Chimurenga People include: Ntone Edjabe (publisher & editor-in-chief); Stacy Hardy (books & oration); Dominique Malaquais (art & pedagogy); Paula Akugizibwe (systems of governance); Graeme Arendse (design & layout); Andrea Meeson (copy); Bongani Kona, Akin Adesokan, Mamadou Diallo, Moses Marz, Kolade Arogundade (contributing editors).
Abrahams is trade unionist and writer based in Johannesburg.
Abimbola currently teaches economic anthropology at the Martin-Luther University, Halle/Saale, Germany. He also co-edit the group blog, NigeriansTalk and writes on his personal blog, www.loomnie.com
Akinosho is literary critic, a blogger and a member of the Committee for Relevant Art, an art advocacy group based in Lagos.
Akugizibwe is a writer based in Kigali. She is also a contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Alcock is a former crime and justice reporter for Mail and Guardian where he was awarded the Vodacom Journalist of the Year regional prize for feature writing. Currently studying towards an LLB degree at Wits University.
Amisi was forcibly recruited as child soldier in 1997, at the age of 11. He grew up in the Congolese army, engaged in war in DR Congo between 1997 and 2001. Now working as a sculptor and puppeteer in France, he recently published a memoir of the war, titled Souvenez-vous de moi, l’enfant de demain : Carnets d’un enfant de la guerre.
Annas is a critic whose work has appeared in filmdienst and Ecrans d’Afrique. He is currently at work on a book on the Blues Notes, South Africa foremost jazz band in exile during the 1970s.
Ansell is a journalist, educator and the author of Soweto Blues, Jazz and Politics in South Africa.
Aragao, Gabriela Carrilho
Aragao is an architect with an interest in spaces of collective memory, the visual arts and architecture’s potential to heal and disrupt, amongst others. She is currently a teaching assistant at University of Cape Town – School of Architecture, Planning & Geomantics.
Armah, Ayi Kwei
Ayi Kwei Armah is one of Africa’s most celebrated authors and a co-founder of Per Ankh Publishers. His most recent book is Ktm: In the house of Life. He lives in Popenguine, Senegal
Sophia Azeb is a writer and blogger based in the US. She regularly contributes her thoughts on aspects of Afro-Arab cultures on the blog “Africa Is A Country”.
Robert is an author of three books of poetry, the latest being Rain Across a Paper Field; editor of the critically acclaimed anthology: It All Begins: Poems From Postliberation South Africa and founder of Deep South Publishing.
Bila is founder and editor of the poetry journal Timbila and directs the Timbila Poetry Project. His most recent poetry books include Handsome Jita (2006) and Magicstan Fires (2007).
Bishop, also known as Marlonious Thunk, is a radio producer, writer, and music journalist whose work has appeared in a number public radio outlets including NPR Music, WNYC News, Afropop Worldwide, and Studio 360, as well as in magazines such as Songlines and Wax Poetics. Based in New York City, he works as a culture producer for the radio station WNYC.
Botha is a South African poet. Her poems have been published in various magazines in South Africa, including Donga, Litnet, Sweet, New Coin, Ons Kleintjie and Botsotso. She lives in Cape Town where she works as the editor of design Indaba magazine.
Holden is a protagonist and narrator of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Since the book’s 1951 publication, He has become an icon for white teenage alienation and rebellion.
Chude-Sokei is a Jamaican-born writer and critic based in the US. His book The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
Jean Comaroff is a Bernard E. & Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.She is an expert on the effects of colonialism on people in Southern Africa. Comaroff also serves as a member of the Editorial Collective of the journal Public Culture. Both Independently and in collaboration with her husband, John L. Comaroff, She has written extensively on colonialism, healing, liberation struggles, and the problems of modernity, based on fieldwork conducted in southern Africa and Great Britain.
Comaroff, John L.
John Comaroff is Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He is also Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He researches and publishes independently and in collaboration with his wife, Jean Comaroff. His interests also include corporate Christianity, witchcraft, political culture, colonialism, the history of consciousness, politics, historical anthropology, law, post colonialism, modernity, and social theory.
