Angela Wachuka is one of Kenya’s leading curators of African literature. She is the publisher and executive director of East Africa’s leading literary organization, Kwani Trust. She has published Africa’s leading literary and award-winning voices including Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Binyavanga Wainaina. Under her leadership, Kwani Trust’s literary and other prizes have included the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the Prince Claus Award for establishing a dynamic platform for new voices in African Literature. She is also a founding member of the Creative Economy Working Group, a critical intervention for influencing policy formulation, exchange of resources and the exploration of components within the creative economy sector in Kenya. Angela currently serves as secretary to a national film committee appointed by Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts to align proposed film legislation with sectoral needs. With a background in Anthropology and Law, Angela’s main interests lie in the intersection between media, popular culture & the creative industries. She is currently overseeing Kwani Trust’s establishment of a multi-platform publishing space and a creative writing programme reflecting contemporary African realities.
Angela previously worked for the BBC’s African News and Current Affairs Department in London, and holds a BA in Anthropology & Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). From 2011-2013, she was an Arts Management Fellow at the DeVos Institute at the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.