Níkẹ Uche Kadri (they/he/ènìyàn) is a practitioner of collaborative solidarity who founded Dagbasi Productions on Juneteenth 2020 to create work that inspires empathy and challenges and furthers social consciousness. Níkẹ is proud to be a Trans/Genderqueer self-identified Lesbian, first-generation Nigerian, actor, writer, and producer from the South. They have been writing, performing and obsessed with books since they were four years old.
Níkẹ has successfully created shorts that pass the Bechdel, Ava DuVernay and/or Vito Russo tests to critical acclaim including Pink & Blue and Her First Kill (Best Director award), which is now a pilot for a limited series. A short film screenplay of theirs was 1 of 3 chosen for the BRIC Black Box Filmmaking Intensive. They were proud to be a Screenwriting Artist-in-Residence at The Lark/New York Stage and Film. Níkẹ has several more projects in development and is based in NYC and ATL.
As an actor, Níkẹ has performed Off-Broadway, regionally and can be seen on CBS ALL ACCESS, HBO and Netflix. Níkẹ is also a Drama Desk Award Winner and graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. @nikeuchekadri
Dagbasi Productions was founded by award-winning actor and filmmaker Níkẹ Uche Kadri on Juneteenth 2020 during the Covid-19 and ongoing Racial pandemics, in order to actualize their dreams and ‘be the change’ they sought in the world.
Dagbasi means ‘evolve’ or ‘grow’ in Yorùbá, a Nigerian tribe that Níkẹ is a first-generation descendant of.
Dagbasi Productions is a Black, LGBQ+ TGNC-owned and operated media production company that champions new stories and storytellers. Dagbasi Productions champions and supports media/change-makers that strive to shift social consciousness and unapologetically dismantle systems of oppression through storytelling.
We are a liberation movement, an abolitionist movement, a movement for freedom, equality, and the pursuit of dreaming up a world that values individual and societal inner peace, love, transformation, unity, and happiness. DREAM. BIG.
Dagbasi Productions is a safe space that champions, challenges, and supports work in all phases of development and production and prioritizes systemically marginalized folx (especially BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, TSGNC, undocumented persons, people with psych impairments, physical and learning disabilities, the elderly, incarcerated persons, the working class, homeless, migrants, sex workers, religious minorities, and MORE in all tones and sizes) creatively, administratively, on-camera, and behind-the-scenes.
You and your stories are welcome here.
We believe in art as mental health advocacy and champion narratives that center or highlight processing trauma. We believe in radical empathy and the power of introspection.
Dagbasi Productions is interested in work that passes the Bechdel, Ava DuVernay, and Vitto Russo Tests. Dagbasi Productions prioritizes authenticity, inclusion, and integration.
Dagbasi Productions is interested in work that involves and furthers the work of non-for-profits and grassroots organizations that are led by and for under-served and underrepresented communities for global restorative justice and decolonization of consciousness. All power to all the people. We are stronger together.
Dagbasi Productions seeks fierce change makers interested in collaboration, diligence, kindness, and empathy. It takes a village to evolve. No position is less valid than another. From production assistants to background artists to cinematographers and set decorators, every artisan is essential to the collective vision.
Dagbasi Productions believes in art for social change. Art as one with the Sacred Earth. Art as channeled through the Spirits of our Ancestors. Art as movement and entertainment. Art as empathy. Art for evolution.