Masiyaleti Mbewe is a Zambian queerfuturist writer, photographer and activist. She was raised in Botswana and is currently based in Namibia. She’s a former copywriter currently working as a freelance writer and activist in Namibia. She holds a BA in Media Studies and English from the University of Namibia and is a TEDx alumna.

Her photographic work in the Future African Visions In Time (FAVT) Exhibition entitled ‘The Afrofuturist Village’ aimed to navigate an alternative future for Africans in afrofuturism. Elements of language, cultural exchange and representation of the black body in afrofuturism are heavy themes in the work. The project, which ran in 2018 from the 21st of February to the 2nd of March spoke on diversity, equality and the politics of an intersectional afrofuture and was met with critical acclaim.

Her short stories Chibanda  and Kin. were longlisted for the Kalemba Short Story Prize 2020 and the Short Story Day Africa Prize 2020 respectively. In 2021 she will take part in The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison African Writer’s Residency Program for young African Writers in Burkina Faso.

Masiyaleti is currently working on an MA in English Studies, her first novel, an array of short stories, poetry as well as expanding her photographic exhibition. 

Photograph by Hildegard Titus

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