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By: Tanya White
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Abiola, the Lifestyle Passionista, is a woman of many attributes, a filmmaker, writer, and broadcaster who’s known highly for her work involvement in reality TV, offering her viewers honesty about relationship issues, tales of love, celebs, sex and dating. She continues to stun us with her ‘Kiss and Tell’ series, and has amazed several people with her fabulous book ‘Dare’ that has caught the eyes and attention of many - there is something about this goddess, that say’s she totally loving and roc

A diva with many titles, Abiola represents her culture as a Guyanese American goddess that has a positive mark on everything that she does. She has interviewed many celebs from Busta Rhymes to Quincy Jones and has also appeared as a correspondent and host for BET, NBC, HBO, and Fox. This hardworking ‘sister’ who inspires other divas to GRAB life by the balls and make it yours – talks to DivaScribe.
 
 
 
 
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to DivaScribe, how do you feel about coming on board and working with the magazine?
This has been an incredible year for me so far. My latest TV project just aired in the States. I am a Teen Love and Empowerment Coach for the MTV Series ‘Made.’ I’ve also been doing reports as an Entertainment Correspondent with BBC Radio. In addition, I was featured in an Essence Magazine story about love, relationships and sex toys. I feel like my tenure at DivaScribe is a part of that same wonderfully positive energy. (For the latest video links for Abiola’s catalogue of work, check out our home page top right-hand corner).
 
 
You wrote the fabulous novel ‘Dare’ how does this make you feel to have many people interested in reading your book?
Dare is my debut novel and I love and appreciate that it was received so well. My writing has also been published in a few different anthologies, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer edited by Eve Ensler, Dity Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and Behind the Bedroom Door.
 
 
You have a very wide audience that is interested in hearing what you have to say. What is it like to know that you inspire and interest so many people?
As I tell my readers of my blog, The Passionista Playbook, my readers and viewers inspire me.  
 
 
DS: How do you define being a Lifestyle Passionista?
My writing and broadcast work is all about love, lifestyle and inspiration. I want to help women to live more passionately and to let them know that they can pursue their passions in life. That’s what it means to be a Lifestyle Passionista.

 
As a Guyanese Americanwoman that has a positive mark on reality television, where do you find the energy to do so much but remain grounded?
I’ve worked in television since I’ve graduated from college. I started as a TV host and presenter. It means a great deal to me that my work on reality TV is seen as positive. That was part of my main reason for going on reality TV in the first place. I feel like if you don’t like who is representing you then you have to represent yourself.


How do you feel about your nickname ‘Miss Picky’ are people correct in calling you this?
I was branded Miss Picky on a TV show that I did. On the show they said that it was easier to get into Harvard Business School than it was to get a date with me. Obviously that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but they meant Miss Picky to be a derogatory term but I have embraced it. It’s important for women to know that we have the right to be picky or selective in all aspects of life and love. This is definitely a positive thing.
AbiolaTV.com you can find my blog ‘The Passionista Playbook’ and I also host a web TV series. The fact that a reader can ask me a question and I can create a show around the topic in the next week and broadcast it from my blog is phenomenal.
 

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names, BET and NBC, what has been the best part about working within the media industry?
The most exciting part of working in media for me is the conversation and interactivity. Yes, I have done projects for MTV, NBC, VH1 and BET and had a book published by Simon and Schuster, but I also work in independent media. At  AbiolaTV.com you can find my blog 'The Passionista Playbook' and I also host a web TV Series. The fact that a reader can ask me a question and I can create a show around the topic in the next week and broadcast it from my blog is phenomenal. 
 
 
You‘ve also done some work for the BBC before, what did this involve?
I am an Entertainment Correspondent for BBC Radio. I come in from time to time and bring guests and share content on what is going on in New York City, the US and in the world of celebrity and relationships. It’s fun - and a wonderful honor. My parents are from Guyana, a former British colony, so they grew up listening to BBC Radio. It’s a full circle moment and incredible opportunity.

 
What advice can you offer someone aiming to work within the media industry?
I would say to start with an internship, be focused and work hard. Networking is very important, especially for women. I’ve been told that I am too dark and at a size 8 I’ve been told that I am too “thick.” The most important thing is to believe in yourself.

 
Tell us about your ‘Kiss and Tell’ series, how’s it going?
I am so thrilled to share this with you. AbiolaTV includes several different types of web TV videos: advice vlogs, livestream episodes and Kiss & Tell TV minisodes. I am proud to announce that my web TV show Abiola on LSD: Love, Sex, Dating and Drama is moving on to season 2. We have celebrity interviews, conversations about relationships and much more fun lined up.

 
I’m going to be a bit a cheeky and ask - is Abiola in a relationship, and is there love on the cards this year?
There is nothing wrong with you asking a woman who writes books and blogs and makes TV and web shows about relationships what is going on in her love life! (laughs) I give it - so I have to be able to take it. No, I am not currently in a relationship. I am purposefully single. In the past I have been somewhat of a serial monogamist in my life, going from relationship to relationship so it was important for me to take this time out to be single. I am dating a lot though and having a great time.
 

You’ve asked many people about partners that cheat, and heard mixed views. Could you forgive someone if they cheated on you?
I was married and sadly it broke up very quickly because of adultery.
For me, once the trust has been broken it’s a wrap. I forgave my husband for cheating when we were engaged. That was a mistake because 3 months into the marriage he was already cheating.
 
 
Can we expect to see you in London anytime soon?
Yes, I will hopefully be in London this Summer.
 
 
DS: What more can we expect from you in the upcoming months?
AbiolaTV.com.  It may seem like I do many things, but I only do one thing. I have been called a Lifestyle Guru and although I consider myself a work in progress I don’t mind that title at all.

As I said, my MTV project is airing right now. My web TV series and my blog are growing rapidly. I am working on creating a positive and empowering lifestyle community over at Abiola’s Passionista Playbook and Blog TV. I will also be completing a new book this year so check for that. I am very active in social media so I look forward to meeting your readers on Twitter, Facebook and at
 
 
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