Jury Panel

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Mary-Anne Anderson
is the Chair of the South African Business Club. The first South African female to head this club in London, she leads on bringing high profile thought leaders from the visiting South African business and political community to the UK. Mary-Anne is a high achiever in global South African business investment and also a lawyer.
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Michael Auret is currently the Managing Director of Spier Films, a London and Cape Town based production company. Michael has recently financed and produced the Euro 5 million, Dutch/German/South African “Black Butterflies”. This is the story of the South African, poet Ingrid Jonker, starring Carice Van Houten (Black Book), Liam Cunningham (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and Rutger Hauer ( Blade Runner). The film is being sold by Bavaria and has already taken US$1,3 million in the Netherlands and will be released in South Africa in October by nu Metro.
In 2010 he produced “Master Harold and the Boys” based on the Athol Fugard play and starring Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) which was released in SA and the US in 2011. Spier Films has sold features and documentaries at all the major markets and festivals in the world. Prior to Spier Films, Michael served 2 three year terms as the Festival Director of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival and the CEO of the Sithengi Film and TV Market. His film events has attracted over 1900 delegates from 46 countries.
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Sandy Balfour is the chief executive of the Canon Collins Trust which for 30 years has supported Africa’s next generation of leaders through the provision of postgraduate scholarships. Sandy spent 15 years as a television producer with multi-award winning production company, Double Exposure, before turning his hand to writing and Fairtrade. He is the author of 6 books including the critically acclaimed Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose and most recently What I Love About Cricket. He was the founding chair of Divine Chocolate and is currently chair of its sister company, Liberation Foods.
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Corrin Bougaard MA PGCERTS, Born in South Africa as an oppressed person during apartheid, and growing up in exile, Corrine’s distinguished career at Ballet Rambert preceded her role as founder member, choreographer, and Associate Director of Extemporary Dance Theatre. Corrine went on to found the well known Union Dance, working with artists, USA choreographers; Doug Elkins, Bill T Jones, UK jazz musician Courtney Pine, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Offering innovation, combining dance with digital technology through the touring of 22 international dance and digital technology productions, in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Bosnia, South America: Peru, Aquador, Indonesia, BAM New York, and Cuba. Corrine is art director of Bond Business magazine. Awarded the first Arts Council England bursary for an Artistic Director of Dance, Corrine was also a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship; the first British choreographer to research contemporary dance in Cuba.
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Simon Bright is a Zimbabwean director and producer. He produced two fiction films selected for the Cannes film Festival “Flame” and “Bintou”. He began working in the new Zimbabwe for the Ministry of Agriculture making training video and radio programmes. During the 1980’s he established Zimmedia to make films combating the political and military propaganda of South Africa. Filming war in Angola and Mozambique, Zimmedia’s programs were screened on TV internationally to show the Frontline States’ efforts to resist and rebuild. Simon broke the news of the Angolan victory at Cuito Cuanevale on TV in the West. In 1991 he won a prize at Fespaco in Burkina Faso for the film Mbira music, a multi layered film about Zimbabwean music as well as a film about the history of Zimbabwe reflected by the music. His productions explore the diversity of African culture, history and environment, with the pan-African drama series, MAMA AFRICA, celebrating the story-telling power of six of Africa’s women writer/directors. He sees making film as a way of exploring the inner workings of culture and politics – as an excuse to be where you are not supposed to be and ask questions that have not been asked. Hi most recent film is a feature documentary called “Robert Mugabe… what happened ?”. Simon now lives in Bristol in the UK and runs the Afrika Film Festival.
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Audrey Brown is an accomplished and well known South African journalist, born in Kliptown, near Soweto, in apartheid South Africa. She has had a distinguished career in journalism for almost 20 years, stretching far back to her early anti-apartheid activist days. Currently a radio journalist for BBC Africa World Service, Audrey has also been a teacher, a writer and curator. She has, amongst others, recently completed a major series on race and reconciliation and how far South Africans still need to go to attain equality in post apartheid South Africa. She qualified in journalism and film in South Africa, the UK and in Paris.
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Makeda Coaston is a writer, change agent and cultural strategist with over 25 years experience in project management, programming, organisational development and advocacy. A strong champion for the arts, culture and heritage sectors: delivered capability building and professional development; curated programmes and events and produced publications. Extensive and diverse experience working with voluntary organisations, the public sector and government to facilitate partnership building, problem solving and cross – cultural mediation that empowers individuals and communities.
