Anna Manyanza was born and raised in Tanzania. She is a writer most notably in her mother tongue, Kiswahili, but also in German. Her debut novel, “Penzi la Damu,” won the prestigious Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature in 2015.
Ms. Manyanza holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, Comparative Literature, and Media Science from Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany. She was part of the World Model United Nations in Cambridge (UK), Greece, Turkey, and Germany, where she discussed pressing world issues such as debt relief, climate change, and globalization.
Ms. Manyanza’s short stories have appeared in the anthologies “Vazi la Mhudumu” and “Imbiza Journal for African Writing.” She also writes children’s books in English, Kiswahili, and German. “Little Black Cappy” is her debut children’s picture book; it has been translated into Kiswahili (Kakofia Keusi), German (Schwarzkäppchen), and French (Le Petit Chaperon Noir).
Ms. Manyanza’s hobbies include playing djembe, reading historical novels, collecting African art, and being in the woods. She currently resides in Switzerland with her family.