The SAG awards was a couple of weeks ago, and we saw darling Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis flaunt their kinks on the red carpet. In case you have no idea what I speak of, here is what they looked like on said occasion:
So I got thinking. Which Nigerian celebrities are very likely to appear in public and even walk the red carpet with their hair in its natural state? Turns out that I could find up to 10 and I’m pretty sure there are some more. So yay! I now present to you the 10 most likely candidates to grace the green carpet with natural hair.
Inspiring in staying true to the beautiful music that she has always provided, Asa is known for her good head of poppin’ locs. As I have never known her to wear her hair in any other form, she has graced many-a-red carpet with these locs and will very likely do so in the near future.
Look at that smile! And that twa! Her rise to fame began in 2010 when she won the third season of MTN project fame. A singer-songwriter, it appears that she went natural a couple of years ago and has paraded this look enough to expect to see her and her twa on the red carpet.
You cannot talk about natural celebrities in Nigeria and not immediately think of this woman. She is the first name that comes to mind for me when thinking about this topic. Wearing her natural hair proudly is the way we are used to seeing her… everywhere. There was that one time she surprised us and wore her hair in a threaded hairstyle on the red carpet. I was like, “get it, girl!” Oh and girl can wriiiiite!
I have fallen off the Nollywood radar for too long. I remember when Dakore was cast in almost every movie I saw in my teenage years. I’m unsure if she is still prominent in the industry. However, like Asa, her locs have stood her out in the industry.
People, our dear AB used to have a crush on this uncle right here once upon a time! (I might get killed for saying this, so if I don’t put up a post in the next couple please call the police.) I really could not have compiled this list without putting Denrele on it, please. He fierce! Proper eccentric, Denrele embraces his hair in all its glory and he plays with it on the red carpet in ways that might leave your jaws on the floor (well, more his outfits than the hair).
The internet describes her as “German Nigerian”. I am currently listening to one of her ballads titled Restless. She has a very unique sound, I must say and look at those curls! I will go out on a limb and say that you will not find Nneka in anything other than these curls.
Nse, Nse, Nse. Fine actress and one of the ones that I enjoy seeing on my screen. There have been many pictures of her flaunting her natural hair, even on-screen.
She’s the ones with the signature
contact lenses eyes. Also an actress, I think that she is rocking this hair and will do so on the red carpet any day. Those contacts though…
9. Onyeka Onwenu
Mama di mama! She has been in the entertainment business for almost 25 years and I don’t think I have ever seen the hair on her head higher than this. She is also a politician in the country.
10. TY Bello
Aunty TY Bello! Yes, she’s my adopted aunty. This her hair… I’ve always looked at it with a critical eye. I suspect sometimes she has extensions in but it’s quite difficult to tell when the hair is with or without extensions. The above picture of her hair is an example of it being tamed. She is a photographer and a musician as well.
Alrighty! There you have it. My list. I really didn’t think that I would find up to 10 names. But alas, I think the awareness of the beauty and acceptableness of our hair, while still facing opposition, is very present in the entertainment industry (an industry driven mostly by external beauty).
In other important news, TGIT!!! I don’t know what Shonda Rhimes thinks she’s doing but this Olivia’s suffering is becoming ridiculous!
That’s it for now beauts. Be Well!
– Mee Mee