Publisher and Editor-in-Chief: Linda Ann Strang
Guest Poetry Editor: Mabel Mnensa
Prose Editors: Saliha Haddad, Ikenna Okeh
Web Developer: Paula Ferreira
Paula Ferreira is a website designer and developer and owns a a digital agency called Blaze Media. She studied web design at Oxford House University, London. She is also qualified as a Textile Designer and lives in Gqeberha.
Saliha Haddad is an assistant editor at Botsotso and a prose editor at Hotazel Review. She has worked as a literary interviewer at Africa in Dialogue, and her reviews of books have appeared in The Other Side of Hope, The New Arab, Markaz Review, and The Transnational Literary Journal. Haddad’s creative work has been published or forthcoming in Agbowó, Isele Magazine, Salamander Ink Magazine, and Newlines Magazine. In 2021 she was shortlisted for The African Writers Awards and was awarded first place in the inaugural ANTOA literary contest. She lives in Algeria.
Mabel Mnensa is an avid reader, poet, and writer. A lover of words and stories, she completed her Master’s degrees with distinctions—MA in English Literature from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2010) and an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin (2022). Her published work ranges from children’s picture stories to prose that explores alternate worlds and realities. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies across the Continent. Mabel served as a Spring 2022 Belfield Literary Review contributing editor. Coming from a long line of nomads, Mabel—true to her heritage—is currently in Dublin working on her debut novel, Undocumented Secrets.
Ikenna Okeh writes novels featuring African characters. In 2022 his UK debut novel ‘Deportee’ (Abibiman Publishing UK) was longlisted for The Island Prize and shortlisted for the ANA Prose Prize. Ikenna Okeh also writes music reviews for UbuntuFM, an online music promotion platform with virtual headquarters in South Africa. His new novel, ‘Rogues of the East’, is set for release in the UK in the spring of 2023. All of his books are available in the library of the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden. He spends his time between Antalya, Oxford, and Port-Harcourt.
Linda Ann Strang’s published poetry collections are Wedding Underwear for Mermaids (Honest Publishing, 2011) and Star Reverse (Dryad Press, 2022). Her poems and short stories have appeared internationally in Stand, Gone Lawn, Reflex Press, [PANK], Poetry Kanto, Hunger Mountain, New Contrast, Malahat Review, and elsewhere. Linda lives in Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, South Africa.