African Pillar 2: The Charming Kenyan/Ghanaian Kwame Osei Bonsu…

Africa, African Models, African Pillars/Pillars of Africa, Ghana

A couple of months back I was called in for a meeting with a team which was keen on hosting an event at a venue I was associated with back then. Upon walking into the meeting I was fascinated by a certain young man whose heritage was unclear to me. When you have lived in Africa long enough you can tell where a person is from simply by looking at them. Their height, complexion, jawline among other things will instantly tell you about their roots….but not Kwame.

10 Kwame Bonsu by Jim Chuchu

After the meeting, he introduced himself to me personally and from the name I knew he was proudly Ghanaian. After exchanging a few words is when I found out he is part Ghanaian, part Kenyan and all beautiful 🙂

11 Kwame Bonsu Magiq Lens Kenya

I am honoured to have Kwame as my second Pillar of Africa. In my opinion, an African Pillar is an African person who in their own little way every day contributes to building Africa. In their day to day lives these African Pillars knowingly or unknowingly do their very best to further Africa’s interest. They may do this in their line of work or as a fun pastime or even out of habit.

9 Kwame Bonsu by Leon Muli

Kwame is a model, actor, musician, TV presenter and the force behind Polka Bolka, a women’s fashion house based in Nairobi. He is proud of his African ancestry and is quite a pleasant person to talk to. You can follow his interesting life on his Facebook page, Instagram (@IAmKwameBonsu), Twitter and Polka Boka page…

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Three Minutes with Liberian Model Daniel Akeem

African Models

Apart from the beauty we have abundantly in Africa, raw talent is also present. I had the pleasure of speaking to one talented man, male model Daniel Akeem from Liberia. I first came across him when I was compiling a list of 1000 African models.

The Chronicles of An African Girl:  How did you get into modeling?

Daniel: I don’t have a typical fairytale story about being discovered by a model scout on the streets of New York. The story of how I got into modeling started with a regular picture I took for facebook. I posted the image and a friend of mine said “you look like a model”. What she said made me give modeling a try. I did, and since then I’ve been doing my thing. Thanks Suegathai Kai for that comment.

The Chronicles of An African Girl: What work have you done so far?

Daniel: Some shows I have done include The Cheetah Outreach’s Hampton’s Fundraiser fashion show, and The Mama Africa Program fashion show. Additionally, I have walked for Sarfo Of Styles (Official designer for Miss Ghana), Virtuous Queen Fashions, Jason Troisi (Project Runway designer, season8), and William Witherspoon Collections in his Harlem Super Heroes fashion show.  I’m looking forward to my next show on the 19th of February for LaVie Clothing Co.

The Chronicles of An African Girl: What challenges have you faced thus far?

Daniel: I face the same challenge most black/african models face. Most shows have less than a hand full of black/african models.  So the chance to get booked is very competitive.

The Chronicles of An African Girl: What advice would you give other African men seeking to model?

Daniel: Sit in the sun for hours until u are extremely dark because this industry loves dark skin models. Lol that was a joke…  If anyone of my African brothers are seeking to model the best advice I can give is be humble, hardworking, and passionate.

The Chronicles of An African Girl: In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

Daniel: In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, watching/playing sports, and sharing my life with love ones.

The Chronicles of An African Girl: How can potential clients reach you?

Daniel: Facebook.com/akeemville, twitter.com/akeemville, akeemville@gmail.com, and through my agency email: chasemodelsny@gmail.com

1000 African Models

African Models

I think the most beautiful people are from Africa. If my list of 1000 African models does not convince you then I dont know what will! Here are the first few…

1. Iman (Somalia)

Somali born Iman has been called the priestess of style…

2. Aziza Amar-Aigbe (Nigeria)

6″1″ Aziza was the second runner up at the 2010 Mr. Nigeria peagant.

3. Samar Khoury (DRC)

Samar was born in Democratic Republic of Congo to a Lebanese Father and a Congolese mother.

4. Ngoli Onyeka Okafor (Nigeria)

Nigeria’s Ngoli has appeared in more than a dozen issues of Men’s Health Magazine, produced two best-selling calendars and has been featured in publications ranging from Vogue and W to ESPN and Fortune. He is a professional boxer.

5. Makafui Ninkcabs (Ghana)

Ghanaian born Makafui is not only a model but also an upcoming actress. She played a role in a TV Series ‘Voetbal Vrouwen III’ aired in the Netherlands and Belgium.

6. Joelle Kayembe (Congo)

Congolese-born South African model Joelle is best known for her role as a suitcase model in the game show Deal Or No Deal (SA). Kayembe has also appeared in Ludacris’s Pimpin All Over The World music video.

7. Daniel Akeem Collins (Liberia)

8. Felivian Adombila Ayariga (Ghana)

9. Salieu Jalloh (Sierra-Leon)

Salieu has worked with major companies from Sean John to United Colors of Benenton

10. Liz Ogumbo (Kenya)

Liz is a model, singer, business woman and a friend. I love her presence. You will know when Liz is in close proximity.

11. David Agbodji (Togo)

David is a model from Togo. He has worked with Calvin Klein and Sean John among other top brands.

12. Lina Ezrz (Kenya)

Without a doubt one of the most stunning women from Kenya, Lina is a model, actress and a close friend of many years.

13. Flaviana Matata

Flaviana is a striking beauty from Tanzania. She has modeled for the likes of Vivienne Westwood.

14. Ayan Elmi (Somalia)

Ayan is a Somali-born Canadian resident now based in based in New York

15. Herieth Paul (Tanzania)

Herieth was born in Tanzania and  raised in Ottawa, Canada.

16. Honorine Uwera (Rwanda)

Rwanda’s Honorine is striking model who now lives in New York. She has worked with Vivienne Westwood and Issey Miyake among other well known designers.

17. Adaora Akubilo (Nigeria)

Adaora is a Nigerian-American model featured in the Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swuimsuit Edition.

18. Feyijimi Sodipo (Nigeria)

Feyijimi was crowned as the winner of the 2011 Miss Nigeria competition.She has a passion for learning new languages and cultures, she currently speaks 4 