Finally, she started a business, and like the Frank Sinatra song, she did it her way (with a lot of help from good people). The magazine she created with the help of a business plan and other interested partners, however, Donna is a sole proprietor and the magazine is called Donna Magazine. It was like a People Magazine that focused not on stars, but the people who get up for work every morning and shave with one hand while diapering their baby girl. For people who have decided to devote their whole lives to volunteer work and received honorary degrees for it. For people doing honest business, working from home, writing away, doing their artwork, finding time to go to music studios or sculpture-making studios, or architecture offices, and planning out their business earnings one day at time, or many years ahead. For people like you and me, who are taking life one day at a time and often their fascinating stories never get told.
Donna first started a magazine called Miss Sassy when she was about eight years old with her younger sister Lisa. That magazine had drawings of the dolls of Lisa and Donna, plus interviews with the models done by the late Michael Landon (he did not REALLY do them for us). We just both really loved Little House on the Prairie.
The launching of Donna Magazine happened at the start of her business officially in 2005, as well as doing her master’s degree at Concordia University. The launch in 2005 was a low-key affair with Donna working away in her office and going to bed early.
Donna did not have a lot of experience at first at running a business. Over the years of the magazine, it aims to tackle many interesting public affairs topics, from health to war to gender issues. Donna Kakonge follows another passion of hers – teaching. She teaches writing, broadcasting and English, and other subjects.
This magazine is something where you need to sit back, have coffee or tea and take your time to go through. The inexpensive means to pull something like this off could not have come without the power of technology and the ability it has to uplift the common man or woman. Donna has also written 155 books and has multiple audio products for sale that can be bought at http://lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged, plus many broadcasted stories with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Thank you to Trevor Hughes for letting me know about WordPress back in 2007. The first posting of this magazine was in October of 2007.
Dr. Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge, BJ, MA, TESOL, LLB, EDD
Independent Consultant | Worldwide Author | Book Publisher | Canadian Magazine Publisher | Online Teacher | Online Law
WRITING | EDITING | PUBLISHING
Donna wrote her first novel by hand at 17 years old and began self-publishing in 2006. Kakonge is the author or contributor to 155 books and audiobooks that are mainly self-published and published by Lulu.com, plus did ghostwrite for one book making 155, the editor of and also including more than 5,900 postings on Donna Magazine since 2007. As well Donna Magazine is will have a special on-going “The Daily Health Journal.” As well her books are in 29 libraries and 16 bookstores and services either brick and mortar or online stores. Donna is also the editor of three upcoming books, plus currently working on a number of manuscripts. Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge has sold more than 154,708 copies of all of her books making her a best-selling author. There are 111 of her books are listed for librarians with the Library Services of Canada. These numbers do not include the books available for all of Donna Kakonge’s books. Books are also translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. 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, Amazon, Lulu.com, iTunes, Audible.com (ACX with Amazon), Nook, CD Baby and Barnes & Noble and a total of 39 unique titles in the Toronto Public Library (including ebooks with Biblioboard.com) and with How To Talk To Crazy People, with six copies in the Toronto Public Library, plus a second edition of How to talk to crazy people, 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. Three Quarters is also in the Toronto Public Library with three copies. 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. Recently, Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge received an Ontario Arts Council grant to write a follow up to How To Talk To Crazy People called Seven, Delete. The official online book launch in English and French on Donna Magazine occurred March 30, 2018. Three copies of Seven, Delete will be at A Different Booklist in mid-to-late April of 2018. Seven, Delete is available in English and French as an ebook on Kobo and Amazon, as a paperback book in English and French on Amazon, and also as an audiobook on Amazon’s Audible. Siete Borrar is the Spanish translation of Seven, Delete available on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. The book is also available on Lulu.com. Seven, Delete is listed as a Book to Read in Shelf Unbound Magazine in the United States. There are three copies of Seven, Delete at the Toronto Public Library. No Subject: This is Travis is a non-fiction online romance book that is suitable for children to read. No Subject: This is Travis, also by Laman Travis Anderson, with an ebook version on Biblioboard.com in the Toronto Public Library. There are also ebook versions of Examples of Expressive Writing, Afro Forever, Promoting Hair Growth for All Hair Types, Education Opening Doors, Twisted Romance, and Brand Your Name: Do You Know Who You Are Online? all by Donna Kakonge in the Toronto Public Library as an ebook accessible online with Biblioboard.com.
Soon, Donna Magazine launched a new Facebook-concept online forum with BBPress, powered by WordPress.com called “The Daily Health Journal,” as well as a year-long series of money stories called “Money Smart Creative Non-fiction” for Donna Magazine. Most of Donna Kakonge’s books are available on Flip the Digital Pages App, and she also has a Children’s Radio App, as well as a free Children’s Museum App. She has two new short stories published titled Goretta Lee & Bison and Don’t Do the Girl a Thing, as well as Bison.
