Nkenna Akunna

Nkenna is an Igbo playwright and performer from London. Her work has been staged in the UK and USA, and she is a winner of the 2021 Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and 2021 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, and the 2021 Papatango Prize. Nkenna is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Brown University and she is represented by Alex Rusher at Independent Talent. Nkenna is a co-director of Skin Deep, and has been writing and editing for Skin Deep since 2015. She leads our online editorial work, including our written interview series Skin Deep Meets. She is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island and missing London every day. Email Nkenna if you want to talk about Black Creatives Fund, writing for Skin Deep online, pitching creative projects, or Skin Deep Meets. Email: nkenna at skindeepmag dot com / Twitter: @nkenna_akunna / Insta: @nkenna_akunna

Nkenna Akunna's articles

Skin Deep meets playwright Aleshea Harris to talk ‘Is God Is’ and limitlessness
A love letter to an iconic Camden youth centre, and the caregivers who have held the space over generations
On finding joy and honouring spirit: Skin Deep Meets playwright Yasmin Joseph
Centering Black life in a time of Black social death – Skin Deep Meets Barry Jenkins
a moment of silence
Skin Deep meets Rebekah Murrell
Skin Deep meets Alfie Enoch
Skin Deep Meets: Small Island
Sheila Atim Takes Her Play, Anguis, To Edinburgh
BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show 2019
Bronx Gothic: An exploration of freedom, trauma, and the limits of Black girlhood
Jay Bernard’s Surge, the process of documenting overlooked Black British history, and the struggles we are yet to overcome
Skin Deep meets Yrsa Daley-Ward
On Loneliness and Finding Ourselves in Each Other, with Fatimah Asghar
Hoard, Bim Adewunmi’s love letter to the Black British experience
Noughts and Crosses – why Malorie Blackman’s tale is still so relevant today.