We connect. We create. We celebrate.
ÉZÈ STUDIO is a Canadian design, culture and media group created by the black community for the black community. We share our stories, our talents and create unique content that celebrates the diversity within black culture and identity.
Kelechi and I first met in a small bar on Osborne street in Winnipeg, MB. There, we shared much about our childhood - both our families' cultures were significant in shaping who we are today. Through our cultures, we each developed a passion for things including music, artwork, business and education.
We discussed how important it is to spotlight the many forms of expression that accurately depict the lives of black people in Canada. An essential aspect of these stories, is that they are told by people of colour themselves. We also discussed that through local businesses, lies the ability to strengthen our communities; increased opportunities through investing in each other.
Not long after that conversation, we realized we had many skilled family members and friends who shared this sentiment. From doctors and entrepreneurs, to artists and authors, the black community is incredibly diverse and offers so much of ourselves to society. What was missing was a platform where members of our community could go to support one another both locally and abroad.
This is why we created ÉZÈ STUDIO.
- Niasha McKoy, Creative Director & Co-Founder of ÉZÈ STUDIO
The word ÉZÈ comes from Igbo (Nigeria) which means "king" or, more generally, "someone who holds royal status." This name ÉZÈ STUDIO is significant as it reflects my Nigerian heritage. It also describes the character of our brand; black people and POC who pursue their passions with ambition and pride in who they are.
Through our pursuits, we create unique content, network and share stories within our community and across the web. We aspire to have each person see themselves as the powerful individuals they truly are in their own unique way.
ÉZÈ STUDIO's philosophy is based on three values that we share - Culture, Community and Commerce.
It is through our culture that we share our stories and experiences. We take pride in supporting the content that tell the stories in an authentic way. Our culture is what inspires others to harness their talents; to live a life built on the pursuit of one's passion.
From education and politics to art and entertainment, ÉZÈ STUDIO works in sharing opportunities and highlighting diverse leadersship and artists within Canada's black community. We create and share video content along with other onlinr content from creators of different skills and disciples.
We network with black-owned businesses, local non-profits, festivals and other organizations across Canada that are making a positive impact in the community and promote Canada's diversity. We've worked with Culture Days, Shaw Cable Winnipeg, Metro News Winnipeg, and many others. From art venues to live perfomrances; panel discussions and Black History Month events. These events where we come together allow us to connect with one another; to better support and celebrate who we are as a people.
- Kelechi P. Asagwara, Visual Director & Co-Founder of ÉZÈ STUDIO