Mark Ndesandjo – Shenzhen, China

Mark Ndesandjo is gaining noteriety as the half-brother of Barack Obama.  The son from Barack Obama senior’s third wife has written a book that details some of his experiences as the child of a man who has posthumously garnered a lot of attention. His mother left Barack Obama senior and married his stepfather whose last…

Armajit Chandan, London, United Kingdom

It is official, on March the 14th 2009, Kenya will hold its first ever film and television awards. The mammoth event will celebrate and reward the best productions and movers in the industries. Designed to merge the American Oscars and Emmy’s, the elaborate, glamorous and exclusive red-carpet event will set the standard for future events.…

Mark Ford, London, United Kingdom

Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962. He went to school in London, and attended Oxford university and, as a Kennedy Scholar, Harvard University. He wrote his doctorate at Oxford University on the poetry of John Ashbery, and has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American writing. From 1991-1993 he was Visiting Lecturer…

Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Los Angeles, California

Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla was born in Mombasa and published his first article in Viva magazine at the age of 13. He has also written for Genre, Angeleno, Detour and Details and publishes the upscale lifestyle E-zine IndulgeMagazine.com. His claim to fame might also be the critically acclaimed book, ‘Ode to Lata‘, a book that tackled…

Moyez Gulamhussein Vassanji, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  Moyez Gulamhussein Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He won a scholarship to MIT while studying at the University of Nairobi and went on to specialize in theoretical nuclear physics. From 1978-1980 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Atomic Energy of Canada, and from 1980 to 1989 he was…

Binyavanga Wainaina – Schenectady, New York

It is hard to say his name without thinking of great writing and activism. Binyavanga Wainaina (who has managed to have people say his name right without attempting to shorten it) has been awarded the 2002 Caine prize for African writing for his story, ‘Discovering Home‘. Is the founding editor of the magazine, ‘Kwani?’, and…