Cousins is a journalist and Managing director of the independent newspaper Skawara News. She is currently based in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape where she oversees all operations of the publication.
Born in Durban, Coovadia is currently based in Cape Town where he lectures in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of three novels, The Wedding, Green-Eyed Thieves and most recently High Low In-between which won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2010 as well as the University of Johannesburg Prize.
Dahlberg is a writer based in Gothenburg where he edits Glanta, a literary journal. He has authored several books, including, most recently, Invisible Cities.
Dawes is the author of thirteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama. Kwame Dawes is a Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Arts Institute. Kwame Dawes is the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.
Death is a translator, literary scholar, and editor of UK-based journal Swedish Book Review. She has translated novels by Swedish writers of various periods. She currently lives and works in Kent, England.
Dietrich is a member of the Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht und Migration (FFM) (research society on refugees and migration) and works at the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung.
Dlamini is a journalist and columnist for the newspaper Business Day. He is the author of the acclaimed book Native Nostalgia and was a Ruth First fellow at Wits University in 2009.
Eriksson is Gothenburg based graphic designer currently working as art director at Bult & Fästteknik AB.
Fall is an art curator, publisher and cultural policies consultant. As an editor with the Paris-based publisher Revue Noire, she co-edited the Anthology of African Art: The 20th Century, a survey of art production across the continent. Fall has also curated numerous shows in Europe and the African continent. Focused on themes of African identity, her work seeks to unearth hidden biases of the contemporary art world and expose the West’s appetite for difference in global cultural relations.
Kai Friese is a journalist and magazine editor. He lives in New Delhi.
Gbaffou is the founder and chairperson of the Africa Diaspora Forum in Johanneburg.
Gomo is the author of A fine Madness and a former Alouette helicopter gunner in Zimbabwe’s Airforce. In 2007, he retired from the Airforce to pursue a life in the arts.
Håkansson is a Swedish novelist, literary critic and essayist. Her books are renowned for their great psychological originality, complex plots, gothic sense of humour and claustrophobic mapping of the human mind. She features regularly in the Swedish news daily Dagens Nyheter, as well as on national public radio.
Hansen is a poet based in Gothenburg and co-editor of Glanta, a literary journal.
Writer, playwright and critic based in Cape Town. She is Associate Editor of Chimurenga.
Author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Herbstein is the author of Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, which won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. As a structural engineer, he has contributed to the design and construction of power stations, bridges, water supply and sewage treatment plants, river works, highways and buildings, all over the world. He lives in Accra.
Jacobs is the founder of the blog “Africa si a Country”. As freelance journalist, he regularly contributes to the Nation, Mail & Guardian, Africa Confidential and other publications. He co-authored Thabo Mbeki’s World with Richard Garland. He is a contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Jayawardene is Assistant Professor of English and Global & International Studies at the State University of New York-Oswego. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, and a regular contributor to the blog “Africa is a Country”.
Julian Jonker is a writer and cultural producer living in Cape Town. He is also a member of the Fong Kong Bantu Sound System, a DJ collective, and performs appropriationist sound as liberation chabalala.
Kalisa is a Johannesburg based photographer and a 2009 Tierney Fellow.
Kaganof (born Ian Kerkhof) is a South African filmmaker, novelist, poet, visual artist, musician and blogger on Kagablog. His films include SMS Sugar Man, Western 4.33 and Giant Steps. He has published over 13 books including Uselessly, 12shooters and Hectic! Published verse includes Jou Ma Se Poems, Drive-Thru Funeral and The Ballad Of Sugar Moon and Coffin Deadly.
Kahora is the managing Editor of Kwani? His short story ‘Treadmill Love’ was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges. He has recently edited Kenya Burning, a visual narrative of the Kenya post-elections crisis published by the GoDown Arts Centre and Kwani Trust in March 2009. His book The True Story of David Munyakei, on Kenya’s biggest whistleblower, was released by Kwani Trust in July 2009. He is a work on a novel.
