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How Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke are Helping Young Black Women Navigate Life Through Their Book ‘Slay In Your Lane’

   

Black women in the Western world are facing almost the same challenges in all aspects of their lives but when best friends Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene searched for a book that addressed these challenges they couldn’t find any.

So, they wrote a self-help book, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, a guide to life for black British women that draws on interviews from the most successful black women in Britain.

In March 2015, Elizabeth was reading a book by Sheryl Sandberg, a white author, and she was inspired by the only chapter in the book which talked about a black woman’s experience.

Being a marketer, she told her friend, Yomi, an award-winning journalist, about her inspiration to write a book which would offer black teenagers and women the kind of advice they would have loved to have received growing up, to help navigate their way to a bigger life.

From education and work to dating, representation, money and health, Yomi and Elizabeth explores the ways in which being black and female affects each of these areas and offers advice and encouragement on how to navigate them.

Slay In Your Lane contains the experiences of 37 inspirational black British women in different industries. It recognizes and celebrates their achievements while providing practical advice and inspiration for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.

Slay In Your Lane is a bestselling book to inspire black British women, with advice from a generation of game-changers

Yomi and Elizabeth believes that the book gives young black girls a host of role models or cheerleaders that are seriously needed. They also think that non-black people should read it to understand the experience of what it means to be a black woman.

The BBC lists Slay In Your Lane as a ‘top book for 2018’, ELLE UK as one of the ’12 addictive books to get you through 2018′, whilst The Observer sees it as a ‘talent and trends tipped for the top in 2018’.

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