug Capacity Building Fellows targeting women in developing countries. She holds degrees in French and Spanish and has worked in several embassies, and taught and managed projects in Latin America and Africa.
Brian Willan is a former publisher and now an Extraordinary Professor at Sol Plaatje University and North West University, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University. He has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has written extensively on 19th and 20th century history and literature. His most recent book, Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932, won an award for nonfiction (biography) from the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2020. He is co-editing with Sabata-mpho Mokae, Sol Plaatje: a life in letters, due for publication in 2020.
Chiké Frankie Edozien
Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria Chiké Frankie Edozien learned to read from the newspapers before even attending school. He is the author of the ground-breaking memoir Lives of Great Men: Living & Loving as An African Gay Man which won the 2018 Lambda Literary award for biography/memoir. His Shea Prince was a Gerald Kraak Finalist and part of its 'As You Like It' anthology which also garnered a 'Lammy' in 2019. His Last night in Asaba along with other incredible stories from around Africa have been anthologized in The Heart of The Matter. Edozien lives in Accra where he serves as the Director of New York University's Africa campus.
Instagram: @LivesOfGreatMen // On Twitter: @FrankieEdozien. @LivesGreatmen
Chuma Nwokolo is a Nigerian lawyer and writer. Called to the bar in 1984, he has written a dozen books, including the novels Diaries of a Dead African and The Extinction of Menai. His short story collections include How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (Vols 1 & 2) and The Ghost of Sani Abacha. He is the convener of the Good Governance Campaign, bribecode.org.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chuma // Twitter: www.twitter.com/chumanwokolo // Website: nwokolo.com
Claudia is a Ghanaian Writer and Filmmaker. She writes from these two liminal spaces; internally and externally, and tries to make sense of them. She believes in the beauty of community and the intimate stories “we share when we think no one is listening.” Her work has appeared in Vogue Magazine, Clockhouse Magazine, Quiz & Quill Literary Magazine, Wusgood.black, 20.35 African Contemporary Poetry through Brittle Paper, and Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets 2017 and 2018.
Her short films have screened at the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, Ohio Shorts Film Festival, and the No Evil Eye Film Festival. Claudia has spent half her life in Columbus, OH and the other half in Ghana.
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.
Darkowaa is an avid reader and book blogger of books by Black writers. Six years ago, she created the book blog, African Book Addict! where she reads and reviews books by writers of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora.
Derek Nnuro is a Ghanaian-American fiction writer based in Iowa City. He is a graduate of the fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Meta Rosenberg Memorial Fellowship and a Teaching Writing Fellowship. He was awarded the Robert J. Schulze Fellowship in 2016 and is a recipient of a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. What Napoleon Could Not Do, his novel-in-progress, traces the members of a Ghanaian family -- tied by blood and marriage – as they grapple with the joys and longings, and the fulfillments and betrayals of love and citizenship. He has taught novel writing at the University of Iowa and is currently Associate Writer/Curatorial Associate at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.
Duduzile S Ndlovu
Duduzile S Ndlovu (PhD) is a postdoctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, and a recipient of the Newton Advanced Fellowship at the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh 2018-2020. Dudu completed her PhD in 2017 on Zimbabwean migrants memorial practices in performance, poetry, music and film in Johannesburg and translated her thesis into poetry to access a wider audience. She has since used poetry in her research exploring migration narratives in African cities; her current projects exploring Johannesburg, Nairobi and Accra. She teaches research methodology and has facilitated workshops for graduate students on poetry as a research method in the UK, Germany and South Africa. Dudu is a native of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and claims Johannesburg, South Africa as home. Twitter & Instagram: @mandlods
Edem Adzaho is a Reinvention coach and strategist, an author of 2 books, a travel writer and a travel podcast host. Edem currently coaches ambitious women of faith to reinvent and learn how to package their expertise online, so they build a fulfilling legacy and earn a sustainable income.
Edem is Ghanaian who has explored over 45 countries and splits her time between Ghana and Iceland. She hosts the highly rated Travel Podcast; Vamejo Travel Podcast, where she helps shape the positive narrative of Africa by talking to Africans and non-Africans passionate about travelling Africa the world. You can find her on: // www.edemadzaho.com // Twitter @edemadzaho // Instagram @edemadzaho // YouTube Edem Adzaho
Edwige Renée Dro
Edwige is a writer, a literary translator and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire. She was identified in 2014 by the Hay Festival as a writer “with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Africa and the diaspora”.
Edwige has judged and facilitated many writing competitions including the PEN International Short Story Prize and the AfroYoungAdult project for the Goethe-Institut in South Africa.Her writings have been published by Bloomsbury, Harper Collins and in magazines like Popula, This is Africa, among others.
One of her fantasies has always been to be locked up in a library; in February this year she set up, 1949, a library for African and Black women writers. Beyond fulfilling her fantasy, the library also aims to unearth and shine light upon the contributions of African and Black women to the world in order to inspire the present and future generations.
Facebook: Edwige Dro / 1949books // Instagram: @1949books // Twitter: @DroEdwige / @1949books
Dr. Eghosa Imasuen is the Executive Director, Business Development at Narrative Landscape Press Limited. He is an accomplished author of two novels, both published by the Farafina imprint of Kachifo Limited. His second novel, Fine Boys, was recently acquired by Ohio University Press, USA, under their Modern African Writing series imprint. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Benin in 1999 and worked for several years as a medical doctor.
Eghosa lives in Lagos with his wife and their twin sons.
Photo credit: © Marco Giugliarelli for Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 201)
Elikplim Akorli, known by his stage name “The God of Poetry”, is a Ghanaian writer and artist. He has self-published two poetry anthologies, A Heart’s Quest and Purple Harmattan, the latter of which honours his mother tongue and presents poems in both English and Eʋe.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Coast and an MBA in Human Resources from the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration.With an array of eclectic inspirations, Elikplim combines elements of music, spoken word, poetry and visual art to investigate what it means to be human.He is intrigued by the psyche of his audience- He aims to use his work to engage them, through the five senses and to create a space for them to question their journey through life, who we are as Africans and the role we individually play in service to the earth and its inhabitants. He also aims to connect his audience to the essence that animates all life on earth, and inspire them to explore their relationship with the same.
Eli is an active force in Accra's art scene as a poet, spoken word artist and performer, creating unique and immersive experiences in collaboration with Paul God and The Poetry Band.He is currently developing his debut album; Spell Breaker, a body of work that showcases poetry and sound art, which will be released by the end of the year. He lives and works in Accra.
Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is a multiple award-winning writer of entertaining novels for and about children and young adults. As a child, she was a voracious reader and wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Her published works include: A Saint in Brown Sandals, An Angel in Mucky Shorts, The Twelfth Heart, The Dorm Challenge, Rattling in the Closet and The Lion's Whisper. Each of her novels leads page by page to the discovery of the hero hidden within her characters. She has a website, www.elizabethirenebaitie.com , which caters to her books and her writing.
Elizabeth-Irene is a clinical biochemist and is currently the director of a medical laboratory in Accra. She grew up in Ghana and lives in Accra with her husband and their three children.
Empi Baryeh is a Ghanaian author of sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance and women’s fiction. Her interest in writing started around the age of thirteen, after she stumbled upon a YA 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 has been writing ever since.
Her published novels include: Most Eligible Bachelor (2012), Chancing Faith (2012), Forest Girl (2018), His Inherited Princess (2018) and Expecting Ty’s Baby (2019). 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 3rd place of the Ayi Kwei Armah Novel Prize, in the 2018 Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) Literary Awards.
She is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers and the Romance Writers of West Africa, an organisation that supports romance writers of West African origin and writers who write romantic fiction set in Africa.
When she is not writing, she likes to read, listen to music and catch up on some TV series. Empi 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.
Eric Ngalle Charles
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 student at Swansea University, South Wales, UK.
