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Lupita Nyong'o's Second Vogue Cover And Flawless Couture Spread Take The Internet By Storm

Vogue has revealed its stunning October issue cover featuring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o in a stunning couture spread.

Vogue has revealed its October issue cover girl to be none other than Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscar-winning actress first covered the renowned fashion magazine last July.


With her upcoming roles in the Disney films Star Wars: The Force AwakenThe Jungle Book and the Ugandan chess biopic Queen of Katwe, as well as a theatrical turn in Zimbabwean-American playwright and Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, it's safe to say that Lupita season* has officially arrived.

In her latest cover story, Lupita talks with journalist Plum Sykes about everything from fashion (“I didn’t know the power of couture until I tried on a couture dress. It made me cry.”) to her younger years as a creative growing up in Kenya.

“When I was that age I would have liked someone to talk to me," she said. "Because what I found when I was growing up was that there was no real understanding of what it meant to be in a creative field.”

Another topic Lupita addressed was whether she had a preference for Africa or America: “I definitely feel there’s a lot of America in me,” she told Sykes. “The idea that you can be self-made is very vibrant in America. You can do anything that you want to do. That spirit pushes you on. But it took me leaving Kenya to really appreciate the glory of the place. Ultimately, I will always be a child of Kenya.”

*In case you were wondering what Lupita season entails, get ready for the actress' impending slayage to spark a major frenzy on Twitter. Here's just a taste of Twitter's reaction to the Vogue October cover: 

And make sure to check out this incredibly charming video of Lupita in Vogue's "73 Questions" series:

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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