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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 12 African Faces

These are the current Top African Models. Here are our 12 African Faces for 2012.


*Famous Somali model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid

The fashion industry is keeping its finger on the pulse of contemporary society by never ceasing to reinvent itself through new shapes, forms, materials and faces. Models form an inherent part of the fashion landscape and are rich in diversity. The more time passes, the more top African models take space in catwalks and magazines. Beyond physical beauty, fascination and cultural exploration, the faces that go along with their features are not only unique but extremely strong.

*Model Alek Wek                                 *Model Ajak Deng                              *Model Nana Keita

Taking a step away from the stereotypical images of "African dark skin," one discovers a magnificent range of faces which bring a different, unique expressiveness and physical attractiveness. The standards of beauty set by our society are constantly changing towards a greater involvement of diversity — beauty is abstract and in the eye of the beholder, according to Oscar Wilde. There's clearly not a unitary African aesthetic but we can still profit from the wide range of faces. It wasn't easy to choose our top picks for models from the diaspora, but we narrowed it down to 12 top African models. They're listed in no particular order, we'll leave that for you to decide.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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