“Not Black Enough to be in a Nigerian Video”? Vixen Natalie Nunn speaks on Olu Maintain’s New Video “NAWTi”

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 11:14 AM

By BellaNaija.com


Olu Maintain‘s new video “NAWTi” made it’s online debut during the weekend. In less than 3 days, the video has received almost 60,000 views on YouTube.

The video features “Bad Girls Club” vixen Natalie Nunn as the lead model.
Since the video’s online debut, there has been a torrent of comments and opinions about the decision to feature Natalie in a video for a song themed – “NAWTi = Natural African Woman Totally Inspiring”

The model tweeted in response to the criticism.

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    • chibaby January 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      hmmmmmmm

      • really February 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        THIS VIDEO IS JUST DIRTY!! NATURAL AFRICAN WOMAN INSPIRING HUH? MORE LIKE NASTY AMERICAN – TRULY INSPIRING! MCHEEW PLS DONT USE THIS KIND OF VIDEO TO DEPICT A REAL AFRICAN WOMAN . WE GOT MORE CLASS . AND SERIOUSLY NATALIE NUNN? HAVE U SEEN BAD GIRLS CLUB? NOT A GOOD ROLE MODEL AT ALL..OVERALL THIS VIDEO WAS UNNECESSARY #GBAM

        • Temiloluwa February 1, 2012 at 1:53 AM

          On a random but fairly related note, I’m no prude oh but this has been on my mind for a while now. We are getting so oversexualised. I saw a video a few days ago on Daytime TV called Soundtrack and I was shocked they hadn’t banned it given the Nigerian TV Censor Board’s (dunno their exact name) voltron abilities and quickness to ban things. I’m not yet a mother oh but I’m sure I won’t want my young child watching that video. I’m sure people will be quick to say we see worse things from foreign acts but mehn, I dunno, I just dunno. It was way too much. I dunno mehn. We just keep pushing the boundaries and I wonder what things will be like in 20 years’ time. It is weh!

        • Chi February 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

          So true, I am tired of these dirty nasty chicks. This has nothing to do with inspiring African women. And as for the soundtrack song with that facially challenged MayD guy, I have to say I am more than disappointed that the morals on earth are in short supply. What kind of rubbish is that. Nobody in this world cares about his bed antics. If he wants to catch aids there, na his own be that.

          I will always preach repentance. Don’t copy this generation that are racing each other to hell!

      • Hosea February 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        I get what a lot of people are saying about the video. In fact, I wish it was shot in Nigeria but it’s also interesting that he used Natalie as his lead girl. She is really an object of attention because she always has people talking. lol.
        However, I cannot deny that she played her part as Maintain’s sexy/ flirtatious love interest very well. This is what I always say about Nigerian music videos girls. A lot of the video vixens usually contribute in ruining the concepts of music videos. I find them very dry or all over the place. Some traits are rolling their eyes; acting reserved in front of the camera; no personality; overdoing the sexiness/ overacting; wining their waists, looking pretty and bland; messing up their faces etc.
        I like Natalie as a TV personality and I think she took charge in this video, I wish a lot of these Nigeria based video girls will take note and do their job perfectly.

    • Me2me January 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      To be fair, i know that Olu seriously searched for a Nigerian girl for this video, he even considered the lady who is the face of Deola sagoes. One thing i know he made clear was that he wanted a beautiful lady with curves but they kept presenting skinny models to him. No wonder he went out there and foound him what he wanted. Carry go bro.

      • Gidi January 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Do you actually believe what you just typed?
        If so, get in touch with me.I’ve got a bridge i am selling,it is longer than the 3rd mainland.Hurry while stock lasts.
        You mean he searched the whole of Nigeria and could not find a curvy beautiful girl in Nigeria? Who was doing the search for him? A visually challenged dude?
        More importantly, the video was the same old objectification of the female specie.Have we not had enough of this? I am a man but i am sick of these trashy videos. Moreover, the song was pretty bland and weak. I’ve seen the video once and i am certain of one thing, i won’t see it a second time.

        • ij January 31, 2012 at 2:01 PM

          you have killed me with laughter , your sarcasm was very well executed , you speak the truth, he couldn’t find a curvy naija babe my foot , a whole naija, with all these sweet sweet umu Chineke and goddesses that we have around assaulting both men and women alike with their beauty, nonsense!

