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  • Projects

    Projects Fusion Artist Network Through this project we aim to provide a platform for artists, help them connect with potential partners and share opportunities that can take them to the next level. Read More Girl on Fire To help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. And also offer a platform for networking and opportunities. Read More Mbereko The Mbereko project aims to support sanctuary seeking women and the everyday challenges they face. To stand with them in solidarity and help them in every possible way. Read More YXNG & GXFTED A project to give young people a voice to make changes in spaces they don't seem themselves. Read More

  • about-our-team

    Team Members Laura Nyahuye Artist / Creative Director / CEO My name is Laura Nyahuye, a Zimbabwean born artist and Creative Director/CEO and Founder at MAOKWO. I am a mother, an artist, storyteller, a curator, producer, writer, performer, tutor, community worker. I design and make body adornments to address social issues and challenge perceptions. I have a call to design, to speak, to encourage, to write and to bring communities together. I practice this by exhibiting, storytelling, supporting artists and communities on the margins, producing, facilitating. In summary, I’m here to serve. I am passionate about the arts sector on the subject of inclusion and representation. Inclusion and representation in the arts sector, Inclusion in communities and inclusion for women. The current and next generation to come need us and we need them. Isolation, mental health issues, discrimination are real. They are real, things need to change. By creatively addressing tokenism, marginalisation, domestic abuse, mental abuse, and isolation we can create a dialogue to bring about change, in the arts sector and in our communities. I am passionate about seeing fellow marginalised artists thrive. I have a deep desire to see a change in these communities using art as a vehicle. I’m driven by the belief that together we are stronger. I have had the privilege of working as a support worker in various hospitals, as well as the community. My various roles have exposed me to people from various walks of life and l feel enriched by it. I am inspired by life experiences and culture (especially of those who have migrated). Maokwo's approach is person-centric focused; this support can truly change lives. I have experienced the positive result of person-centric support and l have observed positive results in other people. #fromthegroundup This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Lou Sarabadzic Writing Facilitator / Administrator My work experience includes translating, teaching French language, literature, and culture, and working as a customer service assistant in libraries. I feel so grateful to be able to share the love of languages, books, and reading, through all these roles. I have published 6 books in French, in a variety of genres - poetry, fiction, short stories, comic - because I love them all! I am also developing a multidisciplinary artistic practice. What I am really passionate about is how we can, as creative practitioners, support others to develop their own art and practice. So many issues can get in the way of exploring creativity: lack of confidence, anxiety, a sense of not knowing where to start... But all of these - and so much more - can also directly come from discrimination. In an unequal world, we don't have equal access to the arts. That's why I joined Maokwo, because the work they do is precisely this: support - in a very co-creative way. I love how open and flexible their approach is. Through the Writing the Journey programme, I've met great writers and performers, and it has been such a meaningful experience. And because working in the arts is also about admin, I'm very happy to be helping Maokwo with various tasks such as updating the website, discussing budgets and planning, as well as liaising with members, associate, and partners. ​ Read More Karen Dhlamini Board of Trustee / Well-Being Consultant MBPsS MBACP BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Integrative Counselling. Counsellor/Coach/ Mental Health Advisor and Training Consultant. As we walk through life, we encounter stress or strain and, in those moments, it helps to be able to reach out for support. Working as an Integrative Counsellor allows me to support clients in a way that best suits their needs. Private Practice gives me flexibility in my work to support clients that come with different needs such as relationship breakdown, anxiety, depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, suicide ideation, self-harm, disordered eating as well as many other challenges that life may bring. My educational background includes, Training and Development, BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Integrative Counselling. My work experience in different fields such as customer service, management, training, youth work, project coordinator: has helped me gain insight into some of the challenges faced by the clients I work with as a Coach. I am able to design and develop workshops and training events to meet the needs of the different organisations I work with. I have the privilege to work with organisations that work to support communities in different ways all making a difference and giving much needed support in areas where there is need. Some giving access to mental health support to groups that would otherwise go without due to different circumstances in life. One organisation of which I am a Trustee, work to explore art as a vehicle for social change and as a form of therapy: working with different groups including women, children and families. In recent years I have been spending more time exploring my writing and supporting others as well by working together with a team of creatives to provide an online platform that showcases the vibrant and multicultural society, we live in. My passion, if we can call it that is to live a full life where I get to explore the different opportunities that come my way that line up with my interests. A common thread that flows through my work is encouraging and helping people live well. This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Melissa Jordan Youth Participation Producer Raised with a passion for theatre and the arts, Coventry-born Melissa Jordan joined the Belgrade Youth Theatre during her early teens, before going on to support the Black Youth Theatre whilst completing an apprenticeship with the Belgrade. During this time she also developed an interest in stage management and production. Since then, she has worked with organisations including Highly Sprung, Theatre Absolute and Warwick Arts Centre. In 2019 she produced Holding the Centre and currently works as General Manager for Ascension Dance Company. Melissa joins Maokwo as Youth Participation Producer bringing together her enthusiasm for supporting and mentoring young people and her love of the Arts. ​ Read More

