Victoria Nyanga is a writer of poetry and non-fiction. She loves telling stories because she knows how a story can impact and influence people, and the decisions they make about what is going on around them. Her first ever writing project was published in 2010 and her poems have been published in well-established poetry magazines in the UK. Her recognition as a poet came as a direct result of the unprecedented success of her poem ‘Unpolished and Black’ which proved to be a much-needed breakthrough that then opened for other opportunities. Her work appeared in PENning Magazine and in the ScottishPEN Anthology to mark their 90th anniversary celebration. She has also been invited to read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, SOLAS Festival and other events. Even though she is a poet just for fun, she absolutely loves that her poetry has been published alongside the poetry of some leading names from Scotland’s literary community. She has self-published four poetry collections in which she explores the stories that navigate from home to unfamiliar places. As a self-proclaimed pro-black advocate; she addresses black motherhood, womanhood, identity, race, feminism, mental health issues, illness, disability and so much more.
Her writing is not always personal. She has an academic background in Contextual Theology from the University of Manchester; which is a field that she developed a passion for over the years, because of this, she often questions where God is in some of the world issues we have witnessed historically and currently. She also brings with her the experience of community having been exposed to a broad scenario of settings that affect families, especially women and children; which is why you may find that most of her writing confronts and gives an insight into various social issues drawn from communities across the world. Victoria feels that the time that she invests in investigating social issues makes those issues well worth writing about.
Even though Victoria has always been enthusiastic about writing; her main thing is transformational change. She has spent a long time dedicated to her mission of making a profound difference in people’s lives; so much such that she created Perspicacious Sista. This brand is proof of her passion for writing as she has created something that she can define as part of her purpose within seeking positive change for others.
Besides writing; she enjoys spoken word. She is an avid reader – with a very special interest in cultural diversity, Liberation Theology, managing mental health, uplifting and educating African children. She is also the founder of Project Esperanza UK, an organization that brings awareness of domestic violence and abuse to black communities. Victoria has a big heart, as well as a great spirit to match it. She is impulsive, spontaneous and awkward; – but warm. She sees herself as a dreamer, an optimist, an advocate, a life explorer, a community builder, a traveller, a good food/art/music lover, a gardener, an obsessive recycler and above everything, a work in progress.
Victoria is very appreciative of digital and online technologies, and their importance as they can provide an accessible place for her to connect with a wider audience. Please explore and stay in touch!