Create a custom migration in Django

# create an empty migration file
$ ./manage.py makemigrations --empty --name convert_to_utf8mb4 your_app

in your_app/migrations/0002_convert_to_utf8mb4.py

from __future__ import unicode_literals

from django.db import migrations


class Migration(migrations.Migration):

    dependencies = [
        ('your_app', '0001_initial'),
    ]

    operations = [
        migrations.RunSQL(
            'ALTER TABLE app_repostarring CHANGE repo_description repo_description VARCHAR(191) CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;'
        ),
    ]

ref:
https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/ref/migration-operations/#runsql