Ssanyu Lukoma

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Ssanyu Lukoma is a teenage entrepreneur, author, and public speaker.

In 2018, at 13 years old, she founded Brown Kids Read, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating all children, but especially children of color, to read more diverse literature.

Since then, she has created an online and pop-up bookstore called The Brown Reads Bookshelf, and hosts a podcast called The Book Junkie.  Most recently, she wrote a children’s picture book entitled Suubi's Sunny Smile.

Subbi's Sunny Smile comprises prominent heritage and dental hygiene themes, but most importantly, has a vital anti-bullying message. She was compelled to write a story featuring Suubi, a main character of color, whose inspiring journey will show young readers that what makes us unique, can be our greatest strength.

Additionally, She is a junior broadcaster and Junior Advisory Board Member for KiDz HuB Media Network, a member of the Homeschool National Honor Society, and she has been playing basketball for seven years.  

She has also presented to corporations including Flywire and JPMorgan Chase about Teenage entrepreneurship, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In addition, she presents goal-setting workshops for public high school students along with other workshops to help them stay motivated. 

Her ultimate goal is to inspire and motivate others to leave a positive impact on the world!

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  • What is your favorite quote? “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Basketball, Broadcast Media, Podcasting, Acting, Singing, Dancing, Drawing, Community Service