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TOKE MAKINWA

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Nigeria's Toke Makinwa is an award-winning radio and TV presenter, vlogger, fashionista and a best-selling author.




Makinwa co-hosts "The Morning Drive" on Rhythm FM, and also works on Ebony Life TV's show, Moments. The star's YouTube channel (Toke Moments) has won her many international fans, and centers around relationship and life advice. The popular personality is a noted brand ambassador, who has worked with Nestlé Nigeria, and in 2016, the Mecran Cosmetics company tapped her to front their skincare campaign.



In 2016, Makinwa penned her memoir,On Becoming, which details her experience of being an orphan, growing up in Nigeria and the tumultuous relationship she had with her ex-husband. Makinwa's frank portrayal polarized readers, but her courage in telling her own truth set a precedent in Nigeria. OkadaBooks noted that hers was the fastest selling book on their platform.

She is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she earned her degree in English language and literature. With over one million Instagram followers, this Nigerian influencer is one of Africa’s top media personalities.



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