Poetic Realism At Its Finest

It’s sad that we the Millennials have failed to rise above all the obstruction and barriers that prevents our forefathers from seeing beyond color/race, and social class or economic status. Men have been in contestation with each other for centuries over insignificant or trivial issues, thus causing the human race the lack of genuine peace within them. I would have love to share my thought on what is happening all over the world, but the video below sum up everything I was thinking about.

From all my years studying I have come to understand that there are certain knowledge(s) that schools are not just going to offer….. It takes opening one’s mind to access easy information that’s vital to our well being, success and understanding of each other, and that is exactly what the video below portrays, it shows us how we have all overlook our mistakes and our desire to blame each other instead of looking for a way forward. The three lovely girls in the video below are, Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen — members of the Get Lit organization — deliver a powerful, poetic message to everyone of us out there, watch and enjoy!!!.

BRAVE

I had a very intense argument with a classmate yesterday, who seems to believe that Love isn’t worth suffering for. In her opinion, she seems to believe that love can/should only bring in joy, happiness, peace of mind and every good thing of life you can think of (which, I don’t dispute either but am sure we all agree it isn’t always so, right?.). I tried changing her opinion on that, but I couldn’t as me telling her loving someone means sticking with them through their ups and down together as one entity seems like I was wishing her a life of misery and bad-luck, but fortunately for me it seems the earth was listening to me as an email sent to my phone contains this beautiful short-film played by some Nigerian actors and I had to quickly show her and I bet you all are guessing what her reaction is, right? LOL :)
I would’ve like to share her thought on this short-film with you all here but I won’t do so now until after you all share your beautiful experiences and thoughts on this short film with me, so sit back relax and enjoy.

Title : BRAVE
SHORT SYNOPSIS :
BRAVE is an inspirational short film inspired (but not based) by a true story on page 88 of T.D Jakes ‘The Lady, Her Lover & Her Lord’. It is a heartfelt story based on the lives of a young couple, Nathan (Wole Ojo) and Layo (Adesua Etomi) who seem to have happiness, love and comfort. Though married for two years, Layo is beginning to worry about her failure in getting pregnant. When eventually she does get pregnant, she hides the news from Nathan, preparing to break the good news on their anniversary dinner outing in two days. Unfortunately, that night will mark the beginning of a nightmare both may not wake from, and suddenly, love is not enough.
Written & Directed by Lowladee
Produced by Lowladee & Miju-Diya
visit http://www.braveshortfilm.com to know more about cast and crew.
Be Inspired!

The soundtrack is by Bez, which by the way I totally love. Wish you all a happy weekend. xoxo
Kim.

Michelle Williams – “Say Yes” Ft. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland

This is a wonderful song, full of sweet melodious sound. This christian song will lift your spirit up anytime, anyday and am proud to say; (wait for it! wait for it!! wait for it!!!) that the origin of this sound is From Nigeria, I remember the church Mass choir singing this song almost every Sunday in church but the added voice of Michelle, Beyoncé and Kelly Just made it way better. So, please sit back listen and enjoy. *music* =-” when Jesus Say Yes, Nobody can say No, When Jesus Say Yes Nobody Can Say No *music* XoXo

Michelle Williams – “Say Yes” Ft. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland

This is a wonderful song, full of sweet melodious sound. This christian song will lift your spirit up anytime, anyday and am proud to say; (wait for it! wait for it!! wait for it!!!) that the origin of this sound is From Nigeria. I remember the church Mass choir singing this song almost every Sunday in church but the added voice of Michelle, Beyoncé and Kelly Just made it way better. So, please sit back listen and enjoy. *music* when Jesus Say Yes, Nobody can say No, When Jesus Say Yes Nobody Can Say No *music*

GO H&M THIS SUMMER

Summer is here again and it sure is getting hot everywhere, I know you all agree with me, right?; So ladies no need to go totally naked – You know what I mean ;) Instead let’s go chic, beautiful & dazzling and that also means going H&M :) . The pictures below shows how you can match up your summer  wears and look stunning while saving cash purchasing your shorts, pants, bikinis, tops, dress, hats, flats, sandals, bags and jewelries at H&M this season. So, Ladies lets Go H&M this summer.

