Paula Akpan is a journalist, speaker and founding director of Black Girl Festival, the UK's first arts and & cultural festival celebrating black women and girls. She is also the co-founder of the 'I'm Tired' Project, a photography campaign and international workshop programme, which led to her receiving the Points of Light Award in 2017 for making a change in her community. A sociology alumnus from The University of Nottingham, Paula's work - journalism and through her festival - mainly focuses on race, queerness, and social politics and she regularly writes for a variety of publications including Teen Vogue, The Independent, Stylist, Al Jazeera and more.