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Vwerosuoghene Abioye

Nigeria

Vwerosuoghene Abioye.  A creative writer passionate about life and the arts especially poetry.

She draws heavily on her own experiences and thoughts to present snapshots through her work.  Passionate about writing she says it allows her to efficiently express her thoughts and share her experiences with people.

Vwerosuoghene has been writing since middle school but only recently started publishing some of her work.  She is based in Nigeria.

Published: Aug 2019
Title: Unattended

Phindu Zaie Banda

Malawi

Phindu Zaie Banda is a 21 year old Malawian feminist who is passionate about using poetry to advocate for social justice. Since starting writing in 2014, she has headlined many spoken word events and released an album titled “Bodies are (not) Homes.”

Phindu is inspired by everyday life and writes honestly about her own fears, joys and sorrows. She currently resides in Lilongwe, Malawi and is working on her first book, “Sticks, Stones and Broken Poems.”

Published: Sept 2019
Title: Amarantha

Sawaira Malik

kenya

Sawaira Malik is 28 years old and lives in Kenya.  She started writing poetry in 2011 after finishing high school. She believes that English literature, her favorite subject in high school, sparked the interest of poetry in her.  Her writings are personal and embody her experiences based on people she has met, her beliefs, inspirations, and lessons learnt in life together with what she observes daily be it social issues or relationships. Fortunately her poetry does click with those who have read it and it helps them find perspective as they connect with it. Touchwood!

She graduated in 2015 from the University of Nairobi after completing an LLB degree.  She then studied the Advocates Training Program in 2017 from Kenya School of Law.  She is currently studying Air Travel and enjoying her time learning about the travel and tourism industry. Writing is her passion and her growing collection encourages her to keep writing for the opportunities that could arise along the way.  She intends to get her work published through mediums that are looking for content and a message in poetry to reach out/ motivate and find a connection with readers.

Published: Oct 2019
Title: A Boy I Know

Theophilus Nana Arhin aka Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah

ghana

Born, Theophilus Nana Arhin Tsiwah and writing professionally under his creative pseudonym, Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah. He is a Ghanaian Smartphone Enthusiast & Content Critic. He’s the Poetry Editor at Lunaris Review (a Journal of Arts & the Literary, Nigeria) & the Creative Director/Founder at The Village Thinkers (a Creative Writing & Arts Society, Ghana). The 2018 Shortlisted Poet for both African Writers Awards /&/ West Africa Citizens Awards has had his works published in Afridiaspora, Peeking Cat Poetry, EXPOUND, Whispers, Novel Masters, African Writer, Agbówó, Tuck Magazine, Africa Redemption Magazine, The Liberian Literary Magazine & elsewhere. Tsiwah is an offspring of the University of Cape Coast where he majored in Geography

“In My Mother’s House”, © copyrighted on June 10, 2019. This poem was written out of a simple reality and feeling that belonging to an extended maternal family brings into one’s life. It paints every bit of events ‘metamorphosed’ as they do occur during family gatherings of kinsmen.

Published: Nov 2019
Title: In My Mother’s House

Ekene John Adigom

nigeria

Ekene John Adigom was born in Anambra State, Nigeria. He studied Applied Biochemistry at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State – Nigeria.
 
He is a passionate writer/poet who has the desire to grow limitlessly. He has a number of published literary works to his name. Writing is an avenue through which he expresses himself, his background, culture and imagination.

Published: Dec 2019
Title: Growing Older

Muchira Gachenge

kenya

Muchira Gachenge is a writer from Kenya. He has been a three-time Editor in Chief of Moi University Press Club.  The largest students’ publishing house at Moi University, Kenya. His short stories have appeared in East African Magazine. He has published numerous literary commentaries on Saturday Nation Newspaper, a publication of Nation Media Group in Kenya. His essays have also appeared on independent literary websites. He has experience in radio production and show hosting, having hosted “The Discourse Literary Show” for two years on Moi University Radio. 

His poems which have received great acclaim, have been pencilled in for publication in a forthcoming anthology. He studied English and Literature at Moi University, and has been teaching since 2015.  When he is free, he likes to design ways by which to impact the world positively. He has a keen interest in Gikuyu Popular Culture and has a number of published literary works to his name. Writing is an avenue through which he expresses himself, his background, culture and imagination.