Esther Emefa Gadze
Esther Emefa Gadze is a visionary leader on a mission to influence leaders on issues pertaining to the family, its effect on people, organizations and nations, to effect positive change.
As an Executive Life Coach, Speaker and Retreat Director, Emefa cultivates and empowers leaders to thrive in both family and professional spaces. She specializes in helping compassionate leaders to experience holistic success. She is also the Founding Director of Single Parents Support Network, a non-profit support network dedicated to holistically serve single parents who are multipliers. Emefa is a regular feature on family and personal development issues on national radio and TV stations with global reach through online broadcast. She is making her mark as a transformational Speaker, Trainer/Facilitator at events and seminars.
Prior to this, Emefa built a strong reputation in the corporate world and in education, spanning 20years in different capacities- administration, student/parent counselling, marketing of services and community development. She was a volunteer counsellor for over 8years in Family Renaissance International, a faith-based organisation committed to the family.
As a Preacher’s Kid whose family became dysfunctional due to her parents’ bitter divorce and a life characterized by many challenging seasons, Emefa fought her way back to a place where she uses the tools she discovered along the way to empower others to thrive.She is currently pursuing a Master of International Development Administration, with Andrews University, Michigan-USA. She has a BA in Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and an Advanced Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Graduate School of Governance and Leadership (GSGL), Ghana. She is a member of Toastmasters International, a global Public Speaking and Leadership Club, and passionately advocates for the need for wholeness in families because she believes that a healthy functional society has its root in healthy families. Emefa is a divorced single mum to a gifted young man.
Fatima is a queer feminist writer and organizer. She is an editor and contributing writer on the blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.
Frances Mensah Williams
Frances Mensah Williams is a Ghanaian-born writer and publisher. She is the author of the novels From Pasta to Pigfoot (2015) and the sequel From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings (2016). From Pasta to Pigfoot which explores contemporary middle-class Africa, was selected by WH Smith as one of the top 25 of its 100 Summer Reads. Her latest novel, Imperfect Arrangements was released in February, 2020. Frances is also the author of two non-fiction titles:Everyday Heroes – Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals (2011) and I Want to Work in Africa – How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent (2014). She is the publisher and Managing Editor of ReConnect Africa.com, an online careers and business magazine for global African professionals. For almost 20 years, in addition to her writing, she has led multiple projects across Africa designed to build skills and drive business growth. She was awarded the CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to Africans in the UK and in Africa. She resides in London.
Francis Doku is a passionate African travel writer and enthusiast who has travelled extensively around the continent of Africa and beyond. He is also the host of Travel Pass, a travel programme that airs on Accra-based 3FM. For 20 years now Francis has been writing the Listening and Watching with Francis Doku column in the Graphic Showbiz- a column which critically reviews and previews radio programmes and presenters’ performances and has thus helped to shape the way radio and television stations and presenters operate over the years.
He is one of the most sought-after pundits on travel, tourism, culture, entertainment and arts programmes on radio and television. Among the programmes he appeared on regularly to discuss tourism and creative arts related issues are Rhythmz A to Z on Joy FM, The Pundits on GhOne TV, This Morning on Viasat1 TV and The White Carpet on Joy News TV on Multi TV.
Francis joined the Media General Group in August 2017 and has since June 2020 served as General Manager of MG TV Ltd (responsible for TV3 and Onua TV). He has also served as General Manager of MG Digital and MG Radio.
His experience spans across the communications and media value chain, specifically in journalism, public relations, media planning, advertising, event management and digital marketing with veritable know-how in each of these areas. As a media planning and advertising executive, he has worked with global blue-chip media and communications companies such as MediaCom (Vizeum) and Carat. Between July 2009 and July 2014 he served as General Manager of Adams Media Limited (Carat Ghana).
He also worked as Group CEO of The Rave Group, a multi-specialized communications services holding company with interests in media planning, creative development and production, content production, marketing and syndication, events and experiential marketing as well as digital marketing. He moved on after two years to establish Maestro Africa Group Limited, a media planning and buying, experiential, public relations and digital marketing company before joining Media General in August in 2017.
Francis Doku has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration (banking and finance option) and an Executive MBA (marketing option) both from the University of Ghana Business School. He is married with children. His interests include travel, reading, listening to the radio, playing scrabble and watching football.
Francis Gbormittah is an academic with a focus in media arts and practice, and the President of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW). His research interests are in film and television aesthetics (reception studies: narrative and the response to narrative, images and the perception of images, visual theory and culture); 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 co-edited The Performing Arts in Africa: Ghanaian Perspectives . Francis’ books and scripts include: Beggar's Plight, Wedding Blues, Aloma’s Playhouse, Manya Krobo: Memories, Identity and Cultural Heritage, Knocking on Heaven’s Doors, and Dusty Hustle. 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.
Franka Maria Andoh
In the words of Franka, “I used to call myself an ‘emerging writer’. In my heart I still am, but I was told recently by a young woman that now that I have officially shed that description, she is emboldened to take it on. This conversation pleased me as being one who is committed to making an impact on young folk.”
Franka started writing as a matter of need -- for her daughter, Marisa Clare. She was desperate to find stories that represented her then toddler, so she sought characters that mirrored her, food that she had tasted and settings she could recognise. When she could not find such books, she decided to write them herself. As a result, the books ‘Dokono the Donkey’, ‘Koku the Cockerel’, ‘The Yum Yum Bully Boy’, and ‘The Kente Curtain’ were published. Her collection of short stories ‘I Have Time and Other Short Stories’ won the Ama Ata Aidoo Award in 2018. She was also honoured to co-author ‘Sam’, a memoir with esteemed politician and lawyer Mr. Sam Okudzeto.
She is also a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino, listed as one of the leading cafes in Africa by Ventures Africa, and has been in the hospitality business for over 22 years. Alongside the café, she is also the co-founder of an Art Space called Antique Lemonade and the CEO of Lemon tree Publishing and Film- Her first short film ‘Secret Number’ premiered in 2019.
Franka is very passionate about the different forms of storytelling and the documentation of family history.
Instagram: @food_style_franka // Facebook: Franka Maria Andoh
Freeman Wayo, from Abutia Kloe in the Volta Region is a degree holder in Ewe with English language from the University of Education, Winneba. He is a dedicated writer who finds interest in story and poetry writing in both Ewe and English language. FUVI, his award-winning fiction features in the Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize which was organised by Write Ghana in 2019.
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Fui Can-Tamakloe is a Ghanaian short story writer & poet. His works have appeared on Afreada, Tampered Press, Ghana Flash Fiction and other online platforms. In 2017 he co-authored and self-published Made in Ghana: A Collection of Short Stories with Rodney Assan. He is a judge for the Samira Bawumia Literary Prize.
Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian artist who started his practice through his interest in the history of materials and architecture. Failure and delay through specific forms always inform his choice of sites which he believes the works do not only occupy but are also occupied within the works/objects. Residues and points of chaos registered as marks within the forms he selects, they present us alternative perspectives of looking into the materials/Labour conditions of society. He emphasises the importance of ‘Form’ in his work. Ibrahim’s work has included objects from jute sacks used to transport commodities to the point of decay and later sewn together with a network of collaborators under specific Labour conditions, and then superimposed on architecture- “the politics of the hand and its parallel relation with architectural forms become a lot more evident”, he says. His work, A Straight Line Through the Carcass of History, has dealt with forms related to the second world war and bacteria life.
Ibrahim’s works have been included in the 56, 57 and 58 Venice Biennale, documenta 14 Athens and Kassel, Orderly Disorderly, Accra, Images An Age of Our Own Making, Denmark, The Island Is What The Sea Surrounds, Valletta 18, Malta and Spectacles Spectations, Kumasi Ghana and Labour of Many at the Norval Foundation, Cape Town, Parliament of Ghosts at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and currently at the 22nd Sydney Biennale.