        • Gechi January 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

          My thoughts exactly… We welcomed Nigerian Artists because they sang about love or what really matters not trashy videos will girls shaking their behinds. In fairness to him the video has high quality standards, but needs to be channeled into doing something more creative and less like every other music video .

        • Abs January 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

          u KILLLLLLLED it!!!!! :))). ive not watched the video yet but from what uve said i guess im berrar of watching scooby doo with the lil credit let on my mtn modem. tenk u

        • SAMANTHA RONSON February 1, 2012 at 2:03 AM

          i heart you, i havent seen the video, however i dont expect more/less from Olumaintain…whats the big deal though, she is in Olu maintain’s video – big deal, why is this making headline or a subject of discussion self….

    • Amaks January 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      I personally do not understand the hype about being black enough for music videos or not. People need to realize that there are people out there that do not have the dark skin tone and are as African as the chic in the villa. Two weeks ago I met a lady that is ‘white’ but spoke pidgin fluently because she is a 4th generations Lebanese-Nigerian with an Irish mother. She was born and trained in Nigeria, so was her father and grandfather, according to her she is African, her mannerism and all is totally Nigerian so who are you to say she is not Nigerian enough because of skin-tone.

      People need to grow up and look past skin-colour

    • pynk January 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      lol @ him not finding curvy enuff women in Nigeria. SImple he chose his model. Folks need to stop tryna justify actions.

    • iyke January 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      This is just straight up hating right here

    • Ester January 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    • Ekene January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      I understand where people’s rage might be coming from… She could be in any video, but when u speak of Africans, we all know that there are more darker women/people than lighter people. ‘Color’ is still a very sensitive issue unfortunately, especially when dark men prefer white/yellow women to dark women. it would have been a safer choice to get a dark woman with the curves.

      Sha sha, they’ve made the video, they’ve made the video. She’s a beautiful black lady with curves. She might be lighter, but we’re all africans. Free Natalie.

    • kiki January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I am pure Nigerian and i am as fair if not fairer than the lady in question. And no am not albino. So people should just rest.

    • Nnedi January 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      abeg he is free to use anyone he wants esp that trashy long jawed groupie called Natalie!

    • xxx January 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Natural African Woman Totally Inspiring = Girl with pounds of weave on her head. No problem with her being in the video, her look just would not have her voted as top choice for main chick for a video about natural African beauty, she looked plastic not natural mixed race aside. But then videos never has anything with the actual songs and their lyrics these days, the entire video is out of whack. The girl in the pic actually looks naija and she’s curvy. Off-topic: she looks like Rihanna with the forehead the other way around.

    • xxx January 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      *never have anything to do*

    • Ready January 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      So it was Natalie from Bad Girls Club…let’s say color doesn’t matter…Natalie? Natalie who treated her so-called Naija bf like ish on that yeye show and cheated on him? Natalie who runs around on youtube talking bout how she runs LA when she don’t run sh!@? She’s been dissed by Lil Duvall and practically every AA…
      This is my point…Eldee should say he wants a bigger fan base. The cray (sic) chick does bring him a bigger audience so I get how it’s a good business decision. But to say he couldn’t find a NAWTi curvy African woman #na wash.

      • Ready January 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Olu Maintain, I mean. See? Dude is so far in the recesses of my brain that I called him someone else’s name.

      • BigBen January 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        Really though? Eldee??? really??? did you read the title of the post you visited…

    • miss t January 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Hmmm this did not even occur to me lol. She is black and African jare. Every person that is black in this world is African,they were just unfortunate to have been relocated during slavery and now they cannot identify fully with Africans so have put American behind the race. Please let no body make an issue about this Olu Maintain wanted her in his video, he used her. She is acting in that video so her life should not be used to judge the video!

      Now judging the video as we are supposed to be doing, I personally do not really like it, if he did not tell us what nawti means at the end I would have thought he was just spelling ‘naughty’ in another way and praising naughty women who can shake their arses and be naughty like that. I don’t find it a good representation of Naturally African and Inspiring but hey that is my opinion, I will not just watch it again.

      And the person that said he did not find a Nigerian woman that is beautiful with curves R U MAD, R U ALRIGHT….don’t just implicate urself here oh lolz jst joking. But dude ko possible now almost all of us Naija women have the full package.

      • miss t January 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        NO offense Natalie, but the babe does not even have correct African type curves, hell if he truly looked and did not find in Naij, Ghana, South Africa and East African countries like Kenya, infact the whole of Africa has what you call CUrVe, we are made like that.

