Abbianca Makoni

Founder, Awallprintss

Journalist, editor, and founder of Awallprintss, an investigative media publication focused on sharing the stories and experiences of diverse communities around the globe through investigations and features. 

Prior to her work at Awallprintss, Abbianca worked for the Evening Standard where she wrote stories on the hidden child victims of lockdown, a solution focused documentary looking into the girls exploited into criminal gangs, the effects of period poverty on homeless children living in Zimbabwe, and community affairs.

She has also taken ‘deep dives’ exploring southeast Asia’s notorious Hydra gang and reported on the issue of the illegal wildlife trade in Africa for the Independent. Her words can be found in the I Paper, Metro and Belfast Telegraph, and other regional and national newspapers due to her short stint working at the PA Media Group, the UK’s leading media agency.

She was shortlisted for the ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ award at the Society of Editor’s press awards 2020, won the Top scoop award at the NCTJ, and won the Richard Lindley Bursary award at the London Press Club for her storytelling.

Abbianca, who is NCTJ qualified, is passionate about ensuring young people from all walks of life have a seat at the table.