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Dr Carli Coetzee is South African born and educated, and is a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has published pioneering works on memory and archives in South Africa, and has taught on South African literature and film in South Africa, the USA, Italy and the UK.
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Dr Nadia Davids is an award-winning South African writer and theatre-maker. She has published and produced work in Africa, Europe and North America. Her play “At Her Feet” has been the recipient of two Fleur de Cap theatre awards, and has been nominated, in published form, for the Pan African Noma Award. Her play “Cissie” was nominated for a Fleur de Cap for “Best New South African Play”. She has twice been a finalist for the PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.. Nadia holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Cape Town and is currently lecturing at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Dr Harriet Deacon is a historian specializing in South Africa, and a researcher on living heritage issues (dance, music etc.). She is currently based in the UK and working as a consultant to the Intangible Heritage Section at UNESCO. She is well known for her book on Robben Island’s history.
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Dr Lindiwe Dovey, born and raised in South Africa, is Senior Lecturer in African Film and Performance Arts at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and Co-Director and Programming Director of Film Africa (www.filmafrica.org.uk). She holds a BA in Literature and Film from Harvard University and a PhD in African Cinema and Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her book, African film and literature: adapting violence to the screen (2009) won a Choice Outstanding Book Award. In 2011 she won the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize, in part for the African Film Podcast series she has initiated through SOAS Radio with her students. Lindiwe has been programming African film for ten years, since she founded the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2002. This festival has brought more than 200 African films and many of Africa’s most prominent directors and artists to the East of England. Lindiwe has also been the African programmer for the Cambridge Film Festival since 2003. In 2008, she curated the very successful Early South African Cinema programme that was held at the Barbican as part of the London African Film Festival, which she helped to organise. Lindiwe was a jury member at the 2010 Kenya International Film Festival and the 2010 Amakula Kampala International Film Festival of Uganda.
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Dr Kai Easton is lecturer in African Literature & Diaspora Studies at SOAS, University of London, where, among other things, she teaches the MA course, Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo. She has previously taught at the universities of Sussex, Rhodes and KwaZulu-Natal, and specialises in South African literature, especially the work of J M Coetzee and Zoe Wicomb. Her projects also include a book on British women travellers to the Cape of Good Hope, and a travelogue/memoir on the legendary British navigator and single-handed sailor, Michael Richey, who was the first ever winner of the Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1942.
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Peter Emina is an award winning British film maker, known for the TV documentary series “Jane Goldman investigates” and “Enimen: Behind the Mask”. His work includes documentary interviews with Bono, Dido and Courtney Love.
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Julian Friedmann is co-owner of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (www.blakefriedmann.co.uk) and was the publisher of ScriptWriter magazine, which became the online resource for writers at www.twelvePoint.com. He represents both book and scriptwriters and also acts as Executive producer for and with clients. He has taught at universities and film schools all over the world, is the author of How to Make Money Scriptwriting, The Insider’s Guide to Writing for Television and editor of two volumes on Writing Long-Running Television series. He designed the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University and PILOTS, for developing long-running television series for the EU MEDIA Programme. He is Senior Advisor to the London Screenwriting Festival. He was born in South Africa where his parents were founder members of the SA Liberal Party in 1953. www.julianfriedmann.squarespace.com
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Tamar Garb is professor in History of Art at UCL. She holds degrees from South Africa and the UK, and a PhD from Courtauld Institute. She has published widely on gender, race, sexuality, representation and identity. Curator of famous exhibitions, such as the recent “Figures and Fiction: contemporary South African Photography” at the Victoria&Albert Museum in London, her research interest is in post apartheid culture and art.
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Dr Rhynie Greeff holds a Doctorate in Economics plus three other degrees from the University of Pretoria. He moved to the UK in 2002 and for the past eight years has written a column for the national Afrikaans newspapers translated as “Letter from Britain” of which the first five years were published as a book by Random House Struik. He has also written a published novel.Through his career he has been a university academic, civil servant, diplomat, business executive and entrepreneur. He held senior positions in the chemicals industry, became the first Managing Director of Ellis Park rugby stadium, General Manager of Transvaal Rugby Union (now the Lions), was Shell Canada’s sole agent in South Africa for sulphur for seven years, bought and sole the fourth largest fertilizer company in South Africa in 1992, ran the Southern African Granite Association, spent six years on the Management Board and Exco of Telkom (South Africa’s main telecommunications company), was Chairman and Director of Telkom subsidiaries, was a director of the Yellow Pages company for six years, and afterwards involved in various consultancy positions particularly related to marketing, including consulting for Ernst and Young, Ericsson and the Foreign Press Association in London. He is a current non-executive director of a new UK start-up company with innovative email management products, particularly in banking. He speaks English, Afrikaans, Dutch, French and German, and plays the guitar and golf. And he has just completed another novel.
