Luis Bernardo Honwana is a Mozambican author of the heralded short story We killed Mangy-Dog as well as numerous other publications. During the colonial period he was one of a small number of writers, poets and painters who openly criticized Portuguese rule. He was arrested by the Portuguese secret police (PIDE) and spent several years in prison. He subsequently joined FRELIMO and participated in the liberation struggle. After independence, he served as chief of staff to Mozambique’s first president Samora Machel. He subsequently was appointed Secretary of State for Culture and Mozambique’s first Minister of Culture. Luis is currently Executive Director of Fundo para Conservação da Biodiversidade.
Allen Isaacman is Regent Professor of African History and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He had a long association with FRELIMO and shortly after independence taught at Universdade Eduardo Mondlane.