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MICHAELA COEL

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

Michaela Coel, 26, is the Ghanaian-British comedian cracking people up with her quirky Netflix series, Chewing Gum. The actress won the 2016 BAFTA for best "Female Performance in a Comedy Programme." The popular Netflix series is based on her one-woman show, Chewing Gum Dreams.




For creating groundbreaking content that covers the angst and awkwardness of adolescence, in a council estate, Cole is proof that comedic material can be found in places people dismiss as dismal. She does a great job of showing the nuances of growing up as an immigrant in a less privileged community, and her work is changing how people see young Brits of color in media.



Coel won a scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and despite being one of the few black students to attend, she excelled and is positioned for global success in TV and film. Scores of fans await Chewing Gum's return to Netflix in April 2017, which will no doubt have the candor, punch lines and memorable characters viewers love to watch.



-JO

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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