Music Historian & Enthusiast, Curator, Creative Director
Nwaka Onwusa is a music historian and enthusiast who has curated numerous exhibits celebrating the diversity of musical expression, including the captivating 'Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I'm Free.'
Nwaka Onwusa joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 and served as Chief Curator and Vice President of Curatorial Affairs. She developed informative and immersive exhibits showcasing rock and roll's history and cultural impact.
Before her work at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Nwaka began her curatorial career at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, where she curated over 25 unique exhibits, such as 'All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur,' 'Legends of Motown,' and 'The Taylor Swift Experience.' Audiences across the U.S. and the U.K. have experienced her work.
Nwaka's passion for inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies led her to work in educational programs before becoming a curator. She holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from U.C. Riverside and a Master's in Leadership from USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. Nwaka's dedication and contributions to the museum industry have earned her numerous honors, including being named as a 40 under 40 by her undergrad, U.C. Riverside. She was identified as a leader in music in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2021, one of Cleveland's Most Interesting People of 2020, and honored as a Museum Rising Star by the Museum of African American Art in 2012.