Bio

Anna Nyakana

Anna Nyakana was born in Berlin, Germany in 1986 to a Ugandan father and German-Moldavian mother. Her family immigrated to the United States in the early 90's, settling in Stamford, Connecticut. Anna pursued her writing and musical passions beginning at the age of 6 and spent her teenage years honing her skills of song-writing and live performance until releasing her self-titled album in 2007. Her hit-single "Just a Day" crowned her the winner of the “Starbucks Music Makers Competition," which sparked  an East Coast tour in 2009. Anna's distinctive sound led to digital distribution with over thirty companies including iTunes, Amazon.com and iHeart Radio. She continued forward, promoting her album and playing in countless venues and media outlets including FOX 25 (Boston, MA), NBC (Philadelphia, PA), MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino & Resort (Ledyard, CT), Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino & Resort (Ledyard, CT), Penn State University(Philadelphia, PA), The Fire (Philadelphia, PA), SOB'S (New York, NY), Bryant Park (New York, NY), Canal Room (New York, NY), Piano's (New York, NY), and WFSB Channel 3 (Hartford, CT).

Anna Nyakana proceeded to attain her Bachelors degree in Business in 2011 and soon after extended her writing talents into her first literary work, The Student Survival Guide to Online College. She was able to guide thousands of students during their journey of attaining higher education through an online platform through this quick guide but yearned to help a different demographic close to her heart: children. Through her own personal experiences, Anna discovered there was an overwhelming need for multicultural children's books where heroines could slay the fiercest of dragons versus filling the typical princess in distress role. Out of this desire the Niyah Zuri series was born and Anna took the next few years to write and publish her greatest literary work. Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne hails as a time bending exploration of ancient lands lead by the headstrong Niyah Zuri and her best friends Miguel and Hugo Gonzales. This chapter book is geared towards upper elementary through lower middle school readers and comes equipped with a full glossary and free online resources for parents and teachers to access. 

Anna has been featured on several media outlets including SiriusXM, Entercom Radio, NBC, ABC, FOX 61, and News 12 Connecticut. During her interview on FOX 61's Stan Simpson show, Anna discussed the importance of diversity in the classroom and the mission the Niyah Zuri series aims to achieve, stating: "It is critical children see a reflection of themselves in the books that they read." Working directly with school administrators in her state, she has implemented the Niyah Zuri series into the classrooms of several school districts including Capital Prep Lower Harbor (Bridgeport, CT), CREC International Magnet School (South Windsor, CT), Metacomet Elementary and Carmen Arace Intermmediate School (Bloomfield, CT), Harbor Elementary (New London, CT), and Capital Prep Magnet and Thirman Milner School (Hartford, CT). Anna has recently teamed up with Microsoft Education as a Community Guest Speaker, utilizing Skype in the Classroom, resulting in virtual author visits with schools across the country including Dallas,Texas, Kenner,Louisiana, and Olathe,Kansas. Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne is available on annanyakana.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Anna Nyakana lives in Connecticut U.S.A.

 

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