Phillip de Wet is a South African journalist and the author of Nkandla: The Great Unravelling. In October 2017, Wet won a national journalism award for a column about wine gums. De Wet was the founding deputy editor of the daily online newspaper Daily Maverick, which credited him with much of its initial personality. He was also a founder of that website’s defunct predecessor magazine, Maverick.
Clinton Smith III is a popular American writer, poet, and scholar. Smith is the author of No. 1 New York Times Best Seller, How the Word Is Passed, which won the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. The book was also named one of the top ten books of 2021 by the New York Times. Smith is additionally the author of two poetry collections, Counting Descent, which was published in 2016, and Above Ground, set to be published in March 2023.
Kojo Baffoe Jr. is a journalist, author, poet, blogger, media consultant (television and print), producer, columnist and former editor of Destiny’s Man currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1992, Kojo moved to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to study for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Justine Tanya Bateman is a prominent American writer, producer, and director. Her former acting work includes Family Ties, Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, The TV Set, Desperate Housewives, and Californication. Her feature film directorial debut, Violet premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival starring Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin Theroux. Also, she wrote, directed, and produced the film short Five Minutes which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.