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!


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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

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!



Anna Nyakana on ABC’s “CT Style” - New Haven, CT

Check out my interview on ABC’s “CT Style” with hosts Ryan Kristopher and Sarah Cody. Thank you for spotlighting my book “Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne”  & the impact it’s making in the classrooms in CT. Looking forward to returning for a behind the scenes look at my Authors Visits!




Anna Nyakana on NBC’s CT Live! - West Hartford, CT

Watch my author interview on NBC’s CT Live! with hosts Taylor Kinzler and Jimmy Marlow as I share the Niyah Zuri message of diversity, heroines, science, & history! Thank you for adding me to the roster of the “best of” Connecticut and New England!


Anna Nyakana on News 12 Connecticut’s “Our Lives” - Norwalk, CT

Thank you to the staff and crew of News 12 Connecticut’s “Our Lives” for a wonderful Author interview, especially Emmy-Award winning host Gwen Edwards! Watch the interview below as we discuss my book “Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne” and my mission to amplify diversity in children’s books while inspiring kids to become confident readers!




Anna Nyakana on Hot 93.7’s “Beat of CT” Podcast

Beat of CT: Diversity Through Kids Books  HARTFORD, Connecticut - April 11, 2019 --- Local Author Anna Nyakana tells Nancy all about her new childrens book, and how she feels its diversity can help kids get a sense of belonging.…

Anna Nyakana visits Capital Prep Magnet - Hartford, CT

I had the honor of wrapping Women's History Month with 80 students at Capital Prep Magnet school in Hartford, CT. This Pre-K through 12th grade charter school aspires to create a community of lifelong learners who will be assets to their community by working towards Social Justice. During our deep dive into Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne, we talked about overcoming challenges, aspiring to make impacts in our community, and the importance of diversity. Thank you to Principal Dr. Kitsia Ferguson for your support and Joaner Weidman, Projects and Program Support Facilitator, for organizing this event!

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Anna Nyakana on HPATV’s Hartford Community Leaders

I had a great discussion on HPATV’s Hartford Community Leaders show this week, highlighting my children’s book Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne and the impact it’s making in the Greater Hartford community. Hartford Community Leaders began on May 1, 2014, as a community – based planning process bringing together residents, local organizations, police department and local politicians in a forum to come up with viable solutions to violence. Special thanks to hosts Donald Padgett and Lakia Shavon Lightner for spotlighting me in honor of Women’s History Month and recognizing my work with CT students. Watch my interview below!



Anna Nyakana on Hot 93.7 Morning Show- Hartford, CT

Kicked off my morning with Hot 93.7‘s Morning Crew Today! Had an amazing time sharing the message of diversity found in Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne, my journey as an indie author, the feedback I’ve been receiving from students and schools in Connecticut, and even my ultimate dream-supporter (Oprah!) with their listeners. Big thanks to the Morning Crew for the interview and their support: DJ Buck, Nancy Barrow, Stevey Newnez, and Genesis Robles! Watch the interview below!



Anna Nyakana visits Capital Prep Harbor School - Bridgeport, CT

I had an amazing day at Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport, CT spreading the Niyah Zuri message of Diversity and Believing in one's self! This forward-thinking charter school is changing lives by providing historically disadvantaged students with the college and career readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice. I spent the morning speaking with parents about their child's interests and how my book Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne can further inspire their curiosity and love of reading and writing. After wrapping a book signing for select classes, I engaged with with 3rd and 4th grades to discuss their recent writing assignments and answer questions about the Niyah Zuri series. I was honored to autograph a copy of my book to a Kindergartener who stopped by the book signing and declared she had to go home with a copy; my youngest reader yet! Finally, the day concluded with an assembly of 3rd through 6th grades, 220 students in all! I loved sharing excerpts from my book, the origin stories for my characters, and reminding them of the importance of diversity in the books they read. Black History month also reminds us to leave our own mark in history, so I encouraged each student to "always believe in yourself, others will follow."




Anna Nyakana selected as Microsoft Education Community Guest Speaker

Very excited to announce that I have been selected as a Microsoft Education Community Guest Speaker! Schools and organizations can utilize Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom to book virtual guest speaking engagements with me. Skype in the Classroom bookings can…