18/12/2018
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Ever wonder what would happen if you put your baby mamas and fiancé in one video? Well, in Davido’s case it resulted in a beautiful music video.

The Nigerian superstar recently released a new single called “Wonder Woman”, and the video honors some of the women in his life, as well as several successful women whose names are worth knowing.

On his social media, Davido referred to the song as “a celebration of women who have excelled in their endeavors”, and a celebration it is.

It isn’t unlikely that Davido was inspired by Drake’s video for “Nice For What”, where a number of successful women can be seen throughout the video making cameo appearances. Part Senegalese, multi talented actress, writer, director and producer Issa Rae, to Guyanese-born actress Letitia Wright, and part Eritrean comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish, just to name a few.

Davido on the other hand stays true to his native country, and only features women from Nigeria.

It isn’t without reason that these exact women are featured in the video, and it’s worth continuing the celebration with a little insight on what they have done to get recognition.

The first woman seen in the video is Adetutu. A Nigerian face model who’s using social media through her campaign called #tribalmarkschallenge, to create awareness and change the narrative of people with tribal marking in Africa. She advocates a ban on facial scarring and wants permission to be sought before it is carried out.

 

 

Hauwa Ojeifo is the founder of She Writes Woman. Having struggled with mental illness herself, Ojeifo aims is to raise awareness about mental illnesses in Nigeria and create a safe place where people who suffer in silence can voice their struggles.

 

Some of the most joyful clips of the music video are those of a dancing Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, who unsurprisingly comes across as the life of the party. Although she studied to become a lawyer, her passion for event planning led her to create Zapphire Events, which has organized some of the biggest events in Nigeria, including a royal wedding.

Uche Pedro is a Nigerian blogger and entrepreneur who founded the media company, BellaNaija, which is said to be Africa’s biggest digital lifestyle media brand.

Known in Nigeria as Omawumi, the singer-songwriter and actress’ full name is Omawumi Megbele. The combination of her big voice and personality with creativity, results in music and videos outside of the more mainstream safe and popular box,  giving a high entertainment value. If you are new to her music, you are likely to find something that pleases your earbuds.

Being a Nigerian women’s rights activist and the founder of Pearls Africa Foundation, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s work is impressive. As a woman working in technology, she discovered a large gender gap in the industry, and decided to do something about it. Through her foundation she created the program GirlsCoding, which is a program for young girls, age 10-17, living in underserved communities in Nigeria, to learn computer skills, robotics, programing using HTML and Java, connecting them to female mentors and lastly, internships with Tech companies.

Chioma Ude is a film lover who enjoys raising funds for filmmakers. Her passion is what led her to create AFRIFF – Africa International Film Festival. The vision is to raise awareness in Africa about the potential the entertainment industry holds. Their theme is “Africa Unites”, and their aim is to re-establish Africa’s significance as the original birth home of civilization.

Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, better known as Kaffy, is a dancer, choreographer and fitness coach. Naturally, her skillset led her to create Imagneto Dance Company. A fun fact about Kaffy is that she led her dance group to break the Guinness Book of Records for “Longest Dance Party” after dancing an impressive 55 hours and 40 minutes, back in 2006.

Tara Fela-Durotoye was studying to become a lawyer, when she started House of Tara out of her livingroom in 1998. Fast forward twenty years and she has 26 make-up studios, 8000 beauty reps across Nigeria, as well as the country’s leading beauty academy. Tara’s vision is to build a globally respected beauty company of African origin.

You would not know it by looking at her, but Betty Irabor is 61 years old and embodies the statement “black don’t crack”. Lovingly referred to as aunty Betty by many, she is a media personality, publisher, host, speaker, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2003, at the age of 45 she started the fashion and lifestyle magazine, Genevieve Magazine, proving that it’s never too late to go after your dreams.

For those interested in art, the name Tokini Peterside and her work with ART X Lagos is worth noting. The event, first arranged in 2016, is the first international art fair in West Africa. Since its debut, ART X Lagos has attracted over 15,000 local and international visitors to see the works of 120 artists drawn from 15 countries across Africa and the Diaspora.

Faridah Seriki, known professionally as Kah-Lo, is a singer-songwriter who received a Grammy nomination for her song with British DJ Riton, ‘Rinse and Repeat’. The pair also collaborated on the song ‘Money’, which features Davido and Mr. Eazi. Breaking away from the popular afrobeats genre, Kah-Lo’s electro sound is slowly getting more airplay in Nigeria after the Grammy nomination, but has a long way to go before it reaches the levels it has in South Africa.

Nadine Ibrahim is a young filmmaker from northern Nigeria. An area known to make it onto international news, due to its challenges with terrorism. Miss Ibrahim defied the fear of many by exploring a topic likely to provoke extremists, when she created the short film ‘Through Her Eyes’, which depicts a 12-year old girl sent to be a suicide bomber. The film runs just short of ten minutes and can be watched on YouTube.

Misi Africa created a foundation which according to their IG page is dedicated to clothing and feeding the homeless and vulnerable in Africa.

Whilst working in finance Fisayo Longe started as a fashion blog in 2012 and named it Mirror Me. Having gotten recognition and built a following, she continued her wave of success by creating KAI, which is an affordable womenswear clothing brand.

Both mothers of Davido’s daughters Hailey and Imade appear in the video, both referred to by their first names only and as entrepreneurs, although little is known about their actual business ventures.

                                          

Last but not least Chioma makes a cameo appearance in the video. Many will know her as Davido’s fiancé, and besides popping up in the superstar’s social media from time to time, Chioma is also seen in the video for ‘Assurance’. Not only is she Davido’s chosen one, Chioma is the founder of The Chef Chi Limited and has signed a deal for her own cooking show.

Check out the video for “Wonder Woman” below.

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