FOUNDER & CEO AFRICA UNDERGROUND PRODUCTIONS
Agunda Okeyo is a writer, producer and alchemist born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about race, gender, politics, culture, books, film, and comedy. She is published in outlets such as Salon, The Daily Beast, Women and Hollywood, For Harriet, O Magazine, OkayAfrica, The Progressive, NBC and Women’s Media Center (WMC). A panoramic awareness has shaped her professional experience with organizations such as Women’s March, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, Re: Gender and Cultural Survival. She is lauded for her ongoing production called Sisters of Comedy started at Gotham Comedy Club then Carolines on Broadway in NYC. Sisters of Comedy has been in the New York Comedy Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Afropunk Festival. Okeyo has also produced comedy shows at Ginny’s Supper Club and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In February 2016, she produced a benefit to support an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution hosted by Jane Fonda with Gloria Steinem, Sarah Jones, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Sasheer Zamata. In 2016 and 2017 Okeyo produced sold out, star studded showcases with Black Lives Matter NYC. She is featured as a rising producer in Essence, Black Enterprise, Time Out New York, Forbes Magazine, Crain's New York, Huffington Post, NBC and The New York Times. Also in 2016, she was named a Progressive Women’s Voices Fellow with WMC and joined the NYC board of Women, Action and the Media (WAM!NYC) which concluded in 2019. In 2017 she served as Comms Chair for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ) in Washington, D.C. & Nationwide plus NYC Co-Chair. And in spring 2019 she served as a juror at the famed Tribeca Film Festival. Okeyo was formerly on the board of Ladies of Comedy Association (LOCA) and an advocate for #WeAsOurselves supporting black sexual assault survivors led by Me Too Movement, National Women's Law Center and Time's Up Foundation. Currently Okeyo is founder and CEO of Africa Underground Productions.