For all those who participated in the #GogeAfrica20 Creative Contest and have been wondering who the jurors are, wait no more! Here is the profile and faces of those saddled with the responsibility of choosing our winners. Once again, good luck and may the odds be in your favour!
Temitayo Olofinlua is an award-winning creative writer and editor who calls herself a content busybody. Her first and second degrees are in Literature-in-English. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi
Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi is a God-taught visual arts practitioner/Consultant of international repute who didn’t attend a formal art school before successfully venturing into visual art practice. He holds an MA. Design (Professional Practice) with distinction from Middlesex University, UK.
In 1992 he founded and runs to date Nnyanzi Art Studio, a studio/gallery of contemporary and antique African art in Kampala, Uganda.
Nnyanzi is a culturalist; an art collector, dealer and promoter, poet, creative writer, strategic plan facilitator, public speaker, psycho-social therapist, as well as a visual social and cultural commentator. Nnyanzi’s art, which is biting social and cultural commentary on issues that affect society and it is widely described as “The art that touches the heart” by both critics and admirers. He is the vice chairperson of National Arts and Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU). Nnyanzi serves on a number of National committees responsible for culture, creative industries, tourism and hospitality.He was state minister of Internal Affairs and later on Arts and Social Welfare of Buganda Kingdom from 1992 to 2002.Facebook: Nuwa Wamala NnyanziTwitter: @nnyanziarts
Tracy Osokolo is a Creative Writer and Author of “Red Pepper and English Tea” (Award Winner for Best New Fiction). She inspires change through Writing and Entrepreneurship. At 19, the Commonwealth of Nations sponsored a documentary about her life for British and Nigerian Television. She is a recipient of the 2012 ANBUKRAFT Award for Creative Excellence in Literature and the July 2008 Creative Writing Scholarship of the PALF at New York University. She was a Resident Writer at the 2012 London Olympics and a Writing Fellow of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Program, sponsored by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She is a World Bank Scholar and McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders Award Finalist. She lives in Lagos with her husband and children, where she is currently enroute to a PhD in English.
GEORGE EDOZIE was born on the 11th of May 1972 in Enugu state Nigeria. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Benin where he majored in Painting, graduated in 1996 with a BA Hons, Fine and Applied Arts. George has had 6 solo Exhibition and over 120 group Exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. His solo exhibition titled ‘Shifting the Paradigm’ hosted by the Museum Of Contemporary Art North Miami Florida in 2014, was listed among the 4 best exhibition at the Art Basel Miami 2014 and his last solo exhibition titled “New Nigerian Conjunctures: The art of George Edozie” at the National Museum Lagos Nigeria in 2018, dealt with the massive departure of Nigerian and African youths into Europe for greener pastures. His sculpture Okpulu (Grandma’s Basket) is a permanent collection at the Museum of contemporary Art North Miami. His works were recently acquired by Indianapolis museum and Studio museum of Harlem New York. He is also the co-author of the book 101 Contemporary Artist, A Celebration of Modern Nigerian Art. The first recent document on Nigerian Contemporary Art published in 2010.
George Edozie’s works are widely collected within and outside the country and he has taken part in Art Workshops within and outside Nigeria. George was part of the exhibitions Africa Now organized by the World Bank for emerging African Artist at the World Bank main complex Washington DC USA in 2008 and African Way of Art, La Galerie Vendome Paris France in 2011, ‘’Back to Black’’ Art Africa, Art Basel Miami 2017 .
George is a member of Guild of Fine Artist (GFA) and Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA).
Dr. Chris Anyoku is an associate professor of English at the University of Lagos, where he teaches Poetry, African Literature and Theory of Literature. With over 20 years span in the academia, he has supervised hundreds of undergraduate and master students and currently supervising 5 PhD theses. As an accomplished writer cum creative, Dr. Chris has 14 published books, 11 plays, collection of poems, and academic journal publications to his credit. His works are the plays, A Parade of Madmen, Homecoming, Ufuoma, Termites, Bloodlines and other Plays, Beyond the Wall and other Plays; the short story collection, OI’Soja and other Stories; and the poetry volume, Naked Truth.
Sukuro Etale is a Kenyan artist, writer and trainer. He has taught in different institutions in Kenya and exhibited his work the world over. His works are in museums and different collection around the world. He experiments with different art styles, techniques and materials drawing inspiration from disappearing cultures of African people and socio-political commentary.