Tokini Peterside


Tokini Peterside is a Nigerian entrepreneur and business woman. She created ART X Lagos, the first international art fair in West Africa.[1][2][3][4]

Tokini Peterside
Tokini Peterside
Alma materINSEAD, London School of Economics
OrganizationART X Lagos

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Peterside grew up between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where she studied at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Westminster School. She graduated with a First Class honours degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2015, she attended the business school, INSEAD, where she obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and lived between France and Singapore.[5][6]


After graduation from university, Peterside embarked on a career in marketing, and subsequently became Head of Marketing at Moët Hennessy, part of the LVMH group, in Nigeria.

She founded TP-Collective in 2012, providing strategy, business planning and marketing consulting to luxury and culture businesses in Nigeria, such as ALARA, the David Adjaye-designed luxury concept store; Maki Oh, a luxury fashion designer; and the Executive Producers of Half of a Yellow Sun, the film based on Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, which starred Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Boyega.[2][7]

In 2016, Peterside founded ART X Lagos, the first international art fair in West Africa.[5][8][9] Since its debut, ART X Lagos has attracted over 31,000 local and international visitors to see the works of 300 artists drawn from 25 countries across Africa and the Diaspora. The fair has been described as "West Africa's calling card for contemporary African art fairs"[10] and has featured exhibiting artists and speakers such as El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Barthelemy Togou, Nastio Mosquito, Godfried Donkor, Zanele Muholi, Nandipha Mntambo, Victor Ehikhamenor, Olu Amoda, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Modupeola Fadugba, Girma Berta among others.

In July 2018, Peterside led the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron through a special exhibition by ART X Lagos, of contemporary Nigerian art, as part of the 'Celebration of African Culture' hosted at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, to launch the African Cultural Season scheduled to hold in France in 2020.[11][12][13]

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • In 2020, Peterside was included in Apollo magazine's 40 Under 40 list.[14]
  • In 2019 Peterside was named on Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business list.[15]
  • In 2018, she was listed as part of the Quartz Africa Innovators 2018: A list of the continent's Top 30 pioneers.[16][17]
  • In 2017, she was named to the MIPAD 100, a list of the Most Influential People of African Descent under the age of 40, an initiative in support of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent.
  • In 2017, she was named Her Network Woman of the Year in the Arts Category.
  • In 2011, Peterside was named "Corporate Professional of the Year" at the Future Awards Africa.


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  2. ^ a b Bannerman, Lucy (16 October 2017). "The woman putting Lagos on the art map". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ The powerhouse behind Art X Lagos – CNN, retrieved 16 January 2018
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  5. ^ a b "For Art X the Future of Art in Africa is Stunning". THISDAYLIVE. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ "The Future Awards Africa Winners Spotlight: Tokini Peterside (Corporate Professional of the Year, 2011) » YNaija". YNaija. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ Wemimo, Esho. "#WomanCrushWednesday: Tokini Peterside: 5 Reasons why we love her". Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Art X Lagos is a catalyst for West African art – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Tokini Peterside introduces 'ART X Lagos' with the Aim of making Africa a Top Destination for Contemporary Art – BellaNaija". 14 September 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Art X Lagos". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  11. ^ "ART X Lagos exhibits contemporary Nigerian art for President Macron – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  12. ^ Adesanya, Adedayo. "ART X Lagos presents to Emmanuel Macron, Akinwumi Ambode". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  13. ^ "For President Emmanuel Macron, ART X Lagos exhibits contemporary Nigerian art". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  14. ^ Reilly, Samuel (28 September 2020). "The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa in focus: Tokini Peterside". Apollo Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  15. ^ Campbell-Dollaghan, Kelsey (22 May 2019). "Why this entrepreneur was determined to launch West Africa's first international arts fair". Fast Company. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Thirty Africa innovators changing the continent's present and future". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Quartz Africa Innovators 2018: A list of 30 pioneers – Quartz Africa". Quartz. Retrieved 20 September 2018.