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6 times Luvvie Ajayi made Nigerians proud

6 times Luvvie Ajayi made Nigerians proud

Luvvie Ajayi is the newest author around the block, her book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, published in September 2016 has gained a lot of accolade and we are immensely proud of her. Luvvie -who moved to the states with her parents at nine from Nigeria and a graduate of psychology -by her endless list of achievements easily reminds one of the quote about “shattering the glass ceiling.”

Today out of what is simply everything she has done, we have compiled six times Luvvie Ajayi made Nigerians proud.

When her site gained a large following

Aside attracting the attention of Shonda Rhimes to her thirteen year old blog for her recap on TV shows including Scandal, The New York times revealed a shocking 500, 000 following stat in 2016 between her website and twitter feed.

When she published her book in 2016

In September 2016, Ajayi debuted her novel from the stables of one of the oldest publishers in the United States Henry Holt and Company. The company has also published authors like Hermann Hesse, Norman Mailer, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

When her book went on to become a New York Times bestseller

Barely  two weeks after her novel debuted, Ajayi went on to instantly become a New York Times Bestseller. In a blog post announcing the milestone to her readers, she wrote;

Last Wednesday (September 22), at 5:15pm, I was in my hotel room in Boca Raton. I was at ADCOLOR’s 10th conference, as a speaker and a nominee for an award (the Rockstar Award). The award show was slated to begin at 7pm so I was about to start getting ready, so I could be on the red carpet by 6pm.

I get a phone call from my publicist Mocha Ochoa-Nana and she sounds frantic.

Me: What list?
Mocha: It just came out. You’re on the list!


When she gave the Ted Talk on her Red Pump Project

In 2015, Ajayi gave a Ted Talk at Ted X Columbia College Chicago on her project that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

When she was selected as a part of Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural Supersoul100 list

In 2016, Oprah Winfrey initiated her Super Soul 100 list described as a collection of 100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. Ajayi made the list alongside a host of amazing others, TD Jakes, Arianna Huffington, Nate Parker and Zim Ugochukwu.


When her book made it to the big screen

In February 2017, Shonda Rhimes announced to critical acclaim that ABC will be developing a comedy series based on Luvvie’s Novel I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.


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6 times Luvvie Ajayi made Nigerians proud

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