The Africa Writes Team are made up of members of the Royal African Society. They say the most valuable asset of any organisation are the people who work in it; it is an honour to recognise the diverse and talented individuals whose passion, drive and unified vision to celebrate and promote contemporary African Literature, help make Africa Writes what it is.
Amal Osman is the Royal African Society Intern and Artist Liaison for Africa Writes. Amal studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent., and completed a year of studies at California State University, Long Beach. She has worked in the London poetry scene under Jacob Sam-La Rose for several years, and co-founded the Creative Writing from the Sudans Project which published I Know Two Sudans anthology. Born in London, Amal is of Sudanese descent. She is a published writer, and can be found at www.amalmosman.com. She tweets at @amalmosman_
Caitlin Pearson is the RAS Events Programmer. She works on the general public events programme as well the annual Africa Writes festival. Her background is in higher education and scholarship – she previously worked in communications and events at the Centre of African Studies, based at SOAS, and at the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust. Caitlin holds a BA from the University of Birmingham and an MA from SOAS, both in African Studies. Her research interests include film and TV, representation, class and disability. Caitlin is originally from South Africa. She tweets at @CaitlinPearso
Dele Meiji Fatunla is a writer, and editor of What’s On Africa, the Royal African Society blog on events, cities, culture, business and development. He is also Communications Manager for the Society, and a contributor to the RAS’ cultural programmes. His non-fiction writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Guardian, New Black Magazine, New African Woman, and New African. His fiction has been published in magazines such as Saraba and Open Road Review. He tweets @delemeiji
Joanna Brown is the Education Programme Coordinator at Africa Writes. After six years as a primary teacher in Haringey, specialising in Literacy and Reading Enrichment, she is now developing streams of work to support cultural organisations in their delivery of educational programmes. Prior to working in education, she co-ordinated community projects in the housing sector, with a focus on performing arts. Previously she worked as an events co-ordinator at the British Film Institute and the BBC. She is of Sierra Leonean and English descent. Joanna holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and trained to teach at the Institute of Education.
Josette Joseph is the Assistant Publisher for What’s On Africa from the Royal African Society. Josette is a poet and writer. She is part of Octavia Poetry Collective for women of colour, run by poet Rachel Long. Josette is also a member of the creative collective SXWKS. She was long listed for the Young Poet Laureate for London and recently became a Barbican Young Poet (2015-2016). She graduated in International Development at Sussex University. Josette tweets at @Josettejoseph_.
Kelechi Iwumene is the Marketing and Communications Assistant at RAS, completing a traineeship with the RAS via the Creative Access programme. Kelechi studied English & Creative Writing at Royal Holloway (University of London). He is a poet, and blogs at www.kiwumene.wordpress.com. He contributes articles to the lifestyle website F7 Lifestyle. Born in London, Kelechi is of Nigerian descent. Working at the RAS is his opportunity to develop his creative and communications skills and explore the continent and his cultural heritage.
Sheila Ruiz is the Head of Programmes, Partnerships and Operations for the RAS – heading the organisation’s extensive programme of events, including the annual Africa Writes and Film Africa festivals and the RAS Annual Lecture. Prior to joining the RAS, Sheila was the Communications and Programming Consultant for the Africa Centre and previously worked as a freelance events producer for various arts projects in London. Sheila holds an MA in African Studies and a BA in History from SOAS. She is of mixed Spanish/Equato-Guinean heritage and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She tweets @SheilaRuiz