Priscilla Semphere

Creator of the Ekari children’s book series

  • The second of three children, Priscilla was born in Blantyre, Malawi. She grew up in Lilongwe, Malawi, with her parents and siblings.
  • As a student At ALA, Priscilla co-founded a student enterprise called PenAfrica, an organization that seeks to promote African storytelling, and seeks to engage youth in the stories of the diverse Africa continent.
    • After graduating from ALA, Priscilla spent a gap year growing PenAfrica and launching its flagship project, The Ekari Book Series – a children’s book series that highlights Africa’s cultural diversity through the journey of an 8 year-old girl and her mother across the continent. The book is set to have 54 volumes.
    • In October 2013, the very first volume of the Ekari Book Series, Ekari Leaves Malawi, was launched at the African Leadership Network annual gathering in Mauritius, alongside esteemed African author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    • As part of her gap year experience, Priscila enrolled at Watson University’s innovative semester-long accelerator program for young entrepreneurs, further developing the Ekari Book Series.
  • Priscilla has spoken at several global conferences, including The Economist Africa Summit in London in a panel session entitled Aspirations for Africa: The New Generation, Innovation and Entrepreneurs, moderated by CNN Presenter, Becky Anderson and the AGCO Africa Summit in Berlin. She was also part of the 6th cohort of Global Teen Leaders at Three Dot Dash, a We Are Family Foundation Initiative.
  • In August 2014, she began her undergraduate studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in the United States of America.
  • In May 2015, Priscilla was named one of the inaugural members of the OZY Genius Awards in May 2015.
The first volume of Priscilla’s Ekari Book Series, Ekari Leaves Malawi

The first volume of Priscilla’s Ekari Book Series, Ekari Leaves Malawi

Related Links

Priscilla’s article for the Huffington Post – Broken English: When Our Mother Tongues Take the Back Seat

Article on Priscilla in Panapress – Unveiling Malawi’s child literary prodigy; writing her way to the future;-writing-her-way-to-the-future-(By-Raphael-Tenthani,-PANA-Correspondent)–13-885821-17-lang4-index.html