Akinola Davies (a.k.a. Crack Stevens) is a 31 year old London-based Nigerian filmmaker, photographer and producer. The London based videographer caught the attention of mainstream media when he started the Nigerian Lives Matter movement to raise awareness of the lives lost in the Baga attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Permission (on black male masculinity in collaboration with Bianca Saunders) and Boot/Leg (on knockoff designer items and the communities that embrace them) are some of the short films he has directed. Boot/Leg was his first solo exhibition and this was soon followed by H.O.D., his first solo exhibition in the U.S.
He has also directed music videos for various UK based artistes.
Davis joins the dialogue on several topics ranging from feminism to cultural appropriation and these social and political subjects are frequently featured in his work
Davis is also a DJ, radio host and involved in producing/editing Just Jam, a YouTube channel dedicated to providing a platform for underground artists to showcase a wide range of genres and talents.
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