Morenike Joela is a Director, Writer and Producer who is passionate about creating compelling, provoking and dynamic programming for television, the web and film with women of color at the forefront. Her impressive career in unscripted TV, where she started as an Associate Producer for BET’s Rap City, includes her producing for major networks such as MTV, OWN, PBS, E!, TNT, BET, NBC and TV One.
Morenike turned to new media to make the leap into the scripted world of narrative storytelling by directing and writing 3 highly acclaimed web series. Her first webseries, The Brown Betties Guide which she directed, co-wrote and co-produced,
with Peppur Chambers, earned her 7 nominations at the 2011 LA WebFest—including Outstanding Director, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Comedy Series. She next had the opportunity to direct Season 1 of the hugely popular series Sexless, for Black & Sexy TV. The series was written up in Variety and acquired by Viacom networks to air on BET and Centric. This led to her being hired by Executive Producer Claire Brown (Being Mary Jane, The Game) to direct a 10-episode digital series called GOD COMPLX funded by Google that follows a diverse group of coders in Silicon Beach. The series earned Morenike Joela an
Outstanding Director nomination for LA WebFest 2017 and won the Jury award at the 2017 Diversity En Cannes Short Film Showcase.
Morenike returned to GOD COMPLX in 2018 as Co-Executive Producer/Showrunner. shaping the new season’s storylines, running the writing room, managing the creative production and a slate of 4 additional directors while also directing 2 episodes herself. She is currently developing her original TV pilot, “F.A.B.” which was selected as one of ten projects nationwide to be a part of the 2018 PGA Power of Diversity Master Workshops.
Originally from DC, Morenike Joela started as a journalist freelancing for the Washington Post after a successful internship there as a general assignment reporter. She’s a proud Prairie View A&M graduate and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. If she wasn’t working as a triple threat in the entertainment industry, she’d be Janet Jackson’s back up dancer, a detective, or an archeologist--in that order.
Follow her journey: @morenikejoela (IG & Twitter)