Yetide Badiki

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A Nigerian Princess navigating the ins and outs of Hollywood. Born in Nigeria, raised in England, Nigeria and the United States. 

 
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal Canada with a major in English Literature (theater) and a minor in Environmental Science. Recipient of an MFA in theater from Illinois State University and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago for  the role of Juliette in “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda.” 
 
The name Yetide means “mother is back,” looking to do that name proud.

Funmilola Fagbamila

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Funmilola Fagbamila is an amazing woman. She can do it all. Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright and artist. While her artistry is multifaceted, including spoken word and hip hop, her current project, entitled The Intersection, is a stage play on the complexities of black identity and what she has coined the “black liberation ego”.
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Having recently completed her graduate program at UCLA in Black Studies, Funmilola now serves as a professor of Pan African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. As an original member of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement she has been organizing with BLM since its inception in 2013.
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In 2015, Funmilola was honored by the United States Congress and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance for her commendable activist scholarship, service and struggle. She frequently sits on community panels regarding police brutality, criminal justice and overall wellness in black communities; most recently presenting at a conference held by the UCLA School of Law. Her resume is pretty impressive.

Graduate Research Assistant Bunche Center, UCLA
Oct 2014 – Sept 2016
•    Assisted with quantitative and qualitative analysis of 2013-2014 Hollywood Diversity Report by Darnell Hunt, PhD and Ana Christina Ramon, PhD
•    Research examined relationship between racial and gender diversity and the bottom line in Hollywood entertainment industry •    Conducted literature reviews
•    Collected and analyzed data
•    Prepared material for submission to grant agencies
•    Summarized project results

Graduate Research Assistant                                                        Fall 2015 African American Studies Department, UCLA
•    Assisted with quantitative and qualitative analysis of research project on policing and federal prison systems by Bryonn Bain, PhD
•    Searched online for compelling images and articles related to topic •    Composed presentations on subject matter and overall project
•    Collected and analyzed data
•    Summarized project results

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sociology Department, CSULA                                                      Spring 2012
•    Worked with a faculty member to create a study on contemporary public higher education in the United States and the emerging student and faculty movements seeking educational justice and transformation •    Created models for intervening in educational inequalities by building community awareness, organizing discussion forums, and initiating actions

Undergraduate Research Assistant                                             Fall 2011 Pan African Studies Department, CSULA
•    Worked with a faculty member on a grant aimed at obtaining funds for a study abroad program for CSULA Pan African Studies students
•    Conducted research on the effects of West African revolutionary hip hop on community consciousness
•    Grant was successfully funded and implemented in Fall 2012

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.

Lesliana Pereira

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Lesliana Pereira, former Miss Angola has won the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her outstanding performance in “Njinga: Queen of Angola”.

Lesliana Massoxi Amaro Gomes Pereira, simply known as Lesliana Pereira, is a model, TV presenter, actress and beauty queen. She was born on born October 9, 1985 in Soyo, Zaire. And was crowned Miss Angola in 2008 and represented the country at the Miss Universe 2008. “Njinga – Queen Of Angola” is her debut.

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The 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last night at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre, Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
It is the first AMAA outside Nigeria and has attracted more attention than the previous editions hosted by Bayelsa State in the state capital of Yenagoa since the inaugural edition in May 2005, except for the 2008 edition of AMAA held in Abuja, federal capital of Nigeria and the 2012 edition held in Lagos.

“Njinga – Queen Of Angola” directed by Sérgio Graciano, is based on Queen Anna Nzinga, also known as Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, a 17th-century queen (muchino a muhatu) of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola. The historical film chronicles her journey as an Amazon; woman without fear, who, for 40 years, defended the independence of the Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms.
Njinga Mbande, born in 1582, became famous for the courage and ability to unite different peoples in the struggle against Portuguese invaders. Its actual title in the language quimbundo – “ngola” – was the name used by the Portuguese to name that region, Angola. UNESCO has recognized her as one of the 25 most important female figures in African history,
“Njinga – Queen Of Angola” is the biggest Angolan film so far.

Nyasha Matonhodze

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Fashion model Nyasha Matonhodze is from Zimbabwe,Africa.  She was born July 31,1995. Discovered at age 15 in the 2010 Elite Model Look competition, Nyasha Matonhodze’s rise through modellings ranks may be described as nothing short of epic. Matonhodze debuted on the international show circuit during the Spring/Summer 2011 collections, sparking interest in Paris with appearances at Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Emanuel Ungaro. Over the ensuing year, Matonhodze’s modeling options kicked into overdrive with key industry support from stylist and Love editor-in-chief Katie Grand, culminating in a heart wrenchingly beautiful Mert & Marcus lensed cover for Love and a Fall/Winter 2011 Louis Vuitton campaign shot by Steven Meisel. A single glance at Matonhodze’s soulful melancholic gaze, luscious pillowy pout, and luxuriant caramel skin tone, is all it takes to fall under her magnificent spell.

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With all eyes trained firmly on her 178 cm gazelle-like silhouette, Matonhodze logged a blistering trail through the Spring/Summer 2012 season appearing in 47 shows including Givenchy, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Editorial appearances in Teen Vogue, American Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Russh, French Numéro, W, and the British and American editions of Vogue followed swiftly, heralding Matonhodze’s full blown star potential. Represented by Elite Model Management in Paris, Matonhodze recently skipped the Spring/Summer 2013 shows to focus on completing her high school education leaving the fashion industry wanting for more. With the Fall/Winter 2013 season fast approaching, Inoubliable Model Army caught up with Matonhodze to discuss her imminent return to the catwalk, those inevitable Naomi Campbell comparisons, and what it means to be truly “Super”.