Over the past few years, the world’s attention has gradually been nudged towards Africa’s cultural and creative renaissance spanning within the universes of music, dance, art, fashion, and photography. As a first-of-its-kind narrative, The Ones Who Keep Walking looks to centralize the depth and diversity of African creativity in over 10 countries in a feature-length format for Africans by Africans.
The Ones Who Keep Walking offers a visually captivating, distinctive, and enthralling journey with voices across various countries in Africa (Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda) and its diaspora exploring stories of expressions rooted in personal and cultural identity as well as the quest for creative and economic liberation.
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Amarachi Nwosu alongside a crew of 200+ African creatives showcases a continent united by a collective vision of progress by highlighting different countries, cultures, passions and challenges. Through in-depth conversations with the continent’s foremost voices of innovation, the film will give insight into the sheer determination and pioneering spirit presently bringing a multiplicity of African expressions to the world and the world to Africa. From honoring the past through pioneers such as James Barnor, Yeni Kuti, Bose Ogulu to celebrating the future with Ckay, Kamo Mphela, Loza Maléombho, Jefferson Osei(Daily Paper), Stephen Tayo, Sampa The Great, Nana Danso, Addis Fine Art (Rakeb Sile & Messai Haileleul ) , Gouled Ahmed, Waf Lagos, TURKANA, Nandele, Lindiwe Mngxitama, and Urban Pitchaz The Ones Who Keep Walking looks at creative expressions as a channel of discovery, self expression, unbinding of restrictive cycles, and a call for unity.
The Ones Who Keep Walking director, Amarachi Nwosu, comments, “Making The Ones Who Keep Walking with Johnnie Walker was an opportunity to tell a story that reimagines how we see Africa and the creative renaissance taking place. Telling powerful stories from the Afrofuturist lens is what inspires me, so having the opportunity to shine a light on 20+ amazing people and their incredible journeys, all whilst showcasing the spirit and beauty that embodies Africa is a dream come true. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
To rewrite Africa’s long history of being placed on the back burner of accessibility and global connectivity, The Ones Who Keep Walking will be undertaking an “Africa first” approach to its release. This means the first phase of release will prioritize launch on the continent before being accessible to the rest of the world and will be available on streaming in 2022.
The full film will be broadcast on November 26th on DSTV and will be available to watch on the online hub via. Theoneswho.film for a limited time before being available for streaming globally in 2022.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Amarachi Nwosu is a Nigerian-American visual artist, filmmaker, writer, executive producer, public speaker, and Founder & CEO of Melanin Unscripted based between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria. Nwosu has dedicated her career to telling unique stories that bring identity, culture, and creativity to the forefront. With a background in International Communications; she has worked in Lagos, Tokyo, and London collaborating with global powerhouses such as Nike, Sony Music, Apple and was announced as an honoree in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Class of 2021 list in the creative visual arts industry. To date, her work has been published by Vogue Magazine, Huffington Post, CNN Africa, Black Enterprise, The Fader, Highsnobiety and beyond. Amarachi Nwosu has produced and directed films like Black In Tokyo, a short documentary that exposed the Black experience of living in Tokyo, Japan as well as its follow up, Women of Color in Japan. Her mission roots in impactful global storytelling that is both timely and timeless.