Akua Gyamfi has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with a career that spans fashion, film, television, theatre, print and online media.
Starting as a hairdresser on London’s Portobello Road, Gyamfi’s hairdressing reputation led to her first foray into the entertainment world. Her hair CV includes working for magazines Touch, Mahogany, Noir, RWD, Disorder and i-D, and assisting at London and Paris fashion week for Matthew Williamson, Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders, Giles and more. She also worked on editorial campaigns for Aquascutum, Jaeger, Hugo Boss, UniQlo and music videos for various artists including Miss Dynamite, Shystie, Tracey K, Clare Evers and on British gangster film Rollin’ with the Nines. Akua has also been part of the Paul Hanlon hair team during both London Fashion week events since 2010.
After leaving a full-time career in hairstyling, Gyamfi studied journalism and her career as a freelance journalist took off, writing for French/British magazine Bolz, shadowing and interviewing Ken Livingstone during his mayoral campaign, launching her own blog, the Soul Pages, and being editor of Candy magazine.
Gyamfi then joined renowned underground digital TV station Channel AKA (formerly known as Channel U) and worked closely with a dedicated team who turned the channel around. Gyamfi then moved onto the BBC where she worked at their performing arts fund, then the BBC Writersroom, working with director Mark 1 to write, direct and produce anti-knife and gun crime short film, After Effects.
During this time, Gyamfi gained valuable insight into the machinations of script writing and is currently a script consultant whose work has won awards. In 2012, Akua launched The British Blacklist, which serves as an online portal celebrating the work of creatives from screen, stage, sound and literature.
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