Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Nana Olforriata


Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a writer, filmmaker and art historian. In her work, she has sought  to understand the various relativities of cultural contexts, and to give voice to that understanding in a way that speaks to both the actors and communities of that context, as well as the wider world.

She is director of the ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge, through which she has pioneered a pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia and a Mobile Museums project that travels into communities, collects material culture and exhibits them in those communities, creating discourse about narratives, memory and value. She has made several films, which are a cross of fiction, travel essay, and documentary, and have been shown at museums like The New Museum, Tate Modern and LACMA.

Olforriata had written widely on cultural narratives and institutions in Africa, and is publishing her first novel with Bloomsbury Publishing in 2019. She is the recipient of the 2015 Art &  technology Award from LACMA, and of the 2016 AIR Award, which “seeks to honor and celebrate extraordinary African artists who are committed to producing provocative, innovative and socially-engaging work”. She has been named one of the Apollo ’40 under 40', one of 50 African Trailblazers by The Africa Report, one of 12 African women making history by Okayafrica, and a Quartz Africa Innovator.