Ekwa Msangi

writer • director • producer


Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance…



Ekwa has directed several short films, most recently a short comedy film entitled Soko Sonko (The Market King) which was commissioned by Focus Features’ Africa First Program. After several exciting screenings, Ekwa’s suspense-thriller Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute prequel to her feature film in development, Eastlands, was picked up for distribution by Shorts International, Inc. and is currently in circulation in both North America and Europe.Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa, including The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. She’s written for both television and film, and produced several shorts. Her films have been official selections at several world festivals including New York African, Durban International, and Pan African Film Festivals, and Weakness, a short film she recently produced, was nominated for a 2010 Kalasha Award and a 2011 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA).
Ekwa received her BFA in Film/TV from Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in African Cinema from Gallatin School of Individualized Study, both at New York University. She is now Adjunct Faculty at Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches Production and Cultural Studies classes, as well as being a resident instructor with the African Film Festival, Inc. where she has done numerous after school youth video-making classes as part of a collaboration with the New York Department of Education.
One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories.

Personal Info

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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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News & Views
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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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I love this picture, . Taken circa 1952 on the occasion that my great- grandfather received a medal from the British Government in recognition as an environmentalist and educator. I just love how seriously my people took themselves, their image, their presentation. Contrary to how Black people have been described or depicted by others, we as a people, have always known how to present ourselves. __________________________#blackfamilyphoto #africanfamily #tanzania #usangi #upare #waziray #mziray #ancestry

I had the privilege of watching Peter Kagayi's powerful play "The Audience Must Say Amen" at the Kampala International Theatre Festival and was so moved by the power of this brother's words. My favorite line: "And if the government silences us, you, the audience, must rise up to speak on our behalf." I also ran into some New York artist friends which is always the most comforting feeling ever: African artists are everywhere! #alutacontinua #africanartists