Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director for Communications Africa at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation responsible for managing the foundation’s reputation on the continent. In 2017 she took on interim role as the foundation’s Country Representative to South Africa responsible for government relations and internal program coordination.
Before joining the Gates foundation, Moky worked as Communications Director for the Tony Elumelu foundation in Nigeria. Prior to that she was a TV presenter, producer, author, publisher and a successful entrepreneur in her own right. Moky holds an Honours degree in Politics, Economics and Law from Buckingham University in the UK. As part of her passion to present a positive image of Africa and showcase its heroes and achievements, she created one of the first websites to serve as a repository of positive facts about the continent: www.africaourafrica.com. She serves on the advisory boards of four non-profits: Corps Africa, Junior Achievement Africa, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Festival Academy and Houtbay Partnership: as well as one for profit organization; BB Partners.
TED Talk on telling the African story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDLWWP8N6MU