This year women’s month will officially go down as the best yet as great news keeps coming in every day. From untold and uncelebrated stories about women in history to women in modern times setting new records and breaking barriers, the month has proven the need for more inclusivity and room for women to take their seat at the table.
The black community, in particular, has so much to be grateful for as more and more black women are getting honoured, recognised and dominating in fields they find themselves. But now, African women are also making a grand entrance and they are doing so in grand style.
From Hollywood, makeup, fashion, music to featuring on top magazine covers. Here are African women taking over the global entertainment scene.
Somali models Halima Aden, Amina Adan and Ikram Abdi Omar
It is no new feet for breathtakingly beautiful young ladies from Africa to find their breakthrough and become global sensations in the fashion and modeling industry but what sets these three models from Somalia apart is the groundbreaking footprints they are leaving everywhere they go. Just recently, Halima Aden, Amina Adan, and Ikram Abdi Omar made history as they graced the cover of Vogue Arabia in the first ever hijabi cover. They are the first official hijabi models in the world and have walked several runways feeling proud and comfortable in their hijab while proving that beauty is diverse and can be appreciated no matter what religion one is from or what one decides to or not to wear.
Adesua Etomi Wellington
The Nigerian actress recently featured on the cover of Vogue as part of their Global issue that celebrates women in the movie industry around the world. Aside from this, the Nigerian actress was nominated in the favourite African Star category for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.
Despite her movie being banned in her home country, Kenyan filmmaker and director Wanuri Kahiu knows no bounds as she takes her career a notch higher landing several Hollywood movie deals. The beautiful movie maker has so far secured not one but three huge directing roles and is set to have her controversial LGBT movie premiere in Hollywood soon. From landing a huge Universal Studios deal, directing the bestselling novel The Thing About Jellyfish set to hit the big screens, Los Angeles-based love story Covers also with Universal Studios to direct the upcoming drama series Wild Seeds based on the book by Octavia E Butler.
Nigerian Sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor isn’t new to the global entertainment industry. Noted as the current Queen of Sci-Fi, in 2018, the writer was making the rounds for writing Black Panther comics while keeping fans hungry for new books. The Nigerian writer is working with Wanuri Kahiu and Viola Davis on the much anticipated Wild Seed drama series.