Sinzo Aanza is a Congolese artist whose work focuses on the radicality of fiction.
Mike Abrahams is trade unionist and writer based in Johannesburg.
Olumide Abimbola is a political economist and Director of the Africa Policy Research Institute (APRI). He co-edits the group blog, NigeriansTalk, and writes on his personal blog, www.loomnie.com
Akin Adesokan is a Nigerian writer, scholar and novelist with research interests into twentieth and twenty-first century African and African American/African Diaspora literature and cultures.
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a writer, essayist, and film critic living in Lagos, Nigeria.
Dami Àjàyí is a Nigerian of Yoruba descent. He is a poet, medical doctor, essayist and music critic.
Toyin Akinosho is literary critic, a blogger and a member of the Committee for Relevant Art, an art advocacy group based in Lagos.
Akinbode Akinbiyi is a Nigerian Berlin-based curator, writer and photographer.
Paula Akugizibwe is a writer based in Kigali. She is also a contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Roberto Alajmo is an Italian writer, journalist and playwright.
Sello 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.
Serge 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.
Amuke, Isaac Otidi
Isaac Otidi Amuke is a Kenyan writer and journalist. He writes op-eds and longform reportage on culture, politics, social justice and social movements.
Max 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.
Gwen Ansell is a journalist, educator and the author of Soweto Blues, Jazz and Politics in South Africa.
Aragao, Gabriela Carrilho
Gabriela 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.
Yemisi Aribisala is a Nigerian essayist, writer, painter, and food memoirist.
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
Attah, Ayesha Harruna
Ayesha Harruna Attah is a Ghanaian-born fiction writer. She lives in 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”.
Alexandre Biyidi Awala, known as Mongo Beti or Eza Boto, was a Cameroonian novelist and political essayist.
Robert Berold 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.
Vonani 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).
Marlon 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.
Black Chalk & Co.
Black Chalk & Co. is a collective of writers, artists, curators and educators that initiates research based projects that result in publications, alternative archives and events about Zimbabwe and the African diaspora. Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Simba Mafundikwa are co-founders.
Nadine 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 Caulfield 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.
Efemia Chela is a Zambian-Ghanaian writer, literary critic, and editor.
Panashe Chigumadzi is an essayist and novelist, born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa.
Kudzanai Chiurai is a Zimbabwean artist and activist.
Brian Chikwava is a Zimbabwean writer and musician.
Nora Chipaumire is a choreographer and performer born in Zimbabwe and currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work focuses on racial and gender stereotypes.
Kudzanai Chiurai is a Zimbabwean artist and activist.
Louis 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.
Heather 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, Imraan 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.
Cruz, Max Jorge Hinderer
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz is a Bolivian-German writer, curator and philosopher.
Goran Dahlberg is a writer based in Gothenburg where he edits Glanta, a literary journal. He has authored several books, including, most recently, Invisible Cities.
Michaëla Danjé is Afro Caribbean. She is a rapper, a beatmaker, a writer, a documentarist, and she is an activist member of the Cases Rebelles collective .
Kwame 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.
Sarah 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.
Diagne, Souleymane Bachir
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor in the Department of French and Romance Philology and the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York.
Helmut 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.
Diop, Boubacar Boris
Boubacar Boris Diop is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements, is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
Jacob 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.
Ntone Edjabe is a Cameroonian writer, journalist, DJ and founding editor of Chimurenga magazine.
Pontus Eriksson is Gothenburg based graphic designer currently working as art director at Bult & Fästteknik AB.
N’gone 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.
Fare Ala are an artistic collective based in Palermo, Sicily.
Kai Friese is a journalist and magazine editor. He lives in New Delhi.
Garuba, Harry Olúdáre
Harry Olúdáre Garuba (1958-2020) was an author and professor for African Literature and Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Marc Gbaffou is the founder and chairperson of the Africa Diaspora Forum in Johanneburg.
Mashingaidze 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.
Gabriella 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.
Linn Hansen is a poet based in Gothenburg and co-editor of Glanta, a literary journal.
Stacy Hardy is a writer, playwright and critic based in Cape Town. She is associate editor of Chimurenga.
Terrance Hayes is the 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.
Manu 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.
Harmony Holiday is a Los Angeles based writer, dancer, and archivist/myth scientist. She is the author of Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues and Negro League Baseball.
Sean Jacobs is the founder of the blog “Africa Is 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.
Neelika 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.
Simangele Kalisa is a Johannesburg based photographer.
Aryan 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.
Billy Kahora was the managing Editor of Kwani? He has also 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.
Parsalelo Kantai is one of Kenya’s leading investigative journalists, currently based at Africa Report. His fiction writing has been published in several journals, including Kwani? and Chimurenga.
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.
