Welcome to World Arts Agency


World Arts Agency is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing literary and speaking agencies. We manage all kinds of Arts. We seek and negotiate speaking appearances for top creative talents. We position musical acts to appear on the most popular performance platforms. We also represent and optimise the reach of our literary talents by finding the best publishers and deals for their works. One of our core principles is our sense of adventure; to take chances on creative talents that may not seem thematically mainstream while equally taking pride in our talented roster of clients, and in the phenomenal recognition their work garners. Working out of the historic neighbourhood of Braamfontein is our dedicated team of experts, negotiating speaking appearances, international publishing rights for literary properties, both directly and in association with co-agents.
While, individually, each member of the team has their own particular interests, passions, and priorities, we are united in our commitment to our clients and in our desire to bring work of lasting value to an appreciative international audience.

Our Team


Jocelyn Fryer

Consultant Editor

Jocelyn Fryer is a rather eclectic creature. She has a BA (Hons) and an MA in English Literature (NMU). Jocelyn Fryer’s dissertation, Altering Urbanscapes: South African Writers Re-imagining Johannesburg, and published work in English in Africa seek to reframe discussions around more inclusive and welcoming urbanscapes, in the imaginary of African literatures, architectures and city-planning, within the context of a…

Shaun Pieter Clamp

Junior Literary and Publicity Agent

He was the co-editor of Aerial 2018, an annual ISEA writing class anthology. In 2019, he was the co-editor of Abantu: Our Zine, an art and literary zine published through Instagram (@abantu.our.zine). His writing has been published in New Contrast: South African Literary Journal, Aerial 2018 and Coming Home: Poems of the Grahamstown Diaspora.

Onukaogu Joshua Emeka

Talents Agent/Manager/Publicist

Onukaogu Joshua Emeka, popularly called 2jo, is a graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering from the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He is an Entertainment Consultant, a songwriter, music producer, music coach, and music promoter. He has been a Regional selector (judge) for The Voice Nigeria 2017,  Music/Party Coordinator Big Brother Naija Seasons 4/5. He was the manager for Nigeria’s best Female…

Siyabonga Mbaba

Senior Music Agent

Siyabonga Mbaba is a multifaceted creative, entrepreneur, event organizer, performing artist and community activist. Siyabonga is the founder and Managing Director of Ghetto Magazine which focuses on African creativity and youth development, he also founded Ghetto sessions, a platform for musicians, poets, dancers and actors. The company exists to support the township tourism economy and promotion of vibrant culture of entrepreneurship…

Debbie Ellis

Junior Agent

I love to see the fiction of all genres, but my preference is mainly considered Adult fiction (horror, romance, sci-fi, and thrillers). I do enjoy novels that blend genres, are unusual in setting or circumstance, have unexpected twists, have a little darkness, pull at the heart-strings, and/or contain some sort of moral dilemma. Ultimately a great stand-out story is what…

Mmamello Matake

Executive Director/Talent Manager

She runs Nerd Africa pen pal, a dedicated program encouraging reading and writing amongst children and teenagers in her township. In 2017 she became an administration assistant at Inqaba Yokulinda Youth Organization, she assisted in facilitating youth beneficiaries life skills workshops and youth camps around South Africa. In 2019 she joined an artists NICE magazine project based in Switzerland with…

Chinedu Ohiaeri

Logistics Manager

Chinedu Ohiaeri studied Statistics at Imo State University in Nigeria. As the Chief Executive Officer of Cubic Options PTY in South Africa, he serves as the Logistics Manager at World Arts Agency.

Tonye Altraide

Tonye Altraide


We handle our foreign rights and work with care to place our titles with foreign publishers. We also collaborate with co-agents in Europe, US & China. For more information about foreign rights, please contact:

Mitterand Okorie

Head of Communications & Senior Speaking Agent

An academic and author of several books, he divides his time between South Africa and Italy.

Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

Arts Agent Intern

Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera is a writer, journalist and editor. His works have appeared and are forthcoming in Jalada Africa, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Poets in Nigeria, Praxis, Fortunate Traveller, and elsewhere. He is the editor at Voice of the East and also writes weekly columns for The Journal Nigeria and You can read his works at Voice of the East…

Linda Ann Strang joins the team as the editor-in-chief of the WAA’s Antiphony Journal. Strang has an MA in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her poetry and short stories have been published, or are forthcoming, in over fifty journals and anthologies worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada,…

Kharys Ateh Laue

Junior Editorial Agent

Bio Kharys Ateh Laue is a South African writer, researcher, and editorial agent. She holds an MA in English Literature from the university currently known as Rhodes and taught English in South Korea for two years. Her work has appeared in various national and international journals, such as Jalada, Botsotso, Brittle Paper, Down River Road, Cleaver Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal,…

Warren Jeremy Rourke

Commissioning Editor/Senior Agent

MA: English Language and Literature, at the University of Cape Town, completed in 2017. Thesis: ‘K. Sello Duiker’s Realism: Form, Critique, and Floating Kingdoms’. Rourke is a published poet.

Contact info


Phone +27 65 890 0869
Address 44 Stanley Avenue, Werf Braamfontein,
Johannesburg 2092,
South Africa