Anna Nyakana

Anna Nyakana LIVE on FOX61, Hartford, CTAnna 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” online vote, which sparked  an East Coast tour in 2009. Anna's distinctive sound led to digital distribution with over thirty companies including iTunes, 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 (Hartford, CT). In 2010, Anna competed in the Emmy award winning television show "Community Auditions," which taped in the legendary MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino and Resort. After winning the Star of the Day in her first round, Anna advanced through the nine-month competition; gaining over 90,000 votes worldwide to place in the Championship finals and was recognized as the only artist to perform original music for every round in the competition.

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. After starting a family of her own, she realized 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. 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, Anna has implemented the Niyah Zuri series into the classrooms of several school districts including CREC International Magnet School (South Windsor, CT), Metacomet Elementary and Carmen Arace Intermmediate School (Bloomfield, CT), Harbor Elementary (New London, CT), and Thirman Milner School (Hartford, CT). Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne is available on, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Anna Nyakana-Nesmith lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.


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