Call it Nollywood glamour!
Omotola Jalade went super chic and fresh for the opening ceremony of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 19. The 2022 event which will end on Sunday, May 1st, marks the 30th anniversary of PAFF promoting the “cultural understanding among peoples of African descent” through exhibiting art and film.
For the ceremony, Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade arrived on the red carpet wearing a desirably black jumpsuit, featuring sleeveless cuts and a plunging neckline. She also seized the opportunity to debut her spanking new short haircut tinted in a gold hue. The looked was finished with a pair of black heeled sandals, a VLogo Signature buckle belt, and dangling earrings.
In another photo, the 44-year-old threw on a furry jacket atop her look, along with a sleek matching clutch. “Who’s that girl?,” the actress asked while sharing the images on Instagram.
Omotola’s new look comes three weeks after she shared a photo on the social media platform, announcing that she’s cutting off her hair. Posting a photo of herself in a long pink shirt dress while sporting her new hair, she then asked followers to share their opinion. “Yep … I Cut and Tinted my hair….Yahhhhh or Nahhhh ….,” . captioned.
While some fans however praised the hairstyle, some expressed their dislike, saying it’s a ‘No’ for them — which may possibly indicate why the actress decided to cut the hair shorter.
She also wore the new look to the TIME100 Impact awards and gala in Dubai, a black-tie event that honored leaders and change-makers who, ‘through sustained effort, have done extraordinary work to shape the future of their industries and the world at large.’
But however, we don’t know about you, the short hair transformation looks refreshingly perfect on the mother-of-four.
Zimbabwean Model Nyasha Matonhodze is the Chosen Face for Fenty Beauty Africa Launch
On the 27th of May, 2022, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty is set for launch in Africa, officially. For the start, Fenty Beauty will be rolled out in nine African countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Rihanna surprised her Fenty Beauty fans last week (May, 10th) when she announced the launch, saying that she’s been waiting for such an incredible time. “I’ve been waiting for this moment!! @fentybeauty & @fentyskin are finally dropping in AFRICA!!!,” the mom-to-be captioned a post on Instagram, along with a stunning photo of herself wearing a white turtleneck top, matching headwear, and full-face makeup.
“Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe…we comin at ya May 27th and that’s just the beginning!!! #FentyAfrica.”
However, in keeping up with the brand’s inclusive ethos, the “Work” singer has chosen a Zimbabwean-British model, Nyasha Matonhodze, as the face of Fenty Beauty Africa’s global launch. Nyasha will work with the brand to front its products — be it on social media, billboards, or TV. As excited as she is, the 27-year-old model took to Instagram to share the exciting news while describing the opportunity as “particularly special.”
“I’ve had a lot of “pinch me” moments in my career, but I have to say this one hit differently,” the Zimbabwean beauty explained. “To be the face of @fentybeauty Africa’s global launch is one thing, but as a deeply proud Zim Girl and knowing this will be launching in Zimbabwe where my family and grandma are going to see it felt particularly special.”
She continued: “Colourism is still something we are healing from, but when beauty companies make an effort to cater for all shades it does genuinely make everyone feel included. Thank you @badgalriri I’m incredibly honoured to be apart of this campaign and most importantly it’s message.”
For starters, Nyasha Matonhodze isn’t a new face in the fashion and modeling industry. Having walked for prestigious brands, she’s been winning gigs here and there. Nyasha started her modeling career in 2010 at the age of 16 and walked for Louis Vuitton in October that same year. She’s fronted countless campaigns and walked for Loewe, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Halpern, Dior, and Versace, just to name a few.
With her latest partnership with Fenty Beauty, she’s definitely going to take our money. After all, it’s Fenty Beauty!
Nana Akua Addo’s 2022 AMVCAs Dress Was Inspired By The Japanese “GEISHA”
It’s fair to say Nana Akua Addo has been knocking red carpet dressing out of the park. She’s not the one who does things by halves and we devotedly remained on our couches each time there’s a major red carpet event in Nigeria or Ghana just to see what the Ghanaian actress is wearing.
