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Who Should Be On Our 100 Women 2019 List? Vote Now and Let Us Know.

Here's how you can nominate game-changing African women for our 2019 list.

This spring OkayAfrica will launch its third annual "100 Women" list honoring accomplished African women from across the continent and diaspora. For the first time we're opening the nomination process to you, our readers! For 100 Women 2019 we'll be highlighting women who are impacting Youth Culture in unique ways.


OkayAfrica's annual 100 Women list recognizes women in a number of fields, ranging from music to STEM, to activism, beauty, media, politics and more. Our 2018 honorees included a women form various backgrounds like media maven Joy-Ann Reid, Ghanaian tech heavyweight Bozoma St. John, legendary Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Malawian poet Upile Chisala, Nigerian beauty guru Jackie Aina, as well as actress Uzo Aduba—just to name a few. You can revisit our full list of 2018 honorees here.

As we begin the selection process for our third edition of the list, we want to include our readers in the process. Which African women making waves in there respective industries would you like to see on the list? We want to hear from you directly so head to our 100 Women nomination form here to let us know which women you think should be on the list. Or fill it out below:

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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