Ben Jackson holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Leeds. His interest in African issues began following a 10 day voluntary trip to Sierra Leone in 2011. Ben spent much of his time at University focusing on African issues, especially those of conflict and justice. In his final year Ben completed a dissertation looking at African regional organisations peacekeeping missions as part of the “African Solutions to African Problems” discourse. Ben spent two weeks in 2013 volunteering for the NGO Tearfund, where he worked on the Central African Republic. He is currently completing an internship for a Human Rights organisation, with a focus on a number of sub-Saharan African countries. His interests include politics, conflict and issues of justice.
Lebogang Tisane is a 25 year Old South African resident, who is currently studying towards an MBA and works in the e-commerce fraternity. She holds a degree in Bcom Law from Rhodes University and an Honours in Management from North West University, both in South Africa. She is also founder of an NPO aimed at empowering women and children, and addressing socio economic issues. She is a content contributor to waptrendz and a freelance business consultant, blogger, philanthropist and is passionate about the empowerment of women and children, and transforming the political and economic landscape of Africa and in particular, the perception of women of colour.
Jason McPherson holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in English and a minor in Sociology from York University in Toronto, Canada where he also resides. He has an interest in Africa, from its politics to its economics and as well as its people. He is a firm believer in the continent’s potential to become a global economic power due to its abundance of natural resources. He believes that once Africa and its people gain control of the allocation of their resources they will be able to lift themselves from the economic despair that they have been facing for many years. He is currently studying web design and web development, and he does freelance writing and web designing in his spare time.
Jamie Luke Jobanputra holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Kent. His interest in Africa first came from his Tanzanian-Indian ancestry. at university Jamie took various modules on African politics. Jamie is an active participant on the British Model United Nations scene representing democracy and dictatorships alike (mostly dictatorships). He is particularly interested in the foreign policy and international relations of Africa, conservative and religious attitudes in Africa, LGBT rights in various African countries, colonial Africa and dictatorships on the African continent.
Ami J. Sanghvi holds a BA in Political Science. Inspired as an [East] Indian American female by the impact of false portrayals of her own heritage, her experiences as a member of the Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, a love for culture, and her university education have provided her with global awareness. Now a member of the fashion industry, she is still dedicated to remaining active in accurately depicting the beauty of Eastern people, cultures, and places. She wants to draw more attention to the thriving education, business, art, and activism scenes in Eastern nations that have been portrayed only as being poverty- and brutality-stricken. Through learning about global affairs and hearing plenty of varying perspectives, she has taken a strong interest in portraying Africa in a brighter light. Her interests include politics, photography, writing, philosophy, literature, modeling, fitness, and MMA.
Asifa Ali is a postgraduate student in Forensic Anthropology who has taken a keen interest in social issues since secondary school. She has a passion for global issues and politics with a keen focus on international news and topics which have no coverage. She believes it is important to talk about issues which are taboo even though one may not be in a position to bring about change. Discussing social issues provides awareness and a better understanding of problems, their exact nature and cause. Asifa also has a passion for photography and believes a photograph can convey a lot where words are limited.
Maxwell Stone is a recent graduate from Durham University with a degree in International Relations (BA). Throughout his degree course he took an interest in African politics, studied a module called ‘Dirty War’ which provided an overview of the range of security and development issues facing many African nations. He has previously worked in Africa on Borana Conservancy in Kenya. During his time there he assisted with Safaris and helped with the Rhino conservation efforts. He is also currently working in Sierra Leone for the Justice Ministry, helping them coordinate the efforts of the NGOs currently working there. These experiences have given him a real passion for African governance and wildlife issues.
Eoin O’Connor is an award winning Irish film and television writer. He studied at University College Dublin, and completed an Advanced Diploma in Film Production at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Eoin has a keen interest in Africa and African stories having spent six years living in countries such as Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. His five-part radio drama, ‘30 Eggs’, a Rwandan set story, was awarded the Imison Award of Best Audio Drama Script for a Writer new to the Medium at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016. Eoin continues to develop African set projects through his work as a dramatist and writer, based on his experiences living there, which focus on themes of justice, equality, empowerment and development.
Samuel Murray is an undergraduate student of African Studies with Development at the University of Birmingham. He has had an interest in Africa from a young age, and recently spent five months studying in Cape Coast, Ghana. Samuel enjoys writing his interests. His articles are therefore eclectic and range from human rights to sport, and from art history to politics. Samuel likes to challenge established thought and enjoys delving into the deep routes of an issue. Furthermore, Samuel enjoys to travel, cook and is an avid supporter of Manchester United.
Thabo Mahlakwena Matsepane or “Thabo Lens” is a photographer, fashion designer and creative director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started to take photographs in 2008. He is a young African storyteller through photography that centres on African women, their heart and their soul. Thabo is currently working for a media company based in South Africa and London as a photographer and content director. He shares his story through The Best of Africa and Design Indaba. This year, he wishes to travel around Africa to tell more stories about the continent and its women.
Gift Mbewe is a Pan African Youth committed to serving the continent. She is a young professional and founder of Endearing Zambia. She is an avid reader and researcher who has read in various fields among them leadership, communication, human resources, international relations, geopolitics, human and National security and Governance among others, in an effort to understand the systems and structures as the backbone of any progressive change. Gift is also a social entrepreneur who is passionate about investment in women and youth, human rights and the future of Africa and the world, creating a better world because we have what it takes. She is also an alumni of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative SA RLC.
Annie May Byrne Noonan holds a BA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following her graduation she works as a freelance writer where she enjoys telling stories about African culture and politics through a gendered lens. Having volunteered at African NGO’s and cultural centers in the UK, she particularly enjoys writing about African diaspora identities in the west.
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