Amba Bongo was born in Kinshasa in 1962, She studied at the Institut Superieur Pédagogique de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where she graduated in English and African Culture. She then went on to study Psychology at the University of Warocqué, Mons, Belgium. Her first novel was Une Femme en Exil published 2000 (l’Harmattan, Paris). She has completed her second novel Cécilia soon to be published and is currently working on her third novel which recounts the experiences of her trips to Congo. Amba works as project director to Active Women, a refugee community organisation supporting French speaking African women with their claims for asylum.