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Cynthia Erivo to African Women: 'You Have to Know That You Are Enough'

Tony & Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo sits down with OkayAfrica to tell us about her experiences as an black woman in theater.

Cynthia Erivo wants to create more spaces for young black girls.


The British-Nigerian actress, who won a Tony and Grammy Award this season for her leading role in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, sat down with OkayAfrica to tell us about her experiences as a black woman in theater.

During our chat, Erivo dropped some gems about balancing her identity as both an African and British woman, being true to herself, and preparing to play Harriet Tubman in the upcoming biopic.

Erivo also talks about her love for Nigeria and never letting her London upbringing dilute her background.

Her most important advice for African and black women:

"You have to know that you are enough. The strength comes from within you, and when you allow that to come through, nobody can tell you anything. That is the power that we hold, when we're able to be strong in ourselves, look someone in the eye and let them know that we're great."

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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