Abibat Adesanya is a beauty and culture digital content creator specialising in natural hair. She has amassed over 30,000 Instagram followers primarily featuring instructional videos on how to care for and style natural hair under the handle @abs.tract. She was named in the Top 10 Ethnic, Diversity and Inclusion Influencers of 2023 by GottaBeEthnic! Abibat has a First Class BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and works as a management consulting analyst as well as creating TikTok videos on learning the Yoruba language.
Kike Oniwinde is the founder and CEO of BYP Network, an organisation on a mission to change the black narrative and promote equality in the professional sphere that has tens of thousands of members around the world. BYP Network is a digital platform that connects black professionals to personalised career opportunities such as jobs, mentorship, events and content, all based on their career goals. BYP Network also connects workers and entrepreneurs with corporations and hosts in networking events which attract major names such as Spotify. Kike is a former Great Britain javelin thrower, and has a BSc (Hons) Economics degree from the University of Nottingham and a MSc Management degree from the University of Florida.
Rachel Ama is a dancing, cooking, powerhouse of vegan inspiration. Her food is hearty and delicious and full of the flavours of her Caribbean and African roots. Rachel has over half-a-million subscribers to her YouTube channel, and more than 225,000 followers on Instagram who love her flavour-packed food, but also her realness, her sense of fun, and her passion for showing people that vegan food doesn’t have to mean you compromise on taste or texture. Rachel gave up meat, fish and dairy a decade ago for health, the planet and the animals and is on a mission to raise the profile of creative and delicious plant-based eating. She has published two books and is launching a range of sauces.
Courtney Daniella Boateng is a content creator, digital entrepreneur and community builder, passionate about using social media and community power to make a positive impact globally. Featured in Forbes, The Times and Teen Vogue, Courtney has more than 100,000 followers across her online platforms and founded To My Sisters, one of the fastest-growing women’s communities that is intended to be a space to develop the next generation of female leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, creators and more. To My Sisters grew initially from a podcast of the same name, which has had more than three million downloads in less than two years. To My Sisters has blossomed into a community hub, with workshops, productions and events geared towards growing sisterhood across the world.
Miah Carter, the self-styled “Body Positivity Big Sis”, has amassed more than three million followers on TikTok for her make-up application and body positivity videos. At the age of 18, Miah built her influence by being open and vulnerable about body image, living with autism and her journey to self-love. She is outspoken on body positivity and women’s rights and has collaborated with brands including Rimmel, PLT, Warner Brothers and Kylie Cosmetics. Before her rise to fame, Miah was in Stage School and starred in Matilda and Legally Blonde on the West End from the age of 10.
Amber Rose Gill won the fifth series of popular reality TV show Love Island in 2019, launching her hugely successful ARG Promotions firm after emerging victorious from the villa. She has since presented the ITV series The Full Treatment, as well as competing on the Channel 4 survival series Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. Amber has collaborated with numerous brands, including a massively successful partnership with Boohoo. She is a published author, releasing her debut romance novel, Until I Met You last year – a love story set in Tobago.
Marvyn Harrison is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant and the founder of Dope Black Dads, a support group and podcast that works to challenge outdated stereotypes about black fatherhood and cultivate a progressive, inclusive community of parents. Marvyn previously had a long career in music and advertising, spending over a decade in the industry working with a variety of clients, from artists such as Ed Sheeran and Samsung to Manchester City Football Club. His organisation Dope Black now has 250,000 members and includes communities for women and black LQBTQIA+ people.
Nadiya Hussain MBE is a British chef, author and television presenter who rose to fame after winning the sixth series of BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015. She has since had her own TV shows – Nadiya’s Family Favourites and Nadiya Bakes – and has written several cookery books, an autobiography and a novel. She is a columnist for The Times Magazine and has appeared as a guest panellist on ITV’s Loose Women. She was also invited to bake a cake for the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II. Nadiya has been named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK and has appeared on BBC News’ 100 Women list.
Cherry Jain Rastogi is a YouTuber, content creator and consultant who launched the blog Much, Too Much focusing on fashion, lifestyle, travel and culture. Cherry quickly built up a passionate following, especially on Instagram where she boasts over 200,000 followers. She has millions of impressions online with a 90% female audience in her native India. In addition to modelling and working with numerous fashion brands, she has co-founded fashion company UndrDressed.
Emanuel Wallace, aka Big Manny, is a 24-year-old science-first content creator and music artist, making the periodic table and Bunsen burners cool again. With a master’s degree in biomedical science, East Londoner Manny creates age-friendly and class-friendly content that is entertaining, educational, and experimental. Manny produces, writes, and performs UK rap music with the lyrics promoting a positive message about youth and education. He is a proud advocate for young people excelling in school and university to make a difference in their communities.