Who we are
Distinguished Diva is an online collective community of healing, economic
empowerment and creation. Join us, as we write our way out of the margins.
Adeola Naomi Aderemi: Founder & Creative Director
Adeola is a Nigerian-Greek activist and healer.
She is a graduate of speech and language therapy, currently working as a multimedia content creator, yoga therapist and founder of Warrior Woman, a rehabilitation program for trauma survivors.
She has worked as a radio producer, program facilitator, model, fashion editor and creative director for various European institutions
Adeola is an intersectional feminist who is passionate about holistic healing and very mindful about life. Adeola is currently working on raising awareness among the general public on issues concerning human trafficking, the empowerment of women and founder of ‘Distinguished Diva’ a platform for underrepresented women of colour in the global media.
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Sasha Bonét: Editor
Sasha is a writer and activist based in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s creative writing MFA program, and is currently at work on a collection of narrative non-fiction essays around the idea of radical black feminism. Her work explores the ways in which race and gender influence art and politics.
Danielle Rosales: Design
As graphic designer and sociologist, Danielle has a strong focus on applied research and urbanism. She develops significant concepts along with a powerful visuality, that is capable of delivering complex content. From conviction, she chooses to work in transdiciplinary environments that enable her to cultivate a critical mind. In 2015 she co-founded »Spatial Codes« with Robin Coenen. Among others, their work has been featured in the collateral event of the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Momentarily based in Berlin, both are also working as active members and Design Researchers at the Civic city network on an international platform.
Wonuola Lawal: Photography
Wonuola Lawal is a photographer and writer whose work is a mixture of portrait, travel and fashion photography. She’s a Chemical Engineering graduate from Aston University, currently pursuing a degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology at Imperial College.
The main theme of her work is the Self, which involves exploring the identities and vulnerabilities of herself and others. She also incorporates the use of Photoshop in most of her projects to create narratives that leave a lasting impression.
Asma Khalifa: Politics
Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and proud Amazigh (a non-Arab indigenous person of Libya) who grew up during Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which lasted from 1969 to 2011. At 27, Khalifa witnessed the end of his regime, but is still impacted by it—she’s spent years peacefully resisting political forces and collaborating with other activists, but realizes that unity will take more time, people and resources.
Possessing a tenacious spirit, Khalifa hasn’t given up. Now, she travels around Libya to educate people on women’s rights and teach communities methods of nonviolent resistance. Khalifa founded a feminist organization and continues to work towards civil progress and good governance in Libya. She was recognized for her bravery and passion in 2016, when she received the Luxembourg Peace Prize as an “Outstanding Youth Peaceworker.”
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Niki Igbaroola: Writer
Niki is a Writer, Radio show host and Communications Associate specialising in brand partnerships and content development. Her writing focuses mostly on black women (Nigerian dominantly) and their experiences in their body and navigating the world. She is an avid reader who can be found reviewing Nigerian Literature for The Book Banque. She currently is working with SocialFixt on their 6-month, Fixt Series whose aim is to increase BAME employability and entrepreneurship in creative industry roles in the UK. She is also part of the Bare Lit Festival team, overseeing the Marketing for the upcoming 2018 festival. Find out more about Niki on Black Sister’s Network and BGRTR
Salem Afangideh: Legal
Salem Afangideh is first of all a human. She spends her days working as the U.S founding partner of Afangideh Global, the co-founder of THRIVE African Girl, a yoga instructor, a coach/speaker/author. She believes in working hard to create a life you are proud to talk about and live in. You can find more of her on salemAfangideh.com and daily glimpses into her life on Instagram.