Akaninyene is a book collector and history enthusiast with a specific passion for pre-colonial African history. He currently sits on the board of the Centre of Pan African Thought and is a founding editor at Literandra.
Dr Alessandra Bassey is a founding editor at Literandra. She is a published researcher, lecturer, and writer. She specialises in Shakespeare drama, issues of race in performance, and inclusive representation in the literary canon. She holds a PhD from King’s College London, and has presented her work in multiple conferences around the world. She has been published in various academic journals, and has a book chapter forthcoming in 'Theatres of War: A Contemporary Perspective', published by Bloomsbury. She is particularly passionate about African Literature and its inclusion in university and school curricula.
Atieno Odera is a Kenyan writer of African fantasy and speculative fiction currently based on the ancestral territories of Coast Salish First Nations in Vancouver, Canada.
Iquo DianaAbasi is a Nigerian story teller, performance poet and editor. She has performed on many stages and is the author of ‘Symphony of Becoming’, a collection of poems, which was shortlisted for the Nigeria Literature Prize, The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature and Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry prize. Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in online journals and print. Efo Riro and Other Stories is her first personal collection of stories. Iquo lives in Lagos, where she writes scripts for radio, and works as an editor.
The daughter of exiled South African parents, Lebogang Mashile was born in the US and returned to South Africa in the mid-1990s after the end of apartheid. An actor, writer and performance poet, she appeared in the film Hotel Rwanda (2004) and has performed in several theatre productions, including Threads, and recorded a live performance album incorporating music and poetry, Lebo Mashile Live. In 2005, she published her first poetry collection, In a Ribbon of Rhythm, for which she received the Noma Award. She was named one of South Africa’s Awesome Women of 2005 by Cosmopolitan and was named Woman of the Year for 2010 in the category of Arts and Culture by Glamour magazine. She was cited as one of the Top 100 Africans by New African magazine in 2011, and in 2012 she won the Art Ambassador award at the inaugural Mbokodo Awards for South African Women in the Arts.
Born in Egypt, Nawal El Saadawi is a medical doctor, a leading feminist activist and an internationally renowned writer of non-fiction and fiction. Once banned from public speaking and imprisoned under President Sadat, she is founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights, and is an outspoken campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation. Her extensive body of writing— including plays, memoirs, novels and short stories—is studied in universities across the world. She has received three honorary degrees, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe, the Inana International Prize in Belgium, and the Seán MacBride Peace Prize. She lives in Cairo and continues to write in Arabic. Her numerous works in translation include Woman at Point Zero (1982), God Dies by the Nile (1984), Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (1994) and Love in the Kingdom of Oil (2001).
Peace Adzo Medie is a Ghanaian writer and Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol in England and a Research Fellow at the University of Ghana. She has published several short stories, and her book Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is an award-winning scholar and has been awarded, several fellowships. She holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Geography from the University of Ghana. She was born in Liberia.
Wayétu Moore is the author of ‘She Would Be King’, released by Graywolf Press in the US and Pushkin Press in the UK. Her memoir, ‘The Dragons, The Giant, The Women’ was also released with Graywolf and Pushkin. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and is the founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit organization that creates and distributes culturally relevant books for underrepresented readers.