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WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Femcee-Evangelist, B.O.U.Q.U.I

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Our WCW is the legendary Nigerian femcee from the 2000s. Bouqui or B.O.U.Q.U.I (pronounced Bukky) is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, on-air personality, fashion designer and author. Born Bukola Folayan on February 18, 1979, Bouqui was one of the premier female rappers on the Nigerian hip hop scene in the 2000s alongside Sasha P, Blaze and Kel. She won the Award for Best Female Act at the 2007 Award for Music Excellence in Nigeria (AMEN) with her self titled debut album.

The femcee who is popular for her works with Nigerian gospel music group Midnight Crew, also garnered nominations for Revelation of the Year and Best Rap Album at The Headies 2007.

Her video for the single ‘Take You Away,’ won the award for Best Mainstream Video at the 2010 Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA).

These days, at 44 years old, Bouqui has let the rapping take a backseat and is more focused on evangelism She was ordained as a Reverend in March 2019 in the United States and is presently the youth pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship in Delaware.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Bouqui began hosting an Instagram Live session titled, Bouqui’s Place, where she has interviewed notable Nigerian celebrities including MI Abaga, Waje, Stella Damasus, Ruggedman and more.

In April 2022, her first book titled My Naked Part was published. In May 2022, the femcee-evangelist graduated with a PhD in Marketing, Advertising and Faith-based Initiative from HBI University, Connecticut.

This made her the first notable African rapper to obtain an academic doctorate degree.

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