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Anna Nyakana Selected for The Ballin 4 Peace 2nd Annual "Celebrating Our Wins" All-Women’s Panel  

Ballin 4 Peace Presents 2nd Annual "Celebrating Our Wins" All-Women’s Panel To Honor Women’s History Month

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24, 2022--- 

Ballin 4 Peace is proud to present the 2nd Annual “Celebrating Our Wins” all-women’s panel discussion to honor Women’s History Month in March and celebrate women in our communities who are overcoming obstacles and striving for greatness each day. 

This year’s “Celebrating Our Wins” all-women’s panel will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST live from Democracy Prep Endurance High School in New York and features a gifted, talented, and successful group led by moderator, Marie David."

After putting together a successful event held virtually last March, this year we wanted to do something special for the second ‘Celebrating Our Wins’ all-women’s panel as we celebrate Women's History Month,” said Ballin’ 4 Peace Founder, Haron Hargrave. 

“This year’s panelists have all overcome obstacles on their way to establishing their professional careers in sports, business, marketing, writing, teaching, music, and activism, and we can’t wait for them to share their story with the students, faculty, and community at Democracy Prep Endurance High School.”

SOURCE: Ballin4Peace 

Anna Nyakana Brings the Niyah Zuri Series to boogie down bronx - 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 the BX 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's "Leap for Literacy" Virtual Author - Atlanta, GA 



I had a TREMENDOUS virtual author visit with 800+ STUDENTS two weeks ago organized by the incredible Leap for Literacy based down in Atlanta, Georgia! Thank you for asking me to share my story and contribute my writing tips for these future authors. Let's continue the work to "promote literacy, kindness, and a love of reading and writing in children to create life-long learners!" A BIG THANK YOU to Stan Tucker for leading such an impactful organization and supporting my Niyah Zuri movement!

Anna Nyakana Selected as Speaker for "Black Women In Media's Virtual conference & Awards 2020" 

It’s my esteemed pleasure to announce I have been selected as a Speaker for Black Women in Media's Virtual Conference & Awards 2020! I have the honor of lending my expertise on the Literary and Publication Panel, alongside Tunisia Brown, Owner and Creator of Impact Magazine and Impact TV Network as well as Dr. Joan Wright-Goode, Bestselling Author and CEO of Business Marketing Publishing.

“Join us for this week long experience November 16th - 20th that will recognize Black Women who are pioneers, groundbreakers, and innovators in their respective field. Guests will have an opportunity to witness firsthand how our phenomenal panelists attained the level of success, overcame obstacles, broke through their barriers, and most importantly are pivoting through the pandemic. Following the conference, guests will witness the Honorees acceptance, who have exemplify true magnificence and rewards.” 

2020 HONOREES include: MC Lyte, Tamron Hall, Egypt Sherrys, Vinasia Miles and more!

For registration and more information visit:






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 Visits Full Circle Youth Empowerment, Bridgeport CT 

I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the youth of Full Circle Youth Empowerment (F.C.Y.E.) in Bridgeport, CT this week. Despite their past traumas and setbacks, they have the potential to make a huge impact in the world and I had the honor of reminding them of just that! Thank you to Founder and Director of F.C.Y.E., Janine Reid, and Wilner Joseph for coordinating my visit. I look forward to partnering on additional programming to motivate our youth to trailblazer on their paths in their purpose! Let's continue the work!


Full Circle Youth Empowerment Inc. seeks to holistically empower, support, and encourage at-risk youth and foster care youth, in Fairfield County, to become self-sufficient and successfully transition into adulthood.  Our goal is to provide an array of programs, services, and supports for youth to strengthen their skill development and increase their well-being to achieve optimal success personally, socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. To DONATE and GET INVOLVED visit:

Anna Nyakana hosts Summer Writer's Workshop with KidsAct - Baltimore, MD 




“If you can THINK it, it can BE! The only difference between you THINKING something and it ACTUALLY happening is ACTION! So let’s take some action, TIME is of the ESSENCE!” Loved hosting my Writers Workshop with @kidsactmd this week! Continue to inspire these budding creatives to express themselves through the Arts! S/O to the dedicated CEO and my little Sis Tonya Elizabeth for her dedication to ensuring campers can continue their education in the Arts through a virtual setting!


Kids Are Creative Thinkers is a summer camp and after school program for young aspiring artists where they are free to creative expression. Founded in March of 2019, Tonya Mayo has found it vital to understand and collaborate with artists around the community and give our children open space to find their creative outlet. Since our virtual summer camp has come to an end, we do not want to leave our SCA's hanging so we are providing a virtual after school program! Join us virtually and take a look at what our program has to offer! TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT:

Anna Nyakana Featured Speaker at Glambitious "Meet the CEO" Virtual Event 

"The POSSIBILITIES of what you can do are NOT CONFINED!” Thank you Lillie Mae, Creator of the Glambitous Empowerment Brand, for featuring me as a speaker at the Glambitious “Meet the CEO” Virtual Summer 2020 event! I loved sharing my business practices and Niyah Zuri gems to motivate all women in the business!


Anna Nyakana Featured Speaker at GEMS Teen Summit 

JUNE 30, 2020 - SAN PABLO, CALIFORNIA --- HONORED to be a featured speaker at the THINK SUCCESS Virtual Teen Summit 6/30 at 11 AM PST! Presented by Gifts Empowered Manifest Success (G.E.M.S.) & FREE for all middle & high school students! Spend a couple of hours getting empowered with me & the other incredible guest speakers, live djs, prizes, & more! 


Our mission is to enhance the life journey of youth grades (6-12) with enriching educational opportunities that empower and engage in positive expression through literary and healthy life-skills development.  Our vision is to EDUCATE * MOTIVATE * INSPIRE all GEMS participants and communities. For more details visit