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Okayafrica Seeks Event Coordinator

Okayafrica is seeking an event coordinator.

Black Coffee at Okayafrica's SummerStage Central Park, June 2014. (Photo: Jake Salyers)


Okayafrica is seeking an enthusiastic event coordinator with a love for special event management, providing outstanding customer service, and able to build relationships with internal and external customers.

Responsibilities:

• Develop event concepts and curate events such as live music performances, film screenings, art shows, interactive media, brand activations and others.

• Book talent, including live musical acts and DJs while coordinating their technical and hospitality riders, transportation needs, production needs, and guest needs.

• Calculate budgets and ensure they are adhered to.

• Monitor event timelines to ensure all deadlines are met.

• Scout and secure event space according to budget and needs.

• Negotiate with vendors about the types and costs of services they provide.

• Follow up with clients to arrange payment.

• Evaluate services provided and keep records for future events.

• Manage event guestlists and credentials.

• Send out invitations and manage RSVP lists.

• Provide assistance with outreach for sponsorship opportunities should they arise.

• Assist with all event-related deliverables including content capture.

• Coordinate with editorial and video/photo production teams on logistics, budgets and client expectations.

• Manage web and social media campaigns around event including contesting, editorial, e-blasts, etc.

Requirements:

• Proven event management experience

• The ability to be flexible and creative when planning great events

• Impressive portfolio of previously managed events

• Excellent time management, communication skills, and relationship management skills

• Ability to manage multiple projects independently

• MS Office and Google Docs proficiency

• Graphic design skills a plus

To apply, email jobs@okayafrica.com with a resume. Please put ‘Event Coordinator’ in the subject line. Deadline to apply is February 22.

Okayafrica is an EEO.

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Filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr Explores the Sweet Spot Between Nollywood & Hollywood

Winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, London-based Nigerian filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr speaks about his experimental film 'Lizard', what belonging looks like and the overlap between Hollywood and Nollywood.

In early February, the jury for the short film competition at the Sundance Film Festival announced the Nigerian film, Lizard, as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, the highest honour for that category. Thirty-five-year-old Akinola Davies Jr, Lizard's director and co-writer (with his brother Wale, better known as Tec, one half of the rap duo Show Dem Camp) accepted the prize from the United Kingdom, a country he has called home since the age of 13.

Lizard follows the adventures of an eight-year-old girl, Juwon (Pamilerin Ayodeji) who is kicked out of Sunday school service and goes on a tour of the massive compound where she witnesses firsthand the dynamics at play in and around a Lagos Pentecostal megachurch. Davies Jr makes use of elements of magical realism to thrust audiences into the world of this innocent as she grapples with the images she comes in contact with. The film closes out in a climactic act of violence that recalls Davies Jr's memories of growing up in a country under censorship and military dictatorship.

With this Sundance triumph, Davies Jr became the first Nigerian filmmaker to achieve this distinction. However, he is no overnight success though. Born in London and raised in Lagos, the multi-disciplined artist attended school in the English countryside and has been grinding for a while now. The bulk of his creative work—music videos, fashion films, experimental films—have navigated aspects of belonging and existing in some kind of "middle".

In 2017, collaborating with photographer Ruth Ossai and stylist Ibrahim Kamara, Davies Jr paid homage to his Nigerian roots for French luxury brand Kenzo in a video film titled Unity is Strength. He has participated in the Berlinale Talents and opened his first solo show at Art Basel in Switzerland. He is also a prolific music video director, shooting visuals for British acts, Larry B and Mischa Mafia.

We caught up recently with Davies Jr via Zoom from his home in London.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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