      • majo January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        EXACTLY . is a natural inspiring african woman someone who only shakes their yansh? what a joke

    • October January 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      True word miss t, true word :-)

    • konfirma 1 January 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      What’s people’s problem?! Appreciate great job well done and stop this hating act…. Well its normal that good things attract haters therefore blab your mouth and type rubbish….. That video is gotten 70,000plus downloads in 3 days WAOZA! NAWTI and Olu’s choice of models? On point! Haters go wee wee

      • Baby Dee January 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Alakori, how much did they pay you to come and type that nonsense here? Mschewww…

    • ayodeji January 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Wow!dis is amazing!

    • Tayo January 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      I so agree with the argument, The songs says Natural African Women Totally inspiring and then you go and pick a half cast ( I do not have anything about people from mixed race parents abeg! )and the argument to support that is you did not find any nigerian woman beautiful enough!… well that says only one thing, Olu maintain does not even believe the sermon he is preaching about NAWTI, he would not even use a NAWTI for his video. Men totally propagate this nonsense and It is time for us women to speak against it ! Dont Preach NAWTI when you cannont even deal with the true sense of it, even in your video.

      • Cray February 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

        +1

    • kiki January 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      A far as am concern its a tight video, but am just disappointed that this people can afford to pay a foreign model, but yet treat their Nigerian ladies like trash, i know about the music industry, if you know how cheap they pay the once here, you will be disappointing that they have that type of money to waste, why cant we appreciate our own people, so that we can be appreciated outside Nigeria, then someone like diddy can call our girls for videos.

    • Layo January 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a crappy song and video.

    • Dahlia Voka January 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      I think some of your comments are fair enough, the video is not that good always trying to be like 50cent, Snoop Dog. I sometimes wonder why our african singers dont want to keep the originality of being an African. That is why i like people like 2face Idibia, and P Square

    • Grace January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      You guys should watch the video before complaining for Gods sake!I counted at least 8 brown skinned girls within the first 2 minutes of the video. Some with short hair sef!

    • partyrider January 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      my own with the song is not even with the colour of her skin, but the fact that the song depicted nothing in relation to the theme- Natural African Women Totally Inspiring..
      show us african women that hustle to put food on the table,that work several jobs to pay bills, even those that farm to get money for the family..these are typical examples of what the inspiring african woman is…you can even show the working class african woman,that works hard to be on top of her game..not all those girls in bikins shaking their waist that cant even spell ‘inspiring’
      sorry,but the fact natalie is in the video does not mean we should start jumping..you totally missed the point of NAWTI..
      and if we want to talk of skin colour,some of these ladies claim to be african-american and not AFRICAN..stupid but true..
      and shooting the video in AFRICA would have made more sense..
      zero story line, zero everything for this video..

      • lolli February 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        there should be a like button on BN. Partyrider Twale!

    • spicy January 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      The video concept not the color of the models is what actually offended me, how can you call a song (NAWTI) Natural African Woman Totally Inspiring and you put a bunch of hoeish looking women in the video shaking their asses??Are you trying to say that’s a representation of your African mother,sister,wife???What is inspiring about that???If the song was called and spelled “Naughty” it would have made more sense for this video. Infact i think this particular video should have been made for the song they played at the end cos it’s more of a party track and that would suit this video.And for him to feature that heavy jawed Natalie Nunn of all people as the main model and think we will be impressed is just a joke!!lmao

      • Mafia January 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        I agree oooo Spicy. I dont care WHO he used, the vid was in and of itself mostly insulting. I get the play on words, but he could’ve pulled it off with a classier vid, to show that a NAWTI woman can actually be Naughty. Why couldnt the vid have been about a woman working her butt off all day, then when night comes, having fun? Isnt that what MOST responsible women do?

      • Oma February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        There is nothing inspiring about this i must say.
        African women complain that we are being overly “sexualized” and seen as sexual objects by men of other races. i think African men make it even worse.
        http://lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

      • Ngozi February 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Lol i LOVE your choice of words…..HEAVY JAWED! lol

    • Tony January 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      the babe is not even fine……stop causing yourselves stress!! she has nothing on our beautiful Naija women……songs not bad though

    • iTawa January 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      …@ partyrider and spicy, I couldn’t have said it better! very dumb song and video!

