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Maliya Mzyece Sililo's Biography

Maliya Mzyece Sililo pictureMaliya Mzyece Sililo is a retired teacher and a published author of diverse genre of literary works including children's books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and TV scripts. She has a natural gift of oral story telling. She writes in English and in two local Zambian languages, namely Tonga and Chichewa. Preferred themes are wild life, gender issues and indigenous knowledge systems. Informed and inspired by the oral tradition of her African heritage, Maliya comes up with stories that entertain, educate and inspire her audiences. She holds a BA degree with Education from the University of Zambia. She also has Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) post graduate diploma from the University of Wales. Having taught from kindergarten to tertiary level, Maliya understands young people's aspirations and frustrations well and believes that changing the mindset of Africans to be development oriented should begin at a tender age. It is this belief that brought her into writing for children more than anything else. Maliya Mzyece Sililo is the author of Koko Grows Food, an SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) selection of the UN SDG Book Club African Chapter