Takondwa was born and raised in Malawi, but home is scattered in people and places and memories. She has lived in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Colorado, Massachusetts and, currently, Johannesburg. She is an alumna of Smith College, where she graduated with a degree in Women & Gender Studies and African Studies. Takondwa currently works at the African Leadership Academy as a member of their Writing & Rhetoric and African Studies faculty through the Princeton In Africa Fellowship.
Conversations about Africa, storytelling, deconstructing and reconstructing faith, (social) justice, colonialism, race and the arbitrary nature of borders tickle her fancy. She fluently speaks English, Chicheŵa, and can have broken but passable conversation in French.
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