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Angela Harvey aka Poppy Seed is from London UK. She is an Author, Composer, and Lecturer who has taught Literature, “writing skills for Media’ & Film Making, in UK Colleges for over 15years. This has been interspersed with a very successful brand of poetic activism as a Performance Poet supporting various social Justice and Diversity projects on International stages. Her first encounter with South Africa was 12 years ago as a workshop facilitator for Creative writing as part of an Aids Awareness project based in Soweto. Impressed with, and endeared to the youth of South Africa lasting bonds and friendships were forged. She has received awards including Best Poet from Black Woman in the Arts, and The Nina Simone Award celebrating Black women in Jazz. Her music has informed film Soundtracks such as ‘500 Years Later’, ‘Our Story Our Voice’ & the mighty ‘Motherland’ all from the Halaqah Media Production house based in Durban. Currently working as a life Coach and closely with Brand South Africa, her commitment to Education planning, & Social Development within Arts and Culture is ongoing. With plans to relocate to South Africa in 2011, Angela Harvey / Poppy Seed sees her involvement with the Golden Rhino Film Festival as a timely honor to support South Afrikan healing & growth through the power of film in this exciting UK SA cultural exchange.
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Dr. Angela Impey is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She has published widely in the area of advocacy ethnomusicology, and specifically on music, gender, land, human rights and development. She is currently working on a book on the politics and poetics of the Mozambique, Swaziland and South African borderlands, which draws on memories of Nguni women’s jews harp songs, once performed widely to accompany walking. She is also working on a project in South Sudan to document and analyse Dinka cattle songs. Prior to joining SOAS, she worked for several years in public arts in southern Africa and as a social development consultant in the African Horn. This year she served as a jury member for the Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival for Ethnographic Film.
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Nthabiseng Faku-Juqulu is a South African woman and former anti apartheid campaigner. She is a leading figure in the London South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), a network of global South African women in conversation about the present, past and future. SAWID looks at ways in which to unite South African women and to work together globally for economic and personal empowerment through relationships of mutual healing and collaboration. A social worker and mental health professional in London, Nthabiseng is a doctoral researcher in the area of the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
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Tanya Joseph comes from a well known anti-apartheid and exile family in London. She is a journalist and communications consultant having worked previously also as press secretary for the UK Labour government.
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Chitra Karvé is Director of Performance and Development at the Parole Board. She comes from a background of equality and human rights work and is a practising solicitor. Her work history includes the roles Director of Equality and Diversity at London Probation, Head of Enforcement and Public Duty at the Commission for Racial Equality, Ethnic Minorities Human Rights Lawyer at Liberty, the human rights organisation and Press and Parliamentary Officer at the Law Centres Federation. Chitra’s first ‘proper’ job was in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and she continued to be active in the AAM after she stopped working there, chairing its Black Solidarity Committee and active in its Womens Committee. Chitra continues to be active in a voluntary capacity with organisations, and is currently Vice Chair of Action of Southern Africa, the successor body to the Anti-Apartheid Movement and member of the steering group for the Migrants’ Law Project.
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Asif Khan has led on a number of cultural initiatives that have incorporated film, including Bristol’s European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008) when he visited the Cinekid festival in Amsterdam with young filmmakers from Bristol. Asif was the senior national policy advisor for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007). In this role he organised an international conference for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in partnership with UNESCO. The conference looked at building equitable partnerships between heritage institutions in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean Islands and North America. In 2009 Asif was an International Powerbrokers associate of the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP PILP) based at the National Art Gallery Committee of Barbados. Asif produced and presented an international visual arts strategy to the Barbados Minister of Culture and Community Cohesion. Asif is presently the community engagement manager for Bristol Libraries – a sponsor of the city’s annual Afrika Eye film festival. He holds a film and media studies (with marketing) degree from the University of Stirling.