He finished a year residency with the DAAD in Berlin in 2018. In march 2019 he opened SCCA Tamale and more recently Redclay; both are spaces run by artists, built and dedicated to experimental forms, studios, education and retrospectives of practices which emerged from the 20th century. His current interests are using specific architectural forms within history in the formation of spaces inspired by the potentialities and failures of modernity.
Agyeman-Duah is a development specialist who has written on economics, international development cooperation and literary histories. His published works include, Crucible of the Ages: Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80 and with Lucy Newlyn of Oxford, May Their Shadows Never Shrink - Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry. He has also edited three well-received anthologies of contemporary fiction - All the Good Things Around Us, The Gods Who Send Us Gifts and Between the Generations.
Agyeman-Duah served as an advisor to Ghana’s former President, John Agyekum Kufuor and the Asante, Osei Tutu II (on his historic visit to Seychelles), of which he produced two television documentaries Yaa Asantewaa - Heroism of An African Queen and The Return of a King to Seychelles. He was part of the BBC and PBS production team, Wonders of the African World presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jnr. He was a research scholar at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard (1998-1999) and at the Exeter College of Oxford (2006-2007). He also studied at the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and the University of Wales.
James Murua is a blogger, journalist, and podcaster who has written for a variety of media outlets in a career spanning print and web. His online space jamesmurua.com, which focuses on literary news and reviews, was nominated for "Best Creative Writing Blog" for the 2018 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. James was announced Best Writer "Theatre, Art and Culture" at Kenya's Sanaa Theatre Awards and listed as one of the top men in digital in Kenya in 2018. His Podcast "The African Literary Podcast" was nominated for Podcast of the Year at the Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards 2019. He was a judge of the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. James was a columnist and editor for The Star newspaper in Kenya, where he was voted "Columnist of the Year" in 2009. He has also contributed to Quartz Africa, Management Magazine (Kenya), The Daily Nation (Kenya), The Nairobian (Kenya), DigifyAfrica.com (South Africa), Johannesburg Review of Books (South Africa), and Africa Independent (South Africa). James Murua has conducted workshops on blogging and social media in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi and has been a media consultant for the Goethe Institut, Nairobi. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg in October 1971. He studied British and American Studies at the University of Hamburg and the Trinity College in Dublin, before moving to Berlin, where he still lives today.
In Berlin Wagner started out by working on the international “literature box” Die Aussenseite des Elementes. Since 1995 he had been issuing the box together with Thomas Girst and a changing editorial team, till, after the eleventh edition, the project had to be ended in 2003.
Since 2001, when his first collection of poems was released by the Berlin Verlag, Wagner has been working as a freelance poet, translator and literature critic. He writes regularly for the Frankfurter Rundschau as well as other newspapers, magazines and the radio. Wagner’s translations of authors such as f. e. Charles Simic, James Tate, Matthew Sweeney, Jo Shapcott, Simon Armitage and Robin Robertson have been published in magazines and anthologies. He himself has been translated into multiple languages.
As an editor Wagner published together with Björn Kuhligk the anthology Lyrik von Jetzt. 74 Stimmen, a comprehensive collection of young German poetry. A follow-up has been issued in 2008.
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Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a scholar of comparative literature based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She is the author of two books: South African Literature's Russian Soul (Bloomsbury, 2015), and The African Novel of Ideas (Princeton UP, 2021). Professor Jackson works across English, Russian, Afrikaans, Shona, and Anglo-Fante literary traditions, and has published in a wide range of both scholarly and public-facing venues. She is also editor of the "Field Reports" essay series on located modernisms at Modernism/modernity.
Jessica Mandanda is a Malawian feminist Communications specialist and writer, advocate for body and sex positivity.
John Collins is a naturalised Ghanaian who came to Ghana from Britain in 1952 and has been involved in the West African music scene since 1969. He is a guitarist, harmonica player and percussionist and has worked, recorded and played with numerous Ghanaian and Nigerian bands; the Jaguar Jokers, Francis Kenya, E.T. Mensah, Abladei, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Koo Nimo, Kwaa Mensah, Victor Uwaifo, Bob Pinodo, the Bunzus, the Black Berets, T.O.Jazz, S.K. Oppong and Atongo Zimba. In the 1970’s he ran his own Bokoor highlife guitar band which released 20 songs and in the 1980s and 90s operated his Bokoor Recording Studio 8 miles north of Accra which recorded 200 bands and released 9 records and 60 commercial cassettes. Some recently re-released highlife/Afrobeat cd’s of both his Bokoor Band and Bokoor Studio recordings are ‘Electric Highlife’ (Naxos label Hong Kong/USA), ‘Vintage Palmwine’ and ‘Bokoor Beats’ (Otrabanda, Holland) & the 'Guitar and Gun' (Sterns/Earthworks UK).
Collins is also a music journalist and writer with over 100 journalistic and academic publications (including ten books published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Ghana and Nigeria) on African popular and neo-traditional music. He has given many radio and television broadcasts, including over 40 for the British BBC. In 1978 he wrote and presented the BBC’s first-ever (five-part) series of radio programs on African popular music called ‘In the African Groove’.
Collins has been a film consultant/facilitator: the BBC’s ‘Repercussions’, ‘Brass Unbound’ by IDTV of Amsterdam, ‘The Highlife Story’ for Ghana Broadcasting, ‘Highlife’ for German Huschert Realfilm, ‘African Cross Rhythms’ by the Danish Loki Films (re-released 1996 as ‘Listen to the Silence’ by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, New Jersey, USA), ‘When the Moment Sings’ by the Norwegian Visions company, ‘Ghanaian Art Music’ by Bavarian TV and ‘One Giant Leap/Astronaut’ music-video for Palm Pictures/Island Records.
Collins obtained his first degree (Sociology & Archaeology) from the University of Ghana in 1972 and his Doctorate in Ethnomusicology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has given lectures/workshops in Canada, the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, France, the Caribbean, Ghana, Mali, South Africa and the Cote-D’Ivoire. He has been a resident research-fellow at the North-western Univ. African Studies Department at Evanston in the US and Dartmouth Art College in the UK.
Collins was on the Executive of the Ghana Musicians Union (MUSIGA) in the 1970’s and, together with Professor J.H.K. Nketia and the Ghanaian folk-guitarist Koo Nimo, was in 1987 made an honorary life-member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). During the 1990’s Collins was Technical Director of the three-year joint University of Ghana African Studies Department/Mainz African Music Re-documentation Project, and for seven years was with the Ghana National Folklore Board of Trustees/Copyright Administration. In the summer of 2000 Collins teamed up with fellow guitarist Koo Nimo and went on a performance tour of the US eastern sea-board with him.
Currently Collins is the Acting Chairman of the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (BAPMAF) formed in 1990 that operates a Highlife Institute that was opened to the public in Accra in 2007. He is a patron of the Musicians Union of Ghana MUSIGA. Between 2000-3 was a consultant for a World Bank project to assist the African music industry and is currently working as a consultant with MUSIGA on gathering statistics on the Ghanaian music industry. He is a Full Professor at the Music Department of the University of Ghana where he has been teaching since 1995 and was Department Head between 2003-5. For a number of years and from the Music Department he co-ran (with Aaron Bebe Sukura) the Local Dimension palm wine highlife band that toured Europe in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and released a CD in 2003 entitled N’Yong on the French Disques Arion label.
Frimpong is a media anthropologist and curator whose research investigates Ghanaian popular cultural artifacts in terms of how they help us to understand social and political issues. He curates Ghanaian popular media artifacts which include; political cartoons, hand painted movie posters and barbershop signs. In this vein, Joseph has held exhibitions in Ghana, South Africa the UK.
Instagram: @ghanaian_popular_culture // Twitter: @drodurofrimpong.
