About The DYV Team

My name is Bongani Consolata Mthetwa. I am the founder and Managing Director of Define Your Voice – the DYV Network.

The organization was founded in 2019 with the sole purpose of promoting personal and community development among young Africans.

Being a young African myself, I have always been inspired by stories of youth from across the continent, bringing a positive impact to their communities in big and small ways alike, this is what led to the birth of DYV, a platform to share stories of young Africans taking the big and little strides in developing themselves and their communities.

I am currently 22 years old, and by profession, I’m an accountant working as an External Auditor. I graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Malawi, The Polytechnic.

My name is Lin Kaira. I’m a photographer, digital marketer, entrepreneur and social advocate. My background is in public health but I do a little bit of everything. I’m passionate about promoting leadership among the youth and young women in particular. I look forward to collaborating the team on projects to come.

The name is Atupele Madula. I am 22 and a degree holder in Bachelors of commerce :business administration I obtained in 2019.

Currently working with judiciary as their admin for the criminal division. I also volunteer for other initiatives involved in women and youth empowerment as well community development. 

I am advocacy director for Girl Up Malawi,  human resource officer for Youth For Women,  a member of afro activists and Malawi Girl Guide Association. I am poet and I paint too as a hobby.

I am Wongani Nyasulu, a Social Science Student majoring in Economics at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. I am passionate about girl child education, gender equality and community development. 

I volunteer with over 7 organizations in serving different communities. I am also passionate about writing poetry and i am very grateful to DYV for the opportunity to do what I love and at the same time positively impacting fellow young people. During my free time, I love traveling, listening to music and learning new skills.

I am Precious Yamie Makochera aged 24. I am currently working with Our AIM Foundation Malawi as a Deputy Project Manager. Glad to be on the DYV team.

I’m Jonas Zaithwa Yewo Chisi. I’m passionate about social justice, personal fulfilment/self actualisation and literature.

I express the former two through the latter. I am also an essayist, poet, author English Teacher and editor. I’ve written and edited for DYV, JAYL, BNAP19, Scribble and Unipers. I hold a Bed (Language) from Chancellor College.

I am a 20 year old currently in my third year studying Journalism at the Polytechnic. I love Writing stories and poems. I love meeting new people and learning new things.

My name is Tamanda Namangale.

I am an IB1 student at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa. I am a Malawian based in New York.

I believe in the power of words and storytelling,and DYV gives me a platform to hear amazing stories and experiences and to diversify my narrative

I am a poet and one of the finalists for the 2021 New York Poetry Slam and in my free time I enjoy writing for social justice and as a form of activism.

The name is Lucy Kumwenda.

Am a Social Scientist who’s recently graduated from University of Malawi on the 28th April 2021.

I have been an author for DYV for a year now.

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