Chinazo Enigwe is the publisher of KAMSI magazine. The 24 year old Nigerian-American is a psychology graduate from Temple University; she says she started KAMSI to tell the untold stories in African culture that not only inspire but lift the community as a whole and also because she wanted to see herself.
The magazine has been dubbed “The Black Woman’s Bible” and it’s where you’ll find the latest trends in African fashion and culture. In August 2017, Enigwe launched the web series, “Seat At The Table” a roundtable featuring millennial women who have candid conversations on relationships, feminism and hot topics. In one episode, the ladies discussed body dysmorphia, toxic relationships and society’s obsession with plastic surgery.
Enigwe describes the web series as a cross between ‘Living Single’ and ‘Girlfriends’ with a splash of ‘Insecure.’ It is based in the heart of Philadelphia.” KAMSI magazine was created to serve a niche market because according to the publisher, there aren’t many magazines (different from a blog) that are dedicated to highlighting African fashion and African creative. She added that the focus on the web series is to represent all types of Black women with content that is as authentic as possible, as well as challenge the narrative that black women’s stories can only be told if they live an extreme lifestyle, for better or for worse- usually for worse.
The career shift from psychology to entertainment was born by a desire to leave a legacy, despite the choice being her parents least favorite for her, she has credited Issa Rae – who’s web series “Awkward Black Girl” projected her into the actress writer and producer she’s currently recognized as, her sisters and everyday events around her as inspirations for her craft. Enigwe believes that Africans are one of the influences within fashion and entertainment industry, but are rarely recognized for that and because of that, she is out to tell the stories.