Published: Jan 2020
Title: People

Kenny Ozojie

nigeria

Kenny Ozojie is a young aspiring poet from Nigeria. He is a novice in the field of writing but has a unique style. Most times he goes by the pen name “Ozkar”. A name he formed from the depths of his imagination which according to him means “Freedom”.
 
Kenny works as a professional Microbiologist but has an artistic side to him. A side he likes to showcase through music and poetry. His writing springs from an imaginative and free thinking mindset.
 
To him, writing takes care of the unexpressed thoughts, the guilt-demon that haunts, and the urge to create art.

Published: Feb 2020
Title: Every Girl Wants a Moon

Esther Andaye​

kenya

Esther Andaye is a young upcoming poetess interested in art, specifically poetry, drawing and music. However, poetry is the backbone. She was born in the late 90’s in Nairobi, Kenya and is currently studying for a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry at the University of Eldoret. She started writing poetry in her first year at high-school. Support from friends has been the motivating factor behind her writing. From her first poem, she learnt she could bring out something impactful out of words from her mind.

She chose to venture along the journey of poetry so that she can use words to add light and hope to the world and also to help people see things differently.  In 2018 she started participating in several competitions. In 2019 she made her first presentation at Kistrech Poetry Festival in Nairobi. On her poetry journey so far, Esther has featured on different platforms such as; Writers space Africa, Writers hub, Arthut and The giant pen.

Published: Mar 2020
Title: Fallen Heroes

Ezekanne Paschal Fechukwu

Nigeria

Ezekanne Paschal Fechukwu known widely as Paschal-Regal is a Nigerian poet and writer who is currently a Law student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He is an avid reader who also values deep silence and music.  

He constantly draws inspiration from the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as he straddles the two worlds – Poetry and Law – the best he can. You can follow him on Twitter 
@Thesyncret

Published: Apr 2020
Title: Fatia

Nathaniel Ziphoezinhle Mpofu

ZIMBABWE

Nathaniel Ziphoezinhle Mpofu was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He studied Library and Information Science at Bulawayo Polytechnic College.

Currently he is a librarian at the largest castle full of books in his city: the Bulawayo Public Library.

Therein he is always surrounded by writers and books; stories and atoms of diction. In 2015 Nathaniel published his first novel for young adults, The Parallel World. In a curious turn of literary events it became the inspiration for his ROIL BAA Outstanding fiction award winning novel, Inkless Quills. Which would be published later in 2018.

In between these opuses, Nathaniel published five (5) books. Another novel for young adults in 2015, The Unreader; 2 short story anthologies in 2016, Maktub, I.The 1st edition, and Maktub, I.The 2nd edition. In 2017, he then published a memoir, No.44 Andrea Drive and a poetry anthology, Poetic Potions. His latest book, The Colour of Alchemy is another poetry anthology. It was published in 2019. His works can be purchased on Amazon here; works

Published: May 2020
Title: Neuroscience

Mugabi Byenkya

uganda

Mugabi Byenkya is an award-winning writer, poet and occasional rapper. Mugabi’s writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension.

His debut experimental epistolary speculative novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 42 city, 4 country North America/East Africa tour in support of this.

In 2018, Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage in the 56 years since independence by Writivism. Dear Philomena, was named a Ugandan bestseller in the same year. Mugabi wants to be Jaden Smith when he grows up.

Published: Jun 2020
Title: Naphtalie

Antonio Doe Akoko

Kenya

Antonio Doe Akoko is a Kenyan national and a graduate of Laikipia University, Kenya. He graduated with a B.A.in Communication and Media and has been writing for the better part of his life. He believes writing is a great way to share.

Pen and paper have always been two of his best friends. Capturing anecdotes, secrets, wishes and experiences on paper is something he finds immensely liberating. Antonio has written articles, poems and official documents for clubs, media outlets and websites. He believes in the magic of the written word and is hopeful he can make a life out of writing.

Published: Jul 2020
Title: Breaking

Henrietta Enam Quarshie

Ghana

Henrietta Enam Quarshie is currently a medical student at the University of Health and Allied Science. She comes from the Volta region of Ghana where she lives in its capital, Ho. She has been published by Praxis magazine, Tampered Press and in anthologies: To grow in two bodies and The Big Yellow Post. She writes micro poetry on Instagram under the pseudonym Poetbyimpulse.Twitter handle @HenriettaEnam

Published: Aug 2020
Title: Stay

Mercy Geno Apachi

Uganda

Mercy Agenorwot is a Ugandan writer who writes under the pseudonym Mercy Geno Apachi.  She started writing in primary school where she would pen short stories in her class-work books and make them available to classmates for a low fee.  She blossomed into a young journalist at university where she won a Media Challenge award in 2015 for business reporting. 