Kantai is one of Kenya leading investigative journalists, currently based at Africa Report. His fiction writing has been published in several journals, including Kwani? and Chimurenga. His short story “Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band” was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Keleketla! Library is an inter-disciplinary, independent library and media arts project. It was established in 2008 to create access to the use of arts and media strategies as alternative education models and tools.
Kerbaj was born in 1975 in Beirut and lived there since. His main activities are comics, painting and music. After a lot of works for different publishers and magazines, it is in March 2000 that he releases some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a daily in comics’ format). He self-published eight other books and many short stories since.
Kona is a writer and freelance journalist. He is a contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Kouelany is one of Congo’s most acclaimed writers and artists. She was born in 1965 in Brazzaville, where. she lives and works as a writer and stage designer and visual artist.
Kozain is a poet and editor based in Cape Town. He won the 2007 Olive Schreiner Prize for his collection of poems This Carting Life. He regularly writes book reviews for newspapers such as Die Burger and Sunday Independent and blogs at www.groundwork.wordpress.com.
Simon Kuper won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1994 with his book Football Against the Enemy. He is also the author of Ajax, The Dutch, the War: Football in Europe during the Second World War. He has written for the Observer and Guardian, and is currently a columnist for the Financial Times.
Lebo is a journalist and writer based in Nairobi. She is currently at work on a book on the history Kenya’s long distance runners.
Desiree Lewis is a professor at University of Western Cape and interested in visuality, black women’s writing, feminist theory and politics. She is the author of Living on a Horizon: Bessie Head and the Politics of Imagining.
Lewis, Miles Marshall
Lewis is a critic and writer based in Paris. He has published several books of fiction, including Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises. He is the founder and editor of the literary journal Bronx Biannual. In 2007, Lewis launched Furthermucker.com, where he blogs regularly about the arts, pop culture, hip-hop culture, and his experiences as a black American expatriate in 21st-century Paris.
Leye, Goddy (1965 –2011)
Leye was an artist and writer, and the founder of the ArtBakery in Bonendale, near Douala. He was the curator and promoter of site-specific art as well as various international projects. He received prizes from UNESCO, Rockefeller Foundation and the Dutch Foreign Ministry of Affairs.
Ryan Lobo is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer currently based in Bangalore, India. Lobo has made films for National Geographic, Discovery channel and many other networks and his photographs and writing have appeared in numerous publications. He is also the co-founder of Mad Monitor Productions. www.ryanlobo.blogspot.com
Lundstrom is a journalist who writes on international issues, rainforest, and the excluded space in the global space. Author of numerous books on the Amazon, Swedish gold industry and Latin America’s isolated zones.
Lynx Qualey, Marcia
Lynx Qualey is a Cairo-based writer and freelance cultural journalist for Al Masry Al Youm, World Literature Today, the
Guardian (UK), the Believer, as well as other publications. She blogs at arablit.wordpress.com.
Percy Mabandu is a journalist and art critic based in Johannesburg. He is currently with the newspaper City Press.
Makoni is a Zimbabwean born, Cape Town based freelance journalist and editor. Previously he edited Moto, a literary journal in Zimbabwe.
Malaquais is a senior researcher at Centre d’Etudes des Mondes Africains, C.N.R.S. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) and director of SPARCK (Space for Panafrican, Research, Creation and Knowledge – The Africa Centre, Cape Town). She is also an author currently completing a book entitled Dreaming the Global City. Malaquais is associate editor of Chimurenga Magazine and sits on the editorial board of the journal Politique africaine.
Manga is a writer and cultural critic based in Douala. He has an ongoing collaboration with the French artist Philippe Mouillon and the Laboratoire Sculpture Urbaine/local.contemporain. Together with Mouillon he recently realized the work Bend Skins, a collection of life stories of 500 motorbike-taxi-drivers on the occasion of SUD – Salon Urbain de Douala in December 2007. He also works as a columnist for the newspaper Le Messager in Douala.
