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Priscilla Semphere


Priscilla Takondwa Semphere is a 19 year old girl from the small Southern African country of Malawi and is a literature enthusiast! From the time she was a little girl, she was passionate about books. Today, she is the co-founder of PenAfrica, an organization that seeks to promote African literature, and promote cultural awareness through storytelling.

"Protect your courage"

Protect your courage

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere was born and raised in Malawi, lived in South Africa for two years at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa before attending Watson University. She was also a 2013 Global Teen Leader with Three Dot Dash. She is fluent in English and Chichewa, and speaks French with novice proficiency. She is currently studying the Study of Women and Gender and African Studies at Smith College.  In 2015, she was named one of OZY magazine’s winners of the OZY Genius Awards for her project, The Ekari Book Series. The series is a children’s book series that takes early readers on an ‘edutainive’ journey of the African continent. In 2017, Priscilla joined the inaugural cohort of 40 collegiate women studying across the United States in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network’s transformational scholarship program. She is a budding postcolonial theory enthusiast and is interested in leveraging it to make international connections in social justice. She is an avid reader and a writer who loves good music, tea, and rich conversation. She writes as an independent contractor for the Huffington Post.