Mercy later attended residential fellowships at Media Challenge  2018, Tebere Emerging  artists Lab 2019 and was subsequently introduced to theatre and African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship 2020. She has staged two poetry shows and featured on several platforms as a spoken word artist. Her poems have featured in the US Anthology, Home: Millennial Voices, a Kenyan Anthology: Writers Space Africa and One Voice Global which is
an Italian magazine.

Published: Sept 2020
Title: Yet Another Black Man

Sinead Mwale

zambia

Sinead Mwale is a Zambian national and is currently in her third year pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with Development Studies at the University of Zambia.

She is an emerging writer who is passionate about poetry and believes this is one of the best ways to express herself. To her, poetry provides an opportunity to communicate and express ideas in ways that are immediate, accessible and transcendental. For her, it’s all about the power of the word!

Sinead loves to read novels as well as poems and one of her dreams is to publish both poems and books.

Published: Oct 2020
Title: Give up already!

Muwanwu Sikhitha

South Africa

Muwanwu is a South African writer. A journalism graduate and currently a law student curious about human rights law. She loves traveling the African continent and hiking to beautiful mountain tops.

Her poems are influenced by love, betrayal, family history, dreams, migration, cultural history, female reproductive illnesses and childhood memories. Apart from law school she is working on her debut collection. Her work has appeared in ‘The Single Story Foundation Journal’ and is forthcoming in other publications.

Published: Nov 2020
Title: Nostalgia

Lily Banda

Malawi

Since childhood Lily showed a passion for performance.  Juggling work as a voice actor, television host and DJ on Radio, she used her pay cheques to finance the launch of her music career.

The album title spoken word piece black kiss had Banda dubbed poet and she went on to release 3 studio projects,the Ep odd hours in 2015, and a double album Original thought poetry compilation & Just Go which earned her 2 Afrima Nominations in the ‘Best female in Southern Africa’ and ‘Most promising artist in Africa’ in 2018. As an actress she starred in the feature film ‘The boy who harnessed the wind ‘ as Annie Kamkwamba and in Deep State season 2 as Malian translator Aicha Konate on Fox.

The singer, songwriter, actor, poet and dancer was awarded The Youth Hero Award by the African Union in 2015, and in 2020 was awarded The Africa 35:35 Changemakers in AfricaAwards by the Africa 35:35 Awards. She has performed at Lake Of Stars & Tumaini music festival, Seagal Family Foundation annual conferences in New York, and Philanthropy New York.

Published: Dec 2020
Title: black kiss

Sawaira Malik

Kenya

Sawaira Malik lives in Kenya. She is a LLB graduate from University of Nairobi and has also studied Air Travel and Tourism. Sawaira loves poetry. She started writing poetry in 2011 after finishing high school and believes it is the best form of expression when it comes to writing. Her poetry is based on her experiences as well as those she knows. Sawaira enjoys exploring themes such as culture, war, relationships, societal issues, spirituality and emotions in her poetry.

Sawaira enjoys writing and her growing collection encourages her to keep going for the opportunities that could arise along the way.  She intends to get her work published through mediums that are looking for meaningful content on a global scale.

Published: Jan 2021
Title: Cake

Balogun Emmanuel Sejiro Tolulope

Nigeria

Balogun Emmanuel Sejiro Tolulope (hence BEST is his pen name) is a Materials Science and Engineering graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and an indigene of Badagry, Lagos state, Nigeria.

He has always loved languages and his fascination for words drove him into stringing them together into poems.  A hobby coaxed out by a friend and which has come to be a safe haven. He has written quite a few on a variety of topics but love has always tickled his fancy most.

 

Published: Feb 2021
Title: Taken

Racheal Chie

Zimbabwe

Doreen Rachael Chitondwe is a 23 year old writer, poet, singer, and rapper from Mutare Zimbabwe. In poetry she goes by the pen name ‘’Racheal Chie’’. She has self published three books to her name, Sweet Deceit, The Indians Child and Book Of Poetry under the name Doreen R Chitondwe.

