Ellen Banda-Aaku is a Zambian writer who has won awards including the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa in 2004, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2007 and the Penguin Prize for African Writing for her novel Patchwork which has been translated into German. She writes fiction mainly for children but has also written on issues such as cancer in Zambia and Gender Based Violence GBV. Ellen who has an MA in Creative Writing recently produced and directed her first documentary film titled Aunty Rebecca which was a semi-finalist at the African International Film Festival in Lagos in 2017 and won Best Film on Theme of Social Change Award at the Lake International Film Festive in Kenya in 2018. She is currently working on writing and producing a radio drama for the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and is writing a book for children, about conserving elephants, which is to be to be adapted for film in the US.
Musonda Kabemba is a renowned physiotherapist with 20 years’ experience in different capacities ranging from training community rehabilitation workers with Cheshire homes for children with disabilities, to running a private physiotherapy and fitness Centre for sports injury management and rehabilitation. Musonda is an ardent promoter of healthy living and is a Pilate’s instructor and an enthusiastic marathon runner. Musonda is a mother of two and spends her free time volunteering at a community school for children with disabilities and at a home for street girls in Lusaka.
Chola Chisengalumbwe is a senior copywriter for Black Dot Media, the Zambian outpost of Publicis Africa’s ad agency network, and an alumnus of the US State Department’s Professional Fellows Congress. He is also a reader of commercial fiction for The Bent Agency. Chola acts as a communications consultant for TCF, happy to lend his creativity to a meaningful cause.
Chitalu Chishimba is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vision of Hope (VOH) a Zambian NGO that provides shelter, security, access to health services, educations, skills building and training to at-risk girls living on the streets of Zambia. Founded in 2009 as a weekly outreach programme today VOH provides a safe place where girls can live in a stable and protected environment. VOH strives to reunite girls with their families and reintegrate them into their communities.