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Here's What Some of Our Favorite African Bloggers Are Saying About Fenty Beauty

The Fenty Beauty reviews are in! Here's what some of our favorite African bloggers have to say about Rihanna's inclusive beauty line.

The buzz around Rihanna's debut makeup line Fenty Beauty hasn't died down since it dropped last week—and we're glad. The singer put major cosmetic brands to shame with her extensive line of foundations, which spans 40 shades. Rihanna's emphasis on making inclusive beauty products has us uniquely excited about her collection.


With so many shades and products to try, it can be a bit tricky finding the products that are right for you, without having to take a trip to the store or simply guessing. Thankfully, some of our favorite YouTubers—black and brown girls who look like us and whose opinions we've grown to trust—are here to lend a helping hand. Really, what would we be without them?

Whether you're looking for a guide to the best products, help with finding the correct shade, or even if you've already indulged and just want to hear what others have to say, we've gathered some of the best beauty reviews from African bloggers for you to check out below.

Happy slaying!

The line seems to have hair and beauty blogger Kiitana "shook." Find out why in her full-face review.

The always colorful Jackie Aina shares her thoughts on a range of products.

Hear what beauty blogger, Nyma Tang had to say after trying on the line's darkest shade:

Jennie Jenkins aka Beauty by JJ keeps it "honest" in her review of the line.

YouTuber, Ms Deb Deb shows us how the products work on skin with hyper pigmentation.

Somali blogger Halssaa shares her first impression:

Particia Bright gets even brighter as she plays around with the line's one-of-a-kind highlighters.

Is Fenty Beauty really worth all the hype, Shahd Batal let's us know the deal in this extensive review.

Nikki Perkins gives us the scoop on how well the products work for darker complexions.

Check out this review from Somali blogger duo Osh and Akela.

Ronke Raji gives her verdict:

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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