Ben Jackson is a current African Politics MSc student at SOAS University. His interest in African issues began following a 10 day trip to Sierra Leone in 2010. During his time studying International Relations at the University of Leeds he became more interested in Africa, especially its politics and issues around conflict and justice. Ben‘s final year dissertation looked at African regional organisations peacekeeping missions as part of “African Solutions to African Problems”. Prior to starting his MSc, Ben spent a month and a half volunteering in Uganda, as well as 9 months interning with a Human Rights Organisation
Lebogang Tisane is a South African e-commerce business maven, writer, and philanthropist who is passionate about the empowerment of women and children, and transforming the political and economic landscape of Africa. She is an MBA graduate and holds a Degree in Law from Rhodes University and an Honours Degree in Management from North West University. She is also a founder of an NPO aimed at empowering women and children, as well as addressing socio economic issues. Furthermore, she is a certified education innovator and is working on improving the state of education in Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Mukuka Nkunde is an upcoming writer and poet, with a self-published on Amazons kindle titled The Woman I am Today. She has a passion for words because she believes that they relay the best stories. She has hopes of publishing more of her work to tell the African story.
While her first love is writing, Mukuka is also a Development advocate, with an undergraduate degree in Agriculture Economics and currently pursuing her Masters in International Development. She currently works in the development sector and is in the process of setting up her own consultancy called Imitiikula which will work with young entrepreneurs. She is an avid believer in the Market Systems development approach, which aims to make markets work for the poor. She is confident that this the one way development can be sustained in this beautiful continent.
Amo Bogatsu is a poet who does both spoken word poetry and writes short poems. He believes that his strongest characteristic of poetry writing is the ability to narrate a story. Through poetry he intends to not only uplift dampened spirits and shine light on social issues but also to immortalize stories that he orates via poetry. He also uses his skill to shine light upon the social issues that he as a young Motsana experiences, being the voice of the silent and the silent voice of truth at the same time. He regularly attends poetry sessions in Gaborone, performs at youth church events and at various NGO events. His earliest memory of poetry writing was in 2008. But he never really took it seriously until junior school where he wrote frequently on anything and everything. His inspiration was birthed by the hunger to be part of something greater than himself. A voice of his generation in some way. A modern Shakespeare he presumes.
Prince T. C. Gbemisoye is currently a senior student at the Starz College of Science and Technology, and he majored in Information Technology (System Administration). He is a Liberian, born in Monrovia, Montserrado County to a Liberian mother and a Nigerian Father. He started writing in high school and later improved his habit by writing stories and poems in college. He has authored multiple inspirational poems to help expose Liberia to the world of poetry over the years. He also got involved in research processes and worked at the UL- PIRE Africa Center for 7 years as a Research Assistants and Data Clerk, thus participating in numerous research preceding in and around Monrovia, Liberia.
Lonjezo Idrissa is a final year student at The University of Malawi, and currently studying Communication and Cultural Studies (majoring Public Relations). He is a professional writer, poet, editor, social critic, advocates, researcher, motivational speaker, and would like to be a Public Relations Manager for an national or international organization. Lonjezo loves writing because he enjoys encouraging people to be strong, hardworking, to focus on their lives, and to be aware of key issues and challenges in society and solutions to these issues.
NN Dzenchuo is a Cameroonian writer of poetry, short stories and drama. He is a member of Cave Canem Poetry Foundation. Some of his poems have won awards including Sweet Wine in New Calabash (AllPoetry.com, July 2012). He has published a poetry trilogy: The Griot’s Hymns, Songs of African Roses and Creeds of Primeval Griots. These collections were reviewed by the International Research Council on African Literature & Culture in the Journal of African Literature & Culture, No.12 in April 2015.
He has also contributed stories, in the African Short Stories (ASS) Vol. 2, published by IRCALC dedicated to Chinua Achebe.
John Litherland is a recent graduate in MSc International Development from the University of Birmingham who has had an interest in African development, politics, conflict, relations and sport for several years now. John first visited the continent when doing fieldwork in The Gambia and has also done voluntary work in Burkina Faso. John’s Masters Dissertation studied how violent conflict and combatants in the African continent were represented in film whilst also delving into more general issues about western media representation of Africa. John appreciates that he still has much to learn about the continent though and strives to do so as part of his role as a contributor.
Kaajal Gunputh, resident of Mauritius is an enthusiastic young dynamic person with an educational background in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Healthcare. She is highly motivated and passionate about gender equality and women’s right. She runs a blog named Let Her Rise which aims to help, empower and support women & children of all ages across different continents to overcome their limiting beliefs, discover unique gifts and skills no matter what their past story has been or the present circumstances are. She believes that if we take small steps towards helping others, we can make a great difference in the world.
Botshelo Thusani, Stuart Bolus, John Oluwadare, Isa Sekro Mwejuma, Ijeoma Okoye, Emmanuel Nsobila, Makweti Sishekanu,Ganizani Tembo, Amedeus Kiria, Gillian Abihud, Panagioti Kouloumas, Asifa Ali, George Lakey, Chungu Chama, Victoria Zhang, Leticia Osei, Mariam Osman, Orapeleng Rammala, Richard Yeboah, Barry Turner, Sinead Troy, Sarah Tziniers, Jordan Bate, Isaac Brewer, Shivanker Kamboj, Racheal Ndlovu, Freeman Mateko, Jerome Monta, Peter Conteh, Ivana Anovic, Hannah Sabbatini,Mukul Choudhary, Quenti Mosseray, Matthew Clarke, Danielle Hurlstone, Elise Mann, Shanice Elliot, Mukuka Nkunde, Vikta A. Chaungwe Jr, Jamie O’Dell, Tasneem Koorowlay, Manasseh Suzyo Ngoma Jr, Amalina Samsudin, Benjamin Hibbert, Clare Hunter Funnell, Rebecca Cullen, Kudakwashe Khuleya, Doyin Oreagba, Andy Prinsen, Buthaina Sa’id, Brandon Matondo, Laurence Calliafas, Arab Millennial, Samuel Murray, Jamie Jobanputra, Chate Mfula, Jason Mfula II, She Leads Africa, Abbas Farshori, Chibuye Nkunde, Yande Phiri, Kawanga Coxe, Wengo Kaluba, Choolwe Chibomba, Zenith Mwape, Kudakwashe Khuleya, Lunga Izata, Kaseba Lubambo, Lombe Lumbwe, Mfundo Sindane, Harry Curzon, Zobiya Minai, Rohit Agarwal, Chiti Jacob Nkunde, Valéria E.Sotnikova Zimba, Mark Kahara Karanja, Potlako Bogatsu, Brian Omolo, Benjamin Mwithali