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Alice Krige is a famous South African actress who received international acclaim on her feature debut in the Academy Award winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’. She subsequently starred opposite some of Hollywood’s finest names: ‘Ghost Story’ with Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.; ‘King David’ opposite Richard Gere; ‘Haunted Summer’ with Laura Dern; ‘Barfly’ with Mickey Rourke; ‘See You in the Morning’ opposite Jeff Bridges and with Patrick Stewart in ‘Star Trek: First Contact’. In 2010 she and Alfred Molina played the villains in one of Disney’s summer movies, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ with Nicholas Cage, and October will be seen in ‘Will’, with Bob Hoskins, Damien Lewis and Gerard Depardieu. She has been involved in several remarkable art house films: the Quay Brothers’ ‘Institute Benjamenta’; Twilight of the Ice Nymphs’ by Guy Maddin; ‘Falling’ by Hans Herbots , ‘Lonely Hearts’ with John Travolta and Selma Hayeck in 2006 and most recently ‘Skin’ starring with Sam Neill and Sophie Okenado (2008). Her diverse range of films also includes ‘Molokai: The Story of Father Damien’ with Peter O’Toole and Tom Wilkinson,;‘The Little Vampire’ with Richard E Grant; The Contract’, starring Morgan Freeman and John Cusack and ‘Solomon Kane’ (2007). In addition, Alice has made numerous television films, both in the UK and USA.
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Sabela Mahlangu, born in the 1950s shortly after the apartheid government came to power, is a well known South African artist. His career in art started early in the 1970s at the Rorke’s Drift Art gallery and as a member of the Soweto Art Society. His work, depicting vibrant township life, landscapes and religious themes, has been on display in galleries around the world.
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Marius Maritz has been working in Public Relations for 10 years. Born in South Africa, and based in the UK for the past seven years, he has a keen interest and professional experience in the arts, tourism, film and the creative industries. In 2003, Marius was part of the organising and PR team of the World Congress on Art Deco in partnership with Bonhams London. He also worked for Cape Town Tourism, as part of the team in the bid for South Africa to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Marius also worked on the Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage as well as the Cultural Leadership Programme. He is currently working on various programmes and events within the creative and corporate sectors and continues to deliver exciting results.
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Ntsiki Mpulo is a younger generation South African and Marketing Manager with South African Tourism. She is a communications and business professional, who promotes South Africa as a favoured destination and country for investment.
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Pamela Nomvete is a household name in South African television. Born in Ethiopia of South African parents, she has worked extensively in the UK and South Africa. Graduate of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, she worked on the British stage from Fringe Theatre to Establishment theatre and in South Africa on stage, television and film.UK theatre includes: Now or Later-Royal Court, Twelfth Night –RSC, Welcome to Thebes- Royal National Theatre, Archbishop and the Antichrist- Soho Theatre-Truth and Reconciliation at the Royal Court. In South Africa Pamela became a household name for her role as Ntsiki in the popular soap opera “Generations.” She left the soap in 2000 and went on to win a best actress award for her role in Zulu Love Letter at the 2005 Fespaco Film Festival. South African Theatre includes- Nothing But The Truth, Good Woman of Sharkville. Television Includes: Sometimes in April- HBO. Lewis- ITV. East Enders- BBC. Flat 27-SABC. In 2006 she developed a healing program for abuse victims using the arts with Yvonne Plowright. Pamela was presented with a Hope World Wide award for this project in recognition for her work with the South African youth. Further awards: Phaba Television and Film best actress Award – 1998; Generations- Duku Duku Awards best actress- 1996 to 2000; Nothing But the Truth – Best supporting actress for the stage- 2003
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Colin Prescod is Chair of the Council of the Institute of Race Relations. He joined the BBC in 1989, where he became Head of the African/Caribbean Programmes Unit (TV) (1991/1992), Colin Prescod has worked mainly in film, TV, theatre and advisory-curating in the museums and archives heritage sector. Most recently, as co-director of the not for profit, cultural animation company, ‘Manifesta’, he has devised and delivered trans-European, creative video workshops for groups of 15 to19 year olds – “Belonging” in Paris/Lisbon/London (2008/09). Chair of the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA), London; and Chair of Carnival Village Trust Ltd, London (an ACE NPO). In addition, he serves on the management committee of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD); the Advisory Group for the Huntley Archive (located at the London Metropolitan Archive); and the Board of Artswork, the national youth arts development agency. He was founding-Chair, 1993-2001, of the DRUM, Centre for British Black Arts and Culture, Birmingham; was an appointed member of the Mayor’s Notting Hill Carnival Review Group, 2001-2003; and was an appointed member and Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage, 2003-2005. In 2004/5, he served on the Learning Committee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). In 2008/9 he was a member of the Greater London Authority’s Heritage Diversity Taskforce. He is widely published in the field, a writer of theatre pieces, a notable early documentary film producer and director credits include ‘Blacks Britannica’, 1978, and the 4-part documentary series ‘Struggles for Black Community’, 1982.
