In 2014 I found myself on stage for the first time as the lead role in The Messiah Complex written and directed by Nia Witherspoon and choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo. This experience took my capacity to a new level and helped nurture my found love for acting.
I played the role of “Young Messiah” at the 12th Downtown Urban Theater Festival and have also done readings for The Messiah Complex at the National Black Theatre and at the Fire&Ink Black Theater conference.
Fast forward to 2017 and I am making her film debut in Garden of Eden and am honored to be a part of the film’s screening at Festival de Cannes 2017. I have so much gratitude for this transformative experience.
"Realizing that there is space in this art for my identity as Black, Queer, and a Woman in one body, was one of the best moments I've ever had."
Anyanwu holds a B.A. in Pan African Studies and a certification in Adolescent Treatment from UC Berkeley. She is a practicing doula and is completing an M.A. in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco.
Anyanwu has been grounded in building connection between people and communities over the last 20 years in Education, Youth Development, and Social Justice work. Influenced by her mother, community leaders, and ministers in Marin City, CA during her adolescent years she gained a commitment to the legacy of The Civil Rights Movement and Black Panther Party. An experience of persistence and resilience in the face of struggle led her to learn and receive a BA under the wings of professors in the field of Pan African Studies while researching the sociological impact of racial oppression and transgenerational trauma.
As a co-founder of THEHUMANROOT she is curating a dream of building a crossroad between lived experiences, critical research, and emotional connection to create spaces for human beings to resist oppression and take collective action