Ekwa Msangi

writer • director • producer


Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance…


Director's Reel

Soko Sonko (The Market King)

Short Film

  • Writer/Director/Producer: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Andrew “Dru” Mungai

When her mother falls sick, Kibibi’s father, Ed, is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before…because only women have been there!

Soko Sonko Website


All My Friends Are Married

Web series

  • Director/Producer: Ekwa Msangi

All My Friends Are Married is a quirky comedic webseries with a blend of dry and physical humor. It highlights the joys, mistakes, hopes and pitfalls of being single & living in New York City. With tenderness, joy and irony we present the story of a women struggling to survive adulthood from her very imaginative point of view. This series captures the intersection where heaven meets earth; where adulthood and dreams force reality. It is here that faith, hope and love collides with bills, delayed promises and fears.
All My Friends Are Married depicts the life of a thirty something woman attempting to avoid spinsterhood in New York City.

All My Friends Are Married Website



Parody Music Video

  • Rapper: Nii Addy feat. Fritswa Bafour
  • Director: Ekwa Msangi

Parody Video for the Stern Business School Follies. Shot on the Sony 100 in New York City.



Simply Lovely

Music Video

  • Songstress: Karla Mosley
  • Director: Ekwa Msangi-Omari

Official Music Video for actress/songstress Karla Mosley’s first single, “Simply Lovely”. Shot on the Sony 100 in White Plains, NY.


Current Projects

All My Friends Are Married

Web series to be shot in New York City, written by Mercedes Brazier-Thurman. A quirky comedic webseries with a blend ...
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Feature Film to be shot in Nairobi, Kenya. (currently in development with Babylon International) An apolitical college professor comes to ...
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Sultan of the Ocean

Feature Film to be shot in Zanzibar, Tanzania. When Sultan, a mute ocean-loving orphan is determined to get to Shell ...
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Paper Prince

Feature Film to be shot in New York City. When a proud and proper African immigrant pays to marry a ...
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all my current projects

News & Views
Because we're DOPE.

Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

That's the chant that was in my head this morning when I woke up! I've been reaching out far and ...
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The Bride-to-be awaits her grand entrance...

Telling Our Family Stories…

This weekend I'm at a family wedding in Tennessee. If you know anything about me, you'll know that my family ...
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Tanzania Hoiyeee!!

Hello, hello, hello Comrades! I'm just back from an exciting trip to Tanzania where I was working on my first ...
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Diet Racism?!

CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos For those of us who are in denial of racism existing outside of the Confederate South ...
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In 12 minutes, writer-director Ekwa Msangi-Omari (‘The Agency’, ‘Block-D’) accomplishes a film that lives up to its title. ‘Taharuki’ deals with an important subject matter and illustrates the need for Africans (irrespective of ethnic differences) to continue to work together to achieve common goals ...
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The Standard Newspaper

The crew credits the show’s director Ekwa Msangi-Omari for taking Kenyan filmmaking to new heights. Her amiable approach encourages actors to use their individual touch and gives them some freedom to manoeuvre ...
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The Agency is rife with rivalry, romance, intrigue, betrayal and triumph, all combined in an explosive series. Definitely a must-watch African tale! ...
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Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Actress (The Agency, Block-D)

Ekwa discusses the role with the actor and gives him or her the chance to feel the role within the context of his or her personal experience. This puts me at ease ...
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Dorothy Ghettuba, Executive Producer (Block-D, Higher Learning, Saints)

Ekwa has been trained for this, and the [TV] show ends up looking like film ...
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📷 vintagecongo: Hairstyle: “nwani/nyoni” Kisangani, Congo by Eliot Elisofon I remember when this was... https://t.co/W9IJkz5Owa

Spike Lee Announces New York City Open Casting Call for His 'She's Gotta Have It' Netflix Series -... https://t.co/gh8LoDM7ls

This weekend we lost a most talented actor, Mr. Bill Nunn, best known for his role in @SpikeLeehttps://t.co/We0rKLoOBQ

Getting ready for the Black TV & Film Collective September Speaker Series where I get to sit… https://t.co/wTWf4ssbuc

#sokosonkofilm showing this week at the African Film Festival of Cologne, Germany. They used the… https://t.co/Lxr33so0O6

Mira Nair directed Queen of Katwe But, this poses a great question. As soon as filmmaker myself, I have had an extremely difficult time getting people to follow my directives. Many of times, men feel that they shan't take an orders from women. So, not only do I have to deal with creating a film & capturing the essence of the of story, but I also deal with egos. There'd been times where I had to give my orders vicariously through a man in order to complete missions. And, many female filmmakers have come to accept this undesired chosen path to achieve success. Mira doesn't play that! She has established herself as a no-nonsense female director. Kudos to her for finding her way.

#SokoSonkoFilm is playing this week at the African Film Festival in Cologne, Germany! Check us out! (They also used our music, composed by the most talented Eric Wainaina for the festival trailer. How fun!) http://www.filme-aus-afrika.de/DE/home/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO6h86TxFtc