Her work has appeared in The Blue Marble Review, Poetry Soup.com, and Eureka Street. Five of her unpublished poems are set to appear in an upcoming anthology called ‘’Poetry is Life’’ and short story in another upcoming English anthology. She is the receiver of the 2019 Certificate Petal Star Award from Inked with Magic and the 2nd runner up of the Kuchanaya Poetry Contest and one of the first winners of the Fortnight Poetry Competition.

Published: Mar 2021
Title: With your photo

Aliker P’Ocitti

Uganda

Aliker P’Ocitti is a poet, published author (My Mayor. The Political Campaign Story of a Poor Elite and Rich Illiterate), Blogger (www.lagulu.wordpress.com), Editor in Chief of Northern Era News-NEN (www.nen.co.ug) and Motivational Speaker.

Aliker is also a T.V Host at Wan Luo T.V (Wangoo P’Kaka) program and a regular local radio and T.V commentator.  He is the founder of Gulu Writers Club (GWC) and contributes opinion pieces on The Daily Monitor, The New Vision, The Weekly Observer, Chimpreports (Online) and Nile Post (Online) in Uganda.

He holds a B.A. in Education and a Master’s in Peace and Justice Studies from Makerere University (Uganda) and University of San Diego (USA) respectively.

Published: Apr 2021
Title: Why I Speak

Benikranus Sedudzi Appaw

Ghana

Benikranus is a Ghanaian born writer, health advocate and Nursing Officer by profession.

Her works were featured in the 2020 Ghana Writes Christmas/New Year Haiku and Senryū series & Voices of African Women Journal – First Edition.

Growing up in a household full of boys, she kept a daily journal where she would let her mind run wild and free. She believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that it is simply a matter of finding the right audiences.

Benikranus holds a BSc in Nursing from the University of Health and Allied Sciences – Ho. She currently resides and works in Accra, Ghana and in her free time writes poetry on Instagram under the pseudonym @pen.cells

Published: May 2021
Title: Reality Check

Lazola Pambo

South Africa

Lazola Pambo is a jolly, free spirited South African poet, novelist and essayist, holding a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa. Most of his work has been published in “BlazeVOX,” “Sentinel Literary Quarterly,” “Gemini Magazine,” “Trinity Review,” “The Criterion,” and “STORGY Magazine.”  One of his intriguing hobbies is attending art exhibitions and food stalls; to get a taste of a variety of delicacies. Twitter handle @LPambo and Linkedin: Lazola Pambo.

Published: Jun 2021
Title: Compassion

Temwani Mgunda

Malawi

Temwani Mgunda is a Malawian writer. He has published many short stories and poems in a number of local publications. His short story, A Dance in the Dark, was shortlisted for the 2018 African Writers Awards.

Temwani is also a trained journalist who previously worked for some prominent media houses in Malawi, namely Times Media Group (as Sub-editor), Nation Publications Limited (as Rewrite Editor) and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (as News Editor). He also once taught English and History in Malawian secondary schools. Apart from writing, Temwani also likes travelling and watching documentaries.

Published: Jul 2021
Title: In Memoriam

Okunola Peace

NIGERIA

Okunola Peace is a Nigerian born and based writer. He enjoys writing as a profession as well as doing so as a hobby. He also loves music, reading and traveling.

His favorite pet is a cat. He has a great respect for humanity and loves to write about life and her beauties. When he is not reading or writing, he can be seen sketching in his favorite sketchbook.

Published: Aug 2021
Title: Someday

Bokang Moshoeshoe

lesotho

Hailing from Lesotho, Bokang Moshoeshoe is a fervent poet, debater, law student and a former best achiever in literature at Sefika High School. Most of his work constitutes a collection he is currently working on

He is a good analyst and interpreter of poetic and literature material in general. His hobby is playing chess. He loves art and researching mythology and history.

Published: Sept 2021
Title: The Stranger
Within

Blojay PS Doe

Liberia

Blojay PS Doe was born in Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia, and started writing from a very early age. He has published a short story, “Father, My Father” available on Amazon, along with the first of a trilogy of expressionistic essays entitled “I am Me: The Memoirs of Johnnie Gardour”. He is currently working on a project called “My Culture, My Identity”, a proposal to develop, promote and preserve Liberian literary culture.

He is an avid analyst and interpreter of literature in general. His hobby is playing chess and he loves art and researching mythology and history.

Published: Oct 2021
Title: My love, not the princess’ hand