Meet The Team behind the Festival



Our Team

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Shadreck Chikoti

Festival Director

Shadreck Chikoti is a Malawian writer and social activist. He was listed by CNN as one of seven must-read African authors. He has won numerous literary awards including the 2013 Peer Gynt Literary Award with his futuristic novel, Azotus the Kngdom, also shortlisted for Africa Nommo Awards for speculative fiction. He was recently nominated by the Africa39 project as one of the “most promising African writers under 40.” Chikoti’s work has also appeared in several anthologies, including the Caine Prize anthology To See the Mountain and Other Stories (2011), and in All The Good Things Around Us: An Anthology of African Short Stories. He is the director of Pan African Publishers and in 2013 he founded the Story Club, a space for literary enthusiasts. He lives in Malawi with his wife and three children.

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Dr. Stephanie Bosch Santana

Programs Curator

Dr Stephanie Bosch Santana is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her work focuses on southern African literary networks and the migration/transformation of genres in the region. Stephanie lived and worked in southern Africa from 2005-2008 and is the assistant editor of ‘The Face of the Spirit: illuminating a century of essays by South African women’ (2007) and co-editor of ‘Winning Stories from the Malawian Girls’ Short Story Competition’ (2009).

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Trine Andersen

Resource Mobilization Director

Born in 1969, Trine Andersen holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Southern Denmark, 1996.Her first book – a collection of short stories called Hotel Malheureux – was published in 1995 and won both the 1995 Debut Prize and an award from the Danish Arts Foundation. Since then she has written poetry, novels and more short stories, as well as some literature for children. Movement, in life as in writing, is important to the author. But although she may change the genre, the topic, the tone; the difficulty of defining the truth is at the heart of her work. In one of her novels, The Right Mind of Elinor Mark, a woman of 87 disappears without a trace from her nursing home.

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Yamikani Chikoti

Administrative Manager

Yamikani is a graduate of African Bible College and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theology. Yamikani has worked with the Lydia Project, a women’s program that deals with women empowerment, Children of the Nations, where she worked as a Village Coordinator, Kanyenyeva Ministries where she works as a manager. Besides her work, Yamikani is director of The Translators Society, an institution that offers translation services to organizations and individuals.

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Zukiswa Wanner

International Desk Director

Zukiswa Wanner (born 1976) is a South African journalist and novelist, born in Zambia and now based in Kenya. Since 2006, when she published her first book, her novels have been shortlisted for awards including the South African Literary Awards (SALA) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In 2015 she won the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Awardfor London Cape Town Joburg (2014). In 2014 Wanner was named on the Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature.

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Chris Msosa

Logistics Manager

Fondly referred to as the Mazizi Kunene of Malawi because of his philosophical poetry, Chris Msosa is the Manager and artist liaison officer at both the Story Club and Story Club Arts Café. Chris has performed in numerous poetry spaces including Lake of Stars Festival, City of Stars Festival and the recent Clinch Festival in Hannover Germany.

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Beatrice Lamwaka

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Beatrice Lamwaka is the founder and director of Arts Therapy Initiative, a non-profit organisation that provides psychological and emotional support through creative arts therapies. She writes articles, short stories, poetry, and is working on her first adult novel. Her collection of short stories, Butterfly Dreams was launched recently. She is a recipient of 2018 award for her contribution to Literary Works from Uganda Registration Services Bureau and 2011 Young Achievers Award. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and was a finalist for the South African PEN/Studzinski Literary Award 2009

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Billy Kahora

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Billy Kahora’s short fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale and Vanity Fair and Kwani. He has written a non-fiction novella titled The True Story Of David Munyakei and was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love; his story Urban Zoning was shortlisted for the prize in 2012, The Gorilla’s Apprentice in 2014. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life which won the Kalasha awards. He is working on a novel titled The Applications. A short story collection The Cape Cod Bicycle War and Other Youthful Follies will be released in 2017.

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Zilanie Gondwe

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Zilanie Gondwe is a media professional that focused her career on building client-based concepts, PR strategies and creative solutions for over decades. A graduate of the Polytechinic in Malawi, Zilanie is the Creative Director of Blackmore Creatives, an agency that creates local and pan-African opportunities for Malawian creatives to explore and market creative products, proving that Culture is a vector for development. Although a journalist by profession, her aim is to intertwine all vertical cultural stakeholders into providing impetus for African creative industries

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Goretti Kyomuhendo

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Goretti is a Ugandan novelist and literary activist. A participant at the inaugural International Literature Festival Berlin in 2001, Kyomuhendo has been recognised for her "internationally renowned novels." She has also earned notice in African literary circles for her service from 1997 to 2007 as the first Programmes Coordinator for FEMRITE—Uganda Women Writers Association, and her founding of African Writers Trust in 2009, after her relocation to London, Great Britain, in 2008.

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Jack Mapanje

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Jack Mapanje is a Malawian writer and poet. He was the head of English at the Chancellor College, the main campus of the University of Malawi before being imprisoned in 1987 for his collection Of Chameleons and Gods, which indirectly criticized the administration of President Hastings Banda. He was released in 1991 and immigrated to the UK, where he worked as a teacher.

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Kenani Onjezani

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Stanley Onjezani Kenani is a writer from Malawi. In 2014, he was named among 39 most promising African writers under the age of 40. An accountant, he has worked and lived in Malawi, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Switzerland, Netherlands and currently France.

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Bertha Simbeye Chiudza

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Bertha is a gender equality and women’s rights expert with 10 years of experience in the agenda. She has hands-on expertise using gender analytical approaches in both development and humanitarian settings including program/project planning and designs, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and reporting. She is skilled in project cycle management, management of donor funds, partnership and stakeholder management, networking and alliance building. She has worked with Oxfam in Malawi (Transformative Women Leadership/Women's Rights Program Manager); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as the National Program Professional under the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Program; UN World Food Program (WFP) as the Gender Adviser; Plan International as the National Child Protection Coordinator and she has also worked with various local CSO’s in Malawi.

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