In honor of the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards which took place over the weekend (Saturday, May 14) in Lagos, Nana Akua lived up to her style icon status, showcasing her inimitably cool fashion sense. The actress was wearing a multicolored sleeveless dress with an imprinted Geisha face created by Cary Santiago, a designer from the Philippines. She wore the dress with full face makeup, nude lips, along with smokey eyes.
Sharing the photos on Instagram, Nana revealed her look was inspired by the Japanese Geisha and further explained the meaning of the word to her social media followers.
“A GEISHA,” . captioned while she posed inside a glass showcase. “Today , I exhibit the ART & CULTURE of JAPAN; THE GEISHA. The Japanese word GEISHA literally means “ART PERSON”. I embody ART in its Fullest, EXPRESSION ELEMENTS, COLORS, BEAUTY, GRACE and DISCIPLINE.”
She continued: “I am so honored to be wearing the JAPANESE GEISHA, an embodiment of WOMANHOOD, UNIQUE BEAUTY, GRACE and MYSTERY.”
This is however not the first time Nana is wearing a dress designed by Cary Santiago. If you keep up with Fashion Police Nigeria, the name does sound familiar. During the 2020 Glitz Style Awards, Nana did not just dress to impress but she scored a page on our stylebook for her stunning masterpiece. The dress was magical, first exhibited during TernoCon 2020 in the Philippines.
All The Gorgeous Looks From 2022 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards night is a rare African celebrity reunion where pure fashion is considered the highlight of the event. The evening brings famous faces in the movie and entertainment industry from across the continent, for a night that celebrates outstanding work and creativity in storytelling.
For the 2022 AMVCAs, an event that started with week-long programs, the best was only expected from the main show. And this around, celebrities embraced the demure dress code wholeheartedly, proving the focus was certainly on refined elegance. Ahead, keep scrolling to see all the note-worthy Instagram snaps before they hit the red carpet.
Isime wore a sheer gown completely crafted out with beads.
Adesua Etomi came to make a lasting impression and she did just that in this gorgeous gown by Matopeda Atelier.
Winning the ‘Best Actress in Comedy,’ Funke Akindele stunned is a green slit gown with matching heels to snag up her coveted trophy.
All the way from South Africa, Bonang Matheba came to slay in a beautiful feather-trimmed dress by a Nigerian label, Sheye Oladejo.
If you thought you saw it all at the 2022 Met Gala, check out Idia Aisien in her wearable glamor — a gown by Anjy Luminee.
Eku Edewor was a red siren in a beautiful creation by a Lagos-based label VICNATE.
As one of the hosts of the night, Toke Makinwa never disappoints talkless of the AMVCAs. The media girl made an impressive entrance in an embellished creation by Matopeda.
Nana Akua Addo
Nana isn’t the one who does things by halves. Once again, she tapped Cary Santiago, a designer from the Philippines to create her 2022 AMVCAs dress inspired by the Japanese word ‘GEISHA’ which literally means “ART PERSON.”
Ghanaian actress-turned-fashion-designer, Zynnell Zuh, was in the building all draped in a dramatic gold ensemble created by her brand, Zyellegant.
For the unconventional brides, look no further than Grace-Charis Bassey (formerly known as Belinda Effah) for inspiration. Describing herself as Pink Barbie, the Nollywood actress made her entrance in a super ruffled pink ballgown by Lakimmy.
Actress Lota Chukwu stood out as she oozed the boss attitude in a 3-piece pink suit by Atafo.
Pretty in pink! Mercy Aigbe made a red carpet debut with her newfound love, Kazim Adeoti, wearing a pink gown with a cape and dramatic headpiece.
Sika wore a stunning hand-made dress by Weiz Dhurm Franklyn to start off her hosting duties but later switched into a sleek wrap dress-inspired gown by IDIOL NUPO.
Wearing a design by IDIOL NUPO, the actress commanded attention in a baby blue gown with a detachable long train.
Actress Enado Odigie kept things simple but chic and elegant in this magnificent Lanre Da Silva one-shoulder number.
In an intricately embellished gown, Shaffy Bello showed how it is done wearing a stunning design by XBL.
Rebecca Nengi Hampson
For the former BBNaija housemate, she showed off her voluptuous figure in an optical illusion design created by XBL.
Mimi Linda Yina
Mimi was simply minting in beauty in this over-the-top design by XBL.
…check back for more looks…