Professor Ato Quayson is Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto. He studied at the University of Ghana and the University of Cambridge and was also a Fellow of Pembroke College, Director of the Centre for African Studies, and on the Faculty of English at Cambridge. He was the 2011/12 Distinguished Cornille Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Newhouse Centre at Wellesley College; he held research fellowships at Wolfson College, Oxford (1994/95) and at the Du Bois Institute for African-American Studies at Harvard (2004). He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada
Molara Wood is a writer, editor, journalist and critic. A former art columnist for the Lagos Guardian, she won the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition; and received an award from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. As Arts and Culture Editor of NEXT Newspaper (2008 to 2011), she steered a groundbreaking weekly supplement on the arts. More recently she served as Special Assistant on Documentation to Nigeria’s former President Jonathan. A culture activist, she is involved in many artistic projects in collaboration with groups and organisations, including the Africa Movie Academy (AMA) and the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
She is the author of ‘Indigo’, a collection of short stories.
Zukiswa Wanner is the author of novels The Madams (2006) shortlisted for the South African Literary Award’s K.Sello Duiker Award; Behind Every Successful Man (2008); Men of the South (2010) shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best Book Africa Region 2011; London Cape Town Joburg (2014). Her short story The Dress That Fed the Suit was selected as one of the top 20 stories in South Africa’s 20 years of democracy (1994-2014) and she was selected as one of the top 39 sub-Saharan African writers under 40 (Africa39). She’s co-edited the African-Asian anthology Behind the Shadows (2012) with Indian author/editor Rohini Chowdhury and co-authored the Mandela home biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home (2010) with the late veteran photographer, Alf Kumalo.
Wanner has facilitated writing workshops in South Africa, Uganda, Denmark, Germany, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana. She sits on the board of the continental writing initiative, Writivism.
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