Felistas Richard Mahonge is a senior lecturer at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College. She holds a PHD in Literature from Moi University, Eldoret Kenya (2016). Her research interests include gender studies in literature. Felistas has also done research on oral literature paying attention to how indigenous knowledge contributes to upbringing youth. She is a novel writer and a poet addressing various challenges encountered by youth and women when struggling to fulfil their dreams. She is also a songwriter and a singer; coordinates and supports individual/group traditional singers whose songs are considered to be the tool for culture preservation, education and entertainment. She also supports and assists children’s creativity and artistic performances and enhances gender awareness through creative works and group discussions. Currently, Felistas is working with Imagining Futures dealing with myths and their role in conservation of natural resources.