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KEMI ADETIBA

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According to the director and visual artist, Kemi Adetiba, a "King Woman" always comes out on top, no matter what. Judging from the success of her 2016 record-breaking film, The Wedding Party, Adetiba is the embodiment of a "King Woman." From her role as an on-air radio personality, to her stint in front of the camera as a television presenter, and now, as a director, Adetiba is making her mark in media with over 10 years of experience.


“I want to be remembered as one of the people who changed the media industry,” Adetiba says in an interview with OkayAfrica.

She has earned the title as one of Nigeria’s foremost directors, starting her storied directorial career after a stint at the New York Film Academy, before going back home to carve out a path as a music video director. From the infamous "Lagos Party" video for artist, Banky W., to the heartwarming visuals for the T.Y Bello song, "Ekundayo," Adetiba has been telling stories for a while. It was only fitting that her next move would be in film. Adetiba's directorial film debut is about a universal love story that is uniquely Nigerian.

The Wedding Party, which premiered opening night at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has broken box office records by raking in over 3.5 billion naira, is a story about everything that could possibly go wrong at a Nigerian wedding. Although the crux of the film lies in the dysfunction surrounding the couple and their big day, The Wedding Party is a story about strong women. Executive produced by Nigerian media executive, Mo Abudu and directed by Adetiba, the film’s stellar female cast—especially the performance of veteran actress, Sola Sobowale— received praise by critics everywhere. According to Adetiba, films and stories that put women at the forefront is one of the things she’s looking to bring to the film industry.

Her historic achievement indicates that this is just the beginning. After the success of The Wedding Party, Adetiba is laser-focused on building her media empire, one step at a time. She co-created the production company, Dreamfire Productions, with Kayode Jegede, is just one of the ways she is When asked what’s next for her, Adetiba remained tight lipped, but confirmed that she is already in the throes of shooting another movie project, less than a year after The Wedding Party wrapped. Viewers can watch Adetiba make more magic off the big screen with the premiere of her non-scripted mini documentary, King Women, which highlights women from various industries narrating their personal experience overcoming difficulties and hardships in their careers and personal lives. This is Adetiba's passion project, and one she hopes will encourage others to continue to tell African stories that have been left off the big screen.

“Our industry in Africa, especially Nigeria, is still untapped," Adetiba says. "We have so many stories that need to be told and I want to continue to tell those stories.”

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

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41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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