Meet 'The Rewriters'
Oluwasayo Taiwo Olowo-Ake
Oluwasayo Taiwo Olowo-Ake is a curator, singer, songwriter and artist, born in Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from Nottingham Trent University and her Master of Arts in Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She currently resides on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. (Vancouver). She is the curator of Oruko mi ni: Reinterpreting Ìbejì and Oruko mi: Taiyewo and Kehinde.
Blanes Kiambigi Wathumbi
Blanes Wathumbi is a multifaceted artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also an architecture student with a strong interest in creating solutions through design and expression. His artistic work majorly combines photography and digital media to create clean, structured pieces often influenced by principles of design. As for literary expression, Blanes has written an anthology titled “Hiatus” based on his early experiences in University as he struggled to find his voice and path in life. He is now working on performance based art by creating short videos and writing music to further express himself to an audience.
Oluwaseun Olowo-Ake is a writer and an arts lover from Lagos, Nigeria, with experience in various parts of production such as videography, editing and audio production. She started writing at 10 years old and writes prose, screen/audio plays as well as poetry- she loves stories, no matter the medium they are presented in.
Oluwaseun got her B.A in Media Production from Bournemouth University, England, and her M.A in the same field from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada. She is particularly interested in how stories shape culture; which informed her thesis The Hybrid's Place- a series of audio dramas and an autoethnographic essay on the media's role in cultural hybridity- as well as storytoculture.com, an exploration of our culture through what we see on TV.
She is currently the Technology Director at Connect City, Toronto. When she’s not working, she’s singing along to musicals and dabbling on the keyboard and ukulele.
Chelsea Nwasike is an award-winning Filmmaker who holds a BA degree in Media Production at Bournemouth University, England, and a Master's degree at New York Film Academy. She first began her directorial journey in England when she shot a 45 mins pilot for the series "Twisted". She was awarded an Arts Award and Co-Creation Award plus a grant to lead and direct the production of. "Genetics for the public" project. In 2018, Chelsea moved down to LA where she began writing and directing shorts. Some of which have been recognized as official selections and won awards at film festivals; her accolades include "Reaction" awarded as the Best Female Director, Best Sound Designer and Best Sci-Fi, and "Written Words" awarded Best Original Story, Best Narrative Film, Best Thriller, Best Editing. Chelsea's thread of films carries the theme of loneliness whatever genre it may fall under- which is heavily inspired by her experience of living independently from the young age of 10 in boarding school. She is known for her uncompromising devotion to quality and depiction of true emotions. Chelsea is set to continue building her body of work as a director.
Olúwáṣọlá Kẹ́hìndé Olówó-Aké…
is a Nigerian of the Yorùbá ethnic group, born in Lagos State. She completed her Fashion Design undergraduate degree in the UK in 2019 and in 2021, completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Design in Canada. Her design practice focuses on using Yorùbá storytelling methods to speak into issues regarding the black race in her environment and additionally depict narratives that are befitting of black bodies- through dance, song, ways of wearing and poetry. She also has a podcast on spotify named ‘...into words with Sola.’
She is the host of The Writing Circle Project (WCP)