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NUNU NTSHINGILA-NJEKE

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

We all have a soft spot for Facebook, or maybe some of us are still on it because it feels like a second skin. Whatever the reason, many people who have access to it use it to socialize, get news, read great articles and silly memes, or to creep on others. But enough about why we love Facebook—I wrote all of this to let you know that the person heading Africa's first Facebook office is a black woman, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke.




Ntshingila-Njeke is an advertising and business maven—she's the former chairwoman of Ogilvy and Mather and was the communications director of Nike South Africa—with a vision for Africa's social and digital future. As the head of Facebook's Africa office in Johannesburg, she aims to integrate this social media platform with the aesthetics that Africans desire.



Last summer, Ntshingila-Njeke was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame—the first woman to receive this honor. Now, that's something worth writing a status about.



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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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