Mmaka, born in Rome and
raised in South Africa, she is a writer and intercultural mediator
collaborating with different kind of Organizations in Europe and in some
African countries. She is author of several books: Il
mondo a colori della famiglia BwanaVal - Kabiliana 2002 (children);Jabuni
il mistero della città sommersa - EMI 2003 (children); Amani i nomi della pace
- EMI 2004 (children), L'ottava nota- Prospettiva 2002 (poetry);
Io..donna...immigrata... volere dire scrivere - EMI 2004 (drama);Cercando
- Lindiwe Epoché 2007 (novel); Il Viaggio capovolto - Epoché 2010
(novel). She organizes
different types of multicultural workshops for adults and children and writing
workshops for migrants and refugees :Writing Across Borders.
In 2006 she
founded the Soggetto Nomade Intercultural Workshop and in it the KabilianaProjectwhich aims to promote educational projects in different countries starting
from providing disadvantaged areas with sustainable libraries allowing children
and adults to have easy access to books. Her work has been widely praised
for promoting diversity as a value and intercultural dialogue, as well as
contributing in defending the rights of migrants and refugees through her
writing and workshops.
In 2011 she has
founded in Cape Town the Gugu Women Lab a collective of South African and immigrant
women involved in a writing project focused on human rights. The result
of this experience is the play "THE CUT- LO STRAPPO. Voices from the night", which is now on
stage in Europe.
Her work has been
studied in University and degree thesis were dedicated to her work and also
published in Italy. Among others here a selection:
Acava Mmaka. La Poetica e il Teatro
Il Teatro Multietnico nell' era globale:
prospettive pedagogiche interculturali.
Orrù, Dott.ssa in Educational Science- University of Messina. Year 2006.
-The Literature of migration in Oltre
la cittadinanza: comunità inoperose e nuovi intrusi. ByRamona
Parenzan. Faculty of Philosphy University of Urbino. Year 2007
-Anonime in terra straniera in Femminilità
negata nel mondo. By Daniela
Spaletra. Academy of Fine Art in Carrara. Year 2007.
She has taken part in international conferences, round table, meetings together
with many world praised authors.
Valentina A. Mmaka took part to the 1st Colloquium of Italian
Studies at UNISA (Pretoria), organized in collaboration with Italian Institute
of Culture (Pretoria) presenting a paper titled: Africa in the Italian
Imaginary: stereotypes in literature and media.
In the same occasion Professor ANTONELLA PIAZZA (UNISA - PRETORIA
/UNIVERSITY OF PARMA/ITALY) presented a comparatistic study on Valentina
Mmaka’s novel “ CERCANDO LINDIWE”(Looking for Lindiwe) and Primo Levi’s “IF
THIS IS A MAN”. The work of Prof. PIAZZA titled: “THE ISSUE OF
IDENTITY IN MMAKA AND LEVI’S WORK”, confronts Mmaka’s novel and Primo
Levi’s books on the issue of identity during the Nazism in Europe(LEVI) and the
apartheid (MMAKA) in South Africa.
When she is not writing...
She visits schools and libraries
discussing about diversity, racism, Africa, crossing cultures.
She also coordinates creative workshops for children and adults
She organizes writing workshops for children and adults.
She is invited in meeting,conferences, round table.