Masondo is a photographer and researcher born and mostly raised in Soweto. She has worked in various fields and capacities in the arts sector for more than 10 years. She is currently studying Visual History at the University of Western Cape.
Mbembe is a Cameroonian philosopher based in Cape Town, where he is currently teaching at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of several books including the acclaimed On the Postcolony, and most recently, Sortir de la grande nuit – Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée. He is also a contributing editor of the journal Public Culture.
Mohamed is a visual artist born in Cameroon. His photographic work seeks to question the issues of a sustainable world, through dress codes and accessories. It produces textiles and objects he uses in photography and performance.
Lina Mounzer is a writer born and raised in Beirut. She is a regular contributor to Bidoun magazine and Chimurenga. She has taught Creative Writing at both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and was until recently a screenwriter for the first web drama series in the Arab world, Shankaboot.
Mongo- Mboussa is a Congolese-born, Paris-based literary critic. He is the author of Desir D’ Afrique. He is also the literary editor of journal Africultures.
Mwesigire, Bwesigye bwa
Mwesigire is a teacher of law and human rights. His writing has appeared in the Kalahari Review, African Roar, Saraba Magazine, Uganda Modern Literary Digest, among others.
Muyanga is a songwriter, composer and one of South Africa’s most acclaimed musical directors, most recently for the Royal Shakesperare Company’s production of The Tempest. He is also a founder of Blk Sonshine, and co-curator of the Pan African Space Station (www.panafricanspacestation.org.za), a music and radio project in Cape Town.
Muyiwa is a Bangalore based journalist and poet.
Narayanan is a poet and the author of Universal Beach. He also works at Sarai-CSDS in Delhi, and is Consulting Editor of Almost Island, a literary journal. He is also an Associate Editor at the Boston-based poetry annual, Fulcrum.
Lindokuhle Nkosi is a writer from South Africa whose textual work often merges with installation and performance. She completed her Master’s in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
Novosseloff is a political scientist, and the author of the book “Des murs entre les homes”.
Ntsaluba is a Johannesburg based investigative journalist. He won “CNN award” for his story “Slumlords” published in Daily Dispatch in 2010.
Nxumalo was has worked in television as a researcher, writer and director, and more recently as a producer, his documentary was part of the SABC1 Project 10 series, ‘Nabantwa bam’. He is the author of Ten Flapping Elbows, Mama, a collection of poems.
Ogbe is a food blogger on 234Next. She currently lives in Calabar.
Ogunlesi is an award –winning Nigerian writer whose fiction and poetry have been published in The London Magazine,Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others.
Okewole’s poems have been published in magazines like Mindfire Review, Farafina, African Writing, and many more. He won the 2003 the Okewole MUSON Festival Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sawubona Musicjam / London Festival Poetry Prize
Opara Is a freelance documentary photographer based in Lagos. He Recently exhibited his work at the Tate Museum in London.
O’ Toole, Sean
O’Toole is a Cape Town based journalist and writer. He is currently the editor of Art South Africa, and writes a weekly column on photography for the Sunday Times. The recipient of the 2006 HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award, he published a collection of short stories titled The Marquis of Mooikloof.
Paul is a writer currently based in Kingston. She is an Associate Editor of Small Axe and one of the founding editors of the Caribean Review of Books. She blogs at http://anniepaulactivevoice.blogspot.com/
Pensa is an art critic, researcher and cultural producer. She is scientific director of WikiAfrica for lettera27 Foundation in Milan. Founding and board member of iStrike Foundation, she worked as a freelance consultant for Doual’art and the Africa Centre. Her writing regularly appears in the magazine Domus.
Pillay is currently a senior researcher at the Center for Humanities Research at the University of Western Cape . His research focuses on the constitution and reconstitution of the ‘Political’ and Justice in Africa; and the politics of knowledge production in postcolonial societies. He is also an editor of Social Dynamics, and a frequent contributor to South African newspapers.
