10 REAL STAR: GENEVIEVE NnAJI Africa’s mega-movie star grants an exclusive, frank and intimate interview; and doesn’t she tell it as it is! What exactly does Africa’s greatest actress in recent years get up to when the cameras are not rolling? Find out...
44 RHIAN BENSON IS BACK! Ghana’a soul sensation Rhian Benson is back and blooming with a new album. Posing in signature outfits by Gisella Couture, one of Africa’s highly acclaimed designers in the UK, the songstress reflects on her musical moods in an exclusive NewAfricanWomanphotoshoot.
3 Editor’s note 8 Os world’s Af rican Be at: celebrity news and events COVER STORY 10 Ge nevieve Nn aji – exciting life, exciting times
YOUNG AFRICAN FASHION 22 T he Mirror Girls
SPECIAL FEATURE 29 A sisterhood celebration
FIRST LADIES CLUB 38 T he Gabon’s Sy lvia Bo ngo On dimba
WOMEN WHO INSPIRE 42 Sa ndie Ok oro: ‘Our careers are not optional’
FASHION MEETS MUSIC 44 M usical moods with Rhian Benson 50 Gi sella Co uture: Meet the designers
TRENDSETTERS 52 Pa scale’s Ho use of Bl ing
29 FOR THE DISCERNING WOMAN NEW AFRICAN WOMAN Isue 9
54 BEAUTY IS DIVERSY A generous dose of youthful and youngat-heart beauty special. Informative and current tips on the dos and dont's of today's fashionable trends and styles.
YOUNG BEAUTY SPECIAL 54 Be auty is Diverse 60 Ce lebrity Do’s and Don’ts 62 Get the Loo k: Jennifer Hudson 64 Ca lamity Jane: Beauty limbo
HOT ISSUE 66 Wo uld you risk your life for a bigger butt? 72 Ex treme surgery
38 first ladies club Gabon’s First Lady, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba,
graces our new section highlighting the work and achivement of the wives of
H ealth and welbeing 74 Ye s Black women do get depressed
FOOD & DRINK 76 Le t’s Cook with Yetunde!
ARTS & CULTURE 78 Th e rise of black ballet 82 Stockists