Teneille Craig

Amy Aniobi

Teneille Craig
Amy Aniobi

Your television best friends Issa and Molly found their way to your screen thanks, in part, to Nigerian-American writer-producer Amy Aniobi. Co-executive producer for HBO’s Insecure and head writer and executive producer for HBO’s 2 Dope Queens, the Nigerian creative is constantly conceiving nuanced comedy that Black women (and awkward Black girls!) can see themselves in. “The best shows on TV right now are made with their core audience in mind,” she told The Grio last summer in a conversation about Insecure. “We love that it strikes a chord with the people we are speaking to. These are things we want to communicate with our fans and say, ‘we see that you guys see us.’”

As Aniobi readies several other projects, including dramedy Bye Bye Bye with Kevin Hart, she is eager to extend opportunities to promising storytellers through Facebook and Afrinolly’s Naija Storybuilders Bootcamp, a week-long intensive workshop that helps burgeoning writers develop short-form content for digital platforms. Aniobi’s profound work to push the culture forward is boundless, and the message, especially to women, is clear: be empowered and tell your own stories.