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Since 1992, Donna Kakonge has freelanced in the cultural and performing arts, as well as worked in the government sector. She began by working on a breakthrough show for youth called Road Movies which aired on CBC. Following this, she worked at the local, national and international levels of both CBC Radio and Television in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal and then again in Toronto for 17 and a half years. Kakonge was involved with the start of a first-ever morning show aired on shortwave to sub-Saharan Africa called African Eyes. While an Announcer/Producer for this show, she was sent on special assignment to Edmonton to meet Canadian diplomats and Nigerian author/activist Dr. Wole Soyinka.
Kakonge has also worked for the Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel International, Vision-TV, and the BBC. She keeps up with the latest technology in broadcasting by maintaining a podcast online and has produced a CD of radio documentaries, as well as two audio downloads narrated by her that are available on Lulu.com. She worked with Mobilman Management Inc. and Miralupa Inc. from her home office in Toronto and the companies are based in Québec. Working in both French and English, Kakonge worked with these companies as a Proposal/Grant Writer in the areas of Augmented Reality (AR).
She has done television appearances as a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s program through commercials that aired all over Ontario, as well as guest appearances on the W Network, Food Network and Breakfast Television. The latter was with her News Announcing class from Seneca College. She has been a fashion model for print and runway, represented by Tony Eastwood Talent Agency which also represented Neve Campbell at the same time. She has done art modeling for the Toronto Art School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Durham College, Arts and Letters Club, Maxx the Mutt Animation School and many others. Currently she is the show host and producer of Ideal Job with Donna Magazine, the show host and producer of Beautiful People with ThatChannel.com and makes occasional appearances on ThatChannel.com’s flagship show Liquid Lunch. A new show co-produced by Donna Kay Kakonge, MA, ABD and ThatChannel.com is the studio provider and hosted by Donna Kakonge called the Donna Magazine TV but is actually the Beautiful People show rebranded and rebroadcasted on her top-ranked online media channel Donna Magazine. Donna Kakonge also responds to general questions on Just Answer. Donna also produces visual art with the help of clients on Guru.com. She also worked as a Research Interviewer with Nielsen.
Art modeling was not Kakonge’s first time in the classroom. She assisted in teaching the graduate students at Carleton University in Ottawa, as well as the third-year journalism students. She also received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from this school with an award funded by former Canadian Senator Pamela Wallin. She assisted and also had sole-responsibility classes taught at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, as well as closer to home at Concordia University in Montréal. She speaks French fluently.
She taught journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College. She taught The Broadcasting Industry and Online Marketing at Trebas Institute, as well as Skills for College English at George Brown College. Kakonge also taught ESL at Sullivan Centre de Langues in Montréal, Institute Provincial in Montréal and TEC Inc. Donna Kakonge has also taught the SAT for Kaplan and Manhattan schools. Other teaching experiences include the day programs in Seneca College’s and Centennial College’s journalism programs with combined university degrees through York University and the University of Toronto Scarborough campuses respectively. She taught Dramatic Writing at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education. Recently she taught Magazine Journalism and Journalism Career Management with Centennial College. Both courses were taught online. She worked as a Senior Facilitator with Hetta Institute, and worked as an Online English Teacher with Weblish Pal and Tutor Doctor. She currently takes private clients for writing and English coaching. She also offers life coaching and services to help people write their memoir and biography books. Currently she is working on a biography for a Canadian politician and editing a book of poetry for a retired teacher. In the fall of 2011 she taught five sections of Global Citizenship with Centennial College. Donna was a Course Developer for a Proposal Writing in Adult Education course with Yorkville University. She worked as a Toronto Area Manager with Lernit Tutoring Services. Donna works as a Teacher Education Program Assistant/Academic Advisor at OISE | University of Toronto. She was a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Arts and Culture with the University of Toronto, a Teaching Assistant with the University of Toronto Mississauga campus and was a former Instructor with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and taught Self-Publishing Around the World. She also worked as a Writer with the University of Toronto’s Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) and as an Assistant Editor with the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Donna was also an Editor with Nsemia Inc. Publishers based in Oakville, ON. She has done writing workshops at Toronto Public Library branches in the downtown core, as well as book signings at Indigo Bookstores and independent bookstores. Donna Kakonge also is an Expert with Just Answer.com, Homework Market.com, Study Acer.com, Essay Shark.com and Presto Experts.com.
