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Nana O. Oguntola

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Candidate for Campbell Park & Old Woughton

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My name is Nana Ofori-Atta Oguntola. I was born in Ghana in 1971 into the family of King Sir Nana Ofori-Atta 1. My mother is from The Gambia and so three years after my birth we relocated to The Gambia where I received my education to GCSE level.

I returned to Ghana in 1989 where I did my A'Levels and studied English Literature, Economics, Government Studies and General Studies.

I attended King Alfred's College, now the University of Winchester from 1992-1995 and returned to The Gambia after graduating with a BA (HONS) in Drama, Theatre and Film Studies.

My first job was as a self-employed creative where I co-produced The Gambia's first business directory, I also produced a documentary for UNICEF on girl's education.

I then joined the national TV station as a Principal Producer responsible for Drama, Youth and Children's programmes.

A year later I started the Country's first independent film and TV production company producing films, and TV shows which were screened around the world and also provided line production services for companies in Europe, USA and Africa.

Moving to the UK due to marital reasons in 2007 I worked on the MKMIX which was a media platform which featured diverse people in the press and online and held business exhibitions.

In 2012, I established Local Media Initiatives, now World Media Initiatives CIC. I created a film teaching programme for young people aged 9-19 years called Junior Filmmakers in 2013 and since then we have taught close to 2000 young people filmmaking skills. We work with schools, in schools, run film competition for schools. We have produced films which deal with social issues such as knife crime, created legacy and diversity films and created films for just entertainment purposes.

Our knife crime project was created as a response to the rise of knife crime among young people in Milton Keynes. It is a digital education pack which houses five films produced by young people and an educational resource to support teachers to discuss and educate young people about its dangers. The project has been distributed to all schools in Milton Keynes and is available to youth groups and organisations in Milton Keynes.

Our clients have included Network Rail, Milton Keynes Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council, Thames Valley Police and BBC Children in Need.

We are now in the process of becoming an accredited academy providing film qualifications for Post 16 education.

I have additionally authored three books, two of which are now housed in the British Library, Scottish and Wales Libraries and the Trinity College Library, Dublin and Oxford and Cambridge Universities Libraries.

I have been a Parish Councillor since 2015. I also run community events mainly during Black History Month where I hold events such as Business exhibitions, business awards, art exhibitions and music and food festivals. The aim of these events has been t mainstream black achievement and contribution.