Ella Wakatama Allfrey

      

About Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is a Zimbabwean-born editor and critic. Based in London, she is the former deputy editor of Granta magazine and has also held positions as senior editor at Jonathan Cape and assistant editor at Penguin. In 2015 she served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. She is series editor of the Kwani? Manuscript Project and the editor of Africa39 (Bloomsbury, 2014), Let’s Tell this Story Properly (Commonwealth Writers/Dundurn Press, 2015), and Flamingoland and Other Stories (Spread the Word, 2015). She sits on the boards of Art for Amnesty, the Caine Prize for African Writing, and the Writers Centre Norwich and is a patron of the Etisalat Literature Prize. Her introduction to Woman of the Aeroplanes by Kojo Laing was published by Pearson in 2012. In 2011 she was awarded an OBE for services to the publishing industry.


Queen of Shade (aka My Mother): Ah! VaChihera. It’s so nice to have the video of you on the BBC. You were very good. We are very proud.
Me: Thank you, Gogo! 😁 Did you like my headwrap?
QoS: Well... it showed you are a person who is very serious about books.
Me: 😳
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