Prabhala is a researcher, writer, filmmaker and activist living in Bangalore. He is also editor of Civil Lines, a literary journal out of Delhi, and contributing editor of Chimurenga. At the moment he works on critical investigations of intellectual property and serves as a member on the Advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Press is a poet and freelance editor. She has published seven collections of poetry as well as textbooks and fiction. In 1987 she co-founded the publishing collective Buchu Books. She is contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Vyjayanthi Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at the New School for Social Research. She currently has two book projects in development, to be titled‚ Ruins and Recollections: the Heritage of Modernization in a South Asian Context and Infra-City: Catastrophic Urbanisms in Post-Industrial Mumbai.
Rassool is an Associate Professor, Department of History and Acting Co-Director, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. He is also the author of several books, including Skeletons in the Cupboard: South African Museums and the Trade in Human Remains.
Rekacewicz is a journalist, geographer and cartographer for Le Monde diplomatique.
Rhodes-Pitts is a writer living between New York, Paris and New Orleans. Her book Harlem is Nowhere, is part of a trilogy on African American Utopia.
Berni Searle is a Cape Town-based artist. Best known for producing film, video and lens-based media installations, her work references ongoing explorations around history, memory and heritage. Recent group exhibitions include Pictures by Women at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011) and Figures and Fictions at the V&A Museum in London (2011).
Servant is a freelance journalist who specialized on music for 10 years before he turned to international politics. He is currently reporting on Anglophone Africa for magazines and newspapers such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Liberation, Nord Sud Export, and the website Worldpress.org.
Shoneyin is poet, writer currently living in Abuja, where she works as English and drama teacher and deputy principal at a secondary school. Her book The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize.
Soske is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Wits Centre for India Studies in Africa. He is working on a biographical project on Dr. Abu Baker “Hurley” Asvat, an AZAPO cadre and leader in non-racial sport who operated a clinic in Soweto for close to twenty years.
Sterling has written eight science fiction novels and three short story collections. As founder of the Dead Media Project he writes a weblog and runs a website and Internet mailing list on the topic of environmental activism and postindustrial design.
Terry has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in several publications, among them Chimurenga and Guernica. His short story “Stickfighting Days” won the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. He lives in south-west Germany and is at work on a novel.
Tshikare is a artist and illustrator based in Cape Town.
Thomas is a journalist and music critic based in London.
Turner‘s journalism and fiction work has been translated into German, French and Chinese and has been published in English by Chimurenga where she is an occasional contributing editor. She is working on a trilogy of crime novels.
Tyilo founded the blog, “Skattie, What Are You Wearing?” which offers a fascinating view “on the trendy set that you’re not likely to find either in the obsequious ‘Society’ sections of the mainstream media, or in the celebrity-obsessed tabloids”. He is currently based in Cape Town where he works as a fashion buyer.
Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa (Francisco Esaú Cossa’s pseudonym)
Cossa is one of Mozambique’s leading writers. His novel Ualalapi won the Grand Prize of Mozambican Fiction in 1990. And in 2007 he won the José Craveirinha Award for his book Os Sobreviventes da Noite.
Verghese is a writer based between London and Cape Town.
Vincenot is a literary critic and academic based in New York.
Weate is philposopher and the co-founder of Cassava Republic press, a publishing company based in Abuja.
Wokam is a Cameroonian designer sculptor and painter. After winning the Award of the EU at the 6th Biennale de Dakar (May 2004) with his work “Mobilium” (gazebo), Wokam moved to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris where he continued his research on the aesthetics of street furniture. He currently works from Douala.
Yeoville Studio is a community based education and research initiative spearheaded by Wits School of Architecture and Planning students, staff members and Yeoville residents and organizations, such as the Yeoville Stakeholders Forum. It aims to produce quality academic research through various community projects that are relevant to Yeoville.
Yere, Henri –Michel
Yere is a writer and poet from Cote d’Ivoire based in Basel.
Bakare-Yusuf is a researcher and co-founder of Cassava Republic Press, a publishing company based in Abuja.