Film Maker, Writer
Nana Kofi Kufuor (known as Kofi) is a scriptwriter from Stockport. He also works as a Project Support Worker at The Manchester College. Kofi’s parents migrated from Ghana to live in the UK during the 1980s, moving from inner-city Manchester to the suburb of Romiley, in order to give their three children a more wholesome upbringing. At high school and college, Kofi developed a talent for English and creative writing. He studied Film and Television at the University of Cumbria and then took a Master’s degree in scriptwriting at the University of Salford. After years juggling jobs in retail and youth work, and finding it hard to establish a writing career, he entered a competition with BBC One Extra. His submission was made into one of two short films played on the channel’s social media outlets. This achievement led to further opportunities with the Royal Exchange and Box of Tricks theatres. His most recent play ‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ was performed at The Push Festival 2020 at Home, Manchester. In this interview, Kofi reflects on his parents’ view of the UK and how it differs from his own. He considers the multiplicity of his upbringing – ‘outside [of the home] was England and inside was Ghana’ – and the impact this has had on both his sense of identity and his creative expression. He also explains his faith in the value of popular culture, as a means of voicing marginalised experiences and providing role models for the future.