Nkenna Akunna

Nkenna is an Igbo playwright and performer from London. Her work has been staged in the UK and USA, and she is a winner of the 2021 Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and 2021 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, and the 2021 Papatango Prize. Nkenna is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Brown University and she is represented by Alex Rusher at Independent Talent. Nkenna is a co-director of Skin Deep, and has been writing and editing for Skin Deep since 2015. She leads our online editorial work, including our written interview series Skin Deep Meets. She is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island and missing London every day. Email Nkenna if you want to talk about Black Creatives Fund, writing for Skin Deep online, pitching creative projects, or Skin Deep Meets. Email: nkenna at skindeepmag dot com / Twitter: @nkenna_akunna / Insta: @nkenna_akunna

Nkenna Akunna's articles

17.08.21
On finding joy and honouring spirit: Skin Deep Meets playwright Yasmin Joseph
02.06.21
Centering Black life in a time of Black social death – Skin Deep Meets Barry Jenkins
27.05.20
a moment of silence
08.10.19
Skin Deep meets Rebekah Murrell
22.09.19
Skin Deep meets Alfie Enoch
28.08.19
BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show 2019
24.07.19
Sheila Atim Takes Her Play, Anguis, To Edinburgh
02.08.19
Skin Deep Meets: Small Island
29.06.19
Bronx Gothic: An exploration of freedom, trauma, and the limits of Black girlhood
23.06.19
Jay Bernard’s Surge, the process of documenting overlooked Black British history, and the struggles we are yet to overcome
21.06.19
Skin Deep meets Yrsa Daley-Ward
07.06.19
On Loneliness and Finding Ourselves in Each Other, with Fatimah Asghar
29.05.19
Hoard, Bim Adewunmi’s love letter to the Black British experience
30.04.19
Noughts and Crosses – why Malorie Blackman’s tale is still so relevant today.
17.04.19
How can we go forward if we don’t make peace with our past?
21.03.19
What happens when the people at the bottom of the empire tell the story?