Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist and author. Possessing a wide culture and training, she writes about social issues and fundamental elements within today’s societies: races and social differences, the situation of women and feminist currents, popular culture and also makes inroads into strictly issues politicians.
Born in Canning Town (East London), of Nigerian descent, Adegoke received her BA in Journalism and Law from the University of Warwick. In 2013 she founded “Birthday” magazine, a publication aimed at young black women to address the lack of representation in the mainstream media. Adegoke has also worked at ITN, Channel 4 News and The Pool as a senior writer and as a freelance for Vogue, The Guardian and The Independent, among other publications. In 2018 she was singled out as one of London’s most influential people by the Evening Standard and named a “front-line pioneer” in championing the fight for the rights of discriminated against. In addition, that same year, she was awarded as Journalist of the Year by the Woman In Africa Awards, named as Marie Claire Future Shaper and received the Groucho Maverick for her first book, co-authored with Elizabeth Uviebinene, Slay in your lane: The Black GirlBible. .
Now, as we celebrate Black History month in the UK, we want to bring you her latest publication: Slay in your lane presents: Loud Black Girls. An important and timely anthology of black British writing, edited and curated by the authors of the acclaimed and groundbreaking Slay In Your Lane. The work contains essays by diverse voices: more than twenty black British writers, some already established and well-known and others emerging.
In Loud Black Girls: The Black Girl Bible authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené ask black British writers – including Yemisi Adegoke, Paula Akpan, Sheila Atim, Siana Bangura, Jendella Benson , CandiceBrathwaite, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Toni-BlazeIbekwe, Neo Jessica Johnson (Nao), Kuchenga, Temi Mwale, Eunice Olumide, Abiola Oni, Phoebe Parke, Princess Paz, Fiona Rutherford, KubaShand-Baptiste, Sophia Thakur and Selina Thompson – to explore what it means for them to find themselves in this turbulent and difficult post-Brexit environment, or with phenomena such as the presidency of Donald Trump and the rise of the extreme right in the world. But also to be told, at the same time, where there are more opportunities for black women to prosper.
Loud Black Girls, in short, seeks greater visibility and recognition for black women, giving them a voice and providing a platform through their essays that provides readers with an experience from a real but imaginative and daring perspective, as well as fun, about what matters to black women today.
Loud Black Girls tries to assert the true “me” of black women in a world that constantly tries to minimize who we are.
Like the hugely successful previous one, the new book is essential reading for all women, regardless of color and race, presenting in writing the effort and courage of those black women who were born or live in Great Britain and who Despite the challenges presented by a society until recently, and even now, highly classist and conservative, they face all social challenges and are promoters, entrepreneurs, agitators and educators in the activities they carry out on a daily basis. day in the different sectors of a world that seek to change by making it more supportive, fairer and freer for all, for all.
Let us celebrate their effort and also their achievements because, with their attitude and courage, they set an example and leave us a wonderful inheritance so that future generations look at their present and future with hope and with the greatest pride.