Founder of Malaika Collective and Malaika Apparel

Rita Bunatal is the creative director of the Pan African Lifestyle Brand & Creative Collective, Malaika Collective. She is passionate about creating designs that reflect the unique experiences of 1st generation African and Black women living between the U.S. and Ghana. Her work has been featured in prestigious publications such as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Blavity, HerCampus & Essence Magazine. Through her brand, Rita hopes to challenge and redefine the dominant narrative around Africa.

Rita has a strong background in marketing and innovation, having worked in SheaMoisture Hair Care at Sundial Brands. She also helped launch the ‘How To’ video series. She holds a B.S. in Communication Management and Design, with a Corporate Communications focus, and minors in African Diaspora studies & Communication studies.

Rita Bunatal

Rita’s work has been widely recognized, from her viral photo campaign ‘The Real Africa: Fight the Stereotype’ that was featured on CNN, BET, USA Today and more, to her recognition as a Future of Ghana 30 Under 30 Pioneer in 2019. She is an inspirational leader and a true champion for Black culture, globally. 

Not only is Rita a successful entrepreneur, but she is also an agency represented plus size model, recently featured in a national Target campaign. Her experience both behind and in front of the camera gives her a holistic and well rounded approach to the creative and marketing industry. She currently owns Malaika Collective & Studio Malaika and demonstrates strong leadership and management skills that are necessary for diverse and inclusive companies.