Emeka Egbuonu is a writer, film director, radio host and a youth worker at the Crib Youth Project in Hackney. He grew up in Hackney and as a teenager was a member of the youth project, himself. He now helps run the project and works with young people in several workshops like the media program which helps young people to learn to filming and editing skills. Entrepreneur workshops called YBM’s “Young Business Minds” encourages young people to think about a future career and to think about starting their own businesses.
Emeka first started working with young people when he was 18, as football coach. In this role he was able to bring together young people from different areas to play football together, through love of the game.
Emeka coached Gems FC, an under 16’s team for 2 years during which time he won 4 trophies. Using a football as a tool, then building relationships and eventually using that trust to help push them forward.
Since that time Emeka he has been actively volunteering in the community and working for an organisation aimed at helping young people not in education or employment (NEET) to assert themselves and to move forward in life.
Emeka was the founder of the ‘Consequences’ campaign in 2009, where, with the guidance of Janette Collins the workshop has come to life. Since then the project has been delivered to young people all over London.
Emeka is the director of two feature documentaries; London to LA, about gang intervention schemes in London and Los Angeles and a stop and search documentary looking at relationship between the police and young people in London
He is an established public speaker and has been invited to Berlin, North America and toured the UK speaking to young people.
He has also sat on a panel for the ‘Future Spaces Foundation Report’ a report on future of the high street. Egbuonu, a youth worker of 10 years is now a Lecturer at Barking and Dagenham College.
Emeka is also a player manager for Boroughs United football club. They play their football at Hackney Marshes and the current Hackney and Leyton Junior cup champions in their first year entering the competition.