about

The short bio

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I’m Imani, an author, music artist and creative from London. My mission is simple: to love people and help people.

I do that in four main ways: through my Youtube channel which I started in 2015 to offer pastoral and academic advice to around 7,000 subscribers; this monthly journal of my twenties which I started in 2016 to share life lessons and encouragement; a self-care poetry collection, Heart Shards and Lip Balm, which was published in 2017 for people who are hurting and healing; and an academic coaching service, ISLA Coaching, started in 2018 to empower people to excel in their studies.

In June 2020, I founded the ISLA Academic Gift, a fund to provide financial support and/or free, personalised academic mentorship to up to 38 students. We gave out £1700 in crowdfunded gifts, and 38 students were paired with a subject-specialist mentor for the year ahead.

In October 2020, I released my debut single, ‘Author of My Life’.

Please explore and enjoy, and come say ‘hi’ on my socials, I’d love to meet you!

The ‘official’ bio

Imani is an author, music artist and creative from London.

Previously a winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, her debut collection of self-care poetry and affirmative notes for broken hearts, Heart Shards and Lip Balm, was published worldwide and made available on Amazon in July 2017. It became a bestseller, ranking no.70 in U.S. poetry in January 2018.

Imani is known for her YouTube channel, where she offers academic advice to thousands of 18-25 year-olds and shares her journey of faith. Here, on her official site, she writes a monthly blog journalling her twenties in the hope that the lessons she learns along the way will encourage others.

Most recently, having graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, Imani started ISLA Coaching, her Academic Coaching service, to empower other students to achieve academic success. In 2020, she started the annual Imani Shola ‘ISLA’ Academic Gift to provide financial support and free academic mentorship to students, giving out £1700 in crowdfunded cash gifts, and pairing 38 students with a subject-specialist mentor for the year ahead.

Imani’s heart is simply to love others and to help them heal, grow and excel. She does so through different creative mediums: her channel since 2015, her blog since 2016, her book in 2017, her coaching business, ISLA Coaching, in 2018, and the Academic Gift as of 2020.

In October 2020, Imani released her debut single, ‘Author of My Life’.

She can be found on Instagram and Twitter: @imanishola. Listen to her interview on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour, and read her features in Pride Magazine and even The Guardian Tanzania!

To contact her, please email hello@imanishola.co.uk.

Thank you for dropping by!