Sandra Mbanefi Obiago grew up in Enugu, Nigeria, before completing her secondary schooling in Germany. Sandra Obiago holds a Bed. in Education with a specialization in English and German language and literature from the University of Manitoba in Canada. She also holds an MA in Telecommunications, with a specialization in Educational Film from Michigan State University.
Sandra Obiago has spent most of her career in the creative industry as a film maker, social activist, media development specialist, and recently as an art curator. Throughout her career, Obiago has used photography and poetry as a personal form of creative expression. Her photographs have been featured in many international publications as well as the WWF-Canon Photo Agency.
Samiah Anderson graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). During her studies, Anderson became the founder of the New School Economics Society, which further educates and networks with the broader Rethinking Economics Network.
Over her career, Samiah has come to be a well respected international speaker, and has focused on communication in both PR and Public Affairs. Samiah Anderson has had multiple years of experience in strategic management for high profile advocacy organizations.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes, born in the UK to parents from Ghana, where he was raised, is a performance poet, writer, publisher and sociocultural commentator. He is one of the 39 writers aged under 40 from sub-Saharan Africa who in April 2014 were named as part of the Hay Festival’s prestigious Africa39 project.
Nii was one of the 2017 Chair of Judges on the Caine Prize Council and has published 3 poetry chapbooks. His is also the Senior Editor at Flipped Eye publishing, and a contributor to many literary magazines and journals, including Wasafiri, Poetry News, The New Writer, Storyteller Magazine, The Liberal, Mechanics Institute Review and Sable.
An experienced performer of his work, he has appeared all over the world, including New York, London and Paris, and often leads writing and performance workshops. He has been poet in residence at the Poetry Cafe, associate writer in residence for BBC Radio 3, and is writer in residence at California State University in 2007. His poem, 'Tin Roof', was selected for the 'Poems on the Underground' initiative.
Malaika Uwamahoro is a spoken-word poet, actress and performer born in Kigali, Rwanda. Her poems, in English and French, deal with the Genocide against the Tutsi and with the future of Africa as a continent. Malaika has given performances across the world, including at the United Nations and at the African Union Summit in Kigali in 2016.
Uwamahoro was born in 1990, four years before the Genocide. Because of the instability in the country even then, her mother was forced to flee with her to neighboring Uganda, where she would stay for the first seven years of her life. Since then, Malaika has used art and poetry as a means to tell the stories of the Genocide against the Tutsi and spread a message of hope that these moments will never happen again.
Malaika Uwamahoro has been featured in several films, including Notre-Dame du Nil and LoveLess Generation, and has spoken and performed at the UN headquarters.
Victor Ehighale Ehihkamenor is a Nigerian visual artist, writer, and photographer, once described as "undeniably one of Africa’s most innovative contemporary artists" and one of "42 African Innovators to Watch". In 2017, he was selected (along with three other artists) to represent Nigeria at the Venice Biennale, the first time Nigeria would be represented in the event.
Ehikhamenor has held numerous solo art exhibitions across the world. In 2016, he was one of 11 Nigerian artists invited to join twenty-three Indonesian artists in the grand exhibition at the Biennale. At the Jogja National Museum, he showed an installation titled "The Wealth of Nations."
He has also published numerous fiction and critical essays with academic journals, mainstream magazines and newspapers from around the world including The New York Times, CNN Online, Washington Post, Farafina, AGNI Magazine and Wasafiri. His short story, "The Supreme Command", won the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award in 2003. His debut poetry collection, Sordid Rituals, was published in 2002.
His second book, Excuse Me! (2012), a satirical creative non-fiction view of life as an African both at home and abroad, is a recommended text in two Nigerian universities.
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann is an award-winning Kenyan German artist employing the craft of poetry, photography and filmmaking. Autobiography, memory and spirituality are interwoven in her work.
Philippa is an alumna of IDFA Summer School 2013 (Amsterdam), Berlinale Talents 2016 and a fellow of RAW Académie 2016 (Dakar). She will be presenting her new documentary, New Moon, which won at the Luxor African Film Festival 2018 and the Durban International Film Festival 2018 and received the Ladima Award for African Women Documentary Filmmaker at ZIFF 2018.
Philippa has exhibited at Turner Contemporary (UK, 2017), with the Goethe Institut, at The National Museum (Kenya, 2013) and in collaboration with The Sundance Institute, at MoCADA.
Philippa moonlights as an Intuitive Guide and DJ. Her first home is Nairobi, Kenya.