10 Things To Know About Jenn Nkiru, The Nigerian-British Director Of Beyonce’s Award-Winning“Brown Skin Girl” Video


Nigerian-British filmmaker, Nkiru Jenn is the director behind Beyonce’s award-winning, Brown Skin Video.

Brown Skin Girl won the ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2021 Grammys that held on Sunday, March 14.

Here are some facts to know her.

1. Nkiru was born and raised in Peckham, South London.

2. She started making short films in her teens at age 15, her first commission made with the BBC, and the Tate told the story of an alien dropped on earth.

3. She left London at 20 to study film directing at Howard University in Washington DC.

4. In 2014, she made En Vogue, an experimental high-energy short film about New York’s Voguing and Ballroom underground sub-culture.

5. In 2017, her second film, ‘Rebirth Is Necessary’; a dreamlike art film centered on the magic and dynamism of Blackness past, present, and future. The film went on to win the Canal + award at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival, and nominee of the 2018 best short film award at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and also the 2018 Voice of a Woman award at Cannes.


6. In 2018, Nkiru was the second unit director of Ricky Saiz’s music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, “Apeshit” which received 8 nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

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7. She was named one of the 200 women redefining the creative industry by The Dots in 2018.

8. Nkiru has now worked on three projects with Beyonce including an Ivy Park campaign for Adidas and, most recently, “Black is King”.

9. She was the only woman director outside of Beyoncé on the ‘Black Is King’ project.

10. Nkiru’s 2019 documentary, “Black to Techno” centers on the origins of techno music in Detroit’s black community in the 1980s.

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