MEDIA | VISUAL ARTS
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 for 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 modelling 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. In one of the episodes I was in with “Liquid Lunch,” the views were close to 4 million. 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. Donna also produces visual art with the help of clients on Guru.com. She also worked as a Research Interviewer with Nielsen. Currently, Donna Kakonge has developed a movie of the week based on How To Talk To Crazy People and Flip the Digital Pages App. There are more projects in the works. How To Talk To Crazy People movie of the week is available on the Flip the Digital Pages App, as well as “Beautiful People” which is a show about authors with disabilities is in the works. A new movie of the week will be available on Flip the Digital Pages App for 2019. There is also a Children’s Radio App that Donna Kakonge did that is available on the Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle Store, and Microsoft Windows Store.
Soon, Donna Magazine launched a new Facebook-concept online forum with BBPress, powered by WordPress.com called “The Daily Health Journal,” as well as a year-long series of money stories called “Money Smart Creative Non-fiction” for Donna Magazine. Most of Donna Kakonge’s books are available on Flip the Digital Pages App, and she also has a Children’s Radio App, as well as a free Children’s Museum App.
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 125 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 that is now owned by Proquest and the book 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 | the 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) grants from CUPE 3902 Local Unit 1 to off-set her out-of-pocket fees for her doctorate degree. She is often quoted on Academia.edu for her academic works.
Art modelling 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 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 at 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 of 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 at Centennial College. Donna was a Course Developer for a Proposal Writing in Adult Education course at Yorkville University. She worked as a Toronto Area Manager with Lernit Tutoring Services. Donna worked 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 of 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 helped to build a curriculum for Metro College of Technology in Toronto for a Paralegal course. Donna Kakonge is still available for college teaching. Donna Kakonge was an Expert with Just Answer.com and was an Expert on Homework Market.com, Study Acer.com, and currently works with Presto Experts.com. Donna Kakonge also responded to general questions on Just Answer for two years answering more than 10,000 questions. She currently works independently helping students with homework, and also offers walking conversation classes in the downtown core.
MOBILE DIGITAL APP DEVELOPMENT | DIGITAL BOOK PUBLISHING
Flip the Digital Pages App is independently funded. The influence of the Internet on the online book business is everywhere. Many of the brick and mortar book businesses, all have online websites. However, a lot of money could be channelled into advertising an online book business, rather than paying the lease payments each month to have a brick and mortar bookstore, even as successful as Barnes & Noble, Chapters or Indigo. How will my company achieve this? I will tell you now. Flip the Pages Mobile Digital Books App, will offer traditional paperback books, hardcover books, photography books, chapbooks, pop-up books, children’s books, books for teens, an adult literature of every single genre that is reputable. For the for-profit component of the business, the mobile app bookstore available at the affordable price of $3.99 USD with high-level security encryption so that they cannot be stolen by computer hackers, the digital mobile application books will incorporate the same technology as audiobooks, video games, ebooks, video, documentary, drama series, reality television, augmented reality, all contained within the restructuring and the reformatting of the mobile digital application book. The app is currently available in the Apple Store for iPhones and on Google Play for Android phones, and includes self-published, as well as traditional published authors, to bookstores, to publishers all over the world, particularly to the Canadian and the American marketplaces, however Flip the Pages Mobile Digital Books App is sold all over the world. Historical books will be revamped in a digital mobile application transformation. With Flip the Pages Mobile Digital Books App, it will also showcase online book launches and live showings of book clubs from all over the world, as well as author book signings. Children’s books will come alive in a way that they have not ever before through the use of digital mobile application technology. The online app service will accept all forms of payment, including VISA Debit. Live classes of writing classes will be available in this digital application as well, and as the book industry moves and changes, Flip the Pages Mobile Digital Books App will always be a step ahead in the technology. Plus, there is an added bonus of YouTube.com videos and Donna Magazine along with the $3.99 mobile digital application Flip Digital the Pages.
There is a new app launched that Donna Kay Kakonge completed on that is based on Canadian Children’s Radio Project, as well as a free Children’s Museum App.
Soon, Donna Magazine launched a new Facebook-concept online forum with BBPress, powered by WordPress.com called “The Daily Health Journal,” as well as a year-long series of money stories called “Money Smart Creative Non-fiction” for Donna Magazine. Most of Donna Kakonge’s books are available on Flip the Digital Pages App, and she also has a Children’s Radio App, as well as a free Children’s Museum App. Currently, business is working with a major client doing technical writing for chat bots (Q&As), for car dealership companies.
GOVERNMENT | LAW | BUSINESS
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 worked as a Lawyer 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. Donna Kakonge is also building mobile digital applications of her books and other projects with the help of government funding, as well as creating movies with her incorporated business. Her business Donna Kay Kakonge, MA, ABD, LTD. has been registered in Ontario since 2005, however, is now still registered in Ontario, as well as incorporated in Canada with jurisdiction in Ontario as of April 9, 2018. Currently, she is working as an online training, ethical compliance, writing, technical writing, and with French interpretation for many companies, including her own, without a conflict of interest with the clients fortunate enough to receive. Eight major clients, throughout the world, mainly in wonderful Canada, including my own business profits, including conducting mainly legal writing, training, affiliate marketing, and interpretation duties from my work from home office, with long-term work combined based on a seven-day-a-week schedule.