Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
It’s quite a tall order to write a book titled “The Black Girl Bible,” but authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené had it covered. Even better, the two are best friends. “Being able to do something that’s, God willing, going to help lots of young Black women is cool but getting to do it with your best friend is even better,” Adegoke told Refinery 29 about their book, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. Released to much fanfare, it was proof that the duo’s frustration with the lack of representation in self-help literature was valid.
The book is an inspirational guide that compiles personal essays from the authors with interviews from over two dozen successful British Black women, quite literally serving as a bible of sorts to Black teenagers and young adult women looking for advice in areas from relationships to career. While fans aren’t at all surprised at how well the book was received—the authors were able to identify and create for an audience largely ignored by major publishing houses—many pointed out the “outrageous odds” that two Black women with no literary experience would get a book deal a year after brainstorming the project. But talent can’t be denied. “We have been talking about it for so long we just want people to read it now. It’s our baby.”