Dicky Jnr is a Kenyan-based multimedia designer with over ten years’ experience in print design, identity design, animation and TV production.
Ayọ̀ Akínwándé is a contemporary Nigerian artist born and based in Lagos. Akínwándé’s practice is multi-disciplinary, experimenting with lens based media, installation, sculpture, performance and sound to explore concepts of identity, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality.
Jesse Bernard is a writer, editor and music researcher based in London. He is currently a contributing editor for Trench Magazine and has also featured in the publication SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, edited by Derek Owusu. Jesse’s work specifically focuses on mapping the sociocultural history and genealogy of Black music in Britain.
Dr Jareh Das is a British and Nigerian researcher, writer and curator who works on diverse visual arts projects independently, with arts institutions and non-profit organisations centred on ‘the contemporary,’ that manifests as exhibitions, public programmes and publications. Jareh was awarded her doctorate in July 2018 in Curating Art and Science: New Methods and Sites of Production and Display offered in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London. Her future research will look at Contemporary West African Performance Art.
asher gamedZe is a cultural worker who reads and writes about revolutionary thought and practice, black cultural production, histories, futures and organises and does education work with collectives like the interim and pathways to free education. gamedZe plays music as a drummer and a percussionist and performs with a variety of ensembles from jozi to chicago and cape town.
Toka Hlongwane is a television director and producer who currently creates content for SABC’s education and children’s genres. After having a stint as a photojournalist, he developed a deeper appreciation for human narratives that are muted or unnoticed in society. This saw him immersing himself in taking pictures in-order to bring these stories to life. Toka holds a Media Studies Diploma from Boston Media House where he majored in Television Production and Journalism. When he isn’t on set directing and creating TV, he is involved in street and documentary photography.
Esther Aminata Kamara is a freelance writer and artist manager who is currently based in Freetown. Born to a Sierra Leonean father and a Dutch mother, she grew up in Amsterdam, got a BA Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and moved to Freetown to work in the music industry at the age of 23. Esther is especially interested in works that deal with alienation, identity, the absurdity of reality, and how cultural and psychological structures influence perception. Hence, her biggest influences are the likes of Murakami, Adichie, Miyazaki, Orwell, Ishiguro and von Trier. Her own work spans from non-fiction articles on Sierra Leonean arts and culture and speculative works of fiction.
Gloria Kiconco is a poet, essayist, and zine-maker based in Kampala, Uganda. Her poetry is published online by Brittle Paper, Lawino,and Sooo Many Storiesand featured in the anthologies 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry; Dear Nev: An Anthology of East African Writers; and Wondering and Wandering of Hearts. She was a correspondent for Commonwealth Writers (2015/16) and is a regular contributor for People Stories Project, which has published her work through the platform, Lets Be Brief. Her personal essays have appeared in The Forager Magazine, Doppiozero’s Why Africa?, Writivism, and Adda. Gloria created SOLD OUT, her first collection of poetry zines in 2016. In 2018, she premiered RETURN TO SENDER, a solo poetry performance and zine made in collaboration with illustrator, Liz Kobusinge.
Moshood lives somewhere in Ghana – from where he writes across genres. His work has appeared in a number of publications, both online and in print. He loves rain and fancies himself an egalitarian. He is currently trying out other exercises in self-expression.
Nkgopoleng Moloi is a Johannesburg-based writer and photographer with a specific interest in the spaces we occupy and navigate, and how this influences the people we become. Writing is a tool she uses to understand the world around her and to explore the things she is excited and intrigued by; particularly history, art, language and architecture. She is fascinated by cities, their complexities and their potential.
Tseliso Monaheng is a freelancer with over 10 years’ worth of professional experience in the mediums of writing, photography, videography and video editing. He is currently based in Johannesburg. His written work has appeared in print and on-line publications. He has contributed to outlets such as Guardian (UK), The Fader (US), Red Bull (UK & SA), Chimurenga, Rolling Stone, Africa Is a Country, and more.
Tega Okiti is a Film Festival Consultant and Creative Producer. She is currently working as Programme Assistant at arts agency LUX and Programme Advisor for Sub Saharan Africa at the BFI London Film Festival. Her recent curatorial projects include, ‘Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine’ at BFI Southbank and ‘I Don’t Protest’ – the first solo exhibition from award-winning artist filmmaker and animator Jessica Ashman. As a writer, Tega explores the intersections of race, gender and popular culture on African and diasporic image making.
Nolan Stevens says – ‘I have always approached my writing from the perspective of an inquisitive child looking to ask questions of the art world, arts practitioners and the gate-keepers who seemingly control the system. I am often drawn to connecting the threads of conceptual thinking present within art forms I engage with, and those of socio-political narratives that exist in my native South Africa, on the continent, and beyond the borders of Africa. Through persistent and ever-questioning approaches, I strive to see whatever I engage with from a fresh angle. This is an approach to my writing practice which extends to reviews of dance, music, visual art and theatre, but which includes long-form engagements with Afro-urban creators working in these disciplines, often as think-pieces or collaborations that result in artist statements or interrogative articles.