Alumni Spotlight: Mariah Kalungu

Mariah Kalungu is a children’s book author living and working in Seattle, USA. Her recently published book, “AMKA! Little Lele; You’ve Got All You Need to Be Great,” is currently ranked as the #1 New Release book in Children’s Explore Africa Fiction on Amazon.

Before moving to the US, she worked as Director Contact Center at the OneUni, Inc., a mobile-first education technology and services company that partnered with top universities around the world to enable students earn university degrees primarily using smartphones. She also worked as Team Leader at NCBA and at Equity Bank Ltd.

Her inspiration to start writing children’s book came from her daughter Naima. While searching for books to buy her daughter in the US, Mariah discovered that there were very few children’s books written and published on Amazon that had an African perspective to them.

Being a writer herself from a young age, Mariah set on a journey to writing children’s books. She enrolled in a Book Launch Program at the Women’s Empowerment University in the United States, where she met her mentor and coach, Donna Partow, a bestselling Christian author and publishing coach. Mariah credits her mentor for the big milestones she has been able to achieve in starting her career as an Author. Her children’s books, written from an African perspective, seek to empower children to dare to dream the impossible, and go after their dreams with boldness.

Mariah has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nairobi. She also has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University–Africa.

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