Leonard Koloko

Leonard Koloko is a Zambian creative writer, freelance journalist, visual artist and graphic designer. Since his secondary school days he has contributed numerous editorial letters, children’s stories, poems and feature articles to various newspapers and magazines in Zambia and abroad. After attaining his O-Level certificate, Koloko pursued an Art Teachers Diploma at Lusaka’s Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce and graduated in 1986. He later served in the civil service as a secondary school teacher before leaving and joining the mining industry as a graphic designer in 1991. He is currently working for Konkola Copper Mines Plc, a Vedanta Resources-owned company in the same capacity. He is the author of a children’s book, 'Pinto and the Magic Flute' (Zambia Educational Publishing House, 1994), while his 'Zambian Music Legends' (Lulu, 2012) is a self-published work chronicling the history of Zambian music. Koloko’s literary efforts have been rewarded with a couple of awards to his name; a Mukuba Arts Trust (MAT) Achievement of Art Excellence Recognition Award in 2008 and 1st Prize in the ‘Health in the Headlines’ Journalism Competition in 2009.