As a result of the historical disparity in the statistics between successful male and female writers, at the top of Coal’s leadership are women of proven intellectual pedigree.

This structure is more than symbolic with the desire for top leadership to encourage and ensure adequate participation of young women in the organisation’s various platforms. Therefore, Coal is underscoring the rising need to increase the number of women in all creative fields of literature in all of Africa.


Andrew Patience (Founder/Head of Operations)
Daisy Odeay (Co-founder/Head of Marketing)
Farida Adamau (Founding Member/Head of PR)
Jennifer Dafwat (Founding Member/)


Charles Bassey has over two decades of leadership and mentoring experience and currently works fulltime with the Central Bank of Nigeria. He studied Sociology at the University of Calabar – Nigeria, and earned a doctorate with specialist focus on development studies.

He thereafter studied MSc in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, further specializing in Organizational Psychology (MSc) at the University of London after completing undergraduate level certificate course in Psychology at the University of Derby. He also holds a Master’s degree in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, where he has served as an Associate Tutor, and has been an Erasmus Scholar at the Rhodes Business School, Rhodes University – South Africa.

He has worked as a teacher and trade union administrator in addition to consulting for state and non-state institutions. An award-winning volunteer leader, Dr. Charles Bassey is a creative writer and researcher who is in exploring the intersections of sociology, psychology and risk management and the practical implications of this for personal decision-making and organisational resourcefulness.

He is a member of numerous professional bodies, including Specialist Technical Membership of Institute of Risk Management (UK), Fellow of the Security Institute (UK) and Economic Crime Council Member of ASIS International.