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Teni the Entertainer's 'Sugar Mummy' Is an Anthem for Women Who are 'Proud to Be Different'


"There's an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don't want to conform to that stereotype. My thing is this: You don't get to decide how I choose to live my life," the artist tells Vogue Magazine.

Nothing can hold Teni the Entertainer back, and this message is clear as ever in her latest music video "Sugar Mummy."

In the upbeat song, the artist lets the world know that she's willing to take on anyone who gets in her way—especially the haters and naysayers. In the song's lively music video, directed by DK, the artist can be seen doing just that—taking on folks on the street before having an intense, but hilarious eba and chicken eating contest with popular Nigerian actress Eniola Badmus.

READ: Teni the Entertainer is the Breakout Star of 2018

"I want to make 'Sugar Mummy' a positive term," says the artist in a recent profile in Vogue. "She is a woman with swag, who looks good, who is proud to be different."


Teni - Sugar Mummy (Official Viral Video) youtu.be

The 26-year-old artist spoke with the magazine about her time attending a "PWI" in the States, her style and love for sneakers, as well as her dedication to owning who she is despite the pressures often placed on women to look and act a certain way:

There's an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don't want to conform to that stereotype. My thing is this: You don't get to decide how I choose to live my life. I'm being me—respect that.

She also discussed using her growing platform for good, revealing a time when she helped a fan going through a dire situation.

This girl was on the verge of committing suicide, so I immediately got her number and reached out to her," she says. "She explained that watching my funny Instagram videos had kept her going. It was in that moment that I realized how powerful my influence can be. If I can be a source of hope and joy to somebody, then I'm doing something right.

When we caught up with the artist last December, she expressed a similar sentiment about wanting to bring people joy through her music and Instagram comedy. "Teni the Entertainer is about bringing positivity into a world that needs a lot of it through entertainment," she told OkayAfrica, "It could be turning societal issues around me into light-hearted moments, or singing about them. Regardless, it is all about making the world a happier place."

With "Sugar Mummy" the artist is keeping good on her mission to deliver feel-good entertainment. Watch the energetic music video above.

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Black Women Are the Future of French Cinema—When Will Cannes Catch Up?

In this op-ed, OkayAfrica contributor Aude Konan reflects on the progression of diversity in French cinema a year after the Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier demonstration at Cannes Film Festival.

A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

Since the book's release, the actresses have been busy working, some of them lucky enough to be able to portray fully fledged characters, others being reduced to play the "black woman" stereotype over and over again. Recently, one of them, Karidja Touré, well known for being in the film Girlhood, mentioned that she was pretty good at mimicking an "African accent." Semantics aside—and the fact that there is no such a thing as an African accent, as Africa is still not a country—it is pretty revealing: despite the wonderful coverage these actresses had, has the movement contributed to any change?

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Akwaeke Emezi's 'Freshwater' Is Being Developed Into a Series for FX

The adaptation is in early development as the Nigerian author teams up with screenwriter and director Tamara P. Carter to bring 'Freshwater' to life.

Akwaeke Emezi's debut, Freshwater, took the literary world by storm when it was released just last year.

We can now anticipate seeing the book be brought to live for TV. Their autobiographical novel is now in the early stages of being developed into a series for FX, Variety reports.

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