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FLAVIANA MATATA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Flaviana Matata is a model, beauty pageant winner, humanitarian and entrepreneur. In 2007, she became the first Tanzanian to represent her country on the world stage, with a shaved head, at the Miss Universe competition. Matata placed sixth overall and went on to model for Tory Burch, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen. While she can still be seen in fashion campaigns and editorial shoots all over the world, the Tanzanian is building a reputation for herself as businesswoman and philanthropist in East Africa.


Matata is Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, The Flaviana Matata Foundation (FMF), which empowers young, orphaned girls in Tanzania through education, training, and micro-finance projects to improve their livelihoods. To date, FMF has provided school supplies to over 3,000 girls. In 2016, Matata launched her own nail polish line called Lavy Products. The first shipment sold out in two weeks showing that this top model is business savvy, and poised for a successful future as an entrepreneur.

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Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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