Iquo B. Essien is a multimedia storyteller and marketing consultant. Her short film, Aissa's Story, was a regional semifinalist in the 2013 Student Academy Awards. She is currently adapting the short into a feature film while writing a memoir, Elizabeth’s Daughterabout losing her mother to cancer and finding herself through writing.


Ms. Essien drafted a debut novel, Alligator Legs, for which she received a 2009 Hedgebrook Writers' Residency. She has contributed to Gawker, GuernicaShadow & Act, OkayafricaThe African Magazine, PopMatters, and the Stanford Black Arts Quarterly.


Ms. Essien attended Stanford University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her production company, Editi Films, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a charitable organization that helps artists and art organizations create engaging, publicly beneficial work.


Her films have screened at the Panafrican Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, Cascade Festival of African Films, African Diaspora Cinema Festival, CinéSud African Short Film Festival, Ecrans Noir, Zanzibar International Film Festival, and bfm International Film Festival.


Iquo divides her time between Brooklyn and Lagos, and writes a popular blog, Alligator Legs, about art and life. Read more about her media and marketing consultancy, through which she uses video, photography, and writing to help brands tell stories. Download her resume.

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