Neema Komba is a Tanzanian poet, writer, and researcher. She is the author of Mektildis Kapinga: A silent hero and See through the complicated. Her story Let them eat fruit cake published by Index on Censorship was nominated as one of the best original fiction in 2019 by the Stack Awards, and her flash story Setting Babu on Fire won the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her works appear in online literary platforms such as Adda Stories, Brittle Paper and Umbu. She has also published stories and essays in anthologies such as Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, and Payback and Other Stories: An anthology for African and African Diaspora Short Stories. She is the co-founder of LaPoetista, a platform for poets and other performing artists to showcase their art and create a positive impact in the community through the arts, and in 2022, she was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Neema is currently finalizing her doctoral studies at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.
During the MMF writing scholarship, Neema will work on her first novel tentatively titled God’s country. The novel will blend history and fiction to tell the story of Mkomanile, a formidable Ngoni general in the Majimaji rebellion against the illegitimate colonial administration. By centring the story around Mkomanile (a woman leader of the rebellion), she hopes to re-imagine the heroines who were erased in the telling of history.