Betty Kanu

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This stunning woman is Betty Kanu.  Kanu is a gorgeous upcoming model. She lives in New York but is originally from Sierra Leone.  You can check this lovely African beauty out on her Instagram page.

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Hamamat Montia

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This beautiful sista is Hamamat Montia.  She is a beautiful African model.  This is an interview she did with  Debonair magazine.

To begin with, Hamamat is fully Ghanaian. Her dad is Sisala from Kandia Upper West Region and her mum is from Bongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Now this is what you probably did not know. Hamamat was born in Bolgatanga but moved to Accra in her tot stages. Her early days were characterized by happy memories shared with her extended family with lots of kids while in the northern part of Ghana before moving to Accra. Her mum Aisha Taimoko is everything to her. She is a naturalist, a cook, owned restaurants, sold Shea butter and an organic freak who has continuously influenced her existence to this very day.
The Hamamat we know and have come to love is not a recent development.  Before Malaika she did have a life; she was your typical teenager who would do everything every teenager her age would do. Growing up, visions changed and dreams changed. Miss Malaika came at the stage where she was on the heights of the need to discover herself. It was a life changing experience which greatly impacted her life. The Hamamat brand was bound to succeed and Malaika was just the perfect springboard for this leap which has pushed her into the limelight.

Just like the misconceptions people have of her that have to be cleared, she seeks to clear the misconceptions that exist about her people in the northern part of Ghana. Most dominant of which is that people in the north are afraid of getting rich because they think it will change their life. “Yes my people are mostly poor but it doesn’t translate they are deprived of the zeal for success. Just like everybody they have dreams and aspirations and yearn to be heard. Although contentment is settling they are a happy people in spite of their circumstances. So this is why I do what do I what I do to tell their story with fashion.

Lately, you’ll see a lot of Hamamat on social media in something African. The direction of that is to showcase Africa in every sense; be it in terms of fashion or its places particularly the northern part of Ghana.
Hamamat is a proud African brand because Hamamat is an African woman showcasing Africa everywhere. On the other hand, Hamamat is not associated with any particular brand house. She wears what she feels reflects her identity. “You would mostly see me wear Kakaa though and that is because she understands my style preference and knows very well I like to represent myself in what I wear. But aside her, if I feel any other particular designer suits what I represent, I will wear their work. For instance Suzzy in Osu. I feel happy wearing her designs because my business supports her livelihood and that puts a smile on my face. It doesn’t matter the size of the designer I will wear their works so far it suits my brand.”

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Hamamat is a creative person and she likes to express that by contributing to the designing of what she wears. She actually has a say in what she wears. Also, Hamamat does everything African. That is the trademark. Some may think it’s limiting but Africa is the origination of many styles we see around us. The influence of African fashion is ever reaching into almost every other culture you may think about and this is not surprising because Africa is the hub of civilization and fashion is one the few remnants of this influence we have on the world. So in a few words, she does a variety of African-influenced styles from ranging from vintage, modern, contemporary, and simplistic to hip. She doesn’t put herself into one box of style because that to her is limiting.

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She has two beautiful girls; Zuri and Safari who are both 4 years and 15 months respectively. But at heart, she insists she is a mother to any child who loves to teach others just as she would teach her own. “It wasn’t hard. It was more like an innate part of my being so I just embraced what was truly within and it took my kids to bring in that changed in my life. “
According to her, she doesn’t need a specific day such as mother’s day because she treasures each day and shows her love accordingly. Parenting to her is about making long-lasting indelible memories with your kids so she tries to create as many memories each day with them just as her mum shared with her because life is too short to lose even a second of it, she believes.

Life is unpredictable and so is Hamamat so expecting one thing in particular from Hamamat will get you disappointed. But one thing that is definite is that whatever that is going to come from her in the future will be impactful and amazing. As she travels all over Africa and her own country she will continually draw inspiration which will spiral her into doing and achieving more. So all I can say is that the future is bright with a daring mama bear who draws inspiration to change the world from her baby cubs.

Chloe Kitempo

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This beautiful sista is  Chloe Kitempo. She is slaying the game at only 21 years old. Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium with heavy roots in the DR Congo, Africa, she’s taken her popularity from YouTube and is using it to make a business for herself. She is a fashion and beauty vlogger.  She has a YouTube channel and can be found on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s a short interview she gave:

What tips do you have for women looking to grow their personal brand?

Staying true to yourself is major key! People will admire you the most because you are yourself. Be consistent in whatever it is that you’re trying to bring out there. Very important! And last but not least, people like pretty things, keep an on eye on how you’re bringing your stuff to the public.

How has your social media popularity aided in you becoming an entrepreneur?

At first I had no idea social media was actually a business. I was posting my stuff out there just for fun until I started getting business offers. SHOOK! Step by step I learned how to manage the enquiries, I’m still working on it because it’s not easy but I’m getting there.

What made you start a YouTube channel and what is your favorite content to put out?