Donna wrote her first novel at 17 and began self-publishing in 2006. Kakonge is the author or contributor to 110 books and audiobooks that are mainly self-published and published by Lulu.com, two the editor of and also including more than 3,700 postings on Donna Magazine since 2007, as well her books are in 24 libraries and 16 bookstores and services either brick and mortar or online. Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge has sold almost 9,000 copies of all of her books. As well, she is working on three manuscripts. These numbers do not include the ebooks available for all of Donna Kakonge’s books. Three books are translated into French. Please search for Donna Kakonge in Google. The books sell in India, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. Through Ingram, Kobo Books, Smashwords, iBookstore and Barnes & Noble How To Talk To Crazy People, with eight copies in the Toronto Public Library, and an updated version of How to Write Creative Non-fiction – New are sold all over the world, plus many other of Donna Kakonge’s books. There are five copies of How to Write Creative Non-fiction – New in the Toronto Public Library. Her first literary publication was published by Concordia University, a short story in Headlight Anthology, vol. 1. The Totally Unknown Writers Festival Collection 2011 is her latest published contribution in an anthology. Since 2007, she has had a multimedia online magazine called Donna Magazine which is currently top-ranked in Google. The Spirit of Kasacba: A Creative Non-fiction Novel published in 2015 was recently acquired by the Toronto Public Library with four copies that can be borrowed. Donna Kakonge has a long history of doing freelance writing both in print and online for various publications. She works with KTML Communications doing articles about the environment and editing books. She also works with a number of online writing sites such as Upwork.com, the latter in the past.
She has academic publications published with the International Conference in New Horizons in Education 2012 (where she has also been a virtual presenter), The International Global Education Conference 2012 (where she was a virtual presenter), Global Citizen Digest with Centennial College and a completed publication with Media, Mind, Society with OISE | University of Toronto to name a few. Kakonge has also published a number of journalistic work with New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine, one editorial in the Toronto Star and a number of stories with Pride Newsmagazine for African-Canadians and Share Newspaper. She has presented or will be presenting or appear at more than 100 conferences and has received approximately 40 awards in her adult livelihood and has more than 120 academic publications, not including her 107 published books. She recently was offered a Bram & Bluma Appel Scholarship worth $2,000.00 to attend the Humber School of Writers in Creative Writing for a graduate certificate correspondence program. A version of Kakonge’s dissertation Young Black Women in Toronto High Schools: Portraits of Family, School and Community Involvement in Developing Goals and Aspirations is distributed to schools through Coutts Information Services and is also in the Library and Archives of Canada. Three Quarters was published in 2013. She completed the University of London External Programmes with a Bachelor of Laws. Kakonge has a Doctorate in Education from OISE | University of Toronto in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Development. She recently received a TESOL certificate from LinguaEdge and has a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from Concordia University where she built a website back in 1999 called Salon Utopia that included her own artwork, photographs and creative stories. Donna also worked as a Computer Lab Monitor at the Graduate Students’ Association while at Concordia University. She has also taken numerous courses in languages, creative writing, script-writing and broadcasting. Recently Kakonge received a $2,030.00 Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF) grant from CUPE 3902 Local Unit 1 to off-set her out-of-pocket fees for her doctorate degree
Donna began her government experience working with the Ministry of Skills and Development at a very young age simply spending a summer with hard copy paper and circling dots. This improved her artistic ability. Later, she spent decades as noted above with the crown corporation of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which a rich education in quality journalism at the time. She also spent some time, one month, working the superb team of the Conservative Progressive Party in Toronto. She left due to other work only – this latter group was phenomenal to work with at the time. She recently received a Québecor Documentary Fellowship that ended in 2009. She has presented at many conferences and worked for the provincial government in the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as well as received grants through Canadian Heritage to work with SAW Video Co-op in Ottawa. She also received a grant from the Royal Bank of Canada to work with Mobilman Management Inc. in Québec online. She was formerly a bilingual grants consultant with the Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) which began as a position as a bilingual receptionist. As a consultant with OWD, Donna helped to organize a conference for the organization’s service providers at the Delta Hotel in Toronto. She also worked as a curriculum development writer with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Toronto. Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge also has an RCMP level of clearance for security purposes. Donna Kay Kakonge took early retirement as a college professor and works as a court reporter in the criminal courts for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Donna worked as an online legal consultant with Presto Experts previously and worked for James Morgan Attorney having answered approximately 10,000 legal questions. Donna Kakonge is currently working with LawGuru Attorney Network helping with legal questions.