  • Mbereko

    PROJECT Mbereko Mbereko The Mbereko project aims to support sanctuary seeking women and the everyday challenges they face. To stand with them in solidarity and help them in every possible way. At Maokwo, women's social issues are at the heart of what we do. These come as lived experiences and first hand real life events of women ,migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and artists from migrant backgrounds are the heartbeat of what we do, who we are. And thus Maokwo has created the Mbereko project a space for women seeking refuge, women who have been granted refuge in the United Kingdom, especially in Coventry and the Midlands. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Are you a Coventry/midlands based woman seeking sanctuary. Would you like to be counselled or supported in any manner, then register here. ​ Partner with us Is your organisation looking to work towards supporting women and their causes, then through the #GirlonFire Project, there are amazing opportunities to do so, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • Projects

    Projects Fusion Artist Network Through this project we aim to provide a platform for artists, help them connect with potential partners and share opportunities that can take them to the next level. Read More Girl on Fire To help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. And also offer a platform for networking and opportunities. Read More Mbereko The Mbereko project aims to support sanctuary seeking women and the everyday challenges they face. To stand with them in solidarity and help them in every possible way. Read More YXNG & GXFTED A project to give young people a voice to make changes in spaces they don't seem themselves. Read More

  • about-our-team

    Team Members Laura Nyahuye Artist / Creative Director / CEO My name is Laura Nyahuye, a Zimbabwean born artist and Creative Director/CEO and Founder at MAOKWO. I am a mother, an artist, storyteller, a curator, producer, writer, performer, tutor, community worker. I design and make body adornments to address social issues and challenge perceptions. I have a call to design, to speak, to encourage, to write and to bring communities together. I practice this by exhibiting, storytelling, supporting artists and communities on the margins, producing, facilitating. In summary, I’m here to serve. I am passionate about the arts sector on the subject of inclusion and representation. Inclusion and representation in the arts sector, Inclusion in communities and inclusion for women. The current and next generation to come need us and we need them. Isolation, mental health issues, discrimination are real. They are real, things need to change. By creatively addressing tokenism, marginalisation, domestic abuse, mental abuse, and isolation we can create a dialogue to bring about change, in the arts sector and in our communities. I am passionate about seeing fellow marginalised artists thrive. I have a deep desire to see a change in these communities using art as a vehicle. I’m driven by the belief that together we are stronger. I have had the privilege of working as a support worker in various hospitals, as well as the community. My various roles have exposed me to people from various walks of life and l feel enriched by it. I am inspired by life experiences and culture (especially of those who have migrated). Maokwo's approach is person-centric focused; this support can truly change lives. I have experienced the positive result of person-centric support and l have observed positive results in other people. #fromthegroundup This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Lou Sarabadzic Writing Facilitator / Administrator My work experience includes translating, teaching French language, literature, and culture, and working as a customer service assistant in libraries. I feel so grateful to be able to share the love of languages, books, and reading, through all these roles. I have published 6 books in French, in a variety of genres - poetry, fiction, short stories, comic - because I love them all! I am also developing a multidisciplinary artistic practice. What I am really passionate about is how we can, as creative practitioners, support others to develop their own art and practice. So many issues can get in the way of exploring creativity: lack of confidence, anxiety, a sense of not knowing where to start... But all of these - and so much more - can also directly come from discrimination. In an unequal world, we don't have equal access to the arts. That's why I joined Maokwo, because the work they do is precisely this: support - in a very co-creative way. I love how open and flexible their approach is. Through the Writing the Journey programme, I've met great writers and performers, and it has been such a meaningful experience. And because working in the arts is also about admin, I'm very happy to be helping Maokwo with various tasks such as updating the website, discussing budgets and planning, as well as liaising with members, associate, and partners. ​ Read More Karen Dhlamini Board of Trustee / Well-Being Consultant MBPsS MBACP BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Integrative Counselling. Counsellor/Coach/ Mental Health Advisor and Training Consultant. As we walk through life, we encounter stress or strain and, in those moments, it helps to be able to reach out for support. Working as an Integrative Counsellor allows me to support clients in a way that best suits their needs. Private Practice gives me flexibility in my work to support clients that come with different needs such as relationship breakdown, anxiety, depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, suicide ideation, self-harm, disordered eating as well as many other challenges that life may bring. My educational background includes, Training and Development, BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Integrative Counselling. My work experience in different fields such as customer service, management, training, youth work, project coordinator: has helped me gain insight into some of the challenges faced by the clients I work with as a Coach. I am able to design and develop workshops and training events to meet the needs of the different organisations I work with. I have the privilege to work with organisations that work to support communities in different ways all making a difference and giving much needed support in areas where there is need. Some giving access to mental health support to groups that would otherwise go without due to different circumstances in life. One organisation of which I am a Trustee, work to explore art as a vehicle for social change and as a form of therapy: working with different groups including women, children and families. In recent years I have been spending more time exploring my writing and supporting others as well by working together with a team of creatives to provide an online platform that showcases the vibrant and multicultural society, we live in. My passion, if we can call it that is to live a full life where I get to explore the different opportunities that come my way that line up with my interests. A common thread that flows through my work is encouraging and helping people live well. This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Melissa Jordan Youth Participation Producer Raised with a passion for theatre and the arts, Coventry-born Melissa Jordan joined the Belgrade Youth Theatre during her early teens, before going on to support the Black Youth Theatre whilst completing an apprenticeship with the Belgrade. During this time she also developed an interest in stage management and production. Since then, she has worked with organisations including Highly Sprung, Theatre Absolute and Warwick Arts Centre. In 2019 she produced Holding the Centre and currently works as General Manager for Ascension Dance Company. Melissa joins Maokwo as Youth Participation Producer bringing together her enthusiasm for supporting and mentoring young people and her love of the Arts. ​ Read More

