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Nollywood's Own Adesua Etomi-Wellington Lands the Cover of Vogue's April Issue

The Nigerian superstar is being honored alongside 13 global actresses who are well on their way to make an impact in the entertainment industry.

Nollywood maven Adesua Etomi-Wellington is finally getting her due flowers and well-deserved recognition.

She joins 13 other actresses from all over the world for Vogue's April issue that's highlighting the global talent coming from women in the entertainment industry.

Check out the cover below.


"If there is one thread that unites these actresses, one topic to which they all seem drawn, it is the fact of being female—what that means now, and what it could mean in the future. Do they feel more vulnerable than men, still, to breaches of privacy? Could they use their visibility wisely? Do they have a responsibility to show teenage girls, however subliminally, options for who to be? The feeling over the course of these fourteen conversations is one of mounting freedom, as if what we were witnessing, globally, were an overturning of a passive tradition," Vogue says. "An actress, they collectively suggested, is no longer someone who waits to be asked; she's a person who opens her own doors."


Etomi-Wellington's introduction notes that she's truly a third culture kid, having been raised in England but is Nigerian-born. After studying drama at University of Wolverhampton and landing a job in fashion, she felt this urge to return home back in 2012. Since then, she's one of Nollywood's biggest stars—and rightfully so based on her performance in the 2016 cinema blockbuster The Wedding Party.

"I love, love, love Nollywood," she says to Vogue. "I feel like she's my baby, and it's my responsibility, along with a lot of other performers, to grow her."

Check out the full feature here and the full "Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood" clip here.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Zlatan Reflects on 'Life' on Heartfelt New Track

Watch the music video for the Nigerian artist's latest.

Nigerian artist Zlatan gets pensive on his latest track "Life."

The song is a departure from the Zanku (Leg Work) singer's usual dance-worthy style. Instead, the slow-paced anthem sees him reflecting on his rise, and making it as an artist against all odds. "My life changed in one day," sings the artist on the hook.

The video, directed by Hassan Al Raae, features a different setting for the artist as well, as the artist appears at a skiing resort surrounded by snow, which provides a crisp backdrop for the track's hopeful message.

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