The real reason I started YouTube was out of boredom (lmao). In 2012, I temporarily moved to this city in Belgium where I had zero friends to hang out with and zero activities to keep me busy. I had this Canon camera and I had a editing software and I said to myself let’s try and make a mini make up tutorial and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve always been a type of creative person so to me editing was actually very entertaining. That video did not pop at all. I waited a long time before uploading more stuff to my channel.

What are some personal and business goals you set for yourself?

I don’t really like to talk about my goals because I feel like it’s something personal. It’s actually awkward to me lol. Is that weird ?

What tips do you have for young women looking to grow their social media following?

Like I said earlier, keep it moving. Be yourself, post eye-catching content and stay consistent! ❤

What was a huge challenge for you to overcome as you grew successfully?

Reacting to negativity was a big challenge! I never understood why people would randomly come under my video/picture to write something mean. Me as a person if I don’t like a post I would ignore it and voilà. Then again, when somebody takes it that far I feel like it tells more about themselves than about the person they’re “bullying”.

What do you want your supporters to take from this interview?

If you’re reading this I want to boost you in whatever it is that you’re doing. Be the best you can be! xoxo

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Tiwa Savage

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Tiwatope Savage-Balogun  was born on February 5, 1980, better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter. Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012. Savage also signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation in June 2016, which she later confirmed via Instagram. She co-wrote the track “Collard Greens & Cornbread” off Fantasia Barrino‘s Grammy-nominated album, Back to Me.

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Savage was featured on Solar Plexus, a compilation album released by Mavin Records. Her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released on 3 July 2013. It was supported by the singles “Kele Kele Love“, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado“. Savage’s second studio album, R.E.D, was released on 19 December 2015. It produced the singles “My Darlin'”, “African Waist” and “If I Start To Talk”. Savage sings in English and Yoruba.  As a singer, her achievements include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards, among others.

Seyi Shay

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Deborah Oluwa-seyi Joshua, better known by her stage name ‘Seyi Shay’ (pronounced Shay-yee Shay), is a Nigerian based International Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Performer. Born and raised in London, UK to Nigerian Parents, She began performing at the age of six. A former member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) headed by Basil Meade, whose international tours and acclaim, afforded her a platform to perform in different cities around the world (including a 13 city tour in Japan) at the tender age of fourteen.

Seyi Shay is also a talented songwriter, who has written and produced three major songs for the Konami Game Sound track; “Crime Life”, as well as the song “You will see” which was performed by former Spice Girl; Mel C, and was also included in her highly successful Album, “Beautiful Intentions”. She also wrote successful hit ‘White Lies’ for international selling rapper/artist Chipmunk, that featured Coleena of Diddy’s Dirty Money.

Alongside, Seyi Shay decided to attend a National audition in the UK where she would later emerge as the lead singer of the British Pop/RnB girl group; “From Above”, they signed to Sony/Columbia Record company and Music World Entertainment owned by Beyonce’s father; Matthew Knowles.

From Above released their debut album online called ‘Breaking From Above’, which was also the title of their MTV reality show which aired in over 166 countries worldwide. They supported Beyonce on her “I AM” UK tour in 2009/10.

Now branching out a solo artist, Seyi Shay is working on her debut album in Nigeria. Having already recorded a number of songs with the country’s top producers, plans are in place for the release of her solo singles in Africa and Worldwide.

Known for her stage energy and prowess, Seyi Shay has performed in some of the finest A-list events in Nigeria and across Africa, including The Chase Big Brother Africa show and the MTV Mama 2015 Awards in Durban, where she performed with Grammy-award winning international artist, Neyo. Seyi Shay was also nominated for Best Female and Best Music Video at the MTV Mama 2015 Awards.

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Her single ‘Irawo’ released in 2013 is still enjoying waves and it is no surprise the singer chose the name ‘Irawo’, meaning ‘Star’ in Nigerian native language Yoruba. Seyi Shay then subsequently released ‘Ragga Ragga’ and ‘Chairman’ ft Kcee, with a video for ‘Ragga Ragga’ which premiered on 9th January 2014. She followed up with a successful hit single ‘Murda’ ft Patoranking & Shaydee which was widely regarded as the Summer Anthem with a video released on the 11th June 2014 spanning across international markets. On 15th October 2014, Seyi Shay released a fresh banger titled ‘Crazy’ ft Wizkid dominating the club scene. Her high-life single ‘Jangilova’ – a story of love starring Nollywood’s hottest actor OC Ukeje in the video premiered on the 22nd April 2015. On the 7th of July 205, she simultaneously released the audio and video of ‘Right Now’ produced by Harmony Samuels which is currently fast topping the charts.Seyi Shay is currently working on her highly anticipated debut album due in Q4 2015 which is set to fuse international sounds with the core elements of Afrobeat. Her debut UK single is also expected to be released in Q3 2015 via her recently signed record deal with Island Records UK.