Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry



Wanjiru Koinange

Project Manager

Wanjiru Koinange is a Kenyan writer.

She obtained her undergraduate degree in journalism and literature from the United States International University after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians. During this time she was part of several teams that created a series of events and festivals that continue to shape Kenya’s cultural landscape to-date.

She also holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, the result of which was her debut novel ‘The Havoc of Choice’. She has also written for global publications such as Chimurenga, Slipnet among others, and has published works of fiction as well.

She is based in Nairobi.

Malika Ndlovu

Badilisha Podcast Presenter

Malika Ndlovu is a poet, playwright, performer, arts project manager and mother of three sons, with a wide range of experience in the Arts and Arts Management arena. Malika is a founder-member of Cape Town-based women writers’ collective WEAVE, co-editor of their multi-genre anthology WEAVE’s Ink @ Boiling Point. Malika has had four poetry collections published, namely Born in Africa But, Womb to World: A Labour of Love, Truth is both Spirit and Flesh and Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth a poetic memoir published by new South African Women’s press, Modjaji Books. Her published plays include the award-winning drama A Coloured Place and Sister Breyani.

Between 2007-2010 Malika was co-curator of the Africa Centre’s Badilisha Poetry X-Change. She is now a guest presenter for As an independent artist, Malika operates under the brand New Moon Ventures and is dedicated to creating indigenous, multi-media and collaborative works in line with her personal motto “healing through creativity.” Visit