Gil Ingles, Angola
H. Gil Ingles, aka The Hoji, is an epitome of the new African in the diaspora. Born in Angola, he immigrated to the U.S. in his early teens. While attending college, he created a name for himself as a producer in the entertainment industry via X-Posure Entertainment – a production and management company he co-founded in 1995. Over the last ten years, he has became an award winning media personality while serving as host and co-producer of the public access television program Afrika Plus. Outside of entertainment, Gil has been making an impact within the African community in the diaspora through efforts in community building and activism.
Thoko Kachipande, Malawi
Thoko Kachipande is a Malawian-American with a passion for promoting a balanced presentation of African culture, history, and news. She spent most of her formative years in Germany and South Africa before settling in the U.S. Ms. Kachipande is a career communication specialist who holds an M.A. in Communication and a social science undergraduate degree that focused on African/African-American studies. When it comes to journalism and writing, she likes to remember that “history is written by the winners and those who bother to write” (Winston Churchill/George Orwell).
Gaynor Khan, South Africa
Gaynor Khan is of South African origin and has a keen eye for fashion. A graduate of the South Africa’s North West School of Design and winner of its Best Designer of the Year award, Ms. Khan was invited to showcase her work at the Young Designers Emporium in Johannesburg before moving to the U.S in 2004. Coco Channel’s saying that “a woman should be 2 things: classy and fabulous” often comes to mind as she creates African inspired designs. Professionally, she is focused on pediatric nursing (neonatal care), early-childhood development, and her new found love for broadcast journalism. Ms. Khan most enjoys the great conversations and community service that comes with good journalism.
Maduba Polan, Botswana
Maduba Nthabiseng Polan was born in Botswana and graduated from the University of Maryland with Cum Laude Honors. The eldest of three siblings, she is a risk-taker who welcomes new challenges, tasks, experiences, and ideas — an outlook that has helped her develop a strong drive for success. A personable and social individual, she enjoys engaging with people from diverse ethnic, national, and generational backgrounds. Her approach to living life can best be summarized by the following Mahatman Gandhi quote, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”