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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 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!

ABOUT

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: https://www.fcyecenter.org

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!

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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 Official Parnter with Big Sister Boston (Big Brother Big Sister of America) 

JULY 3, 2020 - BOSTON, MA --- Today we are excited to feature award-winning and bestselling author of “Niyah Zuri and the Pharaoh's Throne”, Anna Nyakana. Big Sister is proud to announce that we are partnering with Anna to host two virtual activities in July for our Big and Little Sisters. These workshops will focus on what it is like to be an author and how to brainstorm characters, storylines, and message in order to create their very own short stories! ⠀ 

About Anna: Through her first book, her speaking engagements, workshops, and more Anna works to spotlight representation and girl-empowerment in children's books and bring diversity to the classroom. She states, "Children should see a reflection of themselves in the books they read, my mission is to inspire them one adventure at a time." ⠀ 

Anna hasn’t let quarantine stop her from moving her mission forward. She recently was as a featured speaker at the G.E.M.S. Teen Summit, was featured in Indigo Blue's “Women’s Empowerment” podcast, and became a best seller with the second edition of “Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh’s Throne” Follow along with Anna for the latest updates about her work like her upcoming feature on PopFusion TV. Keep an eye out for book #2 “Niyah Zuri and The Mayan Eclipse” and the official Niyah Zuri cartoon series to be pitched to networks in the coming months!

ABOUT BIG SISTER BOSTON:

100% INVESTED IN GIRLS. Our mission is to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Ultimately, our vision is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access to the individual nurturing, guidance, and support she needs to become a confident, competent and caring adult. We are a national model for gender-sensitive mentoring for girls which can be replicated in other mentoring programs. For more details visit www.bigsister.org

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! 

ABOUT G.E.M.S. 

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 www.gems-edu.org