Kai Lutterodt is a British-born Ghanaian journalist, blogger, presenter and diversity activist. It is through her travels around the world that she gained first hand experience “on the field”, exercising her attainments in photography and journalism to advance into documenting stories through the medium of video. Kai's interest in her Tabom heritage has led her to research and trace her ancestry 5 generations from Salvador Brazil to Otublohum Ghana, over the span of 10 years. On each visit to Brazil she delves deeper into her Afro-Brazilian ancestry, immersing herself in cultural festivals, the cuisine, music and dance. Kai's determination to showcase travel through the black lens, and the multifaceted identity of people of African descent has led her to create and pitch her latest project, 'Around the World And Black' travel show. More information about Kai can be found on www.travelmakerkai.com | @travelmakerkai
Instagram: @travelmakerkai // Twitter: @makingkaiKai Lutterodt- photo credit: Kai - 15: Matheus Lens
Katleho Kano Shoro
Katleho is a South African-born writer, performance poet, workshop facilitator and research consultant -- who holds a Masters’ degree in Social Anthropology. She is the author of the poetry collection Serurubele (Modjaji Books) and recently contributed poems to the black, African girl-centred colouring book, Colour Me Melanin.
Through the 2018 Naane Le Moya “Tuesday Shorts” Residency, she published a four-part series of short stories. Beyond past editing projects, Shoro is the co-editor of a forthcoming poetry review project as well as a themed journal issue “Decolonisation In/And Poetry” under Education as Change (UNISA Press).
Kereen Getten is the author of When Life Gives You Mangoes, which is her debut novel. She has also written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction. She was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018 and highly commended for the FAB prize. She grew up in Jamaica but now lives in Birmingham England.
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.
Kobby Ankomah-Graham is a lecturer, writer and D.J. who is passionately curious about African arts, counterculture and digital media. Leaning towards creative non-fiction, he also enjoys using the weird to explore the mundane through short stories in places like Litro Magazine and the Writers Project of Ghana anthology, The Sea Has Drowned the Fish. His freelance writing has featured in places like The Guardian and he has been profiled by the likes of BBC, Culture Trip and Global Voices. He was also a finalist in the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition, alongside the likes of Yewande Omotoso and Molara Wood.
Kobby is a University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) law graduate with an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy, a University of Ghana PhD candidate, Chair of the board of trustees of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art, and teaches at Webster University, Ghana.
Kofi Akpabli teaches courses in Communication Studies at Central University. As an Africanist scholar, his research areas include Ethnography of Communication and the Anthropology of Tourism. Kofi’s recent works have been published in the Obsidian Journal, Chicago State University and the Commonwealth: Anthology of selected African writers published in London. His repertory of life writings include Destiny and Politics: a Biography of Hon. Sallas Mensah, Abavanna of Navrongo and Dreams Fulfilled – the Life of Victoria Hanson-Nortey. Kofi has also been commissioned to author the corporate history of the National Lotteries of Ghana. Publications he has curated for the Ghana Tourism Authority includes advertorials, which have been featured in international magazines.
Under the patronage of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, Kofi has served as a Distinguished Member on the Millennium Excellence Awards Committee. As a freelance journalist, Kofi has on two occasions won the CNN African Journalist Award as well as the Ghana Journalist Association best reporter in Tourism and Culture. His project partnership with Nana Awere Damoah currently leads the DAkpabli ReadAthon, a reading for pleasure campaign across Ghana. Kofi lives on the outskirts of Accra with his wife and children.
Poet, literary scholar, educator, and cultural activist, Kofi Anyidoho is a Professor of Literature in the English Department, University of Ghana-Legon and was the first occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies. He has been Director of the CODESRIA African Humanities Institute Programme, Ag. Director of the School of Performing Arts, and Head of the English Department. He trained as a professional teacher at Accra Training College and the Advanced Teacher Training College-Winneba, and taught primary, middle and secondary school before joining the university faculty. Outside the university, he has been deeply involved in various initiatives designed to promote Pan-African culture and history, among them Ghana Television's African Heritage Series, for which he was the main host and executive producer. He holds a B.A. Honours in English & Linguistics [University of Ghana-Legon], an M.A. in Folklore [Indiana University-Bloomington] and a PhD in Comparative Literature [University of Texas at Austin].
His published creative works include the following collections of poetry: Elegy for the Revolution (1978), A Harvest of Our Dreams (1984, 1993), EarthChild (1985), AncestralLogic & CaribbeanBlues (1993), PraiseSong for TheLand (2002), (with a companion CD recording of the poems and with songs in Ewe performed by the poet, and The Place We Call Home & Other Poems (2011), with a double companion CD; and GhanaNya and Agbenoxevi, CD & Cassette recordings of his poetry in Ewe. GhanaNya presents Anyidoho as a singer-poet whose voice alternates with that of his late mother, Abla Adidi Anyidoho, herself a poet-cantor in the Ewe oral tradition. He has also published Akpokplo (a children’s play in Ewe and English: 1977, 1997) and The Phone Call (2018), a dramatic monologue for children. SeedTime - Selected Poems is due to be published next year. Well known for his unique style of performance poetry, he has lectured and performed his poetry in several countries across the world.
As a research scholar, Anyidoho’s work is dedicated to interdisciplinary and Pan-African studies. He has published several journal articles and book chapters, and has edited a number of major books on African literature, culture, and the humanities, among them Interdisciplinary Dimensions of African Literature [jointly with Porter, Racine & Spleth]; The Fate of Vultures: an anthology of entries from the 1988 BBC "Arts and Africa" Poetry Award [jointly with Peter Porter and Musaera Zimunya]; The Word Behind Bars & The Paradox of Exile; Beyond Survival: African Literature and the Search for New Life [jointly with Anne Adams & Abena Busia]; FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theater & Film (with James Gibbs]; and Re-appraising the Social Sciences and the Humanities from African Perspectives: An Annotated Anthology, Volumes I (944 pages) & II (738 pages), Co-Editor, with Helen Lauer. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2012. He has served on the editorial/advisory boards of various journals, including Journal of the Faculty of Arts (Legon), Research Review (Legon), The New Legon Observer (as Chairman of the Editorial Board), Marang (University of Botswana), Journal of Folklore Research (Indiana University-Bloomington), GEFAME: a Web-Based Journal of African Studies (University of Michigan), Research in African Literatures (Ohio State University), and SKASE Journal of Literary Studies (Slovak Association for the Study of English).
Anyidoho is a past President of the US-based African Literature Association [1998-99], and has served on numerous boards and committees, including The University of Ghana Council, the National Commission on Culture, the National Theatre Board, National Folklore Board of Trustees, Management Committee on Copyright Administration, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture Board of Directors, International Advisory Board - Commonwealth Writers Prize, Board of Directors - PANAFEST, Advisory Board – Institute of Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University. He was also a member of the CODESRIA Executive Committee; Chairman of the Board of Governors, National Film and Television Institute [NAFTI]. Chairman of the Founding Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. Anyidoho has won many prizes for his poetry, including the Valco Fund Literary Award, the Fania Kruger Fellowship for Poetry of Social Vision, the Langston Hughes Prize, the Davidson Nichol Prize, the BBC “Arts and Africa” Poetry Award, Le grand Prix de poésie en langue nationale [Ewe], the 2015 Millennium Excellence Awards (Literature Prize). Other distinctions include: Visiting Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University; Visiting Distinguished McLean Professor of English, Colorado College; Distinguished Visiting Cornell Professor [Black Studies, Theater, English], Swarthmore College; Ford Foundation Writer-in-Residence, Center for Comparative Literature & Society - Columbia University, New York City; Excellency Visiting Professor, El Colegio de México, Mexico City; Golden Jubilee Distinguished Scholar Award for Outstanding Contributions to African Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Ghana; Honorary Fellow, International Writing Program, University of Iowa; Julius Nyerere/Anna Julia Cooper Presidential Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in the African Global Community and Contributions to the Promotion and Development of Black Studies; Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow, Cornell University; Distinguished Membership Award; Bashorun M.K.O.vAbiola Distinguished Lecturer, African Studies Association, 47th Annual Meeting, New Orleans. He is a Fellow and Vice President (Arts) of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kwabena A. Yeboah
Kwabena A. Yeboah is a journalist who reports on the arts, culture, health, science, and politics in Ghana.
