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

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.



Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

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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