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Securing their Place as Entertainment Royalty! Eku Edewor & Lynxxx for ThisDay Style “Heritage Shoot”

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TV star Eku Edewor & music artist Lynxxx are Delta royalty on the cover of ThisDay Style‘s Sunday 1st March 2015 edition & in its “Heritage Shoot“.

In the issue, the pair discuss how their heritage and culture has influenced their lives and career, while going on a journey of “securing their place as entertainment royalty”. We published excerpts from Lynxxx’s interview with the publication – Click here if you missed it.

Eku wears Iconic Invanity S/S15 dresses complete with coral & other types of beads and a braided hairstyle; while Lynxxx is dapper in a black blazer, traditional wrapper and coral beads.

In the edition, Eku talks about her heritage, fond childhood memories, and if she will ever leave the entertainment industry. Be sure to grab the latest issue for the full scoop.

Check out Heritage Shoot below;

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Photo Credit
Photography: Ade Asiko (Instagram: @Asiko_Artist)
Styling: Kessiana Thorley (Instagram: @KessianaThorley)
Creative Direction: Chin Okeke (Instagram: @Eclipsewa)
Hair & Makeup: Debola Falana (Instagram: @DFalanaArtistry)

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

55 Comments

  1. miss j

    March 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This photographer is everything and more!!!!

  2. nene

    March 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    lmfao. cringeeee

  3. @edDREAMZ

    March 3, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
    .
    Eku is really an angel no doubt and they will definately pass as couples though….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. Fortune Da Function Guy

    March 4, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I love the concept, costume, make up and the entire photoshot… Nice one.

  5. step77

    March 4, 2015 at 1:20 am

    The rib cage look! Thanks to Lupita, not sure I like it but it sure looks less objectifying.

  6. sylvia

    March 4, 2015 at 2:31 am

    CREATIVITY at it PEAK!!!
    Photographic display at it finest….well done to all d models and team behind this concept .
    Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap….
    Eku you are a model among models, love you plentiful.

    • Becca

      March 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      This appears to be Georgina (aka Eku) & Kessina’s idea of their privilege.
      Creative by someone who only appears to have Eku as a client & styled by Eku’s sister Kessina.
      I had seen the first two pics on other blogs and thought nothing of it until I actually opened the post and saw the rest of the pictures & knew it wouldn’t go down well with the intelligentsia.

    • Becca

      March 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      *only Eku… so presumably her agency or Kessina’s & the name ‘Eclipse’ is so apt given their race.

  7. Cynthia

    March 4, 2015 at 2:40 am

    What I see is once again light skin being glorified as queen while being served by the dark skinned diminutive minions. Sorry, doesn’t work for me. But to each their own.

    • disgusted

      March 4, 2015 at 10:25 am

      You need psychiatric evaluation for your silly comment. Is Eku less of a human being because she’s light skinned….so she should hide under a bushel?
      We Black people are our own problems really….making everything about sin color.

    • Unlooker

      March 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

      It is not a silly comment. It is true. That you’re blinded to it doesn’t mean someone else needs psychiatric evaluation. That’s uncouth and I’ll assume that you don’t even know the severity of that term. And yes, that’s colorism at its finest.

    • L.

      March 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      My dear, yes colorism exists and i agree that its not ok. But i understand your sentiments. Unfortunately, the whole issue colorism issue has and will continue to be exploited. Even those who say they are fighting against the issue, i wonder sometimes, “what exactly are your intentions because the vibe i get from you makes me think you may not be feeling too great about yourself for whatever reason”. But there are also people (light, dark, green, blue, red etc) who are genuinely fighting for the greater good when it comes to the issue of colorism. Am not against anyone’s skin color, race or complexion. I wish and hope people will try their best to unite and spread love instead of always creating/supporting propaganda around social issues in the world( and to be more specific in the black community). Am only and always will be against ignorance and prejudice against skin color, race, etc .

  8. hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca

    March 4, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Out of point….but is anyone else thinking they would make the cutest babies ever

  9. SOLO ACT

    March 4, 2015 at 4:06 am

    the 4th pic features eku and her black slaves carrying her umbrella and luggage!