Kwabena Gyansah is a Ghanaian film director, producer and screenwriter. His first feature film, AZALI (2018), won the Best feature and screenplay awards at the 2018 African International film festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The film was selected as the first Ghanaian entry for the Best International Feature film at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film received significant critical acclaim, won numerous awards, travelled to over twenty international film festivals and became a commercial success.
Before AZALI, Kwabena had written and directed a student short film DISORDER (2016), and later produced and directed the television series Painting the Kings. Kwabena has shot over a dozen television commercials and documentaries for corporate Ghana.
Born on 10th June,1980, Kwabena graduated from the University of Cape Coast with Bachelor of Commerce Degree and went ahead to become a Chartered Accountant. His foray into filmmaking began after reading the Directors’ program at Light Film School in Los Angeles. Kwabena is currently a full-time filmmaker and screenwriter. His next project, ‘Bukom’ which he co-wrote with Nana Ofori-Atta Ayim is in the development stage.
Kwaku Henneh Kyereh
Kwaku Henneh Kyereh is the author of Revolution of the Scavengers (2020), selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His poetry and Essays have been published on various platforms such as Praxis Magazine, Agbowó, Tampered Press, 20.35 and New South journal to mention a few. He is a third place winner in the poetry category of the inaugural edition of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize. He studied Public Health at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana. Kwaku is from Gonasua in the Bono Region of Ghana.
Professor Ladé Wosornu is an old-boy of PRESEC, St. Augustine's College and Glasgow University, graduating with honours. He has Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of England. He is a founding Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons; Member, Ghana Medical Association, West African College of Surgeons, and ex-member of the National Council for Higher Education. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Wosornu is a professor in surgery (retired), poet, essayist, philanthropist and columnist for Ghanaian Times. He has lived and worked in five countries. His current professional interests are research-driven approaches to and quality management. His hobbies include meditation, religion and creative writing, being a member of the Ghana Association of Writers, (GAW). As a poet, Prof. Ladé Wosornu won the VALCO literary award, and is acclaimed as an International Inspirational Poet. Three of his poems have been selected by WAEC over the past several years. They are A Rediscovery, The Master Brewer and, most recently, Raider of the Treasure Trove. One other, Desert Rivers is studied in Basic and Junior High Schools. He has received an award from GAW, stating: “We present this award to you Professor Ladé Wosornu in recognition of your remarkable leadership qualities and your immense support for GAW in the promotion of the literary arts. Your creativity, talent and dedication has been an inspiration to all. GAW salutes you.”
Ladé Wosornu is a brilliant surgeon and a mentor who is sometimes called “teacher of teachers”. In Glasgow University, he left indelible footprints of scholastic achievement. He collected nearly all the prizes in Medicine, including the coveted gold medal, the Brunton Memorial Prize as the most distinguished graduate of the year. Thus, he made history as the first African to win the prize. Later he also won the Commonwealth Award for promising young professionals.
His 90 + publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals reflect his input in surgical research and practice. His specialty training was in chest surgery. His original research was in the field of innovation in surgery. His findings contributed to the debate on lung transplantation versus artificial lungs.
Ladé Wosornu is a patriot, and has fiercely advocated for an independent Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has since received an award for his contribution to the College. He is member/chairman in relation to four Boards of Directors: Aluworks Ltd; the emerging Charis College of Health Sciences, DASTECH and The Wosornu Foundation.
Laurita de Diego Brako
Laurita de Diego Brako is a psychotherapist trained at the Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with a concentration in Group Psychotherapy. She is also a Certified Customer Service Trainer, and has led organisation wide training sessions which focus on communication skills, workforce productivity and management. She has also participated in the creation and facilitation of team building and wellness retreats.
Lemaire Kofi James
Lemaire Kofi James is a poet, activist and writer. He performs with the stage name ‘Poetivist’ and also plays the fictional character “Ananse” in By the Fireside with Maame Dokono and the E-Ananse Library. Lemaire is also president for the theatre wing of the University Christian Fellowship, University of Ghana.
Louisa Uchum Egbunike
Louisa Uchum Egbunike is an Associate Professor in African Literature at Durham University, having previously worked at City, University of London and Manchester Metropolitan University. She completed her PhD on ‘The Igbo Experience in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel’ at SOAS, University of London, where she has also lectured in Contemporary African Literature. In 2016 she was selected as one of the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ which has seen her create and present content for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC Arts Online. Louisa has been an invited guest lecturer to a number of institutions including Wellesley College, The University of the West Indies and The University of Bremen. She has published in a range of academic books and journals including African Literature Today, Matatu and Research in African Literatures. She has written reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, appeared on The Guardian newspaper’s podcast and recently featured in David Olusoga’s BBC 4 documentary on African literature, > Africa Turns the Page . Louisa is the curator of touring art exhibition Legacies of Biafra and co-writer and producer of the documentary film In the Shadow of Biafra. Louisa is one of the founders and conveners of the annual international Igbo Conference.
Malaka Grant is the author of 7 books and co-founder of the award-winning blog AFTBAW, which she co-founded with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah. Malaka identifies as an egotistic and self-absorbed serial entrepreneur whose current pursuits include bespoke jewelry making, running a home bakery and aggressive Netflix binge watching. Chocolate is her love language.
Mamle Kabu, a writer of Ghanaian and German parentage, was born and raised in Ghana, moved to the UK in her teens and completed her education at the University of Cambridge in the UK, with an MA in Modern Languages and an MPhil in Latin American Studies. She returned to Ghana in 1992. She works in social development. 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 nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “The End of Skill.” In 2011 she won the Burt Award for her young adult novel The Kaya-Girl.
Mamle spent the latter half of 2014 as a resident writer on the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and then at the City of Asylum, Pittsburgh. In 2020, she got an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster, UK. She is a co-director of the Writers Project of Ghana (WPG) and a mother of two.
Margaret Busby OBE, Hon. FRSL
Margaret Busby is a major cultural figure in Britain and around the world. She became Britain’s youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s and published notable authors including Buchi Emecheta, Nuruddin Farah, Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Michael Moorcock and Jill Murphy.
A writer, editor, broadcaster and literary critic, she has also written drama for BBC radio and The Stage. Her radio abridgements and dramatisations encompass work by Henry Louis Gates, Timothy Mo, Walter Mosley, Jean Rhys, Sam Selvon and Wole Soyinka. Busby has interviewed high-profile writers (among them Toni Morrison and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o), judged prestigious literary prizes, including the Booker Prize, and served on the boards of such organisations as the Royal Literary Fund, Wasafiri magazine, Tomorrow’s Warriors, and the Africa Centre in London.
A long-time campaigner for diversity in publishing, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards, including the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award, the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal, and the Royal African Society’s inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award. She was born in Ghana and educated in the UK, graduating from London University.
Mawuli Adzei, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Ghana, is an emerging voice in contemporary Ghanaian literature across genres. His published works include, the novel Taboo (2011), the poetry collection Testament of the Seasons (2013), the novels The Jewel of Kabibi (2014), The Witch of Lagbati (2014), Bakudi’s Ghost (2018), the short story collection Guilty as Charged (2018) and the poetry collection Filaments (2019). His works have won the VALCO Trust Fund Literary Award (1996), the GAW Atukwei Okai Poetry Award (2018, 2019), the GAW Ama Ata Aidoo Short Story Award (2019), the GAW Ayi Kwei Armah Novel Award (2019) and the GAW Achievement Award (2019).