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Dr John Rowett is a scholar, an international administrator, and a social entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, where he taught History and Politics for twenty years. During that time he conceived and then led the development of the £20M project to build and launch the Rothermere Institute for American Studies. He also conceived and launched the Rex Nettleford Prize in Cultural Studies, funded by the Rhodes Trust, to honour one of the great intellectual and cultural leaders of the Caribbean and the Global South. He currently works with governments, civil society and the corporate sector in Africa and Asia on new approaches to tertiary education, cultural studies,development and international partnerships. Previously Dr Rowett was CEO of the Rhodes Trust and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He conceived both the concept and the launch of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, one of former President Mandela’s designated legacy charities, and, with colleagues from Ghana and South Africa, the US$5 billion programme, Renewing the African University, designed to reinvigorate tertiary education across the Continent. The programme was endorsed by the Commission for Africa and the African Union and was presented to the G8 by former Presidents Mbeki and Obasanjo as one of Africa’s top priorities. Dr Rowett was honoured by the British Government for his services to South Africa/UK relations and in Nigeria by President Obasanjo, as Chancellor of the University of Benin, for his services to tertiary education and development in Africa.
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Eugene Skeef FRSA, is a famous South African musician and a former driver for the late Steve Biko. He has lived in exile for many years. As musician/composer/educationalist, his key specialisms are in cultural development, conflict resolution and creative leadership. He co-led a literacy campaign across apartheid South Africa, runs UK based charity Umoya Creations, developed education programmes of major UK orchestras, was shortlisted for the PRS New Music Award (2010), and is artistic director of the global Quartet of Peace project.
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South African born Gillian Slovo is the author of twelve novels, including Red Dust, which was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Ice Road which was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her family memoir Every Secret Thing was an international best-seller. Her play Guantanamo co-written for the Tricycle Theatre has played in theatres around the world, and she is currently compiling a play on the riots, again for the Tricycle. Gillian is also the President of English PEN.
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Chris Spring is curator of the African Galleries at the British Museum. Recent publications include Angaza Afrika: African Art Now (winner of the Art Book award for 2009), African Art in Detail (2009) and African Textiles Today (publ. 2012). Chris has undertaken fieldwork in many African countries and has worked with the Triangle Arts Trust to support three artists’ workshops, one in Maputo, Mozambique (2008), the second in Kumasi, Ghana (2009) and the third in Lagos, Nigeria (2010). Chris is also an artist www.chrisspring.co.uk and is responsible for the British Museum’s growing collection of contemporary art from Africa.
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Leeto Thale was born in Soweto. A well known top and favourite South African rap artist and musician in London, he is a podiatrist, a word artist, published poet and song writer. He has written for various newspapers and magazines, focusing primarily on culture and art. As a performer, he has graced stages in intimate venues to much larger festivals such as WOMAD.
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Elaine Unterhalter is professor in the Department of International Development and Lifelong learning at the University of London. A well known figure within the Anti Apartheid movement in London, her research is focussed in countries in Africa in the areas of HIV, race, inequality, poverty eradication, gender, class and social justice. Born and educated in Johannesburg, she studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and worked as an English teacher at the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital in Nqutu, Zululand in the mid 1970s. She later wrote a doctoral thesis based on the social history of the district in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her books include Force Removal (1987), Gender , schooling and global social juistice (2007), Towards gender equality (2009) together with co-edited collections on access to schooling, HiV and global inequalities in higher education.
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Dr Wangui wa Goro is a Kenyan born renowned public intellectual, translator, writer and critic with a unique and distinguished career. She has a rich interdisciplinary career working formally and informally in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has contributed to contemporary debates as an academic and as a public speaker, including through the media and through public lectures in Europe, Africa and the USA. Wangui’s life work is dedicated to traducture, translation and social justice. She has extensive experience and has served on many related significant advisory scholarly and literary committees and jury’s. Wangui’s life work is dedicated to traducture, translation and social justice. She is the founder member of Sidensi and TRACALA, both serving the promotion of literary translation and traducure.
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Wambu Onyekachi is an award winning journalist, editor, documentary maker, opinion maker, and television producer. Born in Nigeria, he was educated at Essex and Cambridge and was editor of The Voice in the 1980s. He has made documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC. He currently works for the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), to enhance the contribution of the Africans`in the Diaspora towards development.
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