Ssanyu Lukoma is a teenage entrepreneur, author, and public speaker!
She is also a freshman at The Mecca, Howard University while studying journalism with a minor in political science. In March 2023, she was crowned Miss HBCU Teen 2023 in the annual Miss HBCU Teen Scholarship Pageant. Her platform aligns perfectly with her mission as a literacy advocate — to motivate young readers to explore diverse literature and teach them how to write their own stories.
In 2018, at 13 years old, she founded Brown Kids Read, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating all children, especially children of color, to read more diverse literature.
In 2021, she wrote a children’s picture book, Suubi’s Sunny Smile, through a publishing company she founded, Share a Smile Books. Most recently, she published her second children’s picture book in 2023 called Chi-Chi’s Toothy Grin! Through Share a Smile Books, she has published the books of two other teenage authors — Devin Moore (Author of Devin Speaks Up!) and Juliana Cedeño (Author of The Container Store).
She presents inspirational speeches for corporate audiences and presents goal-setting workshops for middle and high-school students. Through these engagements, she has encouraged many others to make changes in their communities.
Her ultimate goal is to inspire and motivate others to leave a positive impact on the world!