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  • It’s the season to be playful, bold and beautiful! Which +H&M dress will bring out the fashion star in you? #HMFashion

 

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  • The Sandal Hot-list! See my favourite +H&M shoe saviors that will see you through the new season. #HMShoes http://bit.ly/SW6gtT

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  • Cropped shorts and matching tops: Gisele Bündchen has picked her +H&M favourites from the new summer collection! #HMFashion

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  • Fashion Finds: Are you looking for the perfect classic or a quick wardrobe fix? See our favourite #HMLife picks of the week: http://goo.gl/zXHFTB

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  • Fashion Finds! We’ve selected this week’s best fashion finds just for you. See more of our +H&M favourites at http://goo.gl/mLxoUZ. #HMLife

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  • True Blue! Get the glamorous +H&M denim look with our new stylish selection. What’s your must-have denim piece? #HMDenim

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  • Straw hats, sandals and chic summer dresses. Gisele Bündchen shares her secrets on how to pack the ultimate +H&M summer suitcase. #HMFashion

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  • Play up the pretty! See the pieces you need to look forever-amazing this season. #HMFashion

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  • Ready for the weekend? Get an instant weekend hit with our casual cool +H&M favourites! #HMFashion

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  • Pretty Pastels! It’s time to bring out the new lovely pastels and cute silhouettes. What’s your favourite +H&M piece? #HMFashion

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  • Fashion Finds! We’ve selected this week’s best +H&M fashion finds just for you. See more of our favourites at http://goo.gl/v78Hda. #HMLife

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  • Let’s celebrate the new-season with sweet +H&M shades and powerful shapes. Ready for spring fashion? #HMSpringFashion

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  • Our stylist has put together the ultimate suitcase for the holidays. Get inspired by our latest summer fashion! http://bit.ly/1lnsrAC

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  • Pretty Pastels! It’s time to bring out the new lovely pastels and cute silhouettes. What’s your favourite +H&M piece? #HMFashion

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  • Summer’s almost here! What will you pick from our summer collection to make your ultimate beach outfit? #HMSummer

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  • Looking for the perfect classic or a quick wardrobe fix? Let us guide you to this week’s best +H&M fashion finds! #HMLife http://goo.gl/kJBreo

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  • What’s your must-have piece?

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  • Vibrant Summer! Go for vibrant prints and vivid colours with our effortless summer pieces.

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  • This is our #PartyJewels #HMLovesMusic contest finalist! See all +Eclair Fifi’s favourites at http://www.hm.com/hm-loves-music. Watch out for our next style challenge!

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  • Fashion Finds! We’ve selected this week’s best fashion finds just for you. See more of our favourite +H&M picks at http://goo.gl/KkwsV7. #HMLife

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  • Turn to this season’s sleek and effortless all-white styles! What’s your favourite pick? #HMFashion 

Style Inspiration – Something Blue: The Perfect Palette

It’s no news that blue is an amazing color so why not go blue today and get inspired with blue floral dress, high heels necklace and blue sapphire ring as shown in the image below.

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1. Blue shoes : Zappos

2. Bib Necklace : baublebar

3. Floral Print Dress : modcloth

4. Bow-tie : Elite Solid

5. Bib Necklace : Baublebar

6. Earrings : Baublebar

7. Flame Flats : Kate Spade

8. Sapphire Ring : Allurez

9. Necktie : Ties.

Need something blue for yourself? Why not try out one of this.

Paper Plate Bunny Bag

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Here’s a super fun and simple craft idea for the coming Easter holiday! Make a bunny out of paper plates that also has a pouch for candy or whatever fun items you like. The Jelly Fish Jelly blog has put together a really great step by step tutorial for you guys as well.

Here is the link…….