Michelle is a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta-Georgia, where she studied Creative Writing and Human Health. She was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival as an emerging poet. Her main interests are postcolonial poetry, grief in literature, and interpretations of community in various texts. She is currently working on her first book poems.
Moustafa Ahmad is a librarian and researcher at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, a culture and arts institution based in Somaliland- Hargeysa Cultural Centre organizes the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which is known as the largest literary gathering in East Africa. The Centre is also known for its good collection of African Literature (a perfect example of promoting African literary production through libraries and representation).
Moustafa’s research work also borders on oral history in Somaliland and the rest of East Africa.
Twitter: @Mustafe_Ahmad // Instagram: @moustafa.ahamad_ // Hargeysa Cultural Centre- Twitter: @HargeysaCC // Hargeysa International Book Fair- Twitter: @hibf
Naa Takia is Ghanaian writer and poet. Her works of fiction and poetry have been published in various online literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Yellow Tulips, was shortlisted for the RL Poetry Award 2017. Brass Neck is her debut poetry collection, and the winner of the RL Poetry Award 2018.
Nana Akosua Hanson
An artistic activist, Akosua believes in the power of art and artistic expression in changing the world. She is the creator of Moongirls, an African LBQ graphic novel series, and has published articles such as ‘Ebola and the Africa-hating Single Story’, ‘A Girl’s hopes for Women’s Day’, ‘Shashii, Ghanaian Twitter and Slut Shaming’, ‘Could We Be Protecting the Cosby Next Door?’; this includes short stories such as ‘Love is a Two-letter Word: Me’ published on Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women. She is a radio and TV presenter who lives and works in Accra.
Nana Asaase is a Ghanaian 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. He has performed for Presidents, diplomats, business executives, traditional rulers, and even the ordinary cab driver in Ghana. 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 University of Ghana, Legon and 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 Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah works as a publisher, bookseller and technical services consultant. He is the co-founder of booknook.store – an online bookshop focused on distributing printed African books across the world, and co-founder of DAkpabli & Associates, a publishing house that operates out of Ghana.
In 1997, Nana won first prize in the Step Magazine National Writing Competition. In 2017 his story 'October Rush' won first prize in the Ama Ata Aidoo Story Category of the GAW Awards. He is the author of eight books including: Sebiticals Chapter X, Nsempiisms, Sebitically Speaking, I Speak of Ghana, Tales from Different Tails, Through the Gates of Thought and Excursions in my Mind.
Nana holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Operations from the University of Liverpool.
He is married with three children, and is based in Tema, Ghana.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Nana Darkoa writes across genres including creative non-fiction, short stories and essays. She is the author of The Sex Lives of African Women which will be published by Dialogue books in July 2021. Her short stories have been published in ‘It Wasn’t Exactly Love’ and ‘The Pot and Other Stories’. The Guardian, open Democracy and Essence have published her articles and opinion editorials.
Nana is the co-founder of Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, an award-winning website, podcast and festival that publishes and creates content that tell stories of African women’s experiences around sex, sexualities and pleasure.
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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which 'Publishers Weekly' called "a winning debut." Named to the “Africa39” list of writers “with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora,” her short fiction was included in the anthology, Africa39. Her work also appears in Everyday People: The Color of Life and New Daughters of Africa, among others. Forthcoming from Brew-Hammond are a children's picture book, a novel, and an anthology of works by African writers. Brew-Hammond was a 2019 Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, a 2018 Aké Arts and Book Festival Guest Author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, and a 2015 Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship at Manhattan's Center for Faith and Work.
Nana Fredua-Agyeman is a writer and an Agricultural Economist. His writings revolve around humanity and its (in)humaneness. His poems have appeared in several poetry magazines, anthologies, and on literary sites including Sentinel Nigeria, Tuck Magazine, Munyori, and the Writers Project of Ghana’s anthologies, Look Where You Have Gone to Sit and According to Sources. His Haiku have been published in Frogpond, Acorn, The Heron Nest and in online e-zines such as simplyhaiku.com and the Shamrock Haiku Journal.
Instagram: @nfreduagyeman // Twitter: @nfreduagyeman
Nana Yaa S. Osei
Nana Yaa S. Osei is a Freelance Writer and creative enthusiast who has discovered that existence filled with contribution is better than one filled with doubt. Her efforts are directed towards forming connections through experiences and story-telling.
Nathan Suhr-Sytsma is an Associate Professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, where he regularly teaches courses in African literature, Irish literature, and poetry. He is the author of an academic book, Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which examines the literary politics and publishing history of Christopher Okigbo and his contemporaries. His most recent research and writing addresses literary prizes, literary publishing in Nigeria, and contemporary African poetry.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and editor who has won acclaim as a children's author, poet, broadcaster and novelist. Winner of multiple international awards including the ACRAG award, his novel Tail of the Blue Bird won France's two major prizes for translated fiction – Prix Baudelaire and Prix Laure Bataillon – in 2014. He was the founding director of the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing in Accra and is the founder of flipped eye publishing, a leading small press. Nii Ayikwei serves on the boards of World Literature Today and the AKO Caine Prize, and was chair of judges for the 2020 Commonwealth Prize. Currently Producer of Literature and Talks at Brighton Festival, The Geez (October 2020), is his second collection of poems after The Makings of You (2010), both published by Peepal Tree Press.
Twitter: @bluebirdtail // Tumblr: shɛ kɛ ŋmɛ daŋ (in Ga) // Website: www.niiparkes.com
Novisi Dzitrie's writing has appeared in Obsidian, Sand Journal, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner and Saraba Magazine. His poetry has also been included in the Writers Project of Ghana's anthologies Look Where You Have Gone To Sit, and According to Sources. Novisi was born to Ghanaian parents in Kakata, Liberia. He lives in Ghana and volunteers at Writers Project of Ghana.
Olutimehin is a Nigerian queer feminist advocate who works on human rights, inclusion and social justice in the areas of Gender, Sexualities and Urbanisation. Her TED Talk on urban justice "Who Belongs in a City?", was selected by TED’s lead curator Chris Anderson as one of the ten most notable TED talks of 2017. She has addressed audiences in over a dozen countries, and has worked with a variety of corporate and civil society organisations locally and internationally. OluTimehin was awarded the 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay on sexual violence and secondary victimisation, 'Mothers and Men'. She currently writes for The Correspondent, and her work has been translated into French, Japanese, Spanish, Norwegian and other languages, with selected publications incorporated into academic curricula in various countries. She is an alumna of the inaugural Writing for Social Justice workshop organised by AWDF in collaboration with FEMRITE (Uganda, 2014), the Farafina Trust Creative Writing workshop (Nigeria, 2015) and the BRITDOC Queer Impact Producers Lab (USA, 2017).
Peace Adzo Medie
Peace Adzo Medie is a Ghanaian writer and Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol; as well as a Research Fellow at the University of Ghana. She has published several short stories, and her book Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is an award-winning scholar and has been awarded several fellowships. She holds a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in geography from the University of Ghana. Her other publications include:His Only Wife Algonquin Books, 2020, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2020), 'The Role of Women's Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws' (Politics & Gender, 2020). 'International Organisations, Nongovernmental Organisations, and Police Implementation of Domestic Violence Policies in Liberia and Nicaragua' (Politics & Gender, 2019), 'Women and Violence in Africa' (Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of African History, 2019).
She was born in Liberia.
Pelu Awofeso is a Nigerian freelance travel writer with keen interest in the arts, culture, traditional architecture and the environment. His writings have appeared in the World Policy Journal, Africa Today, Africa in Words, 234Next and Sowetan, among many others. He has published four travel books, edited an anthology of global travel writing by Nigerian writers and is currently working on his fifth travel collection. When he is not writing or travelling, Awofeso takes visitors on guided tours of his home city of Lagos and neighbouring states. He is currently the Online/ New Media Editor with the online publication, The Daily Report.