  • Girl on Fire

    PROJECT Girl on Fire Girl on Fire To help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. And also offer a platform for networking and opportunities. Launched in August 2019, the #GrilonFire Project is a safe space for women from all walks of life, to come together and be themselves. They are encouraged to share not only their hopes and dreams but also their challenges and struggles they encounter in the different roles and settings that make up part of their lived experience as well as aspirations. In 2020 as the world grappled with COVID-19 lockdowns and we were all trying to find our feet with the experience of living through the lockdown. The #GirlonFire Project became a much needed space for women not only across the UK but also the US and Africa. The #GirlonFire sessions are conducted via zoom and/or in-person meetings. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Would like to be a part of the #GirlonFire Sessions and experience a safe space where you can be yourself and be encouraged. Then register your interest here ​ Partner with us Is your organisation looking to work towards supporting women and their causes, then through the #GirlonFire Project, there are amazing opportunities to do so, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • YXNG & GXFTED

    PROJECT YXNG & GXFTED YXNG & GXFTED A project to give young people a voice to make changes in spaces they don't seem themselves. The Yxng&Gxfted project works with young people aged 11-17. Through this project these young people are given the opportunity to learn and experience what it means to be an artist, and explore various art practices. This is done through creative workshops and training, the project also participates in wider projects such Black Futures and CVX to name a few. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST If you would like to be a part of the Yxng & Gxfted Project, register your interest here. ​ Partner with us Are you looking to work with young people aged 11-17 years, then we have some synergy going. To know more, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • Fusion Artist Network

    PROJECT Fusion Artist Network Fusion Artist Network Through this project we aim to provide a platform for artists, help them connect with potential partners and share opportunities that can take them to the next level. The Fusion Artist Network came about as a lived experience of MOAKWO’s founder Laura Nyahuye. The question that often came up was; Why should Art or creative practice be accessible to a few? And so was born the Fusion Artist Network Project. A Networking group made up by Artists and for the Artists. To promote themselves, their work and find avenues and support through like-minded individuals. Through an invite only Whatsapp group, participants are encouraged to share anything they come across that can help their projects or help other artists find new projects and work. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Are you an artist or someone based in Coventry, West Midlands, wanting to get involved in the creative industry. to join the project register your interest here. ​ Partner with us Are you looking for new talent in various art forms and disciples? Do you have an event or a programme that can benefit artists especially from the marginalised and minority background. To know more, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • About | Maokwo

