Elma Shaw (c) Liberian Female Trendsetters
Elma Shaw experienced a coup d’état in Liberia that set her on a path to explore and write about issues of peace and justice. In 2008, her award-winning novel, Redemption Road (Cotton Tree Press, 2009), was a catalyst for healing dialogue after the Liberian civil war, and the inspiration for a Jonathan Stack documentary (The Road to Redemption) about female fighters who survived the battlefields. Shaw has written for Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, Liberia Travel & Life Magazine, Pambazuka News, UNMIL Focus, and other publications. A long-time champion for women and girls, she supports girls’ education and recently worked with The What To Expect Foundation as lead writer for Big Belly Business—a Liberian woman’s guide to a healthy pregnancy. In 2015, in recognition of her literary and humanitarian work, she was nominated for The African Sheroes Award for Outstanding Writer/Novelist. Shaw holds a BA in Journalism and a Master’s in Film from American University. She currently lives in Rwanda, where she is working on a new book and helping Africa’s game changers become authors, too. Listen to what she has to say at Witnessing Myself and My Other.