Our Core Team
Co-Founder and Partner
Wanjiru is a writer from Nairobi. Her debut novel, The Havoc of Choice, based on the events surrounding the 2007 Kenyan general election will be published by Jacaranda UK in 2019. Her writing has been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa. During this stint, she published this piece about the McMillan Memorial Library – Kenya’s second oldest library and the major inspiration for the creation of Book Bunk.
Wanjiru also explores ways in which art and creative production can be used to influence social change. These efforts are channeled through the Cape Town-based non-profit, Africa Centre, where she manages three of their core programs: Artists In Residency, Badilisha Poetry X-Change, and Talking Heads.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Literature from the United States International University (USIU) and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.
Co-Founder and Partner
Angela Wachuka is one of Kenya’s leading publishers of African literature. She is the co-founder and Principal at Book Bunk, leading partnerships and other efforts for our flagship project; the complete restoration of Nairobi’s McMillan Memorial Library (Kenya’s second oldest library) and two of its branches in Kaloleni and Makadara. From 2008 to 2017, she was the executive director of East Africa’s leading literary organization, Kwani Trust, where she published Africa’s leading literary and award-winning voices including Chimamanda Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Nuruddin Farah, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Ayobami Adebayo. 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. Wachuka served as secretary to a national film committee appointed by Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts in 2017 to align proposed film legislation with sectoral needs. She is currently Secretary of Wabunii Sacco, a savings and credit organisation providing financial inclusion and solutions to Kenya’s creative sector. With a background in Anthropology and Law, her main interests lie in the intersection between media, popular culture & the creative industries. She 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 International Arts Management Fellow at the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
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