It is known to be a country blessed with lush vegetation and large oil reserves, but more than all these is a plethora of talents who have their roots in the country. Nigeria is one of the most blessed countries in terms of brains as sons and daughters of the country have proven themselves in all walks of life. Nigerians have won ingenuity battles both from home and while they reside in foreign lands. We can speak of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Emeka Emegwali, Okonjo Iweala, Oris Erhuero (Chris Aire), Taio Cruz, Wale (rapper), Adewale Agbaje Akinnuoye, Asa. I could go on and on till you get tired of reading, but I won’t be doing us both any good if I bore you before talking of the great black lady making Africa proud in the US and the UK. She may not have achieved the iconic figure she’s due in Nigeria and Africa at large, but that doesn’t negate the fact that she is doing us all proud, and writing her name in the sands of time.
Lola Adesioye was born in theUnited Kingdomin 1980. She attended James Allen’s Girls’ School. As a secondary school student, she played the saxophone, recorder, and piano. Besides playing these instruments well, she was also a good singer and founded a gospel choir in her school in 1998. Summer work she did back then became the foundation for who she has become today. She has worked with Atlantic Records, Nokia (On New Year’s Eve concerts), to mention a few. In 2004, she started her own industry-focused website called Verse Online. She has also published a motivational book.
She’s well educated with a B.A and M.A in Social and Political Science from RobinsonCollege,Cambridge University. After graduating, she was one of the six black students who featured in a groundbreaking BBC documentary, “Black Ambition” which documented their lives at Cambridge. I don’t need a soothsayer to tell me she likes reading. She also likes learning and traveling. She believes in “multi-dimensional human beings with the ability to question myths and commonly held assumptions, and contribute meaningfully and positively to the world”. She calls herself a self-confessed geek. I’ll be sure to air my views when I personally meet her. Lola is working on her first non-fiction book which her passion makes me believe it’s about the plight of an African child, or slightly related to that in a way.
Lola is a writer, social commentator, activist, singer/songwriter and entrepreneur. Her commentary and analysis has been featured in The Guardian, The Economist, The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post’s TheRoot.com, and several other publications. She appears regularly on BBC, CNN, BET, and other Tv networks. Despite her busy schedule, she still finds time for social work. She’s a member of Young Professional Committee for The Hunger Project, and also an alumna of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative. She also started a fund for the students of African and Carribbean descent at Cambridge University. She says is at every chance she’s got that Nigerian blood flows in her veins. She is one of the illustrious daughters of Nigeria doing our great country proud in the US.
I just hope someday these faithful sons and daughters making our country proud would gather together somewhere and discuss how they can help to further bolster the country’s growth and allow young Nigerians relate with them in other to easily see them as role models and believe again that something good can actually come out of this country. The truth is that a lot of youths have lost hope, but here is Lola Adesioye, a Nigerian like you rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in media in the world. You also can be great.
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