    • Myne Whitman January 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      We should stop looking past skin color really or whether a black person is mixed race or not. Do they identify black?

      There are several ladies and women in the video, the one at 1.04 is one of the darkest chocolate I’ve seen.

      My own issue is with the cover of the album. Is that whiteface a political response to blackface?

    • miss kems January 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      i totally hate dis video..,y d heck was he even kissing her *sigh*..

    • babycute January 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      rubbish

    • bj January 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      i have no problem with her in d video but her acting sucks, some of d other girls did a better job. who cares about her skin color is or if she’s mixed!!!

    • kokie January 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      What does black enough mean. U people have joined African American business of deciding arbitrarily who and what is black. When this nepotism is practiced on you, don’t complain.

      Anyway, he can use whoever on whatever video. it is his money his business. the girl fine sha and now you people are complaining, the record will sell well well now.
      Go olu.

    • Top Models January 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Very CHEAP video! We are sick and tired of such….besides the music is senseless….and whack (not hating… I really don’t care)…speaking about finding Nigerian girls that are curvy….you must be having a laugh to say you did not find any….or maybe you could just see it from these view….Nigerian women are sick and tired of being subjected to useless music videos that is dehumanizing. Get something better and you’ll see them naija curvies running up….i rate this video -10/10 (minus 10)

    • eloho February 1, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Seriously? This is it? Seriously? Mscheeeewwww! Forget the model, the video is WHACK! And please Olu Maintain should spare us the NAWTIE crap! He sang a song finish and thought, “oh! how do I project it as not another useless ashawo song?” and he thought “oh! let’s say the Naughty is Nawtie”! Unfortunately for him, the video director didn’t get the memo and went with NAUGHTY! Such a pain to watch! And Natalie was in it for what? 2 mins? Please? Olu Maintain, go and sit down and think, then pray and fast for some intelligent song writing skills! God help us!

      • Gidi February 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        you dey vex o!

    • bcgeorge February 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Nigerians; we are who we are, bunch of hypocrites, openly criticizing what we secretly endorse. For all you care, some dude yawning BS!! on here is busy wanking to d video as we speak, as for the ladies, well, some are just wishing they were chosen instead of the girls in d vidoe(tough, just admit it).

      What’s really the issue here? d title of the song, Natalie, d video? Everyone(with the exception of a few) is just ranting for the sake of it.

      This is show business baby, nothing sells like controversy. If you watch american artistes videos and feel good with them and condemn this video, there’s a special place in HELL for you. Na today dem dey objectify women? Abegi!! xenophobes get a grip.

      • AnnLOludoyi February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        OMG! You totally wrote out my mind!

      • Nnebaby February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        My friend keep quiet just because you cosign American trash videos …doesnt mean the rest of us should!…. why should we lose our identity? all in the name of follow follow….. everyone knows that the Americans worship sex……teh way a british music video is different from an American one…is the way we Nigerians should try to be different and not copy copy….any time someone complains you people come up with this bullsit… oya if you want to copy ..why not we start by building our own planes and trains?..as well as havingm our universities in the ranks?…before we can satrt talking about lossing our morals….sigh

      • Nnebaby February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        My friend keep quiet just because you cosign American trash videos …doesnt mean the rest of us should!…. why should we lose our identity? all in the name of follow follow….. everyone knows that the Americans worship sex……the way a british music video is different from an American one…is the way we Nigerians should try to be different and not copy copy….any time someone complains you people come up with this bullshit… oya if you want to copy ..why not we start by building our own planes and trains?..as well as havingm our universities in the ranks?…before we can satrt talking about lossing our morals….sigh

        • Gidi February 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

          Not only Americans o!
          Even Nigerians have begun the worship.
          Have you not seen that 1000+ post blog?

    • Lape February 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      I dislike the role of the women grinding around in the video so pls leave Natalie to do it..thats her lane. Dont need anymore of our sisters being objectified (even if they are making money its still -objectification). Video is not memorable and I wouldnt want to watch it again. Good/Great videos imho- Ara (Brymo) and Bez (that stupid song)..LOVE to see such creativity not the same ol booty shaking videos.

    • Temi February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      is it really necessary for naked women to be in a music video. so much African culture

    • AnnLOludoyi February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      NIGERIANS! SMH! Only JESUS SAVES!
      Must you guys complain about everything..kmft!
      ABG, YOU GUYS SHOULD GO AND REST!

