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BN #WCW – Woman Crush Wednesday: Marie Humbert of “An African City”



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Hey BellaNaijarians! We hope you are having a great Wednesday.

We have another edition of BN #WCW – Woman Crush Wednesday.

BN shines the spotlight on a fresh new talent Marie Humbert. The Swiss French-Ghanaian actress won many hearts playing Makena in the hit web series – An African City.

Ever since the show debuted, she has been on many “Must Watch” lists including ours.

Marie shares with us a few stylish photos as well as talks about her acting journey, the web series, style and what she and her friends talk about when they get together.


Let’s get to know Marie
My mother is from Ghana, my father is Swiss French from Geneva and I have an older brother who currently lives in Germany. I have travelled and lived in different countries my whole life as my parents were expats until I went to the university in Melbourne, Australia.

Upon receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, I decided to move to Paris, where I attended a famous professional acting school named “Le Cours Florent“.

One day I felt I needed a change and decided to move to my beloved country, Ghana. The rest is history.

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How long have you been acting?
I’ve been acting since the age of twelve but only started seeking a Theatre Arts education when I was seventeen.

You play Makena in An African City, how did you get the role?
When I met Nicole Armarteifio (creator and producer of AAC), she had already cast all her main actresses for the show but a few months later she contacted me and said she was re-auditioning for two lead roles. I jumped at the occasion and landed the role of Makena, which I couldn’t be happier about.

The Cast of An African City

The Cast of An African City

The show which took the web by storm is often referred to as the Sexy & the City of Africa, what are your thoughts on this
These days as soon as you reunite women around a table at a bar, drinking martinis, people automatically refer it to Sex and the City. We are honoured to be compared to that show as we are all fans of it however, An African City is different in many ways.

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An African City is actually my story, I am half Ghanaian and half Swiss but was educated in eight different countries. I chose to move back to Ghana two years ago and do not regret my decision in anyway. It is time for Africa, especially within the arts. We have such strong, bold, rich and beautiful artistic heritage and I somehow feel that we are now celebrating it more than ever.

Yes, an African City also talks about sex, friendship and the hustle and bustle of living in a big city, but how we differ is by showing the strong, educated and independent African woman of today, as a “returnee” but most importantly as a believer and lover of her continent.

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Your dream actor/actress to work with
There are so many talented actresses and actors out there that I simply adore but let’s keep it within Africa and more specifically Ghana, I would actually love to work with Majid Michel. Otherwise, the ultimate dream would be Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett

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Your style in 5 words
Elegant, Sophisticated, Chic, Effortless, Bold

What we will find in your bag on a normal day?
Well, I am a bit of a perfectionist so I usually carry a lot with me as “just in case” items. It usually includes hand sanitizer, tissue paper, lip balm/lipstick, headphones, pocket mirror, wallet, sunglasses, hand creme and mosquito spray as I get bitten all the time.

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Beauty and hair advice
Being mixed race, I have very sensitive skin. I only use organic products and usually stick to one hair product brand that works well for me. I rub 100% coconut oil and baobab oil on my skin and into my hair every other night, those oils do wonders for your skin and hair, best advice is to rub it after your evening shower, so you sleep with it.

Style icon
It is always hard to choose one when I get inspired by so many! But I must say Katherine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Grace Kelly are definitely at the top of my list.

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Quick Qs!
What are your favourite colours?
Black and white

Secret skill?
I am, without too much pretense, an amazing baker, yes cakes are my thing

How do you relax?
I read, listen to music, take a relaxing weekend trip or get a full body massage

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Yes I am single

Favorite food?
I am hands down a complete food-aholic. I love everything but if I had to chose three ingredients to take with me on a desert island, it would definitely have to be cheese, bread and chocolate.

What was the last trending topic you discussed with your friends?
Cropped tops and bold African prints are taking over my life. I am drawing a lot of new designs I want to make for myself.

You can follow Marie on social media – Facebook: Marie Humbert Official | Instagram: Marielaly

If you missed all the buzz about An African City, it is never too late
Episode 1 & 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6 & 7
Episode 8
Season Finale


  1. Lola

    July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Point of correction I think you meant Audrey Hepburn and not Katherine. I think Audrey was well known for her sense of style rather than Katherine. Anyway, I still got much love for you Marie. Keep soaring

    • me

      July 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      @Lola Katherine is very well known for her menswear style. She is definitely a style icon.

  2. Author Unknown

    July 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Does being mixed race = sensitive skin? First I’m hearing that.

  3. sum1special

    July 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    She looks aight.. Flawless skin and colour.

  4. Lola

    July 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    @me, then every one is a style icon. Well, considering her style and her choice of icons she was definitely talking about Audrey and not Katherine. Besides, every one considers Audrey Hepburn as a style icon and not Katherine. Err, check wiki.

  5. Lucia Leoso

    July 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    @ Lola good correction, I was actually confused for a moment with the mention of Katherine instead of Audrey Hepburn. Marie was also on the reality show The Spirited Actor but was disqualified cos of some form of misbehaviour or the other. Pretty girl tho.

  6. Lola

    July 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    But if you still consider Katherine as your style icon I have no qualms about that.

  7. Lola

    July 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    If you think I am lying about Audrey check her last photo out , its all Audrey Hepburn 🙂

  8. fokasibe

    July 24, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I’m sure she meant to say Audrey judging by her outfit choices and the other ‘style icons’ mentioned.. Katharine is not a style icon as such. Incidentally, I’m sure you all know that when it comes to responding to interviewers’ questions on style icons and such, responses are typically cliché.

    I agree with Lola and Lucia Leoso. Spot on!

    • fokasibe

      July 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Meant to say Katharine was not a style icon as such…

  9. Morinsola

    July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Her Show is Fantastic. a Little Unrealistic with all the Accents but Still a 10.

  10. Modella

    July 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Luv the first pic..she kinda look like Nneka(singer)?

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