Tọlá Okogwu is a British-Nigerian Author, Journalist and Hair Care Educator. Born in Nigeria, but raised in London, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She has written for several publications, including Refinery29, Huffington Post and Black Ballad. Tọlá’s work as an afro hair care educator has given her a unique insight into the key issues surrounding Black women and their hair and through her online coaching services and courses, she has empowered and taught women all over the world, how to improve the health of their hair.
Through her books and wider writing, Tọlá constantly seeks to create ‘mirrors and windows’, allowing children the opportunity to read books that are reflective of their own experiences, and other cultures. Her self-published picture book series, DADDY DO MY HAIR is a firm family favourite. The books were inspired by the relationship between her husband and daughters and are designed to challenge some of the perceptions and preconceptions around race and gender roles within parenting. Her books have become an excellent way of encouraging diversity and inclusion from an early age.
Tọlá’s new middle grade series with Simon & Schuster is set in a futuristic Nigeria, powered by solar energy. The first book, ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN will be published in June 2022. She also writes as part of the dynamic duo, Lola Morayo and the first book under this partnership, AZIZA’S SECRET FAIRY DOOR was published by Pan Macmillan in June 2021. Tọlá lives in Kent, England with her husband and two daughters.