A couple of days ago the cover of Blanck Digital magazine’s latest issue was unveiled to be Nollywood actress Dakore Akande.
The mum of 2 looked so fit and fab on the cover of their “Body Issue”.
We’ve got excerpts from her interview with Rae Ogbu where she talks about keeping her body in shape, the fact that having a banging body alone is not enough to keep a man, loving her body but wanting bigger boobs and more.
On getting her body back after pregnancy: I used to be very self-conscious but I’m more accepting of myself and my body in general now that I’m older. I will also add that I have more confidence now, simply because I chose to work on the areas of my body I wasn’t happy about; which is something I would always tell anyone who cares to listen. Do you! Right now, I do very little work these days; it’s all about maintaining it and living my best and healthier life
On her natural confidence: Knowing I was going to be on the cover and sharing my fitness experience gave me the extra motivation so thank you! I also loved the theme of the shoot and the opportunity I have to show people that becoming a mother and a wife doesn’t mean you should lose touch with your body image especially if it’s important to you as a person.
On if you need a banging body to keep a man: You could have a banging body and a terrible personality. Your banging bods may help you get a man but won’t necessarily keep him. I want to believe that the general driver to look your best is usually for yourself; all other reasons are secondary.
On loving her body: I love the fact that by God’s grace I have come to appreciate the strength of a woman. Being pregnant and bringing two precious angels into this world is not an easy task. After my first child I wasn’t happy with the weight I gained but I was determined and I did it! So to see myself go through those changes and come back fitter and stronger is something that makes me marvel at our capacity as women. Without sounding totally vain I love my arms and bum but I wish I had slightly bigger boobs.
On her fitness challenge: sticking to eating right is incredibly hard because I have a chronic sweet tooth. Why does everything that tastes good have to be bad? However, I stay very mindful of what I eat. Lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains for sure and when I do fall off the wagon by succumbing to my said sweet tooth I cut back on other days so it’s definitely a struggle. I would also chip in that I’m a Yoga addict. Mainly because it not only strengthens the body but the mind”.
Cover Story by Rae Ogbu & Franka Chiedu
Photographed by Natalie Welbeck
Make Up by Bunmi Ogedengbe (NeonVelvet)
Styled by Ihunna Eberendu
Creative Direction by Franka Chiedu
Photography Assistant – Charlene Hesson