Black Livity China is documenting African and Afro-diasporic experiences in China and in relation to China for the benefit of our global community

We elevate the voices of Africans and members of the African diaspora on China
We are proudly independent and community-backed

Our Team

Our team is comprised of Africans and people of African descent who currently or previously have lived, worked, studied, taught and traded in China. We leverage these experiences to translate what both China’s rise and relations with the nation on a people-to-people and government-government level mean today, and might mean in years to come.

Runako Celina

Runako Celina is the co-founder of Black Livity China. She holds an MA in International Politics and African Studies from Peking University. She spent two years working for China's largest Digital TV platform broadcasting in African countries and currently lives and works in Beijing. During her time at Peking University, she sat on the committee for the Peking University Africa Think Tank.

Saron Tamerat

Saron Tamerat is an Ethiopian who has lived in Guangzhou, China for 5 years. A self-proclaimed book worm; she has a degree in International Economics and Trade and is interested in the burgeoning Sino-Africa relations. She has previously served as the president of the African Student Association at the South China University of Technology and has worked with the African-Guangdong Business Association.

Shauna Reeves

Shauna Reeves is a Jamaican native currently living and teaching in China creating her own version of "eat, pray, love". A young woman with a curious mind as well as a passionate reader; this is Shauna's first foray into writing. The gift of gab and storytelling is one of those skills passed down from her dad, who used to regale the family with many lores.


Ibrahim TOURE is a Malian who currently resides in Beijing, China. Ibrahim is a student at the French international of Beijing and he’s a member of the CVL team in his school. This status allows him to make impactful decisions for the life of other students in his school.

Kevin Okai

I am Kevin Okai, A Guangzhou based Ghanaian photographer and videographer who is self-taught and has a passion for capturing moments and memories as they come by. I specialize in portraiture, lifestyle, documentaries and commercial services. As an avid listener, I believe we all have our stories to tell and what better way to tell it than to document it with enticing images and visuals?

Inès Forman

Inès Forman is a French Caribbean who lived and taught in Beijing where she became interested in Sino-African/Caribbean relations. She holds a dual Masters in international politics from Sciences Po Paris and Beijing University. Inès believes in the power of storytelling to highlight and legitimize a community’s realities and is currently working on a novel that explores the black experience in China.

Natnael Taddesse

I am an Ethiopian self-taught photographer and Videographer currently studying Business Administration in China. I consider myself a travel enthusiast who is curious to learn about political culture and is seeking truth from facts in Africa-China relations


Guyanese scholar, activist and author of ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney once tasked those who consider themselves Pan-Africanists with three main responsibilities. ‘To talk about Pan-Africanism’, he tells us, ‘is to talk about international solidarity within the Black world…whichever sector of the Black world we live in, we have a series of responsibilities. One of the most important is to define our own situation. A second responsibility is to present that definition to the other parts of the Black world…A third responsibility…is to help others in a different section of the Black world to reflect on their own specific experience’.

Rodney reminds us that open communication between Black communities across the world is crucial to the Pan-African vision, and furthermore that we should not allow ourselves to be limited by borders and geographical confines. We should be reminded that the movement does, and indeed always has transcended these things.

Whether or not we decide to subscribe to the principles of Pan-Africanism, they can serve as an important reminder and lesson that we can take and apply to our own situation as Black people both in China and on a wider scale across the world.

Black Livity China was initially founded in 2018 with the belief that we should extend these responsibilities to ourselves and our communities; ‘to define our own situation…to present that definition to the other parts of the Black world…and to help others in a different section of the Black world to reflect on their own specific experience’. 

Black Livity China is an online platform documenting 360° of African and Afro-diasporic experiences both in China and in relation to China for the benefit of our global community

This is an effort initiated by members of our community, by us for us.


Read more on our history and what we stand for here