Meet the founders

Nicole Crentsil and Paula Akpan are the Founding Directors of Black Girl Festival, the UK's first festival celebrating Black British women and girls

Photography taken by Krystal Neuvill

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Nicole Crentsil

Nicole Crentsil is a London-based Ghanaian born curator, cultural researcher, public speaker and arts producer. She’s the founder of Unmasked Women, a TEDx speaker, host and freelance project manager and consultant.

Twitter: @nkrystal

Instagram: @nkrystal_


Paula Akpan

Paula Akpan is a London-based half-Trinidadian, half-Nigerian journalist and writer. She is the co-founder of the “I’m Tired” Project, public speaker and workshop facilitator.

Twitter: @paulaakpan

Instagram: @paulaakpan

We wanted to create something we wished we had for our younger selves
— Paula Akpan, Founding Director
Black women are at the core of everything we do. This is for us by us!
— Nicole Crentsil, Founding Director
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We’re in Forbes!

100 Women Founders To Follow On Twitter & LinkedIn


TimeOut 50 great Londoners

TimeOut listed us as one of 50 great Londoners shaping our city’s cultural landscape.

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Stylist Magazine

Stylist Magazine chose Paula and Nicole as Stylist Women Of The Week.


We spoke at Apple!

As part of Apple Regent Street’ Business Entrepreneur series, we delivered a keynote and interactive activity in store.