We’re so excited to announce that the AfriWowWri E-Book edited by our Founder, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi will be released on Monday 9th October. While we await the release we want you to meet all the amazing women that contributed to this book from different countries of the world! We even have writers from The Sparkle Writers Hub contributing to this book. Isn’t that exciting?
Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu – Let Lovers Make Love
I am the single mother of a four-year-old named after the deepest river in the world. A performance poet and vocalist who has graced only a handful of stages because I spend my days contesting social ills. I’d like to think of myself as a humanitarian who places emphasis on grassroot activism. To mobilise notions of freedom using my writing, singing and very being. To summarise what you can find on LinkedIn… I am a Digital Content Editor (DiCE) for an organisation that supports small businesses, youth development and women’s empowerment with a focus on technology and innovation.
Kingwa Kamencu – An argument with my Landlord
Kingwa Kamencu is a writer based in Nairobi. She has written and published a novella To Grasp at a Star (East African Educational Publishers) and a childrens book, The Shy Girl (Oxford University Press). To Grasp at a Star has won numerous awards in Kenya. Kingwa’s poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies locally and internationally. Kingwa also wrote scripts for the highly acclaimed Kenyan TV series ‘Stay’ (season 2). She enjoys writing and reading humor and has been influenced by writers including Wahome Mutahi, Richmal Crompton, Frank Richards, Sophie Kinsella and Kate Getao. Kingwa holds an MSt. in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford (UK).
Hadiza Mohammed is a Nigerian. She lives and writes from Abuja. She is the author of the Children’s book My Life as an Almajiri. She has been published in Brittle Paper, Saraba Magazine, Praxismagonline and Kalahari Review
Holly Ajala – Skin Deep
Holly Ajala is a writer and storyteller with a fierce belief in the power of effective narrative to inspire empathy in the face of difference, to propel the reach of social justice and above all to challenge humans beings to be more human. To these ends, Holly has worked with the NYU Leadership Initiative, the ACLU Racial Justice Project , and the NYC Collaborative Writing Project to amplify the reach of marginalized voices, narratives, stories and communities. Holly currently writes for AYO Magazine, an online publication dedicated to honest and multifaceted portrayals of black women in search of joy. She is a recent NYU graduate with a B.A. in Politics and Africana Studies.
Natasha Omokhodion Kalulu Banda – Mirage
I am a 33-year-old woman from Zambia with a career in marketing and event management. I feel as though my generation was found at the tail end of the pre-World Wide Web age. What was referred to as modern history when we were teenagers, was only ninety years since Africa was being carved up and shared, fifty since the last World War and thirty years since most African countries gained independence. Hence, I feel that we have a unique perspective, which, like a confluence, brings together the old and the new. My prayer is that we share this with the world through our story-telling. I love Africa – its history, its present and mostly, its future.
Charissa Cassels – We are Queens
I am Coloured Woman, aged 21 and I am a Third year Journalism and Media Studies student and I major in Politics as well. I am an activist at heart and believe that we cannot rest and cannot allow us to ourselves to be tired while people are still oppressed and marginalized. It is our duty, not as citizens, but as human beings, to fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves and to speak for those who have lost their voices. We cannot lose faith and hope, we are fighters and we shall fight until the fight is won.
Ife Olujuyigbe – How to grab a Furnance
Ife Olujuyigbe is a writer and chemical engineer. Her literary works have appeared on Brittle Paper, The Naked Convos, Storried Nigeria, Akoma, WordsAreWork, Paragraph Planet, ShortSharpShort magazine to mention a few. She has also won literary competitions The Blackout (2016) and the SGNT Media Short Story Prize (2016). She is passionate about children, art, scrabble, potato chips and chicken.
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo – Laide
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo is a Ghanaian writer, poet, and a reader with recent bias towards reading African Literature. Her work has appeared in The Kalahari Review and is forthcoming in other literary magazines. She currently lives in Greater Accra, Ghana. You can read more of her work on her blog or connect with her via Twitter or Instagram.
Catherine Shepherd – Forty-eight Hours
Catherine has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University. Her short stories have appeared in various publications including My Holiday Shorts, My Maths Teacher Hates Me, Imagine Africa 500 and the 2016 Writivism Anthology. Her latest project was the editing of a young writers anthology ‘Misplaced and Other Stories’ under the supervision of author and editor Karina Szczurek and Rachel Zadok, founder of Short Story Day Africa. She lives in Cape Town, but has plans to build a writer’s retreat in the historic village of Suurbraak in the Langenberg mountains.