                                       JellyFishJelly – Easter Bunny Bag Instructions

The Nigerian Wedding

Nigeria is a country bless with rich culture and tribes with  nearly 371 tribes, and 3 major tribes (included in the 371) which are…. the IGBO, HAUSA & YORUBA tribe, and this very fact can be seen in the rich display of the  Nigerian wedding. Boy I tell you, planning a wedding in Nigerian isn’t no joke, Financial stability and lots of physical energy is required; well depends on how extravagant you want it to be, It takes at least 2 days to complete – which consists of the Introduction, Engagement, court/Church Wedding and lastly Reception. Personally I really don’t fancy attending wedding ceremonies cause their are just too many extended families trying to Keep up with the latest info in one’s life and they end with chipping in advice on what to do with your life even when you don’t ask for their opinion, but I can’t deny the fact that the Nigerian traditional engagement wedding is one I don’t like to miss. I feel the traditional wedding and engagement is much more interesting, lovely, funny and the most beautiful way for us to experience our culture and also to honor and thank our parents and extended families for every of their contribution (either Physically, morally, spiritually or financially) in one’s life.

The picture below is an example of how a bride from the Yoruba tribe (western Nigeria)  looks during her traditional wedding and engagement and the attire she has on is called Aso-Oke Image

While the two pictures below depicts how a bride from the south-south part of Nigeria adorn their-selves during the traditional wedding

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I will just take you through my most cherished and never to miss moment of the traditional wedding and engagement.

  • The groom giving his greetings to the brides family: This is when the grooms will have to come with his friends to prostrate to the brides family to show his respect to them as greeting is very important in the Nigerian culture, and the bride’s family which the groom is showing his respect to offer prayers back in return.

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  • The brides entrance: The brides comes in shortly after the grooms and she normally enters in a grand style with her entourage of sisters and friends behind her all wearing same attire. (bride in white below). I normally do call this an Unavoidable ‘show-off’ as every lady in attendance that is still single&not part of the entourage  might just start day-dreaming of her been the bride at that moment.

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  • The cake: OK, I will have to confess that am a big fan of the cake not because am eager to eat it but because it’s too beautiful that I wish it won’t be touched. The cakes are decorated to depict our traditional way of life as you can see below, some of the designs consists of the couple in traditional attire, couple paying respect to their parents, our local calabash, Kolanut and so many designs.

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A cake design showing the couple paying respect to their Elders.

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  • The Proposal and acceptance letter:  This letter is presented by the grooms family to the brides family and the letter will be read out loud by the youngest member of the brides family. This process is what i call ‘Legal extortion’ of one’s money and you can’t complain, whereby it will be announce that the groom family will have to pay for the plane ticket that will fly in the reader to the venue and funny enough the reader might just be 2 chairs away from the compere and I love it.

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Below are pictures showing details of the Nigerian traditional engagement celebration and the white/church wedding.

  • Annie and Ike Igiebor Traditional engagement wedding and White wedding.

Annie and Ike Traditional wedding

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Ike and Annie – This is a typical traditional marriage from the southern part of Nigeria ( The bride always look colorful wearing so many beautiful beads from head-to-toe).

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The Groom (The Groom in white attire) and his friends in Aso Ebi.

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Groom and Bride dancing

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And no Nigerian Party/Occasion is complete without the act of spraying the celebrants money, I called this a ritual that is only meant for the strong and the rich LOL.

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The Couple, Mr. and Mrs. Igiebor.

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The couple wearing same traditional attire.

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The couple getting down on the dance floor.

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Guests at the occasion.

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The Venue.

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Groom with friends

Annie & Ike Igiebor White Wedding.

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Bride shoes

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Brides accessories.

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Bride getting her hair and makeup done.

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Bride

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Bride and her Entourage.

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Groom and his groomsman

The Venue

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Arrival of the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Bride arrival

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The Bride Arrival

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Bridesmaids

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  • RECEPTION

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A well beautiful decorated cake always steal the show for me, if you are a cake lover like I am – Am sure you will understand.

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Couple grand entrance to the Reception

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Mr. & Mrs. Igiebor

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Couple Ring.

Tolulope and Adewale Adeagbo Traditional Engagement & White Wedding

  • Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo Traditional Wedding

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The Bride in her traditional attire called “Iro & Buba” with an head-gear called “Gele” in the western part of Nigeria.

