Team
Okayafrica Staff

CEO

Abiola Oke

As CEO, Abiola will oversee the evolution of Okayafrica to ensure that the company grows to its full potential. He is tasked with continuing Okayafrica’s role as the preeminent media organization catering to all things African. Prior to joining Okayafrica, Abiola spent more than 12 years in the financial services industry in various wealth management roles with companies such as Morgan Stanley, TD Ameritrade, Citibank and most recently as Vice President at Barclays PLC to name a few.

Abiola is no stranger to arts and culture. When he’s not growing the largest African content media platform in America, he can be found producing music, painting, fundraising for organizations committed to African development and playing soccer amongst other things. Mr. Oke holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a focus in Finance from the City University of New York’s City College.

Co-President

Ginny “Gingerlynn” Suss

Ginny Suss founded Okayafrica in 2011, and is Vice President of Okayplayer. She spent significant time in Sierra Leone with Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, one of Salone’s top pop musical acts and politically conscious provocateurs of change, who she managed from 2008-2013. Previously, she tour managed The Roots, Estelle, and other acts, and continues to occasionally tour manage The Roots. With expertise in event production, Ginny has produced annual events such as The Roots Picnic, the Okayplayer Holiday Jams featuring The Roots, and Okayafrica and Okayplayer’s SXSW showcases and annual SummerStage shows amongst others.

Email: gs@okayafrica.com

Co-President

Vanessa “Without Borders” Wruble

Vanessa Wruble founded Okayafrica in 2011. She has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Gabon, Sao Tome & Principé, and Equatorial Guinea. She has previously worked as the first international correspondent at Al Gore’s Current TV (now Al Jazeera America), as a Communication Specialist for the United Nations, and as a journalist for several print magazines. She holds Master’s Degrees from NYU in Interactive Media and from The New School for Social Research in Psychology.

Email: vw@okayafrica.com

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Managing Editor

Aaron Leaf

Aaron is Okayafrica’s managing editor. His writing about African politics and international affairs can be found in publications like The Nation, Al Jazeera America and the Globe and Mail, among others. Before posting up in Okayafrica’s Brooklyn offices, he worked as an editor in places as far flung as Vancouver, Canada; Lusaka, Zambia; Monrovia, Liberia and Midtown Manhattan.

Email: aaron@okayafrica.com

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Content Manager

Alyssa Klein

Alyssa Klein studied at Lehigh University and the University of Cape Town.

Email: alyssa@okayafrica.com

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Operations Manager

Hanan Osman

A butterfly with East African roots forever connecting with the world.

Email: hanan@okayafrica.com

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Music Editor

Kam Tambini

Kam Tambini is the kid in the corner.

Email: musiceditor@okayafrica.com

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Associate Editor

Antoinette Isama

Antoinette is a first-generation Nigerian with an interest in the intersections of African youth, arts, and the diaspora. Growing up in the diverse D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Md. shaped her views regarding the importance of storytelling and its unique roles in preserving culture. Before joining Okayafrica, she was the Weekend Argus’ visiting reporter in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a master’s degree specializing in interactive journalism and magazine writing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Email: antoinette@okayafrica.com

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Contributing Writer

Abel Shifferaw

Abel Shifferaw is a writer, music maker, and activist. He is from “the land where the youngins get hyphey and go dumb, the soil where rappers be gettin’ they lingo from.” The Yay Area. He has a BA in Social Inquiry from the New School. Due to record cold winters, and following the example of the dude in Kanye West’s Late Registration skits, Abel is a candidate in Pratt Institute’s Writing MFA program in hopes of the second degree keeping him warm at night. Abel is at work on a novel, forthcoming on Canon MG2520 Color Photo Printer Press. :(

Email: abel@okayafrica.com

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Graphic Design

Underdog

Underdog is the resident graphic designer & spinner for #OKAYAFRICADC and Electrafrique NYC.

Front End Design

Jenn Kaye

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