Who Is A. Happy Umwagarwa?

A. Happy Umwagarwa is an author, novelist, storyteller, and poet from Rwanda.

In 1994, she survived the genocide against the Tutsi, which took the lives of her father and other members of her family. That experience left her with many puzzles on why people think, feel, and act the way they do.

Guided by the quote from Toni Morrison, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it,” Happy states that she writes for herself, her daughters, her compatriots, and the entire humanity. She hopes her books, stories, and poems shall promote a culture of peace and respect for diversity in her country and beyond.

Despite the thorns of life she had to step on, Happy graduated from the University of Greenwich, London, with a master’s degree in management, and in addition to her writing endeavors, she works for an international organization as a Human Resources Professional.

Happy is married and a mother to two wonderful daughters she calls her little angels. In addition to writing, her passionate interests include singing and poetry performance as well.

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