  10. tunmi

    March 4, 2015 at 4:10 am

    The glaring symbolism of this shoot. Hell a LIB reader saw it
    BEE: “Even though Eku is Nigerian, i dont like this one bit…IT SPEAKS ONE WORD FOR ME “SLAVERY” why would they use dark skinned people as her maids/help… so so wrong!!! it is not enough already that we have such history why remind us again of what we past thru in the hands of the whites, why not creates an image for the future so our kids can look on with bigger promise that our fore fathers didnt die for nothing…and the world is no more black or white. #myopinion”

    Why make the servants dark if the female lead is light? Go all around and have a mixed cast period

    • Brezzy

      March 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Are kidding me? You can’t tell me this amount of ignorance is coming from just one person! Eku is celebrating her cultural heritage. Back in the days when a woman is sent to her husband’s home, she is sent off with helpers and lots of goods, talk more of the royals. That was our culture. We can not deny it! The concept of the picture is to celebrate OUR culture. Eku happens to be a light-skinned mixed Nigerian who shares in that rich heritage. I don’t see those kids in shackles or thing of that sort. So stop being so negative and celebrate our beautiful culture. Instances in some Nigerian culture (eg, Anambra Igbo) where a woman still carries a keg of palm wine on her head during traditional marriage could also seen as slavery, if we want to be so critical of everything,

    • Don't Care

      March 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Nope, will have to disagree with you. I tried not to see it but the 4th picture looks like a slave mistress traveling with her minions. If they wanted to celebrate heritage, they should have dressed her traditionally. You talk of a bride been sent to her husband’s with her slaves…is that an African bride’s attire? Does she look like a bride to you? They got that picture wrong, it’s as simple as that. And people should take offense, if they feel like it

    • icrossmyheart

      March 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      I am afraid but your statement is dumb. You have to be in shackles to be enslaved? Huh? If she is talking about culture, then she should have used her peers. Your peers carry your luggage to your new home not children. She could have used her friends, sister, all have spectrum of blackness, but no, it had to be small dark-skinned children. I am sure these children were street children. They are even exploiting them. Did they seek the consent of their parents to use them, I am sure not.

  11. Wifey

    March 4, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Oh hell no!!! Really girl? You are giving us Slave mistress with accompanying slaves.

  12. SLA

    March 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

    And the slaves look underage. More like child slavery. There are better ways to portray royalty than this.

  13. Mavens feeling funky

    March 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Love the concept of these pictures. As for those saying it is reminiscent of slavery, I can’t with you guys.
    So most of you don’t have “house helps” in your houses that are getting paid less than minimum wage if any? To me that is a bigger and more prevalent reminder of slavery than a couple of pictures. Let’s not be hypocrites.

    • icrossmyheart

      March 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      I do not understand your comment. So because someone has sex, they can not cry against rape? It does not make sense, try to elaborate next time.

  14. Respect

    March 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Am sorry but am with @tunmi on this one. Regardless of whether the concept features all Africans,but Colorism is not just for white people and black. It cuts across to the shades in between the black people. We celebrate the lighter-skinned ones as more superior and privileged than the dark-skinned ones. Why couldn’t they use all through lighter-skinned models or have all dimensions of the black shades? why make it so vividly dark for the maids and light for the lead model? am sorry but that cannot be justified by cultural heritage just because they are all of African decent. It is plain clear even to a dummy that in this CONCEPT, that black is subordinate to the light skinned.My two cents!

    • SOLO ACT

      March 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

      thank you oo! its looks like 12 years a slave! a bunch of black africans helping a white looking woman. holding an umbrella up for her so she does not get tanned or darken her pale skin. plz lets not push aside subliminal messages in images, even if its unintended. no one is hating on her being biracial. but i believe that if u believe in white privilege you should acknowledge the privilege given to EKU in this pic and in her nigerian career in general.

  15. kakus

    March 4, 2015 at 9:15 am

    gosh! why are dark-skinned people so negative and full of lowself esteem,theres nothing wrong with that picture….btw lynxx and Eku are my two favourite ppl, i love them

    • me

      March 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

      They are not negative, they are still hurting from the past experience. It may not have been done directly to this generation…but when they watch those films and read those articles, they get soooo damn angry. The fair blacks even had it worse, because they were often used as sex toys. My point it, no one wants to be reminded anymore.

    • Ola

      March 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

      there IS something wrong with the picture, in the historical context of things. It is pictures like this that propagate the idea of white being superior, the ‘mistress’ or ‘master’ to be ‘served’, and black being the ‘slave’ or the ‘servant’.

      The last thing we need in Nigeria is a situation like what they have in India, where darker people are treated with disdain, have lower bride prices regardless of the content of their character, and so on.

      Guess what — those ideas become reinforced in people’s minds through imagery like this. There is a cause-and-effect relationship at play here, so please don’t deny it or try to chuck the complaints down to “low self-esteem”.

    • icrossmyheart

      March 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      I am very light-skinned and your point?

  16. Modupe

    March 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Such a sad and poor concept. It screams, light vs dark skin, slavery, ‘osu’ culture, elitism, under aged house helps etc. This is a part of our culture and history we should keep in the past and the history books and never choose to recreate ever again. This is pushing no boundaries. This is saying all the ills of our culture is ok and should be celebrated. So so sad. Where are the warriors of our culture, the women that fought side by side with our men, the great artist and artisans of our rich heritages? That is pushing the boundaries and recreating to empower, inspire and build a new nigeria through photographs, modelling and modern creativity.

