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Africa at the Academy Awards! Charlize Theron, Rachael Mwanza, Michael Badger & Others represent Africa at the 85th Annual Academy Awards



Leading from the appearances of Nigerian entertainment celebrities, Goldie Harvey and Richard Mofe Damijo at the Grammy Awards last month, it is clear that Africa is quickly moving up in the worldwide entertainment scene.

Africans stepped up to the plate again at the recently concluded Academy Awards (Oscars) as Charlize Theron, 16 year old Rachael Mwanza, Michael Badger and others attended the Oscars.


Rachael Mwanza is young actress who was discovered on the streets by of Congo after being abandoned by her family. She was cast In the movie where she plays a young Congolese girl who is captured by rebels and forced to become a child soldier. Produced by Kim Nguyen‘War Witch’ was nominated in the category Best Foreign Language Film and has also been nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards. It is also up for multiple awards at some Canadian events in March 2013. Rachael wore an ankara print dress designed by high quality Dutch textile company, Vlisco.

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Actress, model and Dior spokes person, Charlize Theron also made Africa proud at the fabulous event. The South African actress started her acting career in the United States and rose to public recognition in the ’90s for her role in the 1997 movie ‘The Devils Advocate’. She rose to A-list stardom after her portrayal of a bisexual serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the true life thriller ‘Monster’ and later went on to act in blockbuster movies like ‘SnowWhite and the Huntsman’ alongside Chris Hemsworth & Kristen Stweart and ‘Prometheus’ with Idris Elba & Michael Fassbender.

Charlize looked every bit a star in a white Haute Couture Dior dress paired with diamond stud earrings. To complete her look she used a soft eyeshadow, a light shiny pout and a bleach blonde pixie haircut.

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The day didn’t belong to the actresses alone. Ghanaian born designer, Michael Badger‘s dress had its 15 minutes of fame, when it was worn by ‘Skyfall’ actress Naomi Harris. The dress was the winning design for the Suzy Amis Cameron‘s Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge and was made entirely from recycled material. The design looked very modern and high end with a high slit and a stiff bodice and the making of the dress was mentored by eccentric British designer, Vivienne Westwood.

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The all Somali cast of the live-action short movie ‘Asad’ were also nominated for Academy Awards.  Meade Nichol, Saida Hassan, Ikram Hassan, Ali Mohammed, Harun Mohammed and Ahmed Dhandane Jimale refugees from Somalia were cast in the short movies nominated for Best Live Action-Short.

Inspired by a United Nations documentary, Bryan Buckley’s film follows a young boy in a war torn Somali fishing village who must decide between piracy and an honest life. The event was only attended by the brothers Harun and Ali Mohammed, aged 14 and 12 respectively, who fled Somalia for Cape Town, South Africa.

Also spotted was US based Nigerian fashion stockist and blogger Folake Kuye Huntoon of Style Pantry in a green dress by Jewel by Lisa. Read the post on her style Here




    February 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Kim Nguyen could have done better than that outfit. There are tons of classy ankara dresses she could have gotten from our local dessigners


    February 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Just read the ‘put together by Vlisco’ part. Serioursly?!

    • darkhorse

      February 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm


  3. gistyinka

    February 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    ankara in making…

  4. Chima

    February 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Mbanu which kin Ankara be this . . . Na Obioma tailor wey sew am

  5. Non professional opinion

    February 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    What, pardon my ignorance, is a fashion stockist?

    • Titi

      February 27, 2013 at 1:12 am

      A stockist is a store that carries a particular brand… For instance selfridges is a stockist for jewel by Lisa etc

    • anonymous

      February 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

      So she’s a store that carries a brand? please please i think they mean fashion buyer.

  6. BlackMagic babe

    February 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Vlisco oh vlisco…..what what was that? For free,I swear to God,I won’t wear it! Chai!!

  7. Ada

    February 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I don’t know why everyone is making noise. This design is 100x better than what many of our celebs wear, especially our Yoruba actresses, yes the red satin makes it look cheap but the girl is at the oscars, while all of you are in your little bubbles.

    • Tiey Rex

      February 27, 2013 at 7:35 am


  8. goldfinch

    February 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    That guy in the Somali picture looks like Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray. I actually thought he was the one sha.

  9. yoyo

    February 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry I thought I was gonna see pictures of Golde (RIP) and RMD as the first paragraph stated.. Confused much?

  10. Sara Adebayo

    February 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    @Goldfinch: You truly killed me!! Indeed you are right dear! Wow you truly have a good eye.. Swear to God.. they look exactly like two drops of tears…You’ve got that one right..honestly

  11. Chic

    February 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    BN you better start researching on different names for the African prin in African countries I am sure the young ladies home country has a name for African print and are probably reading this thinking “Ankara? is that what we call it these days? This print is called Chitenge or Kitenge in Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and some other central/east/southern African countries. Another print that is specific to Kenya and Tanzania is Kikoy and khanga or Leso

  12. My

    February 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Not nice on the eyes to see to be polite, too colourful that is why our prints don’t Natalie’s the west.

    I see a lot of fashion designers most unexposed as in never stepped out of Africa, displaying ugly collections and thinking they are now Prada, and the people around them keep on hailing them, anyway fb made the Like button easier

  13. My

    February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm


  14. Anu

    February 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    1. stockist one (as a retailer or distributor) that stocks goods
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