Tolani Shoneye
— Digital Content Creator and Podcaster

Topic: The Freedom of Content.

“The death of the gatekeeper isn’t a challenge. It’s an opportunity. Sure, there’s more competition for attention, but there’s never been a better time to get your message heard.”

Tolani Shoneye (or Tolly/Tolly T) is best known as one third of The Receipts Podcast; a leading UK podcast which she has been hosting for over two years. 

During this time the show has been nominated for three awards, had five sold-out shows across the UK and was the first podcast hosted and produced by women of colour to reach number 1 in the Apple Podcast Charts. The show has also been picked up by BBC 1 Xtra to help launch BBC Sounds. 

Outside of the podcast, Tolani has established herself as a writer, host and influencer. She recently received the MHP 30 To Watch Lifestyle Gold Winner for her work as a beauty and lifestyle writer for BuzzFeed. She has written for Elle, The Independent, OK and The i. Tolani's hosting and panel work, include BBC 1xtra Live Talks, panel moderator for Shades of Beauty, TED X UCL panel talks and she has also featured on Women's Hour and BBC Five Live. 

For TV, Tolani has been in the writer's room for a new BBC pilot, Wetin Dey. She also worked as an assistant producer and co-hosted the show.