“I started working in media because I saw a lack of authentic and inspirational stories on African women…” Nigerian-American Filmmaker- Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu is a Nigerian-American self-taught Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer and Speaker based in Tokyo, Japan. She is also the founder of Melanin Unscripted, a platform aimed to dismantle stereotypes and blur the racial lines by exposing complex identities and cultures around the world. Under her platform she has produced and directed films like “Black In Tokyo”, a short documentary that exposes the black experience of living in Tokyo, Japan and highlights select curated events in Lagos, Nigeria and New York
“The whole reason I started working in media was because I saw a lack of authentic and inspirational stories on African women and women of color as a whole. That is what originally sparked my idea to start my creative platform Melanin Unscripted. Melanin Unscripted’s sole purpose is to show the real and unscripted narrative of people around the world. Through the platform, we build content around identity.”
In February of 2019, Amarachi through her platform- Melanin Unscripted teamed up with Bae Tokyo and Ultra Super New Gallery on a Black History month photo exhibition and screening in Tokyo, Japan under their Made By She series in honor of Black In Tokyo’s first year anniversary. Her exhibition ‘Black In Tokyo’ commemorates the expansion of black narratives and the act of taking ownership by creating new stories that shape black history.
In December 2018, she teamed up with Budweiser to produce BUDXLagos with legendary Nigerian-American Hip-Hop Photographer and DocumentarianChi Modu. The exhibition which ran for two days in Lagos Nigeria, marked Chi’s homecoming exhibition in Nigeria and the first debut of his work on the continent of Africa. Amarachi has also hosted “Exposing New Narratives” panel in Lagos, Nigeria in 2017 with Musician- Maleek Berry, Founder ALARA- Reni Folawiyo, Director- Grace Ladoja and Stylist- Adebayo Okelawal as panelists.
As a writer and visual artist, Amarachi is dedicated to telling unique stories that bring identity and culture to light. Her work has been featured on platforms like Huffington Post, CNN Africa, Black Enterprise, The Fader and Highsnobiety. She has also produced and shot social campaigns for brands like Adidas Tokyo, which featured the first woman of African descent on their Instagram page. Her passion for giving back has also allowed her to work on projects with London based women’s rights group Equality Now. She made Leading Ladies Africa Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2019 list. She has won also Princeton University Prize for Race Relations, 2013, Freeman International Scholarship, 2015 and Lew Klein Excellence in Media Scholarship, 2015.
Culled form Amarachinwosu.com