Ros Limbo – Landmines in my mind
Writer, blogger, yogi and lover of life.
Maame Akua Tsetsewa Yawson – My Scars, your scars
Maame Akua Tsetsewa Yawson is a 21 year old Ghanaian-based final year undergraduate student offering Architecture and a blogger (www.notesofakukieblog.wordpress.com). An avid reader herself, she loves to explore all forms of creative writing, especially poetry and story writing. Oh and yes! she loves chocolate and interactions on social media too
Wonuola Lawal – The Angels are upon us
Wonuola Lawal is a photographer and writer whose work focuses on exploring the identities and vulnerabilities of herself and others.
Ifunanya Adannaya Anih – How to Grab a Furnace
Ifunanya Adannaya Anih is an aspiring Nigerian author who is of Igbo descent. She graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka where she studied English and Literature. Her interests include matters surrounding Gender, Culture and Art.She lives everyday with the hope that through stories told by prose and poetry, she will reach out to the world and touch lives.
Oke Bamidele – My Dirty little secrets
My name is Oke Bamidele. I write under the pseudonym, Oke Peter. My first novel titled, ‘A Life Past Perfect’ was first published online in 2012 and then republished in 2015, both times by ComicBandit Press.I have worked as a teacher in a secondary school in Lagos state, Nigeria for 3 years, teaching the English language. I also have a 2-year experience working as a Content Writer with two prestigious media firms also in Lagos. Presently, I work as a Reading Tutor for primary school children
Sanyu Kiyimba-Kisaka – Operation : Mother’s bruises
Sanyu Kiyimba-Kisaka is a professional actress, a poet, playwright and dancer. After winning the BN poetry award in 2011, she commenced her acting career and has so far staged her own play, “Black”, at the Kampala International Theatre Festival while also appearing in several other stage plays and films such as “Silent Voices”, “The Betrayal” and as lead actress in the film “Faithful”, to name a few. She hopes to continue on in her artistic journey and glorify God as she does so.
Beti Baiye – Hiding under the cloak of Indifference
Beti is a writer, an editor and a Child Rights Advocate. In her free time, she indulges in fiction writing and spoken word that explores human complexities. You can find her on Instagram betibaiye and twitter
@betihez; on Child Advocacy matters, you can email her on email@example.com.
Pearl Mokgatlhane – Fortitude
Pearl Mokgatlhane is an avid reader and an upcoming writer born in Botswana . She has no professional training as a writer , but aspires to be a well published writer. She is currently editing her first anthology. She worked in the publishing and distributing industry for 5 years. Her favourite misqouted qoute reads “ never trust anyone with no books in their home nor coffee”
Francisca Ogechi Okwulehie – Escape
Francisca Ogechi Okwulehie is the Author of Tari’s Golden Fleece an African Fiction based Novella and a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She worked as a radio presenter on the programme Girl’s timeout on Unilag (103.1)FM, and as a journalist has reported and contributed for feminine lifestyle magazines.
As a multipassionate individual, she is the founder of Smile-Africa Foundation a Nonprofit organization and is also the CEO of Moncoeur Global Concept and Moncoeur Proposals a marriage proposal and event planning company. She undertakes a Creative writing workshop for secondary school students once a year.
She is a recipient of the Educate a Girl (EAG) scholarship on the &Fundamentals of Journalism& funded by the Ladies Fund in conjunction with the Whole Woman Network of Canada and the Dawood Global Foundation of Pakistan.
She currently writes a Column on DRIVE an entrepreneurship Magazine. Her penchant for highlife music leaves her listening to it when she is not reading or writing.
Ololade Ajekigbe – Beauty’s Curse
Ololade Ajekigbe is a Nigerian essayist, fiction, non-fiction and copywriter who blogs weekly at her online home http://www.lolosthoughts.com. Her articles have been published on several platforms, including Punch Newspapers, City People, YNaija.com, and Inflyt Magazine. Ololade describes herself as introspective, resilient and a rebel at heart. When she’s not reading or writing, you can catch her at the movies or enjoying a good dance. She is a huge fan of Manchester United Football Club, and lives with her family in Lagos.
Acan Innocent Immaculate –First Light
Acan Innocent Immaculate is a Ugandan writer currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. She won the 2016 Writivism Short Story Prize and has been published by Omenana, Brittle Paper, and AFREADA.