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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, literary 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 was born in Pretoria, South Africa. She is a writer, performance poet, publisher, TEDx Speaker, 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and 2019 Ebedi Writers Fellow. Her written work has appeared in Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, U.S journal Illuminations, UK pamphlet press Pyramid Editions, the University of Edinburgh's Dangerous Women Project, and elsewhere. She is the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. Her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. She is currently a Contributing Interviewer for Poetry under Africa In Dialogue's Internship Program.
Interviewer for Poetry (south africa)



Tshepo Phokoje

Tshepo Phokoje is a writer from Palapye, Botswana. She writes both Fictional and Creative non-fictional short stories as well as Poetry. Her first fictional short story was published as part of 36 Kisses; an Anthology of Short stories & Poems by Botswana Society of Human Development, which was aimed at promoting commercial tourism. Her poem Battered, Bruised & Abused, is part of Silent No More, a PDF anthology about Gender Based Violence. Her poem “FEAR” has been featured in the May 2018 edition of Writers Space Africa, an international online magazine. In her spare time, she edits her fellow writers’ works. She is an overall lover of Arts and hopes to start her own blog, which will focus on Mental Health, Gender Based Violence, Loss, Motherhood, the ripple effects of unemployment and/or liquidation of mines and Survival stories.
Interviewer for creative non-fiction (botswana)



Elelwani Netshifhire

Elelwani Netshifhire is a writer, Filmmaker, and digital media practitioner who has worked on various local and international film productions. Her focus is on utilizing all mediums she specializes in.
Elelwani_interviewer
Interviewer for filmmaking (south africa)



Helen Ajayi

Helen Ajayi is an Aquaculture Consultant and an Aqua-Art enthusiast with a three years of handson experience working with farms and research institutes, she consults for small and medium sized Aquaculture businesses which may include hatching, breeding and rearing of aquatic organisms. Helen obtained a B. Tech. Honors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA). She is currently undergoing a one-year service through the Nation Youth Service Corp (NYSC), serving as a teacher and instructor of Basic Technology. She spends time listening to music and hanging out with friends, She does Nail Art and Photography equally, @Havilotta on IG.
Helen
Interviewer for visual arts (nigeria)



Timi Odueso

A third year student at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Timi Odueso is a Wawa Review Young Literary Critics Fellow who procrastinates on writing for himself by working odd hours editing and reviewing other people's works. When the bibliophile can't find an excuse, he (likes to think he) writes speculative fiction and horror and his stories and reviews have been published by The Short Story Foundation (TSSF), the US Embassy Mission, SatayaaAfrica, Wawa Book Review and an online magazine, On The Premises.
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Social Media Manager (nigeria)

Meet the Interns

October 2019 - April 2020

Peter Akinlabi

Peter Akinlabi earned his BA from the University of Ibadan and his MA and PhD from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Akinlabi is the author of A Pagan Place, issued as part of the APBF Chapbook Box Set: Eight New-Generation African Poets 2015 and published by Akashic Books, and a collection of poems, Iconography, which was long-listed for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2017. He lives in Ilorin, North-central Nigeria.
Peter_akinlabi_interviewer
Contributing interviewer for poetry (NIGERIA)

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara, Nigerian-born poet, is an unapologetic flower boy. He began writing poetry in 2017 and his major themes explore depression, gender, and sexuality. He was one of the 21 mentees in the second cohort of the SLM Mentorship Programme and the 1st Runner Up in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2019. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in African writer, Kreative Diadem, NSPP 2019 Anthology, Straight Forward Poetry and elsewhere.
ugochukwu_damian_interviewer
Contributing interviewer for poetry (NIGERIA)

Barakat Akinsiku

Barakat Akinsiku is a writer and author based in Lagos, Nigeria. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in the Fair Observer Journal, the Truth and various other publications while her creative non-fiction piece Growing Pains was included in Freedom Magazine’s ‘Burn’ anthology. When she’s not writing her own stories, Barakat edits work for others. She also doubles as narrative designer for Lagos based indie game developer, Gbrossoft. Barakat is the author of a novel The Surrogacy Deal and her favorite past-times are relaxing with a good book and watching documentaries.
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Contributing interviewer for fiction (NIGERIA)

