Children should see a reflection of themselves from books to screens, my mission is to inspire them one adventure at a time.” - Anna Nyakana


"I push forward for that younger version of myself that wishes that someone advocated for those of us in our inner-city community and reminded us of our worth." 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, November 13, 2021 — Plugstar Entertainment is pleased to announce that best-selling children’s author/speaker/producer/singer-songwriter Anna Nyakana will receive this year’s National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Living Legend Award at the 49th Annual NABSE Conference on Saturday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the LAX Marriott Hotel. 

The award is bestowed upon individuals who have undergone great personal and professional sacrifice in the service of educational advancement for African Americans. According to the NABSE, Ms. Nyakana was selected because she “demonstrates excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.” She will deliver an acceptance speech at the ceremony. 

The best-selling author has been recognized previously with numerous awards for her two multi- cultural children’s books, “Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh’s Throne” and “Niyah Zuri and the Mayan Eclipse.” The clever tales relate the epic adventures of fearless black heroine Niyah Zuri and her best friends, the Gonzales twins. Together, the time-traveling youngsters learn lessons about overcoming fear, self-empowerment and chasing dreams, all while walking through history. Nyakana explains that “it’s really just about uplifting youth to believe in themselves and walk purposely in their passions.” 

A mother of two young boys herself, Nyakana is proud of the social impact that the book series is making. Not only has it inspired the custom curriculum that she’s developed and brought into numerous schools and school districts, but it’s also inspired a growing movement. 

“It’s creating a huge opportunity to instill the understanding of embracing cultures that are different from your own. That way, 20 or 30 years from now, we’ll have adults that understand how to love others and not have hatred or prejudices because of ignorance,” Nyakana suggests. 

Recently, the author has been preparing to pitch to networks a Niyah Zuri cartoon series that will further share the message with children and their parents. Because the empowerment of women in business is equally important to her, she has also been extending her message to adults by appearing on podcasts and serving as a motivational speaker. 

“I feel that we’re not made aware of the resources and things that are available to us. [It’s important to] allow women to find their power and let them know how to create a business plan, how to strategize, how to build their network… But also, at the end of the day, just to have the courage to bet on themselves,” Nyakana maintains.

Anna Nyakana Brings the Niyah Zuri Series to Bronx Native - Bronx, NY 

📣YERRR‼️ NIYAH ZURI BOOKS IS OFFICIALLY in the BRONX‼️ A HUGE THANK YOU to Bronx Native and BxWriters (Josue Caceres) for Hosting my Author Event and Being the First Store in NYC to Officially Carry the Niyah Zuri series!  

BIG S/O to the #NiyahZuriTribe that pulled up - Thank you for the Genuine Support and Fueling my Purpose to Empower and Educate our Youth! Grateful for the Growth of the Movement - This is Just the Beginning!

Anna Nyakana Selected as Speaker for the "2021 Black Women in Media Conference & Awards" - New York, NY 

HONORED to return as a Speaker for the 2021 “6th Annual Black Women in Media Conference and Awards!” I will be speaking on the LITERATURE Panel and provide insight on how Black women are successfully leading innovative and creative ideas as well as securing career advancement opportunities. On November 15th-20th, Black Women in Media will host a week-long adventure of powerful awe-inspiring Activations and Experiences. The conference will entail a variety of panels, special guest speakers, masterclasses, a virtual mall featuring Black-owned businesses, a self-care and wellness component, and entertainment. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: EBONY MAGAZINE AND VIACOM CBS.

Anna Nyakana "Elevator Magazine" Feature Article - Chicago, IL 

“Anna Nyakana is One to Watch - Someone who Truly is Here to Create Change and Long-lasting Impact in the World for Generations to come. Her Focus and Passion for the Youth is a Rarity and something is telling me, this is JUST the Beginning.” 

THANK YOU Elevator Mag for my feature article; bringing another spotlight to my upcoming animated film and dedication to the youth all the way from the Windy City. This really is Just the Beginning, Stay Tuned!