Mazen Kerbaj was born in 1975 in Beirut and lived there since. His main activities are comics, painting and music. He released some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a daily in comics’ format).
Bongani Kona is a writer and freelance journalist. He is a contributing editor of Chimurenga.
Bill Kouèlany 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, stage designer and visual artist.
Rustum 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.
Jackie 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
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)
Goddy 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
Lo Liyong, Taban
Taban Lo Liyong is a poet, academic and writer of fiction and literary criticism from South Sudan.
Klas 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
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.
Keguro Macharia is a founder of the Concerned Kenyan Writers collective and assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland.
Simba Mafundikwa is a Zimbabwean-born architectural designer.
Munyaradzi Makoni is a Zimbabwean born, Cape Town based freelance journalist and editor. Previously he edited Moto, a literary journal in Zimbabwe.
Malaquais, Dominique (1964 – 2021)
Dominique Malaquais was 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 was also an author, associate editor of Chimurenga Magazine and sat on the editorial board of the journal Politique africaine.
Lionel 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.
Ingrid Masondo is a curator, 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.
Achille Mbembe is a Cameroonian philosopher. 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.
Lamyne 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.
Boniface 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.
Serubiri Moses is an independent writer and curator who currently lives in New York City.
Fred Moten is an American cultural theorist, poet, and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies.
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.
Mwesigire, Bwesigye bwa
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.
Muldrow, Georgia Anne
Georgia Anne Muldrow is a singer, instrumentalist and producer from Los Angeles. Since 2004, she has produced varied solo albums including Umsindo, Seeds, Overload, and the Vweto beat series. Under the alias Jyoti – a name given to her by family friend Alice Coltrane – she has released electronic avant-jazz albums Ocotea, Denderah and Mama, You Can Bet! .
Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a writer, editor and scholar from Harare, Zimbabwe. His most recent publications are Reincarnating Marechera: Notes on a Speculative Archive (2020) and Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats (2019), co-edited with Nontsikelelo Mutiti. He is co-creator and lead researcher on readingzimbabwe.com a literary digital archive about Zimbabwe from the 1950s to the present.
Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator.
Neo 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).
Joshua Muyiwa is a Bangalore based journalist and poet.
Vivek 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.
Alexandra Novosseloff is a political scientist, and the author of the book “Des murs entre les homes”.
Gcina Ntsaluba is a Johannesburg based investigative journalist. He won “CNN award” for his story “Slumlords” published in Daily Dispatch in 2010.
Khulile 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.
Tolu 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.
Niran 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.
Olu, Dr Yaoundé
Dr. Yaoundé Olu is an editorial cartoonist, illustrator, educator, and indie comic and graphic novel publisher of more than 40 years. She lives in Chicago.
Adolphus Opara is a freelance documentary photographer based in Lagos. He Recently exhibited his work at the Tate Museum in London.
O’ Toole, Sean
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.
Annie 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/
Iolanda 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.
Uhuru Phalafala is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She is currently completing the monograph, Black Radical Traditions From the South: Keorapetse Kgositsile and the Black Arts Movement.
Suren 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.
Achal 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.
Karen 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.
Ciraj 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.
Phillipe Rekacewicz is a journalist, geographer and cartographer for Le Monde diplomatique.
Sharifa 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).
Jean-Christophe 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.
Lola 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.
Jon 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.
Bruce 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.
Olufemi 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.
Atang Tshikare is a artist and illustrator based in Cape Town.
Andy Thomas is a journalist and music critic based in London.
Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a British-born journalist of African-Caribbean descent. He is based in Dakar, Senegal, from where he covers West Africa.
Odile Tobner is a French academic and community activist. She is the widow of Alexandre Biyidi Awala, alias Mongo Beti.
Assa Traoré (born 1985) is a French activist and leader of the Truth and Justice for Adama Committee.
Nicole 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.
Malibongwe 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.
Ben Verghese is a writer based between London and Cape Town.
Stella Vincenot is a literary critic and academic based in New York.
Wainaina, Binyavanga (1971 – 2019)
Binyavanga Wainaina was an author, journalist, playwright and chef. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Caine Prize. His work includes the book, One Day I Will Write About This Place, as well as the iconic essays, “How to write about Africa” and “I am a homosexual, mum”. He also founded Kwani?, a literary magazine in Kenya; taught at Williams College, Union College, and the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, and served as the Director of the Chinua Achebe Centre at Bard College.
Jeremy Weate is philposopher and the co-founder of Cassava Republic press, a publishing company based in Abuja.
Christopher Wise is a cultural theorist, literary critic, scholar, and translator.
Jules 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
Henri-Michel Yere is a writer and poet from Cote d’Ivoire based in Basel.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is a researcher and co-founder of Cassava Republic Press, a publishing company based in Abuja.