Ifeanyichukwu Peter Eze

Ifeanyichukwu Peter Eze is a contributing writer at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. He strongly believes in good writing. A good writing is an art. Art appeals, sings, laughs. tickles, wrenches. It engages us to think and have needful conversations--our windows to the worlds of the text and beyond. This is beauty. Beauty is the product of craft and skill. His works have apppeared in: Tiny Essays, Pangolin Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Expound, Brittle Paper, Praxis, The Single Story Foundation Journal, Selfies and Signatures Anthology, The Vanguard Book of Love Stories, Late Night Blues Anthology, BPPC Anthology, and a few other places. He was the winner of the May 2019 edition of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest with his poem, KILL. His Piece, 'Life Deferred ' was in the top four of the January 2017 edition of the Igby Prize for nonfiction. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Nigerian, Nsukka.
peter_eze_interviewer
Contributing interviewer for fiction (NIGERIA)

Marie Kalunde Mulli

Marie Kalunde Mulli is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Nairobi, Kenya. She loves telling the stories of ordinary people trying to make a living in African cities especially entrepreneurs. As a freelancer, she has produced stories for International News Agencies including: ChinAfrica magazine, German TV and Associated Press TV. Hustle Yangu ni dance (my hustle is dance) - her debut documentary film was one of the 5 projects funded by the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2016. As a student she interned as a cameraperson for Voice of America TV and her student film ‘The Key’ earned an honorable mention and the Amakula Film Festival. Marie holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media communication and higher diploma in television and film production from The Mohammed Amin Foundation. She tweets @MarieMulli1
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Contributing interviewer for film-making (KENYA)

Tiyembe Ruth Banda

Tiyembe Ruth Banda is a spoken word poet, fitness coach, MC, Yali Public Management alumni, entrepreneur and writer. She is a final year student at the University of Botswana studying a major in Chemistry and minor in Biology. She is an intern with Africa In Dialogue as a contributing interviewer for the visual arts.
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Contributing interviewer for Visual Arts (ZAMBIA/BOTSWANA)

Bame Mogami

Bame Mogami is a fashion curator, exhibitionist and musician. She is a law student at the University of Botswana and the contributing interviewer for performing arts.
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Contributing interviewer for performing Arts (BOTSWANA)


Ope Adetayo

Ope Adetayo is currently a year three student of English at the University of Ilorin. His short stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Agbowo, Sahara Reporters, Fragbits, Commonwealth Correspondent and GIMUN Blog. He is also an editor at Fragbits.
ope_adetayo_interviewer
Contributing Interviewer for creative non-fiction (NIGERIA)


Tega Oghenechovwen

Tega Oghenechovwen is a Nigerian. He has an MA in Literature from the University of Jos. He is interested in psycho-trauma, human liberty, and the battle between innocence and experience. He has published work with The Rumpus, Litro Magazine, Black Sun Lit, Aké Review, Agbowó, Afreada, and elsewhere. He is a 2019 PenPen-Africa Writers Residency fellow. He tweets @tega_chovwen
Contributing eDITOR (NIGERIA)


O-Jeremiah Agbaakin

O-Jeremiah Agbaakin received an LL. B degree from the University of Ibadan. His poems are forthcoming or published in Cordite, KWELI, The Malahat Review, RATTLE, South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, West Branch, Pittsburgh Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. A finalist in the 2017 Korea-Nigeria Poetry Contest, he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Best of the Net Award. He is a staff reader for PANK Magazine.
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Contributing eDITOr (NIGERIA)

VOLUNTEERS

jUNE - DECEMBER 2017

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).

Mutsa Diana Shiripinda (1991 - 2018)

Africa in Dialogue will 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 www.kadzidistrict.wordpess.com