Kwani? Staff


Founding Editor - Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize.

Wainaina was born in Nakuru in Rift Valley province. He attended Moi Primary School in Nakuru, Mangu High School in Thika, and Lenana School in Nairobi. He later studied commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa, after which he worked in Cape Town for some years as a freelance food and travel writer.

In July 2002 he won the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Discovering Home”.

Read a full profile here

Contact: b.wainaina @ kwani.org

Angela Wachuka

Angela Wachuka is the Executive Director of Kwani Trust. She oversees the Trust’s daily operations and provides direction toward the achievement of the organisation’s mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives.

Angela joined Kwani Trust in February 2008 and previous to this, studied and worked in England for 6 years. As a Freelancer for the BBC’s African News and Current Affairs Department, she worked as a Broadcasting Assistant on both Focus on Africa and Network Africa Radio Programmes, and on the quarterly Focus on Africa Magazine. Angela holds a BA in Anthropology & Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and has held various research-oriented posts at the London Borough of Lambeth, the Association of British Insurers and the Centre for African Policy & Peace Strategy (CAPPS) in London.

Contact: a.wachuka @ kwani.org

Billy Kahora

Billy Kahora is the Managing Editor of Kwani? He also writes fiction and completed an MS.c in Creative Writing with distinction at the University of Edinburgh as a Chevening Scholar in 2007. Before that Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years and in between worked as an Editorial Assistant for All Africa.com in Washington D.C. He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree and post-graduate diploma in Media Studies from Rhodes University. His short story, ‘Treadmill Love’, was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges. He has recently edited ‘Kenya Burning’, a visual narrative of the Kenya post-elections crisis published by the GoDown Arts Centre and Kwani Trust in March 2009. His extended feature, ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’ on Kenya’s biggest whistleblower has been developed into a non-fiction novella and released by Kwani Trust in July 2009. Billy was a Regional judge for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

To read Billy Kahora’s Editorial from Kwani? 05 Part 2: ‘Beyond The Vote: Revelation & Conversation’, the second volume of a collection of testimonials, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays and photography in response to the 2007 elections and its aftermath, please go to: http://kwani.org/main/kwani-books/kwani-05-part-2-editorial/

Contact: b.kahora @ kwani.org

Mike Mburu

Mike Mburu is currently in charge of Sales and Marketing. He has a diploma in Marketing and has been involved in the arts since 2003. He was previously involved in distribution of local music and managing various artists before moving to the distribution of books and local films. He has coordinated the Kenya Cine Week which evolved to become the Kenya International Film Festival.

Mike in his own words:

My love for the arts is beyond words, what I see is a bright future in the arts whereby Kenyan artists will eat from their sweat and hard work to make people appreciate art. My dream is marketing artists and making the society believe and love arts and take art as part of their lives and be sure they can’t do anything without it.

Contact: sales @ kwani.org

Nancy Onyango
Nancy joined Kwani Trust in November 2009, and previously worked for the Sarakasi Trust, East Africa’s largest performing arts organisation, and has experience in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Events Management.

Nancy holds a Post Graduate Certificate from the University of Amsterdam in Culture and Society and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Kenyatta University, Nairobi. She competed for the title of Miss Tourism Kenya in 2003 while pursuing her Science degree, is passionate about contributing towards African Development, and is inspired by the existence of various entrepreneurship tools in the arts.

Wambui Thuku
Wambui Thuku joined Kwani Trust in April 2008 as the Admin. Assistant. Previously she worked for 5 years for a Nairobi based law firm as a Personal Assistant to the Litigation partner. Wambui is a qualified secretary and has a diploma in customer care.

Contact g.wambui@kwani.org