Askia Egashira (2012, 2013) is a dedicated teacher of English at Benjamin Banneker Academy, a public high school in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Prior to returning to teach high school English at Banneker, he taught and pursued graduate studies at Brooklyn College. Askia was instrumental in helping launch the Mohbat Prize in honor of Verdery Knights, who was a senior at Banneker and a protégé of Joseph Mohbat. Askia was Verdery Knights’ English teacher for two of her three high school years. He lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.