For those who didn’t know Ms. Grace Ladoja. She is the only daughter of the former Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, from his late wife, Mrs. Stella Ladoja. Stella was not popular amongst the wives of the former Governor because she fell out of his favour. Meanwhile, the problem affected Grace who was deprived of fatherly care while growing up.
Grace was raised solely by her mother who struggled to take her daughter far in life before her death in 2011. Grace is a complete self-made woman who has received many awards, all thanks to God, her mother and her hardwork.
Grace Ladoja was born in March 30, 1986, in London, England. Her mum was a Nigerian based in England. So, Grace’s nationality is Nigerian-British. She graduated with a degree in sociology and has great flair in arts and media, all have come in handy in her journey.
She started making promotional films for brands like Nike and Swatch in the late 2000. Then, she met Skepta, Nigerian born British grime star, in 2010 and became his manager. Their collaboration marked the beginning of Grace as a Talent Manager which she is now widely known for.
She has her own company, Metallic Inc, a Global Culture Studio and Music Management Company. Through Metallic Inc, Grace is linking arts, culture and entertainment to shine a light on emerging creative communities around the world, with Africa as its main spot. She recently launched her Metallic Fund, an initiative to support black creatives in music, film and fashion through grants and mentorship. Grace currently has tens of artists under her management.
She is a co-organizer of the Lagos State Homecoming festival, a cultural exchange festival showcasing the African talents in music, arts and fashion. The festival marked its third outing in August, with its usual events and other add-ons taking place digitally amid Covid-19 pandemic, a testament to the fact that the annual show has come to stay in Nigeria, to catalyse African continent to interact with the world on creative front.
Her hardwork has paid off in terms of her achievements in various fronts. She has graced stages as a debater, speaker and judge at various events. And, watching Grace speak will definitely leave anyone in awe and want to identify with her. No wonder Chief Ladoja tried all he could to make her his beloved daughter.
Grace is one of the 100 women in the Okayafrica’s “Okay100women” list honoring 100 African women making a difference in the world. She was celebrated in the Woman’s Hour 2018 Power List, and featured in Vogue’s 25 most influential women of the year 2018.
She was awarded an MBE, in recognition of her contribution to the British Music Industry, from the Prince of Wales (in order of the Queen) in November 2018. Grace made an emotional instagram post on the award, “Today my mum would have been so proud, the sacrifices she made and the struggles we went through was character building and gave me so much drive, focus and strength to keep pushing forward because that struggle was REAL and it made me a workaholic that wanted to push myself to greater things.”
This amazing Grace keeps charging forward everyday, carrying everyone in her world along. She has put the past behind her and reconciled with her dad.
According to her, she and her dad are now friends, “It took me 27 years to be cool with my Dad. I realised parents are only human, not perfect or God level. I tried to find a friend in him so that’s what we became.”
Grace is really an amazing woman and her mum is surely proud of her from above. We wish her all the best in her endeavors.