Nike Jonah is a specialist consultant working on strategic development projects for creative industries and the cultural sector worldwide.
Since the early nineties Nike has devised innovative approaches for a number of successful acclaimed music, fashion, television, design, visual and performing arts projects for influential organisations spanning Africa, America and Europe.
Recently, Nike was selected as a participant for the UK-Nigeria Creative Partnership, a project developed as part of London 2012 New World Nigeria programme in partnership with the British Council. This project was specifically designed to strengthen relationships between the creative industries in the UK and Nigeria.
In addition to this, she was an advisor and selection panel member for the 30 Nigeria House Festival, an artistic programme that showcased the work of 30 Nigerians under age of 30 based both in the UK and Nigeria, held at Theatre Royal Stratford, UK as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Between 2008 and 2012, she led the highly acclaimed Arts Council England’s Decibel Programme, which was designed to support and increase the profile of African, Asian and Caribbean artists in England. Through this, she delivered an ambitious programme of events and activities that included the showcasing of artists and companies, strategic bursaries and sector specific communication aimed to effect positive, sustainable change across arts sector in the UK.
Nike has also worked as an advisor and associate producer for several notable international biennales, festivals and conferences across the world namely, Venice Biennale,Italy; Documenta, Germany; World Festival of Black Art and Culture, Senegal; Muenster Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany; Grahamstown Festival, South Africa; World Summit, Australia; Istanbul Biennale, Turkey.
Nike currently works regularly with the Africa Centre and the Royal Africa Society in London, UK. In 2010, she was acknowledged as a Woman to Watch an “outstanding leader in the diversification of the arts” by UK creative industry luminaries.
To take full advantage of her unique expertise and extensive global networks, last year Nike began a new chapter, establishing herself as a creative consultant. She has already been recruited to the Boards of the European Cultural Foundation in Netherlands and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and is currently developing a cultural strategy for the Gambian Government.