Founder of The British Blacklist, Journalist, Script Consultant, Hair Stylist
Akua Gyamfi has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a career that spans fashion, film, television, theatre, print and online media.
Starting out as a hairdresser in London’s infamous Portobello Road was Akua’s introduction into the entertainment industry. With a career in hairstyling spanning over 20 years, Akua has styled for magazines Touch, Mahogany, Noir, RWD, Disorder and I.D. Assisted at London and Paris fashion weeks for designers including Matthew Williamson, Top Shop, Jonathan Saunders, Giles and more. Worked on editorial campaigns for Aquascutum, Jaeger, Hugo Boss, UniQlo and on videos for various artists including, Miss Dynamite, Shystie, Tracey K, Clare Evers, and on British gangster film ‘Rollin’ with the Nines’. Akua has also been part of the Paul Hanlon hair team during all London Fashion week events since 2010.
After leaving a full time career in Hairstyling to study Multimedia and then Journalism at LCC (formerly London College of Printing), Akua’s career in journalism took off at French British magazine Bolz. She subsequently shadowed and interviewed Ken Livingstone during his 2004 mayoral campaign for Antiapathy.com and wrote articles for Ealing local newspaper.
Upon graduating from LCC (formerly London College of Printing) Akua joined renowned underground digital satellite channel Channel AKA (formerly known as Channel U). It was at Channel AKA that Akua worked closely with a dedicated team who turned the channel around during the years 2004 – 2206. Elevating the channel’s output to rival the major black music channels at the time from raising the bar for quality video submissions to refining the channel’s flagship magazine show ‘The Illout Show’ hosted by Radio 1xtra DJ’s Ace & Vis. Akua was also content producer for the Channel AKA website.
After leaving Channel AKA Akua worked at the BBC Performing Arts Fund and then joined BBC Writersroom where she gained valuable insight into the machinations of script writing. Akua currently works in BBC’s Internet & Future Services Team, in the R&D department.
It was during the early years of her career at the BBC that she worked with director Mark 1 to write, direct and produce anti-knife & gun crime short film After Effects. Akua is currently a script consultant whose work is evident in award winning works by Julius Amedume.
Continuing her journalism Akua oversaw personal blogs Ace & Vis, and launched her own blog the Soul Pages. Akua was also former editor of Candy online and print magazine.
In 2011 Akua was asked to oversee the production of the Screen Nation Awards blog ‘Screen Insider’ in the 8 week run up to the awards show.
In 2012 Akua launched The British Blacklist described as ‘the IMDB for the UK’s British African and Caribbean market’, The British Blacklist serves as an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, television, theatre, literature and music.
A year in the making The British Blacklist is the first of its kind. It services both industry and general users alike and strives to be the first port of call for those wanting concrete, researched information about creative & entertainment industry professionals from the British African Caribbean community.
Founder, Screen Nation
Chief Charles Thompson, the son of one the UK’s first African barristers, resides in London via Accra, Ghana and is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. His 20+ years experience in the international film & TV industry includes 3 years as an editor before commencing a career as a Film Producer with a commitment to new drama by black writers and directors. He has produced many multiple award winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and USA, with a number gaining long term distribution and has worked in producing on important black British dramas & TV magazine shows.
In 1996 Charles helped found Off the Grove, London’s first ever live screenplay reading event, a forerunner to the BFI’s highly rated Script Factory. Between 1999-2002 Charles co-founded and served as Festival Director for one of Europe’s premier black film showcases the annual bfm International Film Festival. In 2003 he created the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards (aka ‘the UK Black Oscars’) and takes the brand to Africa very soon. He is currently developing screen nation into an innovative web based media rights company. Future plans include a series of heritage events recognising the contribution black British film & TV practitioners have made to the UK industries since the early 1900’s.
His commitment to black British filmmaking has seen him develop local training and screening programs across the UK. He consults and works as Exec Producer with new creative talent, gives talks and has put several feature/TV/online projects into development & production, including screennation.tv a global entertainment show featuring the best of the black Hollywood, European & African media scenes.
In 2011Charles received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the British and global black film industry.
Charles is a former Chair of the Alliance of Black Media Professionals, a member of the Roundhouse Creative Centre Advisory Panel, a Millennium Awards Fellow, Chief judge of the Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) and has been honoured twice by former London Mayor, Ken Livingston for his contribution to London life.
Sena Kpodo is a Global Brand Strategist, developing strategic and creative communications that help connect Africa focused brands, influencers and institutions, to specific target audiences.
Specialising in Media and Investor Relations within Africa, Sena frequently networks with corporate investors, diplomats and across the media, to promote trade and investment, and publicise a modern narrative of todays Africa, globally.
An advocate for Intra Africa Trade and Social Entrepreneurship, she is best known for using Social Media and photography to engage diverse audiences into Africa’s dynamic growth story, spotlighting Ghana as a key destination.
Her work includes the coverage and creation of significant Africa focused events and campaigns, alongside media interviews and photographs with a range of leading African figures, personalities and changemakers including Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, H.E President Mahama and Kofi Annan.
A passionate Africanist, she is a Brand Ambassador for HTW, and creatively builds bridges between Ghana and the Diaspora, by developing initiatives such as DiscoverGH, WAM and Reconnect GH.
Sena holds a BA Honors in Criminology and Cultural Studies, and an MSc in International Relations.
Managing Director, Voxafrica
Rodney Borde-Kuofie is the Managing Director of Voxafrica Plc. Voxafrica is the first and only pan-African TV network broadcasting both English & French language channels to the diaspora and Africa on all major pay per view and satellite TV platforms. Voxafrica’s HQ is in Battersea, London with bureaus in Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Belgium.
Before joining Voxafrica, he was the founder of Rubikon Entertainment, a full service entertainment legal and management consultancy. A Solicitor, specialising in entertainment and media, he has represented numerous high profile celebrities and companies in the UK, USA, Europe and the Caribbean.
He qualified as a Solicitor in 1994 and trained and practised at leading human rights Law firm, BM Birnberg & Co in London.
GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement awards) is a non-profit Business & Innovation Awards instituted to celebrate, acknowledge, and support Ghanaian based businesses and individuals in the UK. This is an opportunity for these businesses to come together for one night in order to reflect on their achievements and receive a recognition and reward.
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