The Making of Yomi Adegoke - Race, Class and Mental Health

Oct 07, 08:00 AM
Welcome to the third episode of The Making Of from The Female Lead. Our guest this week is the journalist and author Yomi Adegoke. We love Yomi’s work and were so excited to interview her and capture her infectious energy, honesty and humour. 

As always, she chose six key life moments that have made her who she is today. The list she came up with is a great story which starts with her deciding not to care about looks at the age of 15 and comes full circle to giving up on hair - listen and you’ll see what we mean! We also touched on the big subjects of race, class, and mental health, but somehow there’s a lot of laughs too.

The episode was recorded during lockdown, over zoom, so please bear with us as some bits may sound a little wobbly.

Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award-winning journalist, who writes for The Independent, The Guardian and Vogue among others.

In 2018 she was listed as one of most influential people in London by the Evening Standard after the publication of her first book, written with co-author Elizabeth Uviebinene, Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. This phenomenal book was based on interviews with 39 successful black British women spanning different industries and gives advice and inspiration to young black women.
The Slay in Your Lane brand has become a huge phenomenon with a podcast, journal, events and this year, another branded book.

In October 2020 Yomi and Elizabeth launched another Slay in Your Lane title: Loud Black Girls - an important and timely anthology of black British writing, featuring essays from the diverse voices of 20 established and emerging black British writers.

The Making Of is hosted by Bea Appleby and is edited by Lauren Lind. The production is brought to you by The Female Lead and the whole series is very kindly sponsored by Missoma