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Nike Jonah

Nike Jonah

Executive Director
Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE)

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Nike works in strategic development across the cultural and creative industries worldwide. Since the early 90s, she has developed innovative approaches to much successful music, fashion, television, design, visual and performing arts projects for several influential organisations in Africa, America and Europe. She balances her time between various roles in the cultural sector She is currently, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2017-2020) and is employed by Counterpoint Arts as the lead for Popchange, a Pop Culture and Social Change initiative that seeks to advance the public understanding and appreciation of migration in the UK using the Pop Culture space. In July 2018, she launched Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) in partnership with the Free State Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa in July 2018. PACE is an initiative for African-based artists and arts organisations who wish to undertake international touring, increase their profile and develop national and international partnership opportunities. The second edition, PACE Entangled is took place online showcase August 2020.

Between 2008 and 2012, Nike led the highly acclaimed Arts Council England’s Decibel Programme, which was designed to support and increase the profile of African, Asian and Caribbean artists in England. Through this, Nike delivered an ambitious programme of events and activities that included the showcasing of artists and companies, strategic bursaries aimed to effect positive, sustainable change for diverse artists in the UK.