Paula Akpan

director of Black Girl Fest

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsMarketer - Writer - Communications Manager

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About me

Co-founder of the "I'm Tired" Project, director of Black Girl Festival, communications coordinator at a disability charity, writer & social media editor at gal-dem magazine.

Skills

  • Copywriting
  • Social Media Management
  • Ceative Writing
  • Press Relations

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  • The Dots

    The Dots

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    • Technology
  • The Dots - Tips & Insights

    The Dots - Tips & Insights

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    • Design & Creative
  • gal-dem magazine

    gal-dem magazine

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    • Media Production
  • BBZ

    BBZ

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    • Arts

Work history

Currently

Sep 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Director at Black Girl Festival, the UK's first festival celebrating black women and girls. Duties include scheduling and uploading content on social media channels, creating and sending out press releases, increasing engagement and our following which has reached over 11,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Currently

Communications Coordinator

Back Up

Sep 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Communications coordinator at Back Up, a disability charity. Duties include scheduling social media content, running paid promotions and campaigns, providing cross-team support on their communications, managing the website, managing and organising photo and video assets, copy-writing, sending out major email communications, and generating national and regional press interest.

Currently

Social Media Editor

gal-dem magazine

Jul 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Social media editor at gal-dem, an award-winning online and print magazine comprised of women of colour. Duties include scheduling and uploading content on social media channels, planning campaigns to support events, increasing engagement and growing our following which has reached over 50,000 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Currently

Jun 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Co-founder of the “I’m Tired Project", an award-wining social media campaign which aims to highlight the significance of micro-aggressions and stereotypes. Duties include managing contributors, organising and managing events, speaking in front of large audiences and pitching ideas to galleries and potential collaborators. The project has received coverage from the New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post and Metro as well as being featured on BBC Radio Nottingham and our following on Facebook has reached over 40,000.

2017

Communications Assistant

University of Nottingham

Apr 2016 - Jul 2017
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Communications Assistant within the External Relations department at the University of Nottingham. Duties included liaising with the different faculties and schools managing relationships with these stakeholders on behalf of the University, copy-writing, editing CMS, scheduling and uploading content on the University's official social media channels.

2016

Junior Account Executive

Redbrick Communications

Nov 2015 - Feb 2016
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Junior Account Executive internship at Redbrick Communications, a PR and reputation management firm. Duties included writing press releases, managing the social media accounts of various clients, using Hootsuite efficiently.

2015

Research and Social Media assistant

BBC World Service

Oct 2015 - Nov 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Research and Social Media internship at The BBC in London on a world service radio programme called The Forum. Duties include creating and managing social media content for The Forum’s Facebook and Twitter pages researching prospective guests for the show.

2015

Social Media Intern

Shake Social

Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Social Media internship at Shake Social, a social media marketing agency in Lace Market. Duties included brainstorming and formulating creative digital content for an array of clients.

Education

2010

Sep 2017 - Jul 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2007 to 2010 – 9 GCSE subjects - Business Studies (A*), Core Science (A*), English Language (A*), English Literature (A*), History (A*), Mathematics (A*), Additional Science (A), Drama (A), French (A).

2016

Bachelor's degree, Sociology

University of Nottingham

Sep 2012 - Jul 2016
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Graduated with a 2:1 in BA (Hons) Sociology at The University of Nottingham.

2012

Sep 2010 - Jul 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2010 to 2011 – 4 AS-level subjects - English Literature (A), History (A), Economics (B), Mathematics (B). 2011 to 2012 – 3 A2-level subjects – History (A), English Literature (B), Mathematics (C).

Awards

2015

Points of Light award

UK Prime Minister's Office

  • Was awarded the Points of Light award on behalf of former Prime Minister David Cameron for The "I'm Tired" Project, an award-wining social media campaign which aims to highlight the significance of micro-aggressions and stereotypes.