Members of the East Africa in Focus Editorial Team:
Editor & Publisher
Pamela Mulumby is a Kenyan-born award-winning journalist, who is based in Columbia, Missouri. She was the winner of the 1999 African Journalist of the Year Award. Mulumby was the first African woman to win the coveted award and won for a series of articles she wrote about life in the slums and squatter camps in Nairobi and in nearby rural areas.
Mulumby writes business stories for the Columbia Daily Tribune, and has also worked for The Morning Call and The Columbia Missourian in the U.S. Mulumby has also served as an editor for Ajabu Africa and assistant editor for Global Journalist Magazine also in the U.S.
Mulumby was a features writer for the East African Standard before relocating to the U.S.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism.
Lawrence Chiteri is an award-winning playwright, director, producer, facilitator and adjudicator for the Kenya Schools and Colleges drama festivals, who is based in Carbondale, Illinois.
He is the President of Mwananchi Media Initiative, a parent organization of East Africa In Focus.
Chiteri is currently pursuing a PhD in speech communication and theatre at Southern Illinois University.
He was a trained teacher of English and literature who doubled as an administrator until he relocated to the United States of America, to pursue a master’s degree in theatre.
Chiteri was also the artistic director of Horizon Theatre Group, a theatre company that specialized in set books, theatre in education and community theatre under the aegis of theatre for development (T.F.D).
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Peter Gaitho has been working as a freelance writer for several years. He is a regular contributor to the East Africa Standard’s School and Career Magazine and Today in Africa Magazine.
Gaitho has also served as an editor for Ajabu Africa.
He holds a master’s degree in communication studies from University of Nairobi.
Sylvester Oluoch is a professional accountant who holds an MBA from Columbia College, USA. Besides accounting, Oluoch has demonstrated consistent interest in writing and journalistic work.
Clifford Oluoch is a jack of any creative literary work. A practicing primary school teacher by profession, Oluoch finds his creative writing skills being easily passed on from him to his young pupils. “Teaching does something to your life,” he explains to why he has remained rooted to his first love.
Oluoch is a published author of various works, including “The Eastlanders”, a 24-book series project with seven of the books already published in Kenya, which explores the diversity of life in Nairobi’s Eastlands area. Oluoch has also published several school text books.
He also wrote Maths Corner, a weekly column that ran for two years in the East Africa Standard.
Silas Nyanchwani is a final year literature, language and communication student at the University of Nairobi. He has been working as a freelance writer since May 2007. He is a regular contributor to the Nation’s Saturday Magazine and the East African Standard‘s Crazy Monday and Pulse. Nyanchwani has also written stories for the People Daily and the now-defunct Adam Magazine.
As a university student, Nyanchwani has presided over the launch of several student magazines.
- Renee Murray