    Our Story Our Story Make (MA-O-K-WO) is a Shona word (a native language from Zimbabwe) that translates to Hands. Physically and metaphorically speaking, our hands play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives and enables us to carry out simple and complex tasks. There’s a belief in Zimbabwe; that when a child is born, they come with clenched fists because they hold on to their gifts. However, their palms open up as they share their talents with the world. At MAOKWO, this is our philosophy and practice; we reach out to sections of society that need hands to hold on to, and we do so by giving them our hand How did MAOKWO come about? ​ Today, we are more global than a local city, region, or country. As people migrate to different places because of political and economic instability or even work opportunities, they bring along; their cultures and identity to their new place of residence. And this brings us to the question; How accepting are we of those who make this land their home? MAOKWO was born of the experiences of its Founder & Creative Director, Laura N Nyahuye, an artist from Zimbabwe who came to the United Kingdom in 2002. She acknowledges coming face to face with labels, like the other, the migrant, the asylum-seeker, the refugee. Laura's experiences got her to question what had happened to humanity? However, it was her faith in God and her art that helped her navigate through the journey. Thus, Maokwo was born with the ambition to bring about the change we wanted to see. And since our inception, we have always been ready to respond creatively to real-life issues and causes. We work primarily in supporting marginalised and minority groups, especially women, children, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant artists. We do so through our various projects and programmes. Our vehicle to change is Love, Prayer, Peace, and Art. As people of colour, our stories matter. So we take responsibility to create our own. Why Maokwo Why MAOKWO? ​ We see Maokwo as ‘pfuko’ - a traditional clay brewing pot - with the lived experiences of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, minoritised humans, and artists from migrant backgrounds at the heart of what we do and how we creatively respond. We tackle under-representation, working with clients from all different backgrounds - communities on the margins, women, young people, families - developing a universal language, and ways of being that are inclusive. We tell the stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; develop projects in response to needs and experiences of the artists and communities we work with; provide opportunities for artists from these backgrounds to explore and develop their creativity in an authentic way that is true to their cultures. We share their stories with a wider public as audiences, and provide consultancy for partners we work with. The majority of our advisory board are people with lived experience as first or second generation migrants, refugees and asylum seekers Meet the team Meet the team Laura Nyahuye Artist / Creative Director / CEO My name is Laura Nyahuye, a Zimbabwean born artist and Creative Director/CEO and Founder at MAOKWO. I am a mother, an artist, storyteller, a curator, producer, writer, performer, tutor, community worker. I design and make body adornments to address social issues and challenge perceptions. I have a call to design, to speak, to encourage, to write and to bring communities together. I practice this by exhibiting, storytelling, supporting artists and communities on the margins, producing, facilitating. In summary, I’m here to serve. I am passionate about the arts sector on the subject of inclusion and representation. Inclusion and representation in the arts sector, Inclusion in communities and inclusion for women. The current and next generation to come need us and we need them. Isolation, mental health issues, discrimination are real. They are real, things need to change. By creatively addressing tokenism, marginalisation, domestic abuse, mental abuse, and isolation we can create a dialogue to bring about change, in the arts sector and in our communities. I am passionate about seeing fellow marginalised artists thrive. I have a deep desire to see a change in these communities using art as a vehicle. I’m driven by the belief that together we are stronger. I have had the privilege of working as a support worker in various hospitals, as well as the community. My various roles have exposed me to people from various walks of life and l feel enriched by it. I am inspired by life experiences and culture (especially of those who have migrated). Maokwo's approach is person-centric focused; this support can truly change lives. I have experienced the positive result of person-centric support and l have observed positive results in other people. #fromthegroundup Karen Dhlamini Board of Trustee / Well-Being Consultant MBPsS MBACP BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Integrative Counselling. Counsellor/Coach/ Mental Health Advisor and Training Consultant. As we walk through life, we encounter stress or strain and, in those moments, it helps to be able to reach out for support. Working as an Integrative Counsellor allows me to support clients in a way that best suits their needs. Private Practice gives me flexibility in my work to support clients that come with different needs such as relationship breakdown, anxiety, depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, suicide ideation, self-harm, disordered eating as well as many other challenges that life may bring. My educational background includes, Training and Development, BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Integrative Counselling. My work experience in different fields such as customer service, management, training, youth work, project coordinator: has helped me gain insight into some of the challenges faced by the clients I work with as a Coach. I am able to design and develop workshops and training events to meet the needs of the different organisations I work with. I have the privilege to work with organisations that work to support communities in different ways all making a difference and giving much needed support in areas where there is need. Some giving access to mental health support to groups that would otherwise go without due to different circumstances in life. One organisation of which I am a Trustee, work to explore art as a vehicle for social change and as a form of therapy: working with different groups including women, children and families. In recent years I have been spending more time exploring my writing and supporting others as well by working together with a team of creatives to provide an online platform that showcases the vibrant and multicultural society, we live in. My passion, if we can call it that is to live a full life where I get to explore the different opportunities that come my way that line up with my interests. A common thread that flows through my work is encouraging and helping people live well. Melissa Jordan Youth Participation Producer Raised with a passion for theatre and the arts, Coventry-born Melissa Jordan joined the Belgrade Youth Theatre during her early teens, before going on to support the Black Youth Theatre whilst completing an apprenticeship with the Belgrade. During this time she also developed an interest in stage management and production. Since then, she has worked with organisations including Highly Sprung, Theatre Absolute and Warwick Arts Centre. In 2019 she produced Holding the Centre and currently works as General Manager for Ascension Dance Company. Melissa joins Maokwo as Youth Participation Producer bringing together her enthusiasm for supporting and mentoring young people and her love of the Arts. Lou Sarabadzic Writing Facilitator / Administrator My work experience includes translating, teaching French language, literature, and culture, and working as a customer service assistant in libraries. I feel so grateful to be able to share the love of languages, books, and reading, through all these roles. I have published 6 books in French, in a variety of genres - poetry, fiction, short stories, comic - because I love them all! I am also developing a multidisciplinary artistic practice. What I am really passionate about is how we can, as creative practitioners, support others to develop their own art and practice. So many issues can get in the way of exploring creativity: lack of confidence, anxiety, a sense of not knowing where to start... But all of these - and so much more - can also directly come from discrimination. In an unequal world, we don't have equal access to the arts. That's why I joined Maokwo, because the work they do is precisely this: support - in a very co-creative way. I love how open and flexible their approach is. Through the Writing the Journey programme, I've met great writers and performers, and it has been such a meaningful experience. And because working in the arts is also about admin, I'm very happy to be helping Maokwo with various tasks such as updating the website, discussing budgets and planning, as well as liaising with members, associate, and partners. Associates Associates Chrissie Okorie Maokwo Associate Chrissie is a writer, performer and producer who is transitioning into making art that connects to her ancestral ties through audio, performance and experimental theatre pieces. She is a future academic with a passion for Nigerian literature and the Igbo experience. Former members Former members - Thank you again for being part of our journey! Ashford Menezes Producer Quinita Colaco Administrator

