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 instutitions
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.
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 and Robin Coenen: Design
Robin creates concepts with a strong visual language across digital, spatial and printed media. He understands every kind of visuality as a potential source and tool of power and empowerment. In 2015 he co-founded »Spatial Codes« with Danielle Rosales. Among others, their work has been featured in the collateral event of the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Together with André van Rüth he is running »Iamgod — Aesthetic & Semiotic Research & Development« a typelabel and platform with a critical and bold approach to societal and communicative phenomena; investigated through the perspective of writing systems, typography and typedesign.
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 Paris, 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.