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Bride in her traditional bridal wear

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Bride and her entourage of friends

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The Couple

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Grooms and his friends

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  • The White Wedding

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Mr. & Mrs. Adeagbo (The Couple)

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The couple and their entourage

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Lola Omotayo and Peter Okoye Traditional Wedding

  • Venue

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The Couple Peter and Lola Okoye

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Friends of the couple

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Tiwa Savage doing her thing while the bride dances

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Twin brother of the Groom Paul Okoye and his Fiancee

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Ex-Arsenal players Emmanuel Adebayor and Kwanu Nwakwo in attendance also

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Friends of the groom

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Ex. Miss Nigeria Munachi Abi and Rapper Eva

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The groom and his twin brother with their baby mamas

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The bride family in front row

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The Bride Parents

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The grooms Familiy

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The Proposal Letter

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The beautiful Bride in her native attire

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both families praying for the couple

Opeyemi & Olayemi’s Traditional Engagement and White Wedding

  • Traditional Engagement

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  • White Wedding

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Couple Dancing.

Rukaiya Indimi & Usman Dantata Traditional and White Wedding

  • Traditional Wedding

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The Couple: Rukaiya & Usman Dantata

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Bride

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The Couple

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The bride getting her legs and hands beautify (Note: This traditional lali paint is only temporary and not permanent)

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Bride in pink flying down to the grooms state in her private jet.

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The Bride getting her make-up done before landing

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Bride friends

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The Bride getting ready

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The Beautiful couple

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Bride and her father

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The Bride Rukaiya Dantata Looking so gorgeous

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Bride and her friends

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Rukaiya

  • White Wedding

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The Bride getting her hair done

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Mr. & Mrs. Dantata

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Bridesmaids

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The Beautiful Bride showing off her lovely gown

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The couple with families and Africa Richest man Aliko Dangote

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Tiwa Savage & Tunji Balogun Traditional Engagement

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The Couple: Tiwa Savage and Tunji balogun

  • Guests at the ceremony

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Ex. Miss World Miss Agbani Darego In attendance

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Mrs. Naeto

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Dayo

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Davido

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Friends of the bride

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Rapper Eva

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BBA Karen Igho

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Lola Omotayo-Okoye

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Actress Rita Dominic

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The Bride (in white) with friends

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The bride and a guest

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The groom

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Bride: Tiwa Savage-Balogun

Eku Edewor Grace The Cover Of Blanck Magazine’s Jan. 2014 Issue

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Finally, Blank digital magazine is out, and it’s pioneer by none other than Franca Asindi-Chiedu who is the former editor of Complete fashion magazine.

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Blanck Magazine Jan. 2014 Issue is covered by TV Personality, actress and model Eku Edewor who is looking all stunning and sexy in a boudoir style editorial and she took her time to sheds light on her life, work and the racial issues booming in the entertainment and fashion industry all around the world.

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Below is an excerpts from the interview:

On personal struggles of being of mixed race: “I suffer from acts of racism all the time, intentional and unintentional. I mean some of the racism I have experienced is simply a cultural reaction to me that is not meant to be an insult but invariably it is.

I’ve learnt that people will always find something wrong with you and working in an environment that is predominantly darker skinned I feel that people tend to refer me to my colour a lot and not always in a positive way. Some of the comments I get are; ‘She’s only successful because she’s light skinned, or she’s only considered attractive because she’s light skinned’.

I have lost jobs I’ve got because there will always be an opinion that states, she’s too fair people will not relate to her, let’s go with a more African look. This is particularly hurtful because at that point I am unable to prove my talent. It always surprises me when I deal with these issues because it’s clear that I am an African, I have been accepted as one, my show is still successful despite being the only host and most importantly, the face of Africa is not one shade.

I therefore am very grateful to those that have chosen my talent first. What is interesting, is that I can’t count on both hands other mixed race personalities in my environment so I wonder who people refer to when they state I am only successful because I am fair.”

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She also went on to describe her personality: “I think I’m easy going , energetic, a deep thinker, social, reclusive, I am a constant contradiction and as as result I think I always end up surprising people.”

Credits For ShootEku Edewor
Photography: Ade Okelarin (Asiko)
Stylist: Bella Adeleke
Hair: Adeola Olaosebikan
Stylist Assistant: Toyin Jolapamo
Make Up: Yemi Abraham

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