      • Nnebaby February 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        My dear everyone complains…,.even the Americans u are worshipping critize the likes of gaga and rihanna……so we should all worship them bcos u like them?….its all opinion baby if you want to follow…lets start by having credible engineers who can build planes and trains for us before we start losing our identity…..every culture has a stand even the chinese, europeans, asians watch american videos but you wouldnt see them lose their morals or identity at the end of the day when these artist are planning tour dates…you wont even see africa talk more of Nigeria on their calender…yet we pay billions to ship them over when we can use that to celebrate our own

        • eloho February 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

          #GBAM #GBAM!!!

    • Lue February 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      lwkm…………………BN commentators, una dey try

    • titan February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      really…. all i hear is yadayadayada… if u want a truely african video with african women with no a** shaking… please by all means go to d studio and be creative… and stop trashing a players work… okpe!!!

    • SHE February 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      He who is without sin should cast the first stone please.

    • olorile February 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      soo chinese is now african woman abi! i am convinced that african men are retarded! they don’t take pride in the women that give them life! i don’t have beef with biracial people but the vid is about african girls not people that are 50% white! gosh and what is this booty shaking! african girls are not booty shakers oo! only black men strive to change what thier women look like! thats y they r carrying last in everything!

    • vickky February 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Hahaha! Looks to me like Olu is just excited to be shooting a video in US of A with real live American girls. The song is forgettable and the older women, ie th moms, in the party scene look more like the NAWTI ideal. The whole video looks like testosterone gone wild. But its technically good I must admit.

    • Lar February 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      We miss the point! Its his video and he is in a business. Not a business to play to “your” standard of morality but to make money and perhaps as controversial as it sounds…keep himself relevant.

      If he thinks “sexualizing” his video gets him a lager audience, and it opens markets in other countries previously closed to him….that to me, translates to a good business decision. if it backfires, he goes back tot he drawing table and fixes it.

      I do not for the record like these kinds of videos, and would not be downloading or purchasing this video myself, but one mans meat (crudely put), is anthers poison. If you don’t like this video and believe it should not be heard, shown, purchased etc, you’re the consumer and a very powerful one at that. its simple! Don’t purchase it. Perhaps low sales translating to less income might pass across a message, perhaps not. But, keep in mind, someone else is probably grooving to this song someplace.

      Alternatively, take it up with the appropriate commission, re its contents and the fact that you feel it needs some sort of censoring because of young children. Its instructive to note that in the U.S. (as I read oh! :-)), the Courts are having a similar discourse on language and content of shows and other programs on TV, not cable.

      I however, agree this is quite insulting to African women and women in general. It is so dis-connected from the theme, but he has a fundamental right to express himself, so do you:-).

      Let the backlash begin.

    • BukiOni February 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      To be honest, I’ve never watched or even heard of the Bad Girls Club, neither was I aware of Natalie before the furor raised by this video so based on those grounds I don’t have a problem with her being in the video. Africa is a continent filled with people of different races (black, arab, white, asian etc) and ethnic groups, so for me, her being of dual or mixed heritage isn’t an issue. Whoever produced the video knows what they’re doing because the production was on point but I think the story line let it down. I’d describe myself as having rather moderate to fairly strong feminist values so I was never gonna be a fan of a video portraying African women (or any other women) in this manner.
      http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com/

    • Blanco February 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      I have never seen ppl hate for no fing reason before looks like you all have really nothing good to say so pls shut the f up and ……the song is hot the video is hot…look Olu not a fan but a I support your ish men keep it up…….. pls ppl SHUT up closed minded freaks!

    • juy February 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      i am all for being open-minded….but was it not dis chick dat said she hate dark-skineed bitches in bad girl’s club?? now shes forming

    • ada akonobi February 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      I’m surprised d way grown people talk. Natalie Nunn in a Nigerian music video, soo what. America is one hell of a mixed place anyway. Natalie Nunn runs L.A and she’s probably the most recognised and baddest bad girl in the BadGirlsClub L.A. OOOh, and Love Games too. You all should probably watch the show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpPvmrOieEY&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUtdhuLJyA

    • Oyin February 2, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Olu, always has a controversial song or video. Look at his yahooze song, where some people thought he was glorifying 419 scam. This song is useless, because the video is sending out a different message. Honestly, it’s not about light vs dark but the fact that many black artists use the same type of look in their videos. Using a certain look has become the norm, so where’s the creativity? Where’s the originality?
      To top it all, Natalie Nunn of all people? She’s barely getting in anybody’s video out here let alone be the leading girl. Nigerians, we truly have to stay true to who we are. One thing that is interesting to me is, I see how Asians, whites stay true to who they are all the time but blacks/Africans are the ones forever trying to emulate others. At least, maybe if he used a responsible girl, it would have been better.

