By Timayo Ogunro
This month, we had a tasty experience of the enticing, delectable television starlet, Stephanie Coker-Aderinokan on The Cover and you are about to discover a whole other side to this beautiful, generous woman.
In 2010, Stephanie won the MTV Freederm Presenter Competition, which saw her face shown all over the City of London in a TV Advert.
That same year (2010), she was commissioned by OHTV, (UK) for her documentary work on young Nigerians called “Christmas in Lagos”.
In 2011, London 360, a Community Channel (UK), magazine-style news show, offered her a role as a presenter and there has been no stopping her since then.
Stephanie Coker broke into the Nigerian entertainment industry when she moved back to Nigeria in 2011 and got her first job with MTV Base Africa as an anchor of the countdown show “Street Request”.
Since then, she has worked on various projects and shows such as Cool FMs Midday Oasis Show, MTVs Big Friday Show (with Basketmouth), Tinsel on Africa Magic.
From many mistakes to ‘mama I made it’, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.
Donning a piece from the latest Tokyo James S/S’19 collection – this lady can literally look stunning in anything! – Stephanie Coker bares it all on this episode of The Cover.
She dishes on how it feels to be married to a politician, her clowning side, current and future projects, as well as advice to her younger self.
Watch The Cover below:
Tell us about yourself
My name is Stephanie Coker and I am a TV host, presenter and an actress (Laughs) and a part-time clown.
Tell us more about your clowning side?
“I believe that everyone has two sides- especially when you’re in the spotlight. So there is the brand that must always be prim and proper, but at home with friends and family, believe me- I am no celebrity.”
What is your favourite Nigerian fashion brand?
“Well I have a couple. You can find me rocking Style Temple when it comes to aso ebi and some red carpet events, I also love Lisa Folawiyo. But I do love androgynous vibes, so I’m really feeling Tokyo James at the moment- I know- who is he right? LOL”
What projects do you have coming up?
“Whoa! What do I have coming up? I am working on my own projects in terms of television, because obviously, TV is my first love- sorry babe. I love hosting, and I’m really just working on content that is extremely experimental. I working on something in the love space coming soon, and I’m also working on something to do with fashion. I’m not gonna tell you anymore. LOL”
Talk to us about being married to a politician
“My husband is at the moment campaigning to be a member of the house of representatives in Abeokuta. So, I’m a politician’s wife, which is quite cool, because I love giving a different look on what it is to do something, and I feel that in Nigeria, where we have so many elderly politicians- their wives are usually required to look and dress a certain way. You shouldn’t lose your personality once your other half is put in a position of power.
I am so glad that my husband is still the same man he was before we got married. He is still him, and has not tried to become something else, which I feel is important. So, I’m going to be killing it in fashion, as a politician’s wife.”
Tell us about your philanthropic work?
“I’m very big on philanthropy. I have a foundation called The Future Is Her and right now we are in our second year. You know there is a different feeling of fulfilment when you are helping people get on track to their final destination in life. As a mentor, I can actually equip them with the skills to help them achieve the vision they have for themselves.
I did a project with Ace Charity to teach five young girls how to code, and at the end of the day, they were all able to build websites. When you see the progress that these girls make and how impactful it is in their lives, the feeling is unexplainable. I continue on this project because it is all about the footprint I leave and how I impact others.
I also do a brunch, where we invite girls interested in specific fields to sit down and have a talk with ladies leading in their industry, to talk about their journey, their challenges and how they overcame. As much as we like to preach women empowerment, we need to start at a younger age at the grassroots level- how can I help you? What do you need? How can I help you alleviate your family from poverty?
It’s not about dressing up in a suit and going to conference shouting, WOMEN EMPOWERMENT! It’s about getting up as a younger generation and taking action.”
What would you say to a younger you?
“I would say, girl, you shouldn’t be in such a hurry. As a younger lady, I would put a time frame on every single thing- which at times is good, but can also create a lot of unnecessary pressure.
Yes, you can get that job, get married, but at the end of the day, that is not happiness. It is the people around you that make you happy. So when I hear you women that say, ‘ah I must marry before I am thirty’, what you really should be saying is, I must marry someone that really loves and understands me.
Oh and I would have definitely told myself to save more money.”
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