Jane Katjavivi

Jane Katjavivi was born in England. Her Masters from the University of Birmingham was in African Studies. She worked at World University Service (UK) in 1975 as a Scholarship Officer, focusing on Southern Africa and with SWAPO in London as an Information Officer from 1976 till 1978, and then moved into magazine and later book publishing. She married the SWAPO activist and historian Peter Katjavivi and they moved to Namibia shortly before Independence. She published Namibian history, literature, life stories, books on democracy and gender, children’s books and science textbooks in her own publishing company, New Namibia Books. She also opened a bookshop Onganda Y’Omambo, and was active in the Association of Namibian Publishers, the Namibia Book Development Council, the African Publishers Network and the African Books Collective. She established a new publishing imprint, Tigereye, and is author of a memoir Undisciplined Heart (2010).