Amarachi Nwosu wears many hats; she’s a visual artist, a writer, director, project curator, podcaster and content creator. Those titles span a range of topics the Nigerian-American creative covers (fashion, music, identity and more), but they all lead to her ultimate role: storyteller. With her recently launched Melanin Unscripted, a platform dedicated to showing the true narratives of young people, she is bridging gaps and highlighting the very real experiences of Black people around the world; take for example her Black in Tokyo documentary, an MU release that tells the story of diasporic Africans living abroad. While her creative spirit knows no bounds, she talks with OkayAfrica specifically about how her MU project is an investment in Black youth.
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. And on the agency side of MU, we work with companies to help shape diversity behind major projects.
My work is all about youth culture globally and also touches on how Black culture has shaped so much of youth culture today…I love the ability to create stories that feature diverse groups of people both in front and behind the scenes. From events I've done in Lagos to help expose Nigerian youth and give them access to information to my films like Black In Tokyo, I work to help bridge understanding through documenting youth culture, shaping youth perspectives and being a part of developing a youth narrative that will be valuable for the next generation to learn from.
*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity