This month is Black History Month. A month where we can all use our voices to positively impact the movement. As a publishing house, we have a massively diverse range of stories and authors.
To celebrate BHM we would like to shine a spotlight on some of our talented black authors.
Claudia Martial author of ‘Lumpy Socks’ and ‘Allergic to Mornings’
My name is Claudia and I am a Nurse Practitioner by profession. I have two daughters who are now quite grown. Before I became a nurse, I worked as a nanny, I later became a substitute teacher and volunteered to teach children of all ages. Now as a Nurse Practitioner I continue to work with children as well as their families.
Andy Akhuetie author of ‘Coming to London’
Andy Akhuetie is a Principal Solicitor at Legal Affairs Solicitors in the West Midlands, United Kingdom. He was born in Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies at the Middlesex University, a Post Graduate Diploma in law at the London South Bank University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Westminster and a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Law at the University of Wolverhampton.
He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is married with children and lives in the United Kingdom.
Eleanor Akaho author of ‘Everybody Counts’
Eleanor Akaho is an old soul with a youthful spirit! Born and raised in London (UK), she works as a doctor, ensuring that young people receive the health and educational support they need to flourish. She further contributes to the mental health sector through delivering creative workshops and participating in TV, radio and panel discussions. Eleanor is also a personal development coach, mentor and creator of a daily reflection page. Having grown up with visible facial differences and an invisible disability, she is a passionate advocate for the use of education to overcome ignorance and enhance social inclusion and acceptance
S. K. Adu-Antoh author of ‘Yonni Donni Diaries – Ends Pleaser’
Stephen Kwame Adu-Antoh was born in south east London and completed his education with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in Hertfordshire. He then continued his passion for acting (having attended theatre school between the ages of eight and sixteen) before finally becoming a business consultant for a software company. As he has travelled around the world throughout his life and been an avid reader and fan of creative writing since young, he decided to take some of his experiences and render them in an entertaining and exciting way to better shape the narrative of sexual experience from a male’s perspective in this day and age.
Phemy Williams-Karani author of ‘Wow! You Really Should Write A Book Phemy’!
From birth, I was thrown into the deep end of life with no swimming instructions! Having survived, I felt compelled to pass on how, to other people. However, I am not a machine! Telling my story has been very painful as well as healing. I have deliberately written it in the style of narrator rather than in the first person because I found referring to myself as ‘Chinyere’ (which happens to also be one of my other forenames) a bit less emotionally painful to write about. The flashbacks became less raw, resulting in less tears for me to blink away as I typed. All other names have been changed for privacy purposes.
Samson Yung-Abu author of ‘Poetivation’
Samson Yung-Abu is a modern motivator, creator, mentor and tutor of people around the world. He is best known for his trademark motivational quotes distributed through social media platforms around the world. He is the author of Student Exam Passport, Snacks for Thought, The Creative Talents Notebook. He holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Nottingham Trent University and a Bachelor of Law and Criminology degree also from Nottingham Trent University.
Jaidz Majasi author of ‘Mirror Maze Land’
Jaidz Majasi is a London-based children’s writer. She is an accomplished primary school teacher and special needs coordinator, who has honed her craft over the last ten years whilst championing the benefits and beauty of storytelling with her students. When she is not writing or teaching, Jaidz enjoys reading, meditating and travelling to far-off lands to uncover the diverse and magical gems the world has to offer. Jaidz is a mother and an active advocate for positive mental health. She is also a qualified meditation instructor and practitioner.
Oregbe Osayimen author of ‘The Man With Dreams’
Oregbe is a graduate in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Before leaving the country, he was the youth leader in his local church and was also a provost in his department and a secretary general in his fellowship where he holds an award of excellence to his list. He has engaged in a range of public speaking but mostly in religious gatherings. He currently works in StylingbolagetEtt AB as transport and logistics coordinator.
Chukwuemeka Anyikwa author of ‘Ije and Borrowed Words of a Sad Man’
Chukwuemeka Anyikwa was born on 18th of June, 1999. He is currently a student with The College of Medicine, University of Nigeria. He majors in short story writing and poetry; some of his short stories include Dear Ada, Reef, and When the Sun Died.
When he’s not writing, he spends time with his family and friends.
Ije and Borrowed Words of a Sad Man is his first poetry anthology.
Geraldine Moyo author of ‘My Africa’
A mother, social worker and daughter of African parents, Geraldine Moyo recognised that children want to talk about their colour. They want to talk about their history and that of their friends. Geraldine cleverly and simplistically brings together these issues in a fun, educational and age appropriate way. Apart from the adventure My Africa takes a child and parent through at bedtime, this book is also an instrument for teachers and social care practitioners to talk about their Africa
Marla-Tiye Vieira author of ‘Jasmine Breeze’
I am fascinated with culture, food and foreign travel. In Darwin, Australia, I did the ‘cage of death’ with a giant salt-water crocodile by the name of Leo and relished delectable cuisines. Yet, my favourite vacation was when I cage-dived near Cape Town, South Africa with two female great white sharks with my mother during the Christmas holiday. I am a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and French from Howard University and a Master of Education degree in Second Language Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.