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TOKE MAKINWA

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.



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Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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