Masthead Meet the editors bringing Namibian and African writing to the world.

Roxane BayerCopy Editor & Online Manager

Roxane Bayer is a Namibian writer and reader. She obtained a BSc in Earth Science from Stellenbosch University and her undergraduate and honours degrees from the Namibia University of Science and Technology in Journalism and Media Technology. Roxane’s bylines have appeared in The Namibian. Her short story “Bastards Of Remember When” was published in Now Now: The 2023 Doek Anthology. In the same year, she was awarded the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Award for Fiction for her short story “Letters To Chloe.” Roxane was a member of 2022-2023 Doek Collective.

Roxane is a sub-editor at The Namibian and Doek! Literary Magazine’s copy editor and online manager.

Mubanga KalimamukwentoEditor

Mubanga is the winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize (2024) selected by Angie Cruz, the Tusculum Review Poetry Chapbook Contest (2022) selected by Carmen Giménez, the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award (2019) & Kalemba Short Story Prize (2019). Her work appears in adda, Overland, Menelique, on Netflix, and elsewhere. She has received support from the Young African Leadership Initiative, the Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship, the Hawkinson Scholarship for Peace and Justice and the Africa Institute. Her editorial work can be found in Safundi, Shenandoah, and The Water~Stone Review. She mentors at the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Mubanga is a current Miles Morland Scholar, Shenandoah Editorial Fellow, and a Don Lavoie Fellow at George Mason University. Mubanga is a Feminist Studies PhD student in the department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) . Her debut collection of stories Obligations to the Wounded, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Rémy NgamijeEditor-In-Chief

Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian author, editor, publisher, photographer, literary educator, and entrepreneur. His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One was first published in South Africa by Blackbird Books and is available worldwide from Scout Press (S&S). In 2022 it was honoured with a Special Mention at the inaugural Grand Prix Panafricain De Litterature and won the inaugural African Literary Award from the Museum of the African Diaspora.

He won the Africa Regional Prize of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2021 and 2020. He was longlisted and shortlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prizes respectively. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.

Rémy is the founder and chairperson of Doek, an independent arts organisation in Namibia supporting the literary arts and the editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine. He is also the founder and director of several literary initiatives such as the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards, the Doek Literary Festival, and the Doek Anthology. He has served as a judge of the Kalemba, Kendeka, and Commonwealth short story prizes.

His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Johannesburg Review of Books; American Chordata; Lolwe; LitHub; Granta; One Story; and Prairie Schooner among many others.

Zanta NkumaneEditor

Zanta is a Swazi writer and journalist. His work has been published in OkayAfrica, This Is Africa, Mail & Guardian, Racebaitr, Kalahari Review, City Press, The Johannesburg Review Of Books, New Frame, Doek! Literary Magazine, and Lolwe. He has contributed essays to the following anthologies: We F**king Here (iwawelabooks), Touch: Sex, Sexuality & Sensuality (Kwela books), Flow (African Minds), and Now Now: The 2023 Doek Anthology. Zanta is a 2022/23 Short Story Day Africa Inkubator Fellow. He holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Cape Town, a BA (Hons) in Journalism & Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

FICTION: Kay-Leigh De Sousa (Nov, 2020 – Nov, 2021) • Mutaleni Nadimi (Nov, 2020 – Nov, 2021)
NONFICTION: Sibongile Tshabala (Nov, 2020)
POETRY: Beauty Boois (Nov, 2020)
VISUAL ARTS: Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa (Nov, 2020)
COPY EDITOR: Ibilola Odunlami (Mar, 2021 – Nov, 2021)

Cover Image: Walvis Bay.
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