Tokini Bilaye-Benibo, from losing weight to bodybuilding competitions

Bodybuilding is most likely NOT in the Nigerian dictionary. How to lose weight fast.

Tokini Bilaye-Benibo went from losing weight to becoming an avid and competitive bodybuilder.

“To be honest, I was probably six or seven years old and I was at home with my dad. There was a bodybuilding competition on, and of course, you see the men and I’m like, ‘Wow!’ So then after the men come on, I see all these women and I freaking lost my mind as a kid!’ That’s when I think I can distinctly remember my intrigue with muscles.”

” And so fast forward to when I got older and the time actually got right, because it takes so much time and discipline to be competition ready. That particular year, 2012, I was 29 and I was overweight, and I was like, “I’m over this s***” And so I said, “Ok, I’m going to give myself a new body, and if this doesn’t work, I’m getting plastic surgery.”

Tokini address the stigma about women in Nigeria. It’s not a world of anything a man can do, a woman can also do. The focus and training for women is marriage and child-rearing.

“But to be honest, there is a stigma when it comes to Nigerians, specifically women. It sounds terrible, but you don’t really have any value outside of getting married and having children, regardless of your degrees, regardless of your accomplishments. So I started training, and of course, my dad was impressed because he’s always been health conscious. But when I’d gone to Nigeria, they were like [in accent], “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Don’t do too much. A man will want a woman to be soft. The exercise is too much you know? Stop now. It’s only yam. It’s only garri.” They don’t really get it. Instead of being a jerk I say, “You know what Auntie? I’m good.”

Tokini is the proud owner of @lyzadorafitness and .you can find her on instagram, @lyzadoratokini lyzadora .Check out more of her story on Madamenoire.


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