Amarachi Nwosu Is Telling African Stories From An African Lens

The Nigerian-American filmmaker talks to us about her new documentary, The Ones Who Keep Walking, which features Ckay, James Barnor, Sampa the Great, Bose Ogulu, Yeni Kuti and many more.

Amarachi Nwosu has shown her talent as a photographer, filmmaker and director over the years: strategically turning dreams into reality, pulling ads for companies like Nike and Adidas, founding her company Melanin Unscripted and earning herself a spot on Forbes Africa’s 2021 30 Under 30.

Now, she's rounding off 2021 with her debut feature film titled The Ones Who Keep Walking. The film, which is deep-rooted in cultural identity, conveys the eccentricism of being an African creative and unites voices from more than ten countries on the continent whose creative reach spans from music to photography, skateboarding, fashion, art and dance. With talents like Ckay, Bose Ogulu, James Barnor, Lindiwe Mngxitama, Stephen Tayo, Loza Maleombho and Gouled Ahmed, the almost 50-minute-long film challenges the global creative scene and how it has shrunk and hidden the effort of African creatives for years. But now, a story told by Africans for Africans showcases the continent’s renaissance. If it does one thing, the film lets Africans know that they are enough.

OkayAfrica caught up with Amarachi to speak about the film, it’s inspiration, process and hopes.

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Photo by Fifo Adebakin.

Photos: This Is What the Melanin Unscripted x Native House Pop-Up Looked Like

Young African creatives gathered in community to discuss the state of contemporary African culture and music today.

As Lagos and Accra continue to buzz with plenty of concerts and parties to revel in the festive season as well as ring in the new year, young African creatives are also taking the time to gather like minds in community.

Melanin Unscripted, the agency and media platform headed by Nigerian-American visual multi-hyphenate Amarachi Nwosu, recently linked with The NATIVE to host Native House. Guests from near and far came through to the African Artists Foundation in Lagos for a day-long pop-up of cultural activations including a photo exhibition and a series of panels to discuss the state of contemporary African culture and music today.

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