Jolade O.

Director, writer, poet and photographer from East London.

Passionate about film, commercials, documentaries, music videos and all narrative based projects.

Has worked in the USA, Bali, South Africa, Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, and across Europe.

"All the spaces and people I come into contact with have a voice. Whether they’re talking directly to me or not, I’m listening. I'm telling their stories".

He has performed internationally and written poetry commissions for BET, Barbican, TFL, Ernst & Young, Roundhouse, BBC 1Xtra and many more. 

Jolade is also a Barbican Young Poet alumni, Vodafone Foundation scholar, One Young World delegate, a director at Writerz and Scribez; a CIC creative arts company, a youth mentor, poetry/film facilitator and parkour athlete/coach.

Selected clients

Sony Music / Columbia Records
Red Bull
Red Bull Music
VO5
Urban Development
Musicalize UK
Vapiano
Echo
Expedia UK
Amos Bursary
Livity

Selected features

Stylist Mag
Kodak
Pitch Magazine
Directors Notes
Londonist
Expedia UK
WeTransfer
VSCO
Saint Heron 
Blavity 
Hashtag Photo Mag
BBC Switch
Worldstar Hip-Hop
WordJar Publishing 
Reprezent Radio 
Afri-Radio 
Guardian Series
Hackney Gazette
London Live
Metro UK
Jocks and Nerds
Hiive

Awards & Grants:

Winner: Outspoken Prize for Poetry Award, 2017.
Winner: Outspoken Performance Prize, 2017.
Winner: Kodak Ektra Photo-documentary Commission, 2017.
Winner: Dreamnation Poetry Slam, 2015.
Finalist: Young Poet Laureate for London, 2013.
Shortlist: Outspoken Poetry in Film Prize, 2018.