Femi Nylander is a Panafrican activist, filmmaker, poet and actor of West African descent who grew up in the UK, graduating from the University of Oxford in 2016 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. His debut feature film, which he cowrote and presented, is a dramatic investigation of the French colonisation of Niger and the ongoing impacts on the local population. Delivered in French, English and Hausa, 'African Apocalypse' recently premiered at the BFI London Film Festival to strong reviews, and currently holds a 91% rating on rotten tomatoes, it is due for a TV release on BBC2 in early 2021.
At 25, he has given two Ted Talks in the form of poems, on migration and public health respectively. As an anticolonial and panafrican activist and organiser of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, he has appeared on ‘The Big Questions’, ‘Daily Politics’, ‘Good Morning Britain’ and 'The One Show'. Femi is also a keen musician who creates music, both solo and alongside his jazz funk band pangolin. He has performed at London's infamous Ronnie Scott’s jazz Club, at multiple “Sofar sets” and for BBC music.
He enjoys mixing his passion for music with his passion for languages and African Culture, and ‘African Apocalypse’ includes scenes of musical collaboration in the indigenous Hausa tongue with traditional griot singers. He has worked as an actor both for television and stage and has been a contributor for a number of publications including The Guardian and The Platform UK.