Tọlá Okogwu is an award-winning children’s author. She believes it’s important for children to read books that are reflective of their own experiences, as well as other cultures and she seeks to create these opportunities through her books and wider writing. 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 celebrate the special bond between father and child, whilst also showcasing the beauty of Afro textured hair.
The best-selling first book in Tọlá’s debut middle grade series with Simon & Schuster was published in 2022. ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN was the June 2022 Waterstones Book of the Month and a winner of the 2023 Children’s Africana Book Award for Older Readers. It was also named a 2023 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording and shortlisted for the British Book Awards as well as the inaugural The Week Junior Children’s Book Awards. The second instalment, ONYEKA AND THE RISE OF THE REBELS was published in March 2023 and the final instalment in the series, ONYEKA AND THE HEROES OF THE DAWN publishes Spring 2024.
Tọlá lives in Kent, England with her husband and two daughters.