Kay Oyegun’s relatives can spin a tale like you wouldn’t believe. The L.A.-born filmmaker credits the family who surrounded her while growing up in Nigeria for instilling a knack for storytelling. Crafting tales that twist and tug at the emotions is simply in her DNA.
Armed with a Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Producing from University of Southern California, she is responsible for writing two of the most critically acclaimed TV spectacles: OWN’s Queen Sugar and NBC’s This Is Us. Both award-winning shows have been praised for bringing the stories of black people to the forefront. Oyegun is humble about her prolific portfolio and succinct with her job description (“I write,” she says), but she understands that her next project—one of several she has cooking—is bound to be a heavy hitter. She has been tapped to write the upcoming Angela Davis biopic for Lionsgate, which is being executive produced by both Davis and Forest Whitaker. Quite the important task.
The end goal for Oyegun is to eventually create her own shows while writing and directing features. As she makes strides towards her dream, her mentors (including Melissa Carter, her first showrunner, and her current boss, Dan Fogelman) and personal cheerleaders are in her corner ready and waiting. Oyegun remains inspired by her tribe of fellow black female scribes, who make it a point to push and support one another, as well as the African women whose shared experiences create safe spaces to see and be seen.