I have been working in the film industry for 15 years primarily as a Curator, Audience Development Specialist and Author. Over the course of my career I have worked with film venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and British Film Institute (BFI) to introduce a more diverse audience and programme of events. In recent years I have turned my attention to the thriving Nigerian film industry and coined the term BEYOND NOLLYWOOD to refer to New Wave Nigerian Cinema.
- 2020 Facilitated BEYOND NOLLYWOOD industry panel at London Short Film Festival (January). Host for Programmers of Colour Collective BFI Meet-Ups. Impact Producer, COMIC RELIEF Sema Stori Films. Member of BFI Delegation at Berlinale Africa Hub.
- 2019 Judge for BBC Arabic Film Festival. Tribeca Film Festival shorts screener.Presented BEYOND NOLLYWOOD at Berlinale Africa Hub and Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival (Lagos). Academic supervisor with London Film School. Throughout the year supported veteran curator June Givanni with her Pan-African Cinema archive.
- 2018 Guest curated BEYOND NOLLYWOOD at International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Presented BEYOND NOLLYWOOD shorts at the British Film Institute and ENCOUNTERS Film Festival.
- 2017 Co-produced Shooting it Like a Woman a BBC World Service Radio documentary looking at the fortunes of women behind the camera in the Nigerian film industry. It featured as part of the BBC’s 100 Women Series. Curated the British Council’s UK/Nigeria Film Connections programme. A showcase of UK films were screened and filmmaker workshops facilitated at the Africa International Film Festival. Films reviews on BBC Radio 4 about the work of Ousmane Sembene, Jafar Panahi and Rungano Nonyi. Hosted rare screening of Ousmane Sembene’s legendary film Black Girl at the ICA.
- 2016 Guest curated unprecedented 3-day programme of international Nigerian Cinema – BEYOND NOLLYWOOD as part of BFI BLACK STAR season.
- 2014 – 2015 Produced South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, a collaboration between the leading UK African film festivals such as Film Africa, Africa in Motion and Afrika Eye. This BFI Funded programme was hosted at over 100 venues and events across the UK.
- 2011 – 2015 Curated Islington Borough Council’s Black History Month film programme at King’s Place.
- 2014 Released my second publication The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: BEYOND NOLLYWOOD. In 2011, I wrote my first book The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance Market and Distribute Your Film. Both books serve as cultural specific guides that look at how filmmakers can best finance, market, distribute their films. They offer an alternative perspective on the respective UK and Nigerian film industries.
My work been featured on CNN, BBC World Service and BBC London News. I have spoken at events which include, The Battle of Ideas Festival, Houses of Parliament (Africa All Party Parliamentary Group), Sheffield Doc Fest, BFI Talent Net.work, University of the Arts, Cannes Film Festival and Judge Business School Cambridge.
I have worked on the UK release of the multi-award winning films such as Timbutu, The Supreme Price and Viva Riva! coming up with innovative audience engagement strategies. Film Africa and Brazilian Film Festival of London are festivals I have managed the Marketing & PR campaigns for.
I formally entered the industry in 2004 when I curated Black Filmmaker (bfm) Film Club at the ICA managing it for 7 years. I directed the 2008 and 2009 of the bfm International Film Festival.
I am an official African Heritage Guide at the V&A and deliver regular tours in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. The tour offers an interpretation of the African presence in baroque, rococo and neoclassical art.
I grew up in a Jamaican household in the UK. I studied Modern History at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. I hold qualifications in photography and Life Coaching. I am a member of BAFTA. When not engaged on film projects I work in the City.