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Fear: Jalada’s collaboration issue with Transition Magazine.

Jalada Africa has announced a new leadership. The Nairobi-based pan-African writers’ collective has been led by Moses Kilolo since 2014, and has now appointed Wanjeri Gakuru as its new managing editor until 2020. Other new officials of the collective include Kate Hampton as Deputy Managing Editor, Marziya Mohammedali as Arts Editor, Richard Ali as Board Secretary, and Mwas Mahugu as Treasurer.

Jalada Africa was formed in 2013 by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa, and currently comprises writers and artists of African origin, both from the continent and the diaspora. It was registered as a Trust in Kenya in 2016. The Collective seeks to push boundaries by publishing works that stretch the reach of creative writing, expand the range of reading experiences, and diversify audiences for literature.

A scene from a performance organized by Jalada—a pan-African writers’ collective—in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo credit: Jerry Riley/Pacific Standard.

Other outgoing officials are Novuyo Rosa Tshuma as Deputy Editor, Richard Oduor Oduku as Program Manager, incoming Arts Editor Marziya Mohammedali as Creative Director, and incoming Managing Editor Wanjeri Gakuru as Treasurer and Events Manager.

“I am proud to have overseen Jalada in its formative years,” Moses Kilolo said. “The Collective has grown from an informal gathering of writers sharing their work, editing and critiquing each other to a globally reputable publication and a warm, welcoming space for radical, creative thinkers.”

Wanjeri Gakuru stated the new officials’ top agenda: “We shall explore new frontiers as publishers, forge bold partnerships and continue Jalada’s tradition of progressive thinking regarding what literature by African writers can be.”

We wish our colleagues at Jalada Africa the best going forward.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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