Toke Makinwa biography
Toke Makinwa is a famous Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur and author.
Full Name: Toke Makinwa
Born: 3 November 1984
Birth place: Lagos State, Nigerian
Alma mater: University of Lagos
Famous as: Radio personality, television host, vlogger, entrepreneur, author
Years active: 2010–present
Spouse(s): Maje Ayida (m. 2014–2017)
Books: On Becoming …
Nominations: Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best OAP
Movies and TV shows: Love is War, Trending
Parents: Modupe Monica Makinwa, Caleb Ifemayowa Makinwa
Biographical and educational career
Toke Makinwa was born on 3 November 1984, in Lagos state. She attended the Federal Government Girls’ College in Oyo State.
Makinwa later attended the University of Lagos, where she earned a BA degree in English and literature.
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In 2010, Makinwa made her major media debut on Rhythm 93.7 FM’s The Morning Drive show as a co-host.
In 2012, she made a television appearance as host of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant, which was broadcast live across Nigeria.
She co-hosted Flytime TV’s 3 Live Chicks, along with Tosyn Bucknor and Oreka Godis. The show debuted as a web series before expanding to terrestrial television in late 2012.
Toke Makinwa did not renew her contract with Flytime TV for the show’s second season and was subsequently replaced by her radio colleague Omalicha.
In 2012, Makinwa launched her YouTube vlog series Toke Moments.
In January 2014, Hip Hop World Magazine announced Makinwa as the host of its interview and talk series Trending.
She also secured a spot on EbonyLife TV as a co-host of its flagship show Moments.
Makinwa has hosted numerous notable events, including the 2013 Future and City People Awards, as well as the 2014 Headies Awards.
On Becoming and handbag line
Toke Makinwa lost both of her parents to a fire accident when she was 8 years old. She released her memoir On Becoming in November 2016.
The book talks about her personal struggles and addresses the betrayal of her now ex-husband, Maje Ayida.
Makinwa went on a book tour to promote the book. The tour included Nigeria, South Africa, the U.S, the U.K, and parts of East Africa.
In 2017, Makinwa launched a handbag line under her eponymous label, Toke Makinwa Luxury. She also launched a skincare product called Glow by TM in 2018.
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Endorsements and ambassadorship
In 2013, Makinwa became an ambassador of the United Africa Company of Nigeria, alongside Osas Ighodaro, Dare Art Alade and Dan Foster.
She also signed a multi-million naira contract with Nestlé Nigeria to become the new face of Maggi.
In 2016, she became the brand ambassador and face of Mecran Cosmetics.
She has also been an ambassador for Payporte and Ciroc.
Family and personal life
On 15 January 2014, Makinwa married Maje Ayida, whom she had been involved with for eight years.
In 2015, she separated from Ayida after discovering that he had impregnated his ex-girlfriend.
On 5 October 2017, Makinwa’s marriage to Ayida was dissolved by a Lagos High Court on the grounds that Ayida committed adultery.