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From Passion to Portfolio! Exquisite Magazine Publisher Tewa Onasanya Talks Swapping Pharmacology for Journalism



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In a piece called ‘How one woman swapped Big Pharma for publishing to fulfill her dream’ on their ‘Passion to Portfolio’ segment, CNN takes on Tewa Onasanya – publisher of Exquisite Magazine.

According to CNN, Tewa Onasanya had no previous experience in journalism or publishing, rallied her friends for advice, and before long they were putting together the first issue of Exquisite — a publication aimed at style conscious black women.

On her inspiration for publishing a magazine, Tewa Onasanya states:

‘The whole idea of publishing a magazine is to provide a platform for women of color. They should be able to express themselves and empower other women… The whole idea is not to just be a fashion magazine but to be a platform for empowerment and to create more awareness for issues.’

She also talks about her dreams:

‘My dream is to be grounded on every facet of my life, have a great family, work balance. And be able to screen thousands of people free for cervical, breast cancer and prostate cancer every year and help towards treatment if need be.’

You can check out her full feature with CNN’s ‘Passion to Portfolio’ here.


  1. Uuu

    March 24, 2015 at 1:05 am

    There is just something about this woman that doesn’t rhyme, gel, and then I read “women of color”. That’s an American term that has no place in Nigeria as we are not defined by our skin tone but by our tribes. She doesn’t have that empowering factor as well, she might be but she can she still do it for the background.

    • bimpe

      March 24, 2015 at 5:05 am

      It says woman of colour because she started the magazine in England before coming to Nigeria. “She doesn’t rhyme or gel” Can we see your empowering self then?! Celebrate people not knock them down. CNN saw something u definately didn’t see.

  2. Mo

    March 24, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Nigerians are always quick to throw jabs and judge people. I personally know this woman and I don’t need to read this BN ARTICLE or cnn feature to know she has worked her butt of to be where she is today. How about for once we cheer people on and wish them the best in their chosen paths? So she doesn’t gell with you, how about you keep it moving and save your comments for people who really care? I pray for a day where we women will start to encourage each other instead of sitting behind a computer screen passing irrelevant comments about people who are busy doing their own thing. I’m proud of all she has achieved since starting her magazine in the UK to a yearly EMaC walk and the ELOY awards. These achievements alone on one person’s tab is something. Shesh. Haters of life.

    • tunmi

      March 25, 2015 at 2:27 am

      It’s not hating. Geez, that term is odd and awkward in Naija

  3. Demilade

    March 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    She was in one episode of Glam Mamas on Spice TV, so so inspiring. I really enjoyed the episode. More grease to her elbow. xx

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