Meet the Team

These are the people behind Africa in Dialogue, who work full time behind the scenes to make the voices of Africa flourish.

Gaamangwe Joy Mogami

Gaamangwe Joy Mogami is a multi-passionate storyteller, interviewer, editor and publisher, ancestral and psycho-spiritual healer.

She is the founder of Rise the Warrior, a movement that fuses depth psychology, metaphysical sciences and African Spirituality to curate sacred gatherings, inner healing and transformation coaching for African individuals and organizations. She hosts The Joy Mogami Show, a Facebook Live stream show that
holds conversations on healing and transformation with wellness experts.
She is the founding editor of Africa in Dialogue.
Founding Editor (Botswana)

Tolulope Oke

Tolulope Oke is an introvert, an art enthusiast, an entrepreneur, a nyctophilia
and a fellow of progress. Tolulope studied English at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan where he recently completed his M.A. degree. He is the Publisher of Lunaris Review:
a journal of art and the literary, Fiction Editor at Parentheses Journal,
and an Editor at Africa in Dialogue. Tolulope lives in Ibadan where he is
comforted by her hills and their bliss.
managing editor(NIGERIA)

Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African poet and 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2019, she won the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Nkateko is an interviewer and director of the Internship Program at Africa In Dialogue, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is the author of a digital chapbook titled THE HEART IS A CAGED ANIMAL, published by Praxis Magazine. Her latest work has been selected by the African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books for the 2020 New Generation African Poets chapbook box set.

Meet the Interns

May - October 2020


Edith Knight Magak

Edith Knight Magak is a Kenyan writer and editor living in Nairobi. She has been an editor at Writers Space Africa Magazine and currently serves on the board of the African Writers Development Trust. A great enthusiast of flash fiction, she served as a judge at the 2018 African Writers Awards – Flash Fiction category. On writing, she has been published in anthologies and magazines including Brittle Paper, Kikwetu Journal, Six Hens, Jalada, Okada books, Urban Ivy, among others. In 2019, she was longlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Award. She believes that creative non-fiction is the future of writing!
Edith Knight Magak
Contributing Interviewer for creative non-fiction (Kenya)

Chisom Okwara

Chisom Okwara is a graduate of Social Sciences from the African Leadership University, Mauritius. She runs BRIM Ltd, a digital comms and content marketing company in Kigali. She is obsessed with fonts, free t-shirts, and fine sentences. You can find her writings on AfricanWriter, Praxis Magazine, Thrive Global, The Question Marker, Medium, her blog - Odetoateen, and her LinkedIn page.
Chisom Okwara
Contributing interviewer for creative non-fiction (NIGERIA)

Saliha Haddad

Saliha Haddad is an Algerian part-time teacher of English at the university and a volunteer interviewer for online local magazines. She is one of the top graduates of her department in the Anglophone literature and civilization field. She is passionate about art and literature, and she recently became vegetarian. She is currently working on a series of personal essays under the theme of “family”, and on a short story about an aspiring painter. Her philosophy in life is to always try be the best version of yourself and to always keep on learning.
Contributing interviewer for fiction (Algeria)

Davina Philomena Kawuma

Davina is a reader who happens to like writing. She writes in several forms (including poetry and essays) but is for some reason most drawn to the short story. Stories are how she makes sense of the world, and of her (imagined or otherwise) moral, intellectual, spiritual, and p=hysical place in it. She’s committed to the creation of a legacy that equalizes the telling of stories. Her range of interests include [eu]social media, the mothering of the tongue, and English which, despite our sincerest efforts to preserve it, keeps breaking (sometimes into more pieces than we can pick up).
Davina Philomena Kawuma
Contributing interviewer for Fiction (Uganda)

Jaliya The Bird

Jaliya The Bird is a writer, poet, performer from Angola. Her work explores Womanhood, Blackness, Africanness within the concept of [Inter]Sessions: UnSpoken Words. [Inter]Sessions is provoking, celebrating, releasing emotion and thought through storytelling, writing, poetry, and performance art. The artist is passionate about freedom and authenticity, living life from the core of who we are as we respond to the causes that move us. Her award-winning spoken word film Idle Worship produced by Ariel Casimiro via Usovoli Cinema has screened at various poetry festivals. You can read her work here:
Jaliya The Bird
Contributing Interviewer for Poetry (Angola)