Philippe Sands is a Professor of Law at University College of London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He frequently appears before international courts, and has been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq, Guantanamo, Chagos and the Rohingya in Myanmar.
He is the author of Lawless World, Torture Team and the Sunday Times bestselling East West Street, which also won the Baillie Gifford Prize and was named Non-fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. His book, The Ratline, was published in 2020.
Philippe Sands will have a special discussion session on Thursday, 29th October, 2020.
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs, and lectures in Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. She is the writer of the poetry collections Taller than buildings (2006) and The everyday wife (2010, winner of the South African Literary Prize in 2011), and ice-cream headache in my bone (2017), and the short stories The day that Jesus dropped the ball (shortlisted for Pen/Studinski Prize 2009) and Keeping everything the same (winner: National Arts Festival/Het Beschrijf Writing beyond the fringe winner 2009). Her poems appear in New Daughters of Africa (2019) and various journals, including New Coin and Wasafiri.
She edited a special edition of the prestigious Atlanta Review on SA Women Poets (2018. She also co-edited The Poems of Keorapetse Kgositsile for the University of Nebraska Press (forthcoming) and No Serenity Here, an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin (2010). Her one-woman play Original Skin toured South Africa and abroad.
Since 2007, Yaa de Villiers has read and performed at poetry festivals in Germany, Denmark, UK, Cuba, Sweden, Zimbabwe and Ghana, and her work is translated into French, Dutch, Flemish, Burmese, Mandarin, Italian, German and Spanish. She is a member of the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and serves on the judging panel for the Sillerman Prize.
She received an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Lancaster University and studied journalism at Rhodes University (1987). She comes from a background of theatre (Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre 1989-1991) and worked as a television writer for ten years in South Africa. She has also worked as a production assistant, waitress, actor, proof-reader, cleaning lady, children’s entertainer and a hospital clown.
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Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and poet. Author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories, Richard was Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. He has been Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (2011 to 2015) and a founding member of the Nairobi-based arts collective, Jalada Africa. He also sits on the board of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, based in Kampala, Uganda, which runs the BN Poetry Award- Africa’s only in-Africa continental poetry prize. He has served as a consultant, holding a public policy-shaping role as Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Interior from 2015 to 2017, working on the Ministry Strategy Group (MSG).
Richard is presently Programme Manager of the Association of Nigerian Authors Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ANA PCVE) programme, which seeks to use literature to counter extremism. A noted expert on issues of violent extremism, he is an alumnus and member of the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and has participated in several roundtables across Africa. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP). He co-founded Parrésia Publishers Limited in 2012 and practices law in Abuja, Nigeria. His debut collection of poems, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, was published in 2019 by Konya Shamsrumi.
Rita Esieduah Intsiful
Rita is a team member of Write Ghana Literary Initiatives. She has a strong background in development and volunteerism spanning over five years and she loves to read.
Instagram: @aba.esieduah // Twitter: @NanaEsieduah // Facebook: Rita Esieduah Intsiful.
Rose has been writing stories and poems since she was a child. She began her career as a freelance writer in 2012, and graduated from the Open University in 2017 with a degree in English Language and Literature. Her debut novel The Beginning and End of Us was published by Bookouture in 2019 after being shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition in 2014. The novel is available in ebook, paperback and audiobook format on Amazon, Kobo, Google Play and Apple Books. She is currently writing her second novel, which draws on themes of mutual female empowerment, cross-generational trauma, and recovery from psychological abuse.She has an MA in Creative Writing with Lancaster University. Rose James was born and raised in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Find @RoseJamesAuthor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Ruby Yayra Goka
Ruby Yayra Goka is a dentist by day and an author by night. She has always loved stories and storytelling and is a multiple winner of the Ghana edition of the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature (having won seven times), which recognizes excellence in African writing. Her books have also won prizes in the Ghana Association of Writers's Awards (the Professor Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize), and honorary mentions at the Children Africana Book Awards (CABA) and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
She promotes reading and literacy by volunteering for school visits, children’s workshops, “meet-the-author-days” and serving as a judge for writing competitions.
Ruby is committed to ensuring African children learn to develop the habit of reading for pleasure and to ensuring that books African children read reflect their experiences and environments; books that feature characters who are “just like them”- She believes that the more African children see themselves reflected in the pages of books they read, the more they will realise they can be anything they want to be.
More on Ruby's books can be found on www.rubygoka.com.
Sabata-mpho Mokae is an academic, translator and writer. He writes mainly in Setswana and occasionally in English. He is the author of an accessible biography The Story of Sol T. Plaatje (SPET 2010), and the novels Ga ke Modisa (Geko, 2012/Oxford University Press 2018), Dikeledi (Geko 2014/ Oxford University Press 2018), Moletlo wa Manong (Xarra Books 2018). With Professor Brian Willan, he is co-editing a volume of academic essays titled Sol Plaatje's Mhudi: History, Criticism, Celebration.
Sara Abassbhay is a world traveller and collector of human experiences. She was born and spent her first quarter century in Montreal where she began her journey in the field of rehabilitation. Now a qualified physiotherapist for the last 8 years, her professional background reflects influences from North America, Asia and Africa. She is currently based in Accra where she works as a clinician in private clinics, supports continuing education for physical therapists in Ghana, teaches and writes for Bliss Yoga Accra, and advocates for health and wellness wherever she finds herself to be.
Sara recognizes that there are many ways to treat human beings through various sciences, alternative and spiritual medicines, as well as an individual's responsibility in their journey to heal. Personally, she wants her practice to be a testament to her holistic approach; in which human interactions and the treatment of the body and mind contribute to the care of the true-self.
Sarpong-Osei Asamoah's work has appeared in Tampered Press Magazine, Gumbo Press Magazine, Praxis online Magazine, Lunaris Review, Writers Space Africa Magazine, forthcoming in Ice Floe Magazine and has been anthologized by the Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series. Twitter: @s_Asamoah_ // Instagram: @s.a_samoah
Sean Arnett grew up in Coventry and now lives in Valencia, Spain with his wife. A graduate from Sheffield Hallam University he is currently finishing his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster. He generally writes short fiction although he is currently working on a novel about superheroes. 'Young Boys' will be his first published story in STORGY magazine on 18th November.
Sena Cobblah is a Ghanaian writer and customer experience enthusiast. Partial to poetry and storytelling, her work has been in Anthologies for Tampered Press, Independent publishers like Jay Kophy and the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing. You can follow her failed attempts at rebellion on twitter @sena_cobblah.
Shole Shole is a retired professor of Setswana currently attached to the North West University. He has written for radio and television, and published poetry, short stories, a trilingual dictionary and critical works on Setswana language and literature. He is also the general editor on the Repatriation of Letters Project at the Sol Plaatje University, for which he presented a paper "Phetsolelo: Transcreation for Cultural Repatriation" and is translating Lesego Malepe's Matters of Life and Death from English back into the author's mother tongue.
Siza Nkosi is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley. She is a published author and poet with an MA degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. Her poetry is widely published in journals such as Jalada, New Coin and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology. She writes children's stories in IsiZulu, published by Oxford University Press.
Stephanie Wanga is an MRes/PhD student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research draws on her interest in theoretical alternatives to the Western models of statehood applied in Africa, including examining the ways in which the state is contested and reimagined in African literature and art. She is also a creative writer, currently working on her first novel.
