Babila Mutia holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in African Literature from Canadian universities. He is the author of four books, and his short stories and poems have been featured in a range of international journals and anthologies. He was invited in August 2011 for a residency at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre in Italy to complete his novel The Journey’s End. Mutia is a professional storyteller who has performed his stories in Europe, Canada, the US, and South Africa. He is Associate Professor of African literature and Creative Writing at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon.
Dorothy Dyer is the founder of Cover2Cover Books and the FunDza Literacy Trust, which uses innovative ways to get young South Africans reading for pleasure. A former English teacher who taught at a range of South African high schools, Dorothy has an enduring passion for getting her students to read. Dorothy is also the author of numerous teen novels and textbooks, and has run workshops to test materials and to develop students’ writing. She has a Masters from UCT in Applied Language and Literacy Studies, and has just completed her Masters in Creative Writing, also through UCT.
Mandla Langa is currently the director of the Contemporary African Music and Arts. He also serves on the board of several institutions including the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the Foundation for Global Dialogue and Business and Arts South Africa. Since the country’s transition to democracy, Mandla has held various prominent positions in the media industry. He was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Independent for a time, and vice-chairperson of the Africa 95 Exhibition in London. Langa has also served on the board of the SABC, having initially been the programme director for television at the broadcaster. His contribution to the world of literature is as undeniable as his political contributions to the emancipation of the country. He is a prominent and award-winning writer who continues to champion creativity in the media, through various positions that he has held over the years.
Tade Ipadeola, is a Nigerian poet and lawyer. He has three published volumes of poetry. His latest work The Sahara Testaments, won the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2013. The works of Tade Ipadeola explore geographies, history, prehistory, flora, fauna, language and identities. His works have been described as epical, demonstrating a striking marriage of sound and sense. He currently serves as the PEN (Nigeria Centre) President.