  17. me

    March 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I know Eku is African or should I say partially African..but once I saw the picture with the little girls, I almost threw up. Entertainment Royalty was not represented..would have even preferred hot male or female models dressed in suits or something carrying those boxes or carrying, drums, speakers, camera, light……u know something that says entertainment. And someone asked if we don’t have helps, I don’t, but my parents do at their home, and you can’t tell the difference between the helps and us.

    • FOB

      March 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Exactly!!… I’m not one to care for light skin/dark skin issues but the first impression I got was little black slaves and mistress vibes.
      Common that’s a teen holding her umbrella of shade……
      I would look totally different if they were grown men ( various shades too would help).

  18. benny

    March 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Lordddddddd. I am very light skinned and also of mixed heritage and I take a stand.
    This shit right here SCREAMS SLAVERY…
    I am so pissed. The hell is this about?
    My Gaaaad.

  19. Carliforniabawlar

    March 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I always wished I was dark skinned but mehn! Not anymore though…so much negativity! Dang! Yall need to take a chill pill…literally….I mean like pop a xanax or something!

    • Nahum

      March 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

      I am very light skinned but I think your statement is arrogant. You do not know how people feel, you do not understand their hurt, but rather than sympathize, your answer is to tell them to pop a xanax. That is very immature. This photo shoot is very insulting and it smacks of colourism. I am actually ashamed for Lynxx and Eku for being associated with it. By trying to be edgy, the creative director crossed the line into insulting and hurtful and she is most probably light skinned like you. I understand na, the “light skin priviledge” thing working here.

  20. Respect

    March 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

    @Kakus
    No! we dark skinned people are not low self-esteemed people and we a’int angry either.We are simply trying to pass a message to the younger generation that being dark is fine and there is nothing wrong with it contrary to how it is portrayed in the media and photos like the one above and society in general. If we don’t educate people about such misconceptions, then what am i going to tell my daughter when she wants to look lighter than her natural shade because of what she sees and hears all around her? It is just reassurance that you are fine the way you are and you can be whatever you want to be. regardless of your skin complexion.

  21. Viv

    March 4, 2015 at 11:17 am

    This reeks of slavery, child slavery at that! How ever you want to colour this photo shoot, go ahead, cos we as Nigerians, have a way of pretending something isn’t what it is. Eku and Lynxx are role models to many young people and they ought to know better. The costume and location are very nice but the concept of young children as maids leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Remember we are presently fighting for the education and proper social integration of the girl child, so this, in my opinion, is portraying the girl child in a very bad light.

  22. Unlooker

    March 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Let’s not even overlook the fact that those are children. One look at this and you remember slavery.

  23. Berry Dakara

    March 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I saw the photos and thought that Eku and Lynxx both looked regal. I enjoyed the styling by Kessiana. I didn’t see anything pertaining to slavery per se; instead, the photos portrayed royalty from ages ago, and the truth of the matter is that they had servants. That’s just a simple fact, and even now, your average middle class Nigerian has one or two domestic employees working for them.

    In addition, this light skin/dark skin thing is becoming way too overblown. Would any of you have brought it up if Tiwa Savage or Waje had been portrayed the queen in this shoot? Eku Edewor happens to be light-skinned; what’s her sin in that? Or you want to say that the creative directors of the shoot were being “skinnist” (yeah, I just made it up) when they chose Eku for the shots?

    I just don’t get the negativity.

    • Ade

      March 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I don’t have maids. The first thing that came to mind looking at these pictures was SLAVERY. I would have thought the same if Waje or Tiwa were used. Nothing to do with the colour of skin but the overall portrayal. Woman dressed in “regal” attire surrounded by children in wrappers, carrying her items? COME ON. Anyway, this is why they say upbringing matters. You grow up a certain way and you are automatically blind to certain things, no fault of yours.

    • Berry Dakara

      March 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      I don’t have a maid either, but I still didn’t see “slaves” when I looked at the photo – I saw servants. What’s the difference between a servant and a slave, may I ask? I think people throw “slavery” around a bit too casually these days.

