A dark toned child wearing a gold and blue large scarf with religious figures tied around their body

Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is a director, writer, and designer that dispels bias with beauty. His brand Ikiré Jones employs fashion to celebrate the perspectives of newcomers. His designs feature in films ("Black Panther", “Coming 2 America”) and exhibit in museums globally. He is a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, TED Fellow, and Open Society Foundations Fellow. His feature film “Bravo, Burkina!” conveys the magic and melancholy migrants bravely bear across borders.

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Grants Awarded to Wale Oyejide

$25,000 - Awarded December 2021

Focus areas
Immigrant Voices

The 2021 film grant will support "Bravo, Burkina." A Burkinabé boy flees his village and lends his weaving talents to an old craftsman in Bologna, Italy. Despite his escape, he is unable to forget the warmth of Burkina Faso. Pursued by memories, he travels through time in hopes of regaining all he has lost.

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