Sylvia Arthur is the founder of the Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD), a library, archive, and museum dedicated to the work of African and its Diasporan writers from the late 19th century to the present day. LOATAD's expansive collection includes about 4000 books by and ephemera from writers from 41 of Africa’s 54 countries, and Black authors from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. LOATAD has been featured on BBC News, France 24, Al Jazeera, SABC News, Business Insider, and in Le Monde, which described LOATAD as "a magnificent library." The BBC called LOATAD "a rich repository for present and future generations" while SABC News lauded it as a “collection of rarity.” Sylvia started LOATAD (formerly Libreria Ghana) in 2017 with 1,300 of her own books. Since then, she has built and curated six libraries from scratch, including school, community and corporate libraries. She is a Corporate Communications Consultant and Narrative Nonfiction Writer whose work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Guardian, The British Journalism Review and on the BBC website. She has been book collecting for over 20 years and her private collection contains many signed and first editions, and a variety of ephemera.
Tameka Cage Conley
Tameka Cage Conley (PhD) is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oxford College of Emory University. She 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. Tameka received her PhD from Louisiana State University in 2006, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship and recipient of the Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation, Painful Discourses: Borders, Regions, and Representations of Female Circumcision from Africa to America.
Tameka is currently 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. A new work of her fiction will appear in the Spring 2021 edition of The Iowa Review.
Twitter: @DrTCageConley // Instagram: @drtameka_cageconley // Facebook: Tameka Cage Conley
Tariro Ndoro is a Zimbabwean poet who received her Master's in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. Her debut poetry collection, Agringada: Like a Gringa, Like a Foreigner (Modjaji Books, 2019) was the recipient of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe’s Outstanding Poetry Book Award. Tariro was a finalist for the BN Poetry Award and the DALRO Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Africa 20.35: An Anthology, Kotaz, Best New African Poets 2015 Anthology, New Coin Poetry, New Contrast, Oxford Poetry and Puerto del Sol. Twitter: @tariro_writes // Facebook: Tariro Ndoro - Writer // Instagram: @miss.tari
Teddy is a neurosurgeon working with the University of Ghana Medical Centre. He has published poetry, social commentary and short stories. He was the pioneer producer of the Open Air Theatre, a popular literary art radio programme which continues to run on Radio Univers. He has also been a co-presenter of the Writers’ Project on Citi FM. He is married to Maamle, and they have 3 lovely children. Teddy loves scrabble and music.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teddy.totimeh // Twitter: @tsiate // LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/teddy-totimeh-61133514
Tiffany Kagure Mugo
Tiffany Kagure Mugo is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLAAfrica, a Pan African queer womanist digital community dealing with sex and sexuality. She is a Ted speaker, podcast host and bad ass Board Member of FRIDA Fund as well as author of the book Quirky Quick Guide to Having Great Sex. She's a media consultant and freelance journalist who tackles sex, politics and other less interesting topics. Once upon a time she was an Open Society Youth Fellow and now has dreams of studying some new things. During weekends she is a wine bar philosopher and polymath for no pay.
Instagram: @kagsmugo // Twitter: @tiffmugo // Facebook: Tiffany Kagure Mugo
Tryphena Yeboah is an MFA student at Chapman University’s Creative Writing program. She has works published in Narrative Magazine and Commonwealth Writers. A Mouthful of Home is her first collection of poetry, selected as part of the New-Generation African Poets Series edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. She is from Bekwae, Ghana.
Tsiddi Can-Tamakloe is Ghanaian voice actor/narrator. He has an avid interest in narrating documentaries, classic literature, and African writing especially. He lives in Accra and volunteers with the Nami Projects, an organisation that advocates for products and services built of the different disciplines of African art.
Dr. Wale Okediran is the secretary general of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA), a Medical Doctor and a Writer. He holds a Diploma in Writing from the London School of Writing and has published 15 novels -- 11 adult novels and 4 children's books, and 5 Biographies of some notable Nigerians. Apart from being on the reading list of some Nigerian and foreign Universities, some of Wale’s books, The Boys At The Border, The Rescue of Uncle Babs, Strange Encounters, The Weaving Looms and Tenants of the House have won local and international literary prizes and recognitions which include: the Commonwealth Literature Prize, ANA/MATATU Prize for Children's Literature, the NLNG Literature Prize and the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature. His book, Tenants of the House was recently adapted into a Motion Picture directed by Kunle Afolayan.
Wale was the national president of the Association of Nigerian Authors from 2005 to 2009 and was once a Member of the House of Representatives for Abuja, Nigeria. Wole was once a hockey player for the Ife University Medical School and Oyo State, Nigeria. He is married with children and grandchildren, and enjoys reading, walking, travelling and writing.
Wanlov the Kubolor
Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu, popularly known as Wanlov the Kubolor is a Romanian born/Ghanaian raised singer/songwriter, filmmaker and cultural icon. Kubolor plays West African/Balkan melodies and rhythms on his guitar or koshkas while rapping and singing stories in Pidgin English, Ga, Twi, and Romanian. Kubolor is also part of the satirical duo FOKN Bois, with M3NSA, who are credited with creating the world’s first Pidgin Musical "Coz Ov Moni". He has collaborated with acts like King Ayisoba, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Sena Dagadu, Alostmen, and Sister Deborah.
Kubolor produces talents that have positive social messages because he himself is an advocate for human rights and a sustainable environment. He is also a strong advocate in Ghana for Human Rights and is outspoken on environmental protection & corruption. Kubolor is known for his humour, bravery, and unorthodox views on varying topics. He travels the world barefoot so his memories and connections to places are more intimate. The Kubolor wants freedom & justice for all.
Yasmin Wilde is a British actress, singer and writer. After graduating with an English degree from Cambridge University, Yasmin trained as an actress at The Webber Douglas Academy in London. Since then she has acted in theatres across the UK. Her most recent theatre includes the award-winning Hobson's Choice at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, Elephant and Anita and Me at Birmingham Rep/Stratford East and Fourteen, a one woman show, at Watford Palace. She has also worked in London at The Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse and The Young Vic, and has toured around the world. She is particularly interested in new writing, and was in the controversial Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti play Behzti.
Yasmin enjoys Radio and screen work; TV includes Back (Big Talk/Channel 4), Damned (What Larks!/Channel 4), The Trial (Channel 4), Silent Witness (BBC) and Doc Martin, Holby City, Life’s Too Short, Torchwood, Doctors and EastEnders. Like many actors Yasmin has always written. She is part of RIFCO theatre’s associate programme for emerging playwrights of Asian heritage, and is working on her musical, The Nightingale which centres around the slave trade in Bristol in the 18th century. Yasmin is of Austrian and Pakistani heritage and currently lives in Cornwall with her family.
Yeow Kai Chai
Yeow Kai Chai is a Singaporean poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has three poetry collections, One to the Dark Tower Comes (Firstfruits, 2020), Pretend I’m Not Here (Firstfruits, 2006), and Secret Manta (Landmark, 2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. He graduated with a Master of Arts in English from the National University of Singapore where he won top prizes in poetry and creative prose for two years in the Literary Society’s annual competition. He co-wrote a collection of short stories, The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and a collection of verse, Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016), with three other authors. His writing has appeared in journals like Sweden’s Ars Interpres and France’s La Traductiere as well as anthologies such as the W.W. Norton & Co.’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). He co-edited Reflecting On The Merlion: An Anthology Of Poems (National Arts Council, 2009). He was the deputy editor of the Life! section, The Straits Times, where he reviewed music and wrote on pop culture. He later became the editor of My Paper, a bilingual free-sheet. He was an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2014. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, he served as Festival Director of the Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018, and helped launch the nationwide music platform, Hear65, for Singapore’s National Arts Council, in 2018. He curated the multi-sensory experience, Modern: Resonance, which was commissioned by Goethe-Institut Singapore, as part of the Bauhaus centenary, in 2019. .
Ziki is a writer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Kugali, an entertainment company that uses art and animation to create stories inspired by various cultures across Africa. Under his leadership, Kugali has grown to become one of the largest publishers of African stories serving readers across the world. Ziki is also a scriptwriter for comics and TV, having worked on a number of projects published through Kugali. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.