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People's Most Beautiful Woman Lupita Nyong'o Meets Alek Wek

Lupita Nyong'o, People's Most Beautiful Woman meets her beauty icon Alek Wek Meets.

Her name is on everyone's lips. The new 'It-Girl' is African and took the world by storm with her performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, which won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, among other numerous awards and nominations. Since then,  Lupita Nyong's graced magazines covers, beauty campaigns (Lancôme) and fashion brands (Miu Miu). "I 'm particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women," she stated on becoming the first black ambassador for Lancôme, "and the idea that beauty should not be dictated but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."


Two days ago, Lupita was named People Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman. Interviewed by Today, her reaction about the cover was thankful but grounded, "I'm flattered, but flattered sounds like such a flighty word, you know?. I'm flattered with, like, gravitas under it. What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to being on the cover of this magazine. I mean, you could have never told me that that would happen when I was 16 and insecure about my complexion."

You might recall Lupita's speech at Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood in which she mentions the great influence of South Sudanese/British model Alek Wek on her own self-image: "I remember a time when I too felt un-beautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned... And then, Alek Wek came to the international scene (laughs). A celebrated model, she was dark at night, she was on all the runways and then in every magazines. Everyone was talking about how beautiful she was: even Oprah called her beautiful! and that made it a fact." Well, this week Lupita met her beauty icon. The actress stated that having tea with her role model was simply "a dream come true." We'd like to say that Lupita is also a dream come true. Scroll through our gallery above to view photographs from the People Magazine editorial. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #lupitanyongo.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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