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

Anna Nyakana “Black On Black Education” Podcast Interview 

“What happens to EMPOWERED children? They become POWERFUL adults and these POWERFUL adults CHANGE the WORLD!” 

Thank you Black on for an opportunity to spread my Niyah Zuri movement and dig deep into the critical education reform that is needed for our youth! 

CLICK HERE to listen to the full podcast episode - Now streaming on all major platforms!


We believe properly educating America’s minorities and its lower economic classes the same way it does our white middle and upper middle classes will have a transformative effect on our nation as a whole. Every child has the ability to positively impact the world, but for far too many a lack of educational opportunities leaves our future doctors, lawyers, and economists stuck in schools with outdated books and insufficient supplies, not being properly nurtured to achieve their full potential. Let’s create a space that empowers black people to take ownership over our communities by developing a love of learning and a commitment to self-determination.FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT: www.blackonblackeducation.com

Anna Nyakana "Motivate U" Podcast Interview Hosted by June Archer - Hartford, CT 

Watch my exclusive interview for the "Motivate U" podcast hosted by the talented and uplifting June Archer. We dive into the importance of representation in children's books, my Niyah Zuri movement, and so MUCH MORE! Had to bring the fire when speaking on the injustices that took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others to recount and ensuring we as a people are progressing towards a higher standard of accountability and transformation. Also gave some motivation to those feeling discouraged during quarantine to remember "Not every door is locked, PUSH!" and even sang some Nina Simone to reflect on the summit I have currently reached and the climb I have ahead to reach the peak of my Niyah Zuri mission. Thank you June Archer for the continued support! STAY TUNED FOR THE FULL EPISODE ON THE MOTIVATE U PLATFORM!



Anna Nyakana, 2020 "100 Women of Color" Award Honoree & Valedictorian LIVE - Simsbury, CT 

My Niyah Zuri journey started five years ago, with constant “No’s”, closed doors, and obstacles in my path. Through it all, I remained consistently persistent, for I vowed to never let that younger version of myself down. The younger version that couldn’t find a character on the cover that looked like them and attended a low-performing school on the “wrong side” of town that no one cared to invest in it’s students. 

It is my DEEPEST honor to receive the 2020 “100 Women of Color Award” as well as being selected as this year’s Valedictorian. I will continue the work of investing in our kids regardless of their zip code, to ignite that flame within them and remind them each day of their worth and value through “The Fundamental Truths of Niyah Zuri”©; to create books and digital content that instills self-love through representation and teaches them of their glorious history and those of rich cultures different than their own. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, WHEN ONE OF US WIN, WE ALL WIN! Thank you all for your support over the years - I promise to not let you down - SHOUTOUT TO THE TRIBE!!! 

Special S/O to my Brother, my DAY 1 since birth Enock Nyakana. To my Soul Sisters, Sophie Lee and Bianca Danielle, thank you for always having my insides and straightening my crown when needed. To my dear friend Julien Guiteau for taking five modes of transportation from PA to record this incredible moment as an exclusive behind the scenes for Chillin With Julien and the countless friends and Tribe members that reached out before, during, and after the awards ceremony to uplift and sincerely pour into me - THANK YOU ALL! 

Deepest gratitude JuneArcher, ELEVEN28 Entertainment, and 100 Women of Color for this incredible honor - time to get back to work!




Anna Nyakana selected as Valedictorian for 2020 "100 Women of Color" Award - Hartford, CT 

AUGUST 27, 2020 - HARTFORD, CT --- ‘Strength is our motto’ for 5th annual 100 Women of Color Gala 

Susan Dunne 

Hartford Courant 

A CNN commentator, a children’s book author and an 8-year-old activist will be among the speakers at the 5th annual 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards, celebrating and inspiring community leaders. The gala, postponed from April by the coronavirus pandemic, will be held on Aug. 28 at Simsbury Meadows. 

“Women are the backbone, the pillars of community. Without them there would be no us. I want to honor them,” said June Archer, UConn lecturer, entrepreneur and author, of how the 100 Women of Color Gala began. “We’ve built a community of women coming together and supporting their own.”

 Anna Nyakana of New Britain, a children’s book author, will speak as the valedictorian of the 100 Women of Color Class of 2020. The rest of the Class of 2020, a wide range of women of color positively impacting their community, will accept awards, Archer said.

“Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne” and the upcoming “Niyah Zuri and The Mayan Eclipse,” which she plans to pitch as an animated series. Nyakana has worked with school systems in Hartford, Bloomfield, New London and New Haven to put her books in schools. 

“I grew up in a housing project in Stamford. Not the best school district. No one ever came to speak to us to tell us we were worthy,” Nyakana said. “That never really left me.” 

So she creates books to promote diversity, inclusion and female empowerment. “It’s a seed to implant into the minds of youths,” she said.

READ FULL ARTICLE: The Hartford Courant

Anna Nyakana, LIVE Interview on "The Vibe" 97.9 FM - New orleans, LA 



"Don't play with our kids, our children are not your pawns to do testing with for statistics. Our children are our future and we need to safeguard them!" What an incredible moment returning to "The Vibe Show" on 97.9 FM for my second interview this summer! WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW ABOVE  with legendary Host and Producer Kevin Hampton as I drop some EXCLUSIVE announcements including my selection as Valedictorian of the 2020 "100 Women of Color" Awards and my NIYAH ZURI APPAREL dropping for youth and adults September 2020! S/O to the entire Vibe Show and 
Esource team! Thank you for your continued support of the Niyah Zuri movement and my mission to elevate our youth to their greatest potential!