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Meet the Writer: Tobi Toshh

January 5, 2023

Twenty-two years, eight months and seven days ago, on the 23rd day of April 2000, Oluwatobiloba Omotoso was born on a Sunny Easter Sunday morning in Port Harcourt, arriving approximately one month earlier than expected. I entered this world rather dramatically and traumatically as my arrival was prompted, unfortunately, by a driver rear-ending my mother’s car on her way home; as the universe may have it, this happened right in front of the hospital. As with every great villain, the flare for the dramatic is embedded in our DNA, so a dramatic arrival was essential to begin this life with a grand entrance.

Fast forward to the year 2002 when Spider-Man was released. A two-year-old Tobi was oblivious to in kindergarten, but will later become obsessed with the franchise by the time the third movie is released, partly due to narcissism since someone famous answered the same name as her.

Oluwatobi was born to a slightly above-average Middle-class family in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, to a military father and a savvy businesswoman of a mother. They provide her with enough mental stimulation, but her mother will later ask questions and resign herself to her daughter's obsession with sci-fi. With a couple of Batman action figures stolen from her brothers' room and fights over Archie comics by the time she was in her teens, she was fully immersed in the world of comic books, science and science fiction. Usually working on recreating the characters encountered in comics, her love for the arts fueled her passion for comics.

At this time, nerd culture was somewhat cool and being smart made you popular, solidly making her one of the coolest people at her secondary school ( Not just her opinion). With the creation and reboot of several DC and Marvel TV series there was always a supply of topics to discuss in class and at lunch. Let's venture to 2012 with the release of The Dark Knight; Tobi was on a family trip to New York,which made watching the movie filled with a great deal of costuming and fanfare that you'd never see at releases in Nigeria, further opening her up to cosplay culture and the depth of comic book re-enactments. Although she was privy to Comic-Cons, it further enthralled her on the precision people took in creating and engaging in comic book fanfare.

By 2015, she was well into conservation and saving the planet, even registering for several Model UNs to discuss climate action worldwide with people her age. Tobi has always been fascinated by human behaviour, the human body, and saving lives which is why she has opted to study Biotechnology at the University Of Port Harcourt before she ventures into Medical School.

She skipped her graduation in 2017 for nothing other than to leave people on their toes. In 2018, she started a Nonprofit Pet project, Krystal Clear Foundation, to educate and provide clean water and sanitation, consequently volunteering at nonprofits and eventually becoming an MCN Millennium Fellow and an alumni. She later joined the international youth organization AIESEC and developed her skills in marketing.

Over the past year, Tobi Toshh began perfecting her writing skills in English Class at Secondary school. In 2020, she decided to become a freelance writer with her first by-line in the UK publication gal-dem before becoming a staff writer and Marketing strategist at Comic Book Curious. Her love for social media and marketing caused her to start her marketing agency and take on clients as a social media strategist. Now she embarks on her journey to become a full-time content creator as she grows her social platforms.

Tobi has always been an enormous lover of Sci-fi, often evading the question of DC versus Marvel because of opinions that are more indecisive than absolutes. Her absolute love for villains and Megalomaniac personalities is fueled by people's perception of her personality type, often insisting on being referred to as The Wolf. She’s the hero and villain of her own story, often being more dramatic and logical (If those two can go together) than her mother would like, but she loves it regardless.

Now 8,289 days from the day she was born, she’s come a long way from who she used to be, still with the flare for the dramatic and intentionality in her creative expression through fashion as a model and content creator. She has so much more to do, so follow along on her journey and see what she does next cause you can never tell.

About the Author: Oluwatobi Omotoso is a writer, content creator, Social Media Manager, and marketing strategist. She's an avid treehugger and lover of all things sci-fi. She has been compared to the Joker in personality tests, and her friends lovingly call her a Megalomaniac.

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