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African Girls Rock! Genevieve Nnaji, ‘The Nigerian Dream’



Filed under : Africa, Fashion

For every African girl…

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From my heart to yours!

Taking a break from my prep work for the upcoming 2011 Afrotainment Museke Music Awards, coming to New York City on September 24th, 2011! I am one of the hosts….*super excited*….I am calling it “African music’s BIGGEST night!”

But this post aint about me! I came across the cover of one of my favorite Nollywood actresses, Genevieve Nnaji on Nigeria’s Y magazine! And wanted to send some inspiration your way! In particular the cover of Genevieve resonated deeply within me. Gen represents dark-skinned African girls…our beauty, our strength, our vulnerability, our intelligence and our greatness….

If anything, let the cover of Gen inspire your greatness today….

Straight from its exclusive cover interview with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Y! Magazine berths right on time with another exclusive interview with actress, Genevieve Nnaji – who never seems to go out of fashion, and readers are already excited!

Themed ‘The Nigerian Dream’ Issue, this edition explores the wide polarities of living and growing in Nigeria – on the one hand, a country where dreams are born and where you can enjoy a full, rich life of fulfilment and excitement; and on the other, a country  that gives so little and takes so much…

“It speaks both to the ideals we aspire to and the realities we live with as Nigerians,” says its editor, Chude Jideonwo. “Juxtaposing powerful images of loss, of want and of need with glamorous shoots, sparkling editorials and of course a delightful mishmash of the season’s pop culture highlights. It’s a full meal!”

Cover girl Genevieve opens up to Jideonwo about her rise from “everyday girl” to “everyone’s favorite girl” in a spectacular shoot photographed by Kelechi Amadi-Obi, styled by Maryanne Alabi and Yolanda Okereke with make-up and hair by Ugo (Make Me) and David (for MUD Studios).

Recalling her first audition, the rumours of a Bond girl role, and her many endorsements, Genevieve tells parts of her story many haven’t heard before, and makes a clear statement: “I think the problem is a lot of people have forgotten where I am coming from.”

The magazine juxtaposes two visions of Nigeria; one where ‘dreams are born’ and one where ‘dreams die’…

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African Girls Do Rock!

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.


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  • One_afrikan

    I think america has poisoned your thinking. African girls are African girls. Whats this obsession with complexion? Imagine someone coming up with their focus on “light-skinned Afrikan girls” with their beauty, vulnerability blah blah… what next? Afrikan girls are Afrikan girls period – whatever hue they may have…Thats the beauty of Afrika, we are all black but different complexion, and all beautiful…besides, how dark is dark? and how light is light?