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Ghanaian Actress Maame Adjei Stars In Striking 'Nouveau Noir' Editorial

Ghanaian actress Maame Adjei, from 'An African City,' stars in Afrobougee's striking 'Nouveau Noir' editorial.

All images courtesy of Afrobougee


Afrobougee is an emerging online publication based in Ghana, which describes itself as an "Afro-privileged journal designed to capture and ignite the mind and creative soul." The site recently debuted its Nouveau Noir campaign for which they tapped rising Ghanaian actress Maame Adjei of the popular web series An African City. Adjei, who stuns in the vibrant series of color and black-and-white images, was selected as the muse and face of the editorial campaign based on her reputation as a creative renaissance woman who embodies the mission of Afrobougee and the Nouveau Noir movement. In their own words, "the Nouveau Noir are living proof that everything we hoped Africa would be is here, whatever we were walking towards as far as the self-actualisation of the people, the thoughts and the ideas, are all here."

For the multi-talented Adjei, who moonlights as a producer, model, and vintage stylist when she's not in front of the camera, the opportunity to elevate her country and culture through the arts is time well-spent. In a statement released by Afrobougee, Adjei said:

“I feel an absolute sense of responsibility to ensure whatever I share with the world resonates with who I am. There is nothing specific I gear my creativity towards as long as it’s authentic to me and is making some sort of impact in any way, shape or form. I hope a time comes when I’ve exerted myself, when all my creative talents have been put out there fearlessly, even if those things aren’t successes. I still feel like I’m holding back a lot, so when I learn to let go I’ll feel complete."

Scroll through the gallery above to view the editorial, featuring outfits from Ghanaian fashion houses Améyo and Christie Brown. Watch Maame Adjei and members of the Afrobougee team speak on the campaign in a behind-the-scenes video below. For more, follow Afrobougee on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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