Kuukua Eshun is a Writer, Poet, Speaker and the Co-founder of Boxed Kids, Skate Gal Club and Accra Studio Live. Kuukua was born and raised in Ghana up until middle school when she moved to the United States of America to join her family. She is the woman to be reckoned with and a very dope creative! She is an award-winning filmmaker. “I have wild dreams. I want to be a game changer, someone who breaks barriers. I want to empower, inspire and encourage women and men through my work. I want to be a powerful voice for Africa. I want to tell powerful stories of the continent from the continent. I want to be a beautiful representation for generations to come.” says Kuukua.
Kuukua describes herself as a Ghanaian-American creative who splits her time between Ohio and her home Accra. Inspired by emotions and femininity, Kuukua raises awareness about social issues and mental health through her writing and films. She describes her brand as free-spirit, relatable and magic. Kuukua has always been an artist, she started writing at the age of 7 and later on in her life she turnt her writing into films.
Kuukua is an all-round creative human who loves to tell stories that matter to her, her community and her culture and she does this through words and film. “The point is to preserve culture, give perspective and most importantly, representation!” says Kuukua. She is the co-founder of Boxedkids which is an organization that prioritizes in the ultimate purpose in providing an education to the youth of Jamestown, Ghana. Boxedkids has caught the attention of various platforms such as Skoll World Forum, Embassy of Netherlands, Suitcase Mag, Nataal, Ignant etc. She is also the co-founder of Skate Gal Club which is the first all-female skate crew in Ghana. It is a movement by women for women. It aims to connect, inspire and empower girls and women in Ghana through skateboarding. Skate Gal Club has been featured on Vogue Magazine, Yahoo News, Konbini and many others.
Any achievements you are proud of?
This year, I have won nine international film festivals with my recent short film “Artist, act of love”. I am super proud because I put in a lot of hard work and good energy. I am also proud and recognize that I have a voice and it matters enough to use it!
What are you very passionate about?
I am a very passionate person, I love poetry, film, have I said that yet? Haha books, music, dancing, human connection and most importantly for me humanitarian work. I am passionate about loving people and allowing others to love me as well.
What does a DAY in your life look like?
A day in my life is interesting, I pray, drink organic tea in the morning, shower, read poems that inspire me, get some work done, zoom meetings and maybe watch a movie and chill with the love of my life.
What motivates you?
I am motivated when I see others win. It makes me understand that goals are within my reach and highly possible. I am also motivated when I achieve a goal.
What is your favourite fashion and beauty trend right now?
I love anything 90’s. My ultimate fashion trend is colorful 90’s outfits.
What’s your source of inspiration for creating content?
My source of inspiration for creating content is love and human emotions and of course art in its purest form.
Your top 5 favourite Instagram accounts right now?
Oh this is hard!
My babe because I am in love with colors and the way his mind works: @princejyesi
What is your go to affirmation when you’re hyping yourself up?
You have everything you are looking for, tap into that glory, believe and start walking in it. You can do whatever you put your mind to!
How would your friends describe your style?
My style, hmmm. Extra, colorful and bold.
Money, status and power? Put these in order of importance and give a reason why?
I do not really want to put these in order of importance because I believe power comes from within. You just have to understand and see the potential in your journey. That is power. Being a voice and leaning a Legacy that is power, being impactful and making people feel loved and cared for. That is riches. You know? The money is nice and it will come when you allow your passion to lead you to your purpose! Status? It is what society thinks of you so I do not really care much for that and I honestly do not want to think about it.
How much effort goes into creating content?
So much brain power goes into creating content. Emotions, energy, force, creativity and lots of money sometimes! It is hard work trust me.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Listen girl, you are going to have to believe in yourself first before you expect anyone else to believe in you. Nothing is impossible, follow your heart. Let your passion lead you to the purpose. Know that, your desire to start needs to be way bigger than your fears.
What is the one quote you stand by?
Allow yourself to take up space
DID YOU KNOW?
- She is obsessed with science fiction movies!
- She has a pretzel-like flexibility to do a prayer sign behind her back!
- She speaks several languages that include English, Fante, Twi, Ga, Akuapem, and a little French.
- Her favorite poets are all the women who write from the depths of their souls. Every woman who writes from pain, sorrow, happiness, and even fear.
- She cannot sing to SAVE HER LIFE
Social media handles?
IG : @kuuksss (3 s’s)
YouTube : Kuukua Eshun
Twitter : @kuukssss (4 s’s)
Here are some stills from Kuukua’s film: Artist Act of Love