Gerry Sikazwe

Gerry Sikazwe is a Zambian poet, literary blogger, and a creative writing coach. He is the author of  Words That Matter (Mwanaka Publishers, 2018), a poetry collection. His works have been featured in print magazines, newspapers, anthologies and online literary sites including Kalahari Review, Nthanda Review,, Dissident Voice, In Between Hangovers,, Sprinkle Storiez, AfroCabin, Pierian Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal (33), Mamba (7), Best of Africa, Best New African Poets 2018 Anthology, Times of Zambia (Sunday Edition 2017), Zambia Daily Mail (Friday Edition 2019), and many more. He writes and reads poetry from Lusaka.
Gerry Sikazwe
Contributing Interviewer for Poetry (Zambia)

Kylie Kiunguyu

Kylie Kiunguyu is a Communications Specialist with a penchant for poetry and creative writing. She has experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As a freelance writer, she champions Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Gender Equity, Minority Representation, African Knowledge, Climate Action and Conservation. As a budding Pan-Africanist she has made a point of working with Afrocentric platforms that highlight the diverse identities and narratives of the continent. She is also a published contributor of the anthologies "Akello" and "A side of raunch" as well as a fierce hoarder of her more personal pieces that can be found on
Kylie Kiunguyu
Contributing Editor (Kenya)

Tinotenda Heather Mavunga

Tinotenda Heather Mavunga is a Zimbabwean born writer, TEDx 2018 speaker, tech consultant, and digital strategist. She double majored in Psychology and Management, and minored in International Relations and Communications at Monash University. She graduated as a digital marketing alumna of the digital marketing program Digify Pro. She also graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, MEST Africa as Zimbabwe’s first entrepreneur in training. A versatile writer with a varied portfolio, she has written over sixty articles on entrepreneurship, digital economy, startups, music and investment across Africa. She is the former Editor and writer at Africa Business 2020, where she profiled notable tech entrepreneurs across West Africa. Her written work has been profiled by the blog, iAfrikan Online, and Noteworthy, on Medium.
Heather Mavunga
Contributing eDITOr (Zimbabwe)

Desmond Efe-khaese

Desmond Efe-khaese is a final year law student with interests in finance, technology, and intellectual property. As a creative writer, he has partnered with Winkleaf, Vasiti Magazine, Tell!, Poets in Nigeria, Kreative Diadem, Wax Poetry and Art to list a few. He was the winner at the 2020 Biz-Idol Challenge 3.0 and 2019 Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) April edition;1st runner-up in the 2017 African Poetry Magazine contest and was longlisted for the 2019 African Writer of the year Award for a Flash Fiction. Desmond is passionate about content creation, brand management, storytelling/B2B marketing, leadership, and community development.
Desmond Efe-khaese
Social Media Manager (NIGERIA)



Chelsea Haith

WordPress Specialist (South Africa)

Awetse Motlhabane

Pinterest Manager (Botswana)

Ejiofor Ugwu

Literary Researcher (Nigeria)

Kearoma Mosata

Twitter Manager (Botswana)

Miriam Watsemba

Instagram Manager (Uganda)

Alicia Connolly

Visual Director for Social Media (Botswana).


february - august 2019

Tshepo Phokoje

Interviewer for Creative Non-Fiction (Botswana)

Helen Ajayi

Interviewer for Visual Arts (Nigeria)

Elelwani Netshifhire

Interviewer for Film (South Africa)

Timi Odueso

Social Media Manager (Nigeria)


OCTOBER 2019 - aPRIL 2020

Peter Akinlabi

Contributing Interviewer for Poetry (Nigeria)

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara

Contributing Interviewer for Poetry (Nigeria)

Ope Adetayo

Contributing Interviewer for Creative Non-Fiction (Nigeria)

O-Jeremiah Agbaakin

Contributing Editor (Nigeria)

Barakat Akinsiku

Contributing Interviewer for Fiction (Nigeria)

Ifeanyichukwu Peter Eze

Contributing Interviewer for Fiction (Nigeria)

Tega Oghenechovwen

Contributing Editor (Nigeria)

Mutsa Diana Shiripinda (1991 - 2018)

Africa in Dialogue would not be possible without the influence and contribution of Mutsa Diana Shiripinda, a warrior who has since joined the ancestral realm. 

Mutsa Diana Shiripinda was a 20-something Zimbabwean spoken word poet and broadcast graduate. Born in Harare and raised in Gaborone, Botswana; Mutsa was the first person ever interviewed by Africa in Dialogue’s founding editor. She was the visual director of Africa in Dialogue’s first issue.

We continue the work in her honor. Read her work at