Meet The Team

Itse Hesse

Founder | PR & Communication Coordinator

Nigerian born and raised, Digital Marketer, curator of fun and avid believer of "walking my talk". When I am not cooking find me watching old Nollywood movies. I believe in uplifting everyone around me as I am passionate about Black sisterhood and empowerment. I know Black womxn are unmatched and when we join forces to work together there is nothing we can't do/achieve. JUST WATCH! 

Katrina Mugume

Program & Operations Coordinator 

Ugandan Director, Creative curator and Beyonce Defender!

Born African strong, I have always know who tf we are and my passion for all things Black culture and elevation are my guiding compass


Kaya Coleman - Prokopchuk

Outreach Coordinator (Brand Partnership & Sponsorship)

Born and raised in Calgary, AB by her single mother, Kaya learned the importance of creating an inclusive community. She recently graduated from UBC Okanagan with a BSc in Medical Molecular Biochemistry and is also an actor and model. 


Kaya looks forward to fostering relationships with brands working to hold space for the joy and visibility of Black womxn.. She also hopes to inspire other Black womxn to practice self-compassion. Afterall, Black love and Black joy are radical.”

Praise Osifo


Praise is a Nigerian born and Cloverdale raised Afro-Canadian. She’s a student at SFU studying finance and sustainable development, but her passions lie with Black empowerment and child advocacy.  She currently works as a public engagement coordinator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., where she helps  develop a public advisory group with health care regulators. As the outreach coordinator for Black Girl Collective Vancouver, she conducts research to identify opportunities to grow the collective, as well as helps to manage their finances. In her spare time you can catch her painting, lifting weights, or watching Netflix.


Tobi Owobowale

Outreach Coordinator (Grants & Funding)

A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Health Sciences. I am an educated, melanated, motivated and sophisticated Nigerian woman, who’s passionate about supporting and uplifting black people in my community. Health and fitness are also important to me, so when I’m not telling little Black girls their hair looks beautiful, you’d probably catch me at the gym, or explaining the benefits of zucchini to my parents.

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​We respectfully acknowledge that Black Girl Collective operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (musqueam)​, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)​, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)​ Nations.​