Níkẹ Uche Kadri (they/them) is an award-winning actor and filmmaker most known for their series regular role of Toni 'Rook' Douglas on One Dollar and their Off-Broadway, NYC, and regional acting work. Their screenwriting work strives to inspire empathy and challenge and further social consciousness. They are currently based in NYC and ATL. They are a graduate of the UMN/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.
Dagbasi Productions was founded by award-winning actor and filmmaker Níkẹ Uche Kadri on Juneteenth 2020 during the Covid-19 and Racial pandemics, in order to actualize their dreams and ‘be the change’ they sought in the world.
Dagbasi means ‘evolve’ or ‘grow’ in Yoruba, a Nigerian tribe that Níkẹ is a first-generation descendant of.
Dagbasi Productions is a Black, LGBTQ+ GNC-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.