  • Home | Maokwo

    WE ARE ARTISTS. INCLUSION. CULTURE. The Projects we undertake at MAOKWO are platforms through which we work with the migrant and marginalised communities. EXPLORE PROJECTS Our Programmes are time bound and result oriented platforms that take our participants from one level to the other. EXPLORE PROGRAMMES At MAOKWO, we offer various workshops to spark creative ingenuity in people, because it is in creativity that lies the answers to most of our problems. LEARN MORE At MAOKWO, our consulting practice's mission is to help individuals, companies and organisations find a visual representation for their brands, events and cultural activities. LEARN MORE

  • Volunteer | Maokwo

    Volunteer ​ Everyone has something to give; but what matters is the intention. And the work we do at MAOKWO in reaching out to the various communities cannot be done without the help of our volunteers who very cheerfully do what they do. From simple tasks of welcoming people at our events or running errands to help us set up to tasks that involve their skill sets like project management, photography and everything in between. At MAOKWO we have lots of volunteer opportunities that come up from time to time. So if you have the time and/or the skill sets that you would like to share with the community at large and be a part of a beautiful journey then leave us a message here. REGISTER INTEREST

  • Support us | Maokwo

    Support Us ​ Sponsor Maokwo Since our inception in 2017 at MAOKWO we’ve served the marginalised and minority communities and have been doing so through our various projects and programmes. These projects and programmes are funded sometime in part or full through various fundraising activities. However, we think our efforts would go even farther with donations from Corporations. As an art and culture company we host many events and have mediums to actively promote your company as the official sponsor and this partnership benefits all stakeholders. To know more about how you can associate as a Sponsor, click the button below to register your interest GET IN TOUCH

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