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

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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 programmer. She’s the founder of Unmasked Women, a TEDx speaker, host and freelance project manager and consultant.


Paula Akpan

Paula Akpan is 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.

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.