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LUPITA NYONG'O

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

Lupita Nyong'o is a talented, multidimensional actress, a force of fierceness in the fashion world and an avid humanitarian. In just a few years, she has blazed an inspiring and fiery trail in Hollywood and fashion, and had a stunning clapback to her sky-high updo at the Met Gala—which critics falsely attributed to Audrey Hepburn and Whoville. (It was actually inspired by an old school African style).




The breathtaking Kenyan is best known for her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Kenyan woman to win that title. However, I adore Lupita most (so far) for her work in Queen of Katwe, perhaps one of the most underrated movies of 2016.



I am personally tired of us being recognized for roles in which we are submissive—servants, enslaved people—or worse, negative, criminalistic stereotypes of black people. In Queen of Katwe, she plays the determined mother of Ugandan chess champion, Phiona Mutesi. It is the first live action Disney movie to depict African people in dynamic, diverse roles—and it was totally based on a true story. Last year, Nyong'o also starred in the Broadway play Eclipsed, to much acclaim.



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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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