Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu is a poet, speaker, lecturer, radio show host, Catholic cleric and arts enthusiast. He has contributed to several publications through his columns in Spotlight Africa and The Daily Maverick. He has also written for The Thinker, The Huffington Post, News 24, The Southern Cross and The South African.

Lawrence read philosophy and theology at St John Vianney Seminary Pretoria, Heythrop College, University of London and the Bellarmine Institute in London. He is the founding director of the Centre for Ethical Business Leadership and Chairman of the St Augustine Education Foundation Trust.

He serves as an Advisory Council Member of the Southern Cross Weekly and host of Arts Edition, a show on Radio Veritas. He was listed by the Mail and Guardian as South Africa’s top 200 young South Africans for 2016, and is the recipient of the 2016 Youth Trailblazer Award for his outstanding contribution in youth development from the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Kojo Yankah, a trained journalist and communication specialist, pan -Africanist and educationist, is also a literary writer with awards in creative writing and poetry to his credit. He was educated at Adisadel College, Cape Coast, University of Ghana, Legon, University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and has written extensively on contemporary issues on Ghana and Africa in local and international magazines. He has been editor of the national daily, the Daily Graphic, director of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, a Member of Parliament and Minister of State in the Republic of Ghana.

He served for 10 years as chairman of the Pan African Historical Festival of Arts & Culture (PANAFEST}, and later in several other capacities as President of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana, and chairman of the Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust.
Kojo Yankah founded the African University College of Communications, Accra, Ghana in 2002 and became its President until 2015. He is now Board Chairman of the university as well as chairman of the Board of the media empire, Media General.
He has authored nine books, the latest of which is ‘Our Motherland-My Life’, an autobiography. The second edition of ‘The Trial of JJ Rawlings’ was published and launched in Ghana, together with a musical drama on the book, in December 2018.

Moferefere holds a Bachelor of Theology, magna cum laude (St Joseph’s Theological Institute/Urbaniana University); a Masters in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, cum laude (Ruskin College), a Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Project Management (School of Business Leadership, Unisa); and Certificates in Mass Media and Production (School of Dramatic Arts, University of Witwatersrand) and Political Advisor (Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney).

He has experience in policy development stemming from his work in various Government bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations. He has also worked as a radio producer; head of communications in the trade union movement; communications manager in the Office of the Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC); and as Content Specialist Advisor in the ANC’s Parliamentary Caucus.

Masitha Hoeana holds Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Theatre Studies from Leeds University (U.K.). He also holds an MA in African Literature from the University of Nairobi ( Kenya). A playwright and community theatre specialist, Dr Hoeane has also been a College of Education Principle; Dean of Students ( Wits Technikon – U.J); Dean of Students (VUT); former Head of UP Arts (UP) and has extensive experience as lecturer in English and Theatre Studies.

Tendai Machingaidze was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1982. She graduated from Syracuse University in New York in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Tendai also holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Southwestern Seminary in Texas. She has published two short stories to date.

The Red Vienna is Back appears in an anthology titled Writing Lives ( Weaver Press Zimbabwe, 2013), and Super Granny was selected as a finalist in the Africa Book Club Short Reads

Competition in September 2013. Acacia is Tendai’s first novel. In addition to writing, Tendai loves tea, travelling and all things dance. Tendai lives in Russia where she is studying medicine.

Khanyisa Malabi is a cook book author and food writer. Through her writing she simplifies the process of cooking by using simple ingredients that are easily available to everyone. Khanyisa is also an entrepreneur with companies in Telecommunications, but it is her love for food and expressing herself through words that propelled her to do the things she likes the most. One would never believe that Khanyisa is self taught with no formal culinary training. She honed her skills cooking at home with family and turned to cook book writing.

“I am a mother, author and business person. I serve customers across the continent for a living. Everything is interwoven, entrepreneurship is a school of life and gave me inspiration to do what I like as a cook book author. I’m driven by a simple thing : we all have something within, a realm of possibilities that has power to grant us larger life and rewire the history in families. Now I am expanding my knowledge base, I write books about food and which each new book hopefully I get better. Perhaps the most important thing is the knowledge that I can be an inspiration, doing the things I love to do.” she says.

Carlos Moore is a Cuban writer, ethnologist and social scientist with two doctorates from the University of Paris-7. Fluent in five languages, he has authored seven books, of which the internationally acclaimed Fela. This Bitch of a Life, the authorized biography of Africa’s musical icon Fela Kuti, a work which inspired the award-winning Broadway stage musical, Fela!

A professor of international relations, he was Senior Lecturer of international relations at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in Trinidad & Tobago, Visiting Professor at Florida International University (FIU), in Miami FL, and Guest Scholar at the Universidade do Estado de Bahia (UNEB), in Salvador, Brazil. He maintains an affiliation with The University of the West Indies (UWI) as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School for Graduate Studies and Research, Kingston, Jamaica.

Besides Cuba, Moore lived and/or studied in France, the United States, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Brazil. His life-long research on the dynamics of race, took him to India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fidji on field research trips.

During a long stretch of life in exile around the world, Moore befriended and worked with some of the foremost figures of the modern era (Malcom X, Maya Angelou, Aimé Césaire, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Robert Williams, Fela Kuti, Cheikh Anta Diop, Miriam Makeba, Kwame Touré (formerly Stokely Carmichael), Rex Nettleford, Harold Cruse, Alioune Diop…).

While living in Guadeloupe, he married his second wife, Ayeola, a dancer and painter, in 1992. Both live together in the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, since 2000.

Napo Masheane was born in Soweto and  grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State). Napo is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective and nominee of the Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award in 2005. Her work credits includes, studding and working with the:

  • Market Theatre Foundation
  • Theater Siberia (Holland)
  • University of Johannesburg, Joburg Theatre (SABC)
  • Fuba, University of California (Los Angeles)
  • Jungel Theater in Germany
  • Farnebo College (Sweden)
  • The British Council.

In 2006 she published her first poetry anthology ‘Caves Speak In Metaphors’. She was named one of the Top 100 youth in South Africa by the Mail & Guardian 2007.

Activist, writer, immigrant and performer, Myesha Jenkins has been a visible feature of the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight was launched at the UKZN’s International Festival, Poetry Africa in October 2011.

Her work has been featured in We are: Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal.  She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry.

She has shared stages with:  Lebo Mashile, Napo Masheane, Phillippa Yaa DeVilliers, Mak Manaka, Gabeba Baderoon, Vonani Bila, Makhosazana Xaba and Antonio David Lyons.

Bishop Mwamba was born in Mansa, Zambia and educated in America, Zambia and Oxford University, England. He has degrees in law, theology and social anthropology. He was elected Bishop of Botswana in 2004.

He preached at the thanksgiving service in Lusaka celebrating the 80th birthday of the first Zambian president, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, and at the interdenominational service commemorating Zambia’s 40th anniversary of independence. Past presidents Kaunda and Chiluba and President Mwanawasa, all attended the service.

The Bishop is featured in two of Alexander McCall Smith’s novels In the Company of Cheerful Ladies and Blue Shoes and Happiness.