Imoan Kinshasa (Naomi – Saphira Weiser) was born on 14 December 1992 in Prien am Chiemsee in Bavaria as the daughter of a Congolese and a German-Czech. She grew up with her grandparents in Chiemgau.
Already at a young age Naomi found peace in writing. Early on she wrote stories, letters of protest and diaries.
From the age of 15 Naomi attended a boarding school in Innsbruck. This was followed by studies and an apprenticeship in Salzburg and a year in Knittelfeld until Naomi finally moved to Vienna.
In her column ‘I said what i Said’ at VICE, she writes about her experiences as a black woman and gives voice to other Black / Indigenous / People of color.
Naomi participates in anti-racist projects, as well as in projects for suicide prevention and mental health.
In 2018, Naomi completed a 5-month internship in the editorial office of VICE Austria.
Naomi has been a Fellow with the Augustin tabloid newspaper since October 2019.