    • Nkem February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      lol, well, beat is ok;lmao, clearly he has his own definitions

    • lolli February 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      BTW hu d F@#k is natalie nun – hope i spelt that right? never heard of her before. the video is just stupid, olumaintain should get a day job!

    • petite&sweet February 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Ok putting aside “who” she is, let’s look at the video as a whole. Does it depict or represent the lyrics. No.. it really doesn’t. I don’t have a problem who the lead actress is as long as she’s beautiful. Africans come in various shades, he’s not specifically singing about Nigerians but about African Women as a whole. But even if we excused him for that, the lead choice was a disaster. I mean seriously, her hair and makeup.. Total Fail. She really isn’t beautiful or natural in any way at all. There were more beautiful extras appearing in the video than his choice for lead. Either way, the quality of the video was overshadowed and let down by the casting choices.

      But I do have to say, it’s easier to get models overseas to appear in your videos than it is over here. It’s a job which they take seriously and they get paid very well for it. If only the artists were prepared to pay the same level to models over here then that would be one step towards raising the standards of the entire industry. Let’s not forget though that 90% of the serious models over here wouldn’t be caught dead in a music video simply because of the negative impressions that we have in this country about our musicians. So who can blame him really.

    • Bianca February 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Naijas come in dark/brown/caramel/light even white, so it’s not the fact that she’s lighter skin. Even though, it will be nice to see chocolate since they are underrepresented. If he wanted that look, he should have picked a Nigerian girl, many of them are in naija.
      Maybe because a lot of Naija girls are not video vixens, so it’s easier to pick american girls because they take stuff like that seriously.

      Naeto C used a girl in his 5 over 6 video, smth like that, I doubt the girl is African but she’s gorgeous. Natalie Nunn is a non factor just obnoxious, delusional girl.

      • Hosea February 4, 2012 at 4:34 AM

        Trust me a lot of Nigerian girls wouldn’t mind being overtly sexy in music videos. It’s just because our society really frowns on sh*t like that. Look at the way people bash Tiwa for wearing really sexy outfits. A lot of Nigerian girls can be erotic as long as they are not publicly seen.

        • Bianca February 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

          I do appreciate how we Nigerians are not 100% adopting the western lifesyles. We have different culture, values, and morals which is good. Look at how Asians keep their culture so tight. So, if naijas frown on Tiwa for wearing provocative outfits, it’s a good thing. Freedom is good, but it’s also bad and that’s what is killing America.

    • kitana February 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      moot point seeing as the video went viral in like 3 days. i’m pretty certain the people rubbishing the video here r the same peeps that see it like 10 times in like 5 mins. mschewwwww

    • mereal February 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      partyrider and Miss T….. u’ve both said it all. No more comment

    • oyin February 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Am sure olu-maintain just made a wise business decision to use natalie in the nawti video and fortunately it worked for him, see us all debating about him and his career, for someone we dont remember he exist 2months ago. this is a dream come true for his failing career.

    • Okey Egboluche February 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      I had expected to see some scenes of the hardworking African woman based in the suburbs of Africa. One who wakes up to fetch firewood, pound yam or does things in a purely African way to support her man in fending for the family. Alicia Key’s ‘Super Woman’ video depicts something of that nature at some points in the video. That would have better justified the acronym NAWTI (Natural African Woman Truly Inspiring). All the same, Olu Maintain knows why he chose to shoot the video this way!

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    • Babecake May 6, 2012 at 4:39 AM

      Gosh, I think I love you. You’ve said it all. Nigerians are so full of bullshit. Hypocritical idiots. The men are quick to call Natalie Nunn a slut while jerking off to her and the other girls winding their waist. I’m not a champion for the overt sexualization and the objectification of the woman but I find it particularly annoying that Nigerians are quick to watch foreign movies and music videos that are filled with gratuitous sex but will be quick to criticize a Nigerian who brings that to the native scene. Just plain stupid.