Previously a City lawyer, Nigerian-British born Ikenna has 9 years experience as a broadcaster and documentary film maker. His most recent film was the self-created and presented 6x44min travel series, ‘Planet Nigeria’, which broadcast on NPO2 in The Netherlands to rave reviews – a second season has been commissioned. Prior to that Ikenna created, wrote and presented What’s Up Africa – his YouTube video blog which became the first satirical comedy news show on BBC World News television. The show was nominated for an Association of International Broadcasters’ award, aired for 6 seasons on BBC World News and led to his facebook fan page growing to more than 560k fans and 25k YouTube subscribers.
His production company, Jollof Rice Productions B.V. has a proven track record, having worked with BBC and various large Dutch clients on a range of content, from comedy standups to short documentaries on a variety of subjects. Ikenna is also a sought after interviewer and moderator of high level events connected to Africa, tech and innovation, whether it’s with DfiD in the UK, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands or the NEXT tech conference in Germany, Ikenna feels at home.
In short, Ikenna’s versatility allows him to make real connections with everyone he talks to both on and off screen. His strength is his ability to put people at ease and make them feel comfortable to share stories they would not otherwise have shared.
DateProduction (role)CompanyProject details
Date: 2011 - 2016Production (role): Creator & PresenterCompany: BBC World ServiceProject details: Whats Up Africa