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LUVVIE AJAYI

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

Luvvie Ajayi is an author, speaker and activist, who has engaged audiences with her musings on life, politics and pop culture for over a decade via her blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Born in Nigeria, Ajayi’s family moved to Chicago when she was nine. She earned a degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, and began blogging in 2003. She’s since amassed an incredibly loyal and enthusiastic online following, which hit one million on Facebook in March.




Luvvie released her debut novel, I’m Judging you: The Do Better Manual in 2016, which sprung to number five on The New York Time’s Best Seller’s list. That same year, she became the first writer to speak at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The book is being adapted into a comedy series by Shonda Rhimes who caught wind of Ajayi after reading her laugh-out-loud reviews of her hit TV series, Scandal. Ajayi maintains a dynamic social media presence and remains a go-to figure for candid and insightful commentary on just about everything pertaining to black women—and so much more.



Read our OkayAfrica 100 Women Feature article with Luvvie Ajayi here.



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We speak with Luvvie where she shares her career journey with us and some of the lessons learned along the way and more in the video below:



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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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