Nneka Njoku

STW21-NNEKA-NJOKU

SHILLINGTON SCHOOL

Nneka Njoku is a multi-disciplinary artist. Born in Nigeria, and based in New York City by way of Trinidad, Scotland, and Minnesota, she cares about culture-informed design and research. Her seven years of international and local nonprofit and business communications experience has only enhanced her passion for exploring the beauty of life beyond the surface. Nneka creates in order to connect the realms of mind, spirit, and emotion with a mission to stay curious, empower and spark remembrance, healing and introspection. You can engage with her work at bynneka.com and pennymagicdesign.com

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Zaria, Nigeria and currently live in NYC

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

On campus

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

A night owl who is an aspiring morning person

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

A tie between Avatar: The Last Airbender and Girlfriends

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram usually but I recently created a new Twitter account and I have to say, it’s been a pretty fun(ny)

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Ancestral Dreams, Omens, and Prophecies by Gogo Thule Ngane

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Mother Earth

FAVORITE BOOK?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Supporting and uplifting black women

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Meditating and sitting by large bodies of water

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

Yes. I believe that a huge part of the role as a graphic designer is creative problem solving. Up until this year, designers have had the luxury to create and problem solve within the world “as it’s always been.” Now, designers cannot afford to continue doing that. It is time for us to use our skills to design a new world that looks closer to what we want. For me, that is a world that is kinder, more joyful, compassionate, respectful, and celebratory of the diversity and beauty of all human beings

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