About

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

Their 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 the representation of Black queer people 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. Parts of the exhibition were featured in Feminist Africa, Volume 2, Issue 2 (2021): Gender and Sexuality in African Futurism

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 was selected as one of nine writers in residence at The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison African Writer’s Residency Program for young African Writers in Burkina Faso.

They have also written for People’s Stories Project, The NamibianNewspaper, Sister Namibia, Tagged Online and Amaka Studio.

Masiyaleti is currently working on their debut novel, an array of short stories, poetry as well as expanding her photographic exhibition. 

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