Wednesday 27 October 2021 -
15:00 to 16:00

The In Conversation series are semi-formal conversations that offer young people insights on thematic areas of the New Narratives Programmes and steer important conversations on Narratives, youth cultures, and engagement. 

Join our speakers, Megan Mitchell, Sophia El Bahja, Troy Onyango, and Makanaka Mavengere, this October as we discuss The Power of Stories. They will be sharing insights on storytelling, the power of a story, and the importance of telling our stories. 


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Megan Mitchell, England

Megan is a Ph.D. researcher with UWE Bristol and Exeter University. She researches the role/s of independent cinemas in the age of on-demand culture in partnership with Watershed. As an independent film exhibitor with ten years in the sector, she is the Producer of Matchbox Cine and a recognised leader and champion of a more accessible film exhibition culture within the UK. 

Sophia El Bahja, Morocco

Sophia is a social entrepreneur in Education and Communication For Good, based in Morocco. She is also the Co-founder, Executive, and Operations Director at NoBox Lab, and the Co-founder, Creative, and Production Director at Tafanoun, a creative studio that promotes tolerance, empathy, and love through human-centric videos. She is working on her Ph.D. in Education and Technology.  

Troy Onyango


Troy Onyango is a writer and editor from Kisumu. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Doek!, Wasafiri, Isele Magazine, Johannesburg Review of Books, AFREADA, Nairobi Noir, Dgëku Magazine, Caine Prize Anthology (Redemption Song & Other Stories), and Transition among others. He has an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of East Anglia, where he was a recipient of the Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Lolwe

Makanaka Mavengere

Makanaka Mavengere was born and raised in Harare Zimbabwe.  She is the author of the novel Perfect Imperfections which was published in South Africa in August 2019 . Makanaka currently resides in Johannesburg South Africa where she continues her story telling journey as a screenwriter, playwright and content creator.

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