Joshua Smith is a filmmaker and photographer currently based in Ethiopia. He specializes in video production and photograghy for NGOs and publications. Between assignments he is working on long term projects in the Somali region and began a feature length documentary on modern Somali poetry.
Joshua is the Multimedia Director of Ayaana Publishing Plc., an Ethiopian based social enterprise. Ayaana's goal is to break the illiteracy cycle in the Horn of Africa by promoting local writers and publishing relevant and affordable literature in the major Ethiopian mother tongues. It strives to see local languages widely read and written. Ayaana's team publishes a bimonthly literature magazine in Af-Somali and Afaan Oromo and currently they are producing educational children’s books in multiple Ethiopian languages.