UGANDA’s Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet . She was awarded the 2008 Pan African Literary Forum Prize for Africana Fiction, but had earlier gained recognition for her poetry, particularly her first two collections, Men Love Chocolates But They Don’t Say (2002) and The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami (2006).

Barya is a founding member and currently serves on the advisory board of African Writers Trust (“a non-profit entity which seeks to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups.”).

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KENYA’s Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, theatre artist and political activist. She is most known for her spoken-word theatre show Migritude.

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