  24. mrs chidukane

    March 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t see slavery. I just see children carrying boxes for their Queen. In African culture, children are expected to run errands for their elders. It is not taboo. I did it,my husband did it, our kids will do it. Also you can’t tell how dark the kids are. They are dark cos the photographer wanted Eku to stand out so he shot it that way. It’s lighting. All these people always shouting “skinnism” to borrow from @Berry Dakara should just calm down sometimes. Everything isn’t about that. I’m dark skin and I couldn’t care less. I’ve never been put down or suffered any disadvantage because of it. In fact, when I was getting married, it was one of my selling points. I wouldn’t trade my complexion for anything and i’m sure most dark girls feel same. The percentage of people bleaching is at least 10,000 to 1 so what’s all the fuss?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Babes, to be honest with you, I don’t think the photographer picked his context well for that one photo. Take the same photo of Eku and her helpers set against a less contentious background(forecourt of a palace or market square, etc… heck even an airport runway.) and there mightn’t have been too much analogy to slavery.

      However, with them standing on a beach front and her looking like a colonial mistress (with the umbrella protecting her from the sun) with the children seemingly prepped to go with her on a see voyage, then people’s minds may be likely to automatically conjure a slave ship berthed somewhere in the horizon, to carry goods (of all kinds) back to Europe… I see the beauty sought to be achieved by those shots but it’s lost in the unintended subliminal image.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      *sea voyage.

  25. Ebony

    March 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Is this shoot sponsored by Pepsi?
    Lynxxx isn’t entertainment royalty (yet).
    Love the concept. My mind is going two ways with the little kids as her helpers. I’ll stick with the 2nd thought. Art.

  26. Deley

    March 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    What about those black boys and girls that are portrayed as her slaves. For me I hate the idea of some human beings being slaves for other people, whether black, brown, or white. I believe God created us equal and created in His image. It is life circumstances that gives some all the opportunities , privileges, wealth and power, which they in turn use to take advantage of their fellow human beings. I believe slavery is and should be gone with the dark ages.

  27. olaseni onabule

    March 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    i love d pix, but i so much dislike the part that the black kids are made to carry lugage for Eku. Why not women, or fair young ladies like her, so we can understand that she is a bride who is been seen off. it despite alot of meaning, i wonder how African photographer reason.

  28. Roxy

    March 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I would hope you would teach your kids that Africans come in different shades and the first thing they should notice about an african is not the shade of her skin. How appalling that we fight each other being Queens because of skin shade?

    We have royalty, African royalty and this is how they are treated. Maybe many just believe in royalty……say that is your problem instead of judging this poor girl on how African she is. A girl who is half Nigerian, parents live in Nigeria, she grew up in Nigeria, lives and works in Nigeria,…….pfft!

  29. duze

    March 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    So basically there wouldn’t have been an issue with this shoot if the bride were say…Oluchi or some other dark skinned model? Ok, cool.

  30. SUMMER

    March 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Very Beautiful……..

  31. nne

    March 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    *sigh*…I just want to feed eku.she looks so damned malnourished.

  32. Wifey

    March 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    there should have been diversity with the child servants. Eku has said this is a bride accompanied by members of society.

    Please please tell me who has ever seen a bride being “sent off” by servants?? who?? If that is your culture please raise your hand so I can see.

  33. 50shadesofblack

    March 5, 2015 at 12:34 am

    No.. There would have been a problem even with like oluchi or tiwa @daze. Do you know why? Because Nigerians see fault in EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING is a problem. Everything is a put down. Everything is an insecurity. Everything is about something else with a subliminal message that is about oppression. Everything is about yellow vs dark skin…. Shake my head people. Lighten UP (pun intended) chill out and just look at the photograph from an objective view for what it is – a beautiful piece of imagery. That is all.

    • Laura

      March 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Not really, every one is free to air their view, be it economy, music, or whatever….just as you have stated yours.

  34. stylebymolekor

    March 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I did a paper on a shoot by an Indian fashion designer who used a little dark skinned boy in her photos with a cloth tied the same way as these kids, serving a white very well dressed woman. She received so much heat for her shoot and it didn’t help her career. Public figures have to be careful with such things for the simple reason that globally, it is a controversial and sensitive issue… well, unless that was the intent from the start- to make the photos controversial.
    It’s hard to believe none of the crew members thought these photos depicted the images of slavery when they went over the shots! I like the creativity though, but was disappointed that it brought thoughts of slavery to my mind. That’s not the kind of impression an artist should want his/her viewers to leave with. I think it’s in bad taste.

  35. JIK BUYER

    March 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I can’t believe some of you on here. Berry dakare, REALLY? you can’t see anything wrong with the symbolism portrayed in the shoot? I had you pegged as one of the smart, direct and straight-forward voices on here. I would hate to change that.

    More to the point what is wrong with Nigerians and black people in general? I have no problem with Miss Edewor, she is just a young lady who went back to a society that capitalises on everything caucasian. she should enjoy the benefits. BUT WHAT I HATE IS THE BLATANT DENIAL OF THIS both by coal coloured people and the cafe-au-lait variety. what is WRONG with you people??

    The price of JIK has crashed with this photoshoot…..

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