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Anna Nyakana Featured in Sheen Magazine July 2020 Issue 

GREENVILLE, SC - JULY 14, 2020 --- Getting to Know Motivational Speaker and Children’s Book Author, Anna Nyakana 

Lesley Logan 

A native of Berlin, Germany, Anna Nyakana, and her family immigrated to the U.S. in the ’90s in search of the American dream; and that’s exactly what she found. The award-winning author is also an inspiring youth motivational speaker, as well as a talented entrepreneur! 

With a diverse background that ranges from being a songwriter and live performer to writing children’s books and working with schools to spread the message of diversity across the country, this inspirational mother of two is enlightening the world one word at a time. 

We sat down with the multi-talented Anna Nyakana to see what has been keeping her busy, what motivates her, and what her plans are for the future. Here’s what she had to say. 

It’s been a crazy few months – how are you holding up during this pandemic? 

I’m thriving! I’ve been connecting with my young readers through social media and I even created two new businesses, Niyah Zuri Books and Niyah Zuri Studios, which allowed me to launch a second edition of “Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh’s Throne” on my own book imprint! It was released on June 13thand I’m proud to say that it hit #1 in seven children’s book categories! 

What inspired you to write children’s books and become a motivational speaker? 

I remember getting library books to practice my English and none of the people on the cover ever looked like me. That stigma never left me, and I grew a passion and desire to have our own stories represented. This grew into the Niyah Zuri children’s book series. When I was a kid, no one of significance ever came to our school to motivate us and tell us that we could attain our life goals. What a difference that would have made to many of us?! I live to be a difference now. That’s what inspires me. 

Let’s talk about your success in writing children’s books! What is the most rewarding part about being the author of “Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh’s Throne”? 

Connecting with the kids! I love seeing a child’s face light up because my characters look and sound like them! “Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh’s Throne” has inspired children who used to hate reading to now have a love of literacy and I am honored to be making that impact! 

At what moment did you know the book was going to be such a success. What was the turning point in your career? 

The first time I processed a bulk order of 1,000 books for a school district; I knew my book would be a success. A big turning point for me was in July 2019 when I was invited to be a guest on the legendary Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM. She believed in my mission. This made a huge difference in my career because it allowed me to connect with millions of listeners and spread the Niyah Zuri message. 

What exciting new projects are you working on now? 

I am completing the second book in the series, “Niyah Zuri and The Mayan Eclipse.” I’m also launching official Niyah Zuri apparel with interpretations of my main character Niyah Zuri and Prince Tut. And, last but not least, and this is an exclusive, I am finally bringing a huge dream to life by creating a cartoon series based on my books! It will be visually striking and educational, so kids can enjoy both at home and in the classroom all while building their vocabulary and knowledge through world adventures. I am in production now, so keep an eye out! 

Stay tuned for great things from motivational speaker and children’s book author Anna Nyakana! 

 

Anna Nyakana Featured on Indigo Blue's "Women's Empowerment" Podcast 

JUNE 29, 2020 - PHILADELPHIA, PA --- Episode 9 of The Indigo Blue Empowermet Conversations Podcast airs tonight at 6pm Featuring Best Selling Author , Motivational Speaker, And Entrepreneur Anna Nyakana .  

During this episode Anna gives an in-depth look into her life as an immigrant, born in Germany, and adjusting to life as a biracial child in America .  

She discloses how she was able to find her strength as a Black Woman in America, finding the hustle mentality from living in the projects, to living in the suburbs. Anna overcame many adversities while publishing her book, being told by many Publishers that her Book was too Urban. They would frown upon her characters time traveling to Egypt preferring the characters remain in the US only. 

Anna Nyakana shares vital business and entrepreneurial gems that authors, aspiring entrepreneurs can use to uplift themselves and their communities. Tune in tonight at 6pm on all streaming platforms. Visit Indigobluestyle.com to subscribe to the show.

Anna Nyakana, Author Interview on "The Vibe" 97.9 FM 

It was my HONOR to vibe with "The Vibe Show" 97.9 FM live on Instagram! Shoutout to the renowned Kevin Hampton for inviting me on air to connect with his listeners at this crucial point in history! Watch this exclusive clip from my interview as we discuss the importance of representation in books, encouraging our communities to use their voice to make positive change in light of the current pain and rage we're suffering, and the Fundamental Truths of Niyah Zuri! FULL INTERVIEW NOW STREAMING ON ALL MAJOR PLATFORMS - SUBSCRIBE TO ANCHOR.FM/THEVIBESHOW97.9 

Anna Nyakana guest expert on "Parenting Beyond the Headlines" - Essex, CT 

I had the esteemed pleasure to be a guest expert on "Parenting Beyond the Headlines" podcast hosted by Dr. Amy Alamar and emmy-award winning journalist Sarah Cody. Listen to the full podcast episode below as we discuss the importance of traveling with your children and exposing them to world cultures!

LISTEN HERE: "Talking About the Importance of Exploring with Your Children" With Special Guest: Anna Nyakana, Author of Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh's Throne

 

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Anna Nyakana, "Chillin With Julien" Author Interview @ Smash Studios - New York, NY 

I was honored to be a guest on the “Chillin with Julien" Show filmed at the legendary Smash Studios (NYC) and hosted by the talented Julien Guiteau, who aims to “interview inspiring individuals to inspire others.” 

Dig into my interview where we discuss my book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" and the importance of diversity, how creativity affects one’s future course in life, generational wealth, the evolution of characters in my book, AND MORE including the long awaited title of my second book in the Niyah Zuri series COMING SOON 2020! My sincerest appreciation to Julien Guiteau for selecting me as an "inspiring individual" and for spotlighting me on his platforms to spread the Niyah Zuri message! Watch my interview or listen to the full audio podcast below!

 

Full Audio Podcast Interview- Click Here!

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Anna Nyakana feature article in VoyageATL September Issue 

"Meet Anna Nyakana of Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne in Connecticut"

ATLANTA, Georgia - September 3, 2019 ---

EXCERPT:

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

When I first completed my manuscript, I gave myself one year to get it picked up by a major publisher. I received several rejection letters and eventually an interested publisher asked that I change the most fundamental element of my book; my main character. I was open to collaborating on all suggestions but could not allow Niyah Zuri to be erased; she is a fearless, headstrong, and intelligent black heroine that is destined to change the lives of all young readers. So, I overcame my own fear of failure, redefined my definition of success, and released my book independently. I have sold over 10,000 copies to date.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?

I spent a significant amount of time volunteering throughout my childhood, whether it was building schools overseas, raising funds for community organizations, or being a mentor for at-risk youth. When I was 15, I traveled to Kenya to carry out health clinics in the slums of Nairobi. I came in contact with hundreds of individuals, the majority of them being my own age or younger, who refused to allow their disease to rob them of happiness. Their joy of life was seen in their bodies as they dance-battled, heard in their voices as they laughed and sang along with the radio, and undeniable in their beaming smiles as they greeted me “Good Morning.” My new friends taught me to love and live fully each day, regardless of circumstance. It was a profound lesson that I still carry with me to this day and have instilled in my sons.

 

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Anna Nyakana on SiriusXM's "The Karen Hunter Show" - New York, NY 

I am honored to been interviewed by award-winning journalist, radio host, and publisher Karen Hunter on Sirius XM Radio’s “The Karen Hunter Show.” Named one of the “Heavy Hundred” (The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America) by industry bible Talkers Magazine, Karen has blazed a trail, bringing more action and less talk to the medium. She not only has some of the most provocative interviews with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the world, she is also a change agent—challenging her listeners to participate in the success they want to see and be. Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, KHS features candid conversations on the topics of the day and segments with guests across a variety of mediums to empower listeners.

A big thank you to Karen Hunter as well as her producers and staff for a thought-provoking segment! Watch the full interview below to hear our discussion of my book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" and my mission to change children’s perception of reading while bringing diversity to the forefront!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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