Campaigner Paula Akpan on how you too can fight for positive change

At our NME #Lifehacks event in London last week, Paula Akpan joined other leading activists and campaigners on a panel discussing How To Effect Positive Change.

Akpan is co-founder of the The “I’m Tired Project”, which aims to highlight the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions and stereotypes. This year, she also co-founded the UK’s first ever Black Girl Festival.

After the panel, Akpan shared some advice for young people who want to campaign for positive change, too, but have no idea where to start.


She also spoke about why she wanted to get involved with #Lifehacks, and shared her thoughts on how the Positive Change panel went down on the day. Find out what she has to say in the video interview above.

Also speaking on the Positive Change panel were Amelia Cooper from aid organisation Help Refugees and Paris Lees, the award-winning writer, broadcaster and campaigner.

The panel was chaired by podcaster and 1xtra social media guru Alex Manzi, who has recently shared his tips for building a career in the creative industries.

NME teamed up with University of Salford and youth initiative Create Jobs to lay on the #Lifehacks event at London’s Islington Metal Words last Thursday (23 November). Here’s the full story of the event in pictures.