#Okay100Women

DIANE AUDREY NGAKO

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Diane Audrey Ngako is the former Le Monde social media editor, who left journalism for an exciting start-up she created called Visiter L’Afrique (Visit Africa) and a content agency Omenkart in 2014. She is now based in her native Cameroon and has managed to build a community of ambassadors from various African countries, who contribute to Visiter L'Afrique, with information about what to see, do and eat while travelling. The digital platform also works with contributors to show the continent at its best, and includes an Instagram round-up of the top images from #Visiterlafrique.




The Forbes 30 under 30 honoree nurtured an online community of storytellers and travellers who share interesting images, videos and tips to get the most out of life in various regions on the continent.



The bilingual entrepreneur is inspiring Africans to look at their respective countries with a new lens, and also encouraging visitors to enjoy the continent in an authentic way by using the website and its social media channel as a resource.



—JO

Interview

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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