Press Kit

REPRESENTATION

LITERARY AGENT: Claire Wilson (Rogers, Coleridge & White)
FILM AGENT: Michelle Kroes (Creative Artists Agency)
PUBLISHERS: Simon & Schuster UK, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Macmillan Children’s Books

AUTHOR BIO LONG:

Tọlá Okogwu is an award-winning and bestselling children’s author. 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 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.

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, the best-selling first book in Tọlá’s debut middle grade series was the Waterstones Book of the Month on publication and a winner of the 2023 Children’s Africana Book Award for Older Readers. It was shortlisted for the 2023 British Book Awards, the Barnes & Noble Children’s and YA Book Awards, the inaugural The Week Junior Book Awards and longlisted for the 2023 Jhalak Prize. The audio book was also named a 2023 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording. The second instalment, Onyeka and the Rise of the Rebels was published in March 2023 and received a coveted starred review from Kirkus. It was also shortlisted for best Audiobook in the 2024 Week Junior Book Awards. The final instalment in the series published in Spring 2024, as well as an additional title, Onyeka and the Secret Superhero, which was a 2024 World Book Day title.

Tọlá writes as part of the dynamic duo, Lola Morayo, with five books in the Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door series, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Her work has also featured in several anthologies, including Future Hopes and Black Girl Power. 

AUTHOR BIO SHORT:

Tọlá Okogwu is an award-winning and bestselling author. She studied Journalism and spent some years exploring the world of blogging, haircare and freelance writing before returning to her first love…fiction. Tọlá’s debut novel, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun was shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Barnes & Noble Children’s and YA Book Awards and The Week Junior Book Awards as well as longlisted for The Jhalak Prize, whilst her 2024 World Book Day title, Onyeka and the Secret Superhero, was a UK top ten Bestseller. Tọlá’s originally self-published picture book series, Daddy Do My Hair is a firm family favourite and she also writes under the pen name, Lola Morayo, with five books in the Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door series, published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

SOCIAL MEDIA

AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.tolaokogwu.com

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/tolaokogwu

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/tolaokogwu

Photos

AUTHOR PHOTO #1

Photo Credit: Dujonna Gift-Simms 2021

AUTHOR PHOTO #2

Photo Credit: Dujonna Gift-Simms 2021

AUTHOR PHOTO #3

Photo Credit: Sarah Sark 2023

Book Information

Coming Soon:

TITLE: Bekah and the Moon

PUBLICATION DATE: 25th April 2024

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398509481

ASIN: B0CCX4NYCT

BUY LINKS:
Amazon, Waterstones

SHORT SUMMARY:

A moving and magical picture book about the love between a young girl and the moon 

“Luna’s here, there’s no need to fear.” 

Bekah loves the moon, and she knows the moon loves her too. Each night, when shadows or strange noises frighten her, she is visited by Luna, who bathes the room in moonlight and chases away her fears. But as Luna appears less and less often, Bekah begins to doubt whether her love was ever real.  When Luna returns, Bekah finds that even when someone can’t always be by your side, their love never leaves you.

Coming Soon:

TITLE: Onyeka and the Heroes of the Dawn (Onyeka #3)

PUBLICATION DATE: 14th March 2024

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398523128

ASIN: B0C9NZTD39

BUY LINKS:
Amazon, Waterstones

SHORT SUMMARY:

The extraordinary third book in the action-packed superhero series. Perfect for 8+ fans of Percy Jackson, Amari and the Night Brothersand Black Panther. Soon to be a feature film with a major streamer!

Solari – children with superpowers – have always been native to Nigeria, but Onyeka and her friends have been alerted to one hidden in England. Tasked with retrieving the young Solari, they successfully complete their mission, arriving safe and sound back at the Academy of the Sun with Tobi in tow.

Tobi’s identity and superpower remain a mystery, until a breadcrumb trail leads Onyeka to the truth. But someone else has uncovered the secret, and unlike Onyeka, they don’t have Tobi’s best interests at heart. Can our superhero save the day once again?

Other Books by This Author:

TITLE: Bekah and the Moon

PUBLICATION DATE: 25th April 2024

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398509481

ASIN: B0CCX4NYCT

TITLE: Onyeka and the Secret Superhero

PUBLICATION DATE: 15th February 2024

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398528772

TITLE: Onyeka and the Heroes of the Dawn (Onyeka #3)

PUBLICATION DATE: 14th March 2024 (UK) 14th May 2024 (US)

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK, Margaret K. McElderry Books

HARDBACK ISBN: 978-1665952446

UK PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781398523128

US PAPERBACK ISBN: TBC

TITLE: Onyeka and the Rise of the Rebels (Onyeka #2)

PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd March 2023 (UK) 30th May 2023 (US)

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK, Margaret K. McElderry Books

HARDBACK ISBN: 9781665912648

UK PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781398505117

US PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781665912655

TITLE: Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun (Onyeka #1)

PUBLICATION DATE: 9th June 2022 (UK), 14th June 2022 (US)

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK, Margaret K. McElderry Books

HARDBACK ISBN: 9781665912617

UK PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781398505087

US PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781665912624

TITLE: Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door and the Magic Puppy (Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door #5)

PUBLICATION DATE: 9th February 2023

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781529064018

TITLE: Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door and the Mermaid’s Treasure (Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door #4)

PUBLICATION DATE: 9th June 2022

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781529063998

TITLE: Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door and the Birthday Present Disaster (Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door #3)

PUBLICATION DATE: 17th February 2022

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781529063974

TITLE: Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door and the Ice Cat Mystery (Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door #2)

PUBLICATION DATE: 16th October 2021

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781529063950

TITLE: Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door (Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door #1)

PUBLICATION DATE: 10th June 2021

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781529063851

TITLE: Deji’s Haircut (Daddy Do My Hair )

PUBLICATION DATE: 27th April 2023

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398511484

Beth’s Twists (Daddy Do My Hair)

PUBLICATION DATE: 26th May 2022

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

ISBN: 9781398511460

TITLE: Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way (Daddy Do My Hair)

PUBLICATION DATE: 28th March 2018

PUBLISHER: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

ISBN: 9780995486928

TITLE: Hope’s Braids (Daddy Do My Hair)

PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd May 2017

PUBLISHER: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

ISBN: 9780995486911

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