Akala first rose to fame as a rapper and musician, best known for releasing tracks such as The War Mixtape, It’s Not A Rumour, Freedom Lasso, Doublethink and The Thieves Banquet. Throughout his career as a musician, he has been fortunate to perform at top events, including the likes of V Festival, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festival. He has also claimed the 2006 Best Hip Hop Act award at the MOBO Awards. Since then, Akala has appeared as a social activist on programmes across national television, seen on channels such as the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.
He is also well known for his talents in poetry and writing, again using the mediums to advocate various issues. He is known as the author of You Can Do Anything: Hip and Hop, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire and The Dark Lady. He has also made headlines expressing political views, in particular speaking in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Back in 2009 in the early days of his career, Akala founded The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company to explore the links between Shakespeare and modern hip-hop artists.
In his proficiency as a social influencer and activist, Akala has delivered hundreds of speeches both in-person and using online platforms. Previously Akala has performed to wide-ranging demographics, including students at universities such as Sheffield Hallam University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Predominantly covering topics surrounding race and black heritage, Akala captivates online audiences and delivers insightful webinars. Including topics such as diversity and inclusion, black people of America, the power of education, knife crime and black history Akala is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on all virtual audiences and webinar participants.
Akala is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“One of the main reasons Akala’s music is so appealing: he possesses a storytelling dexterity that is unrivalled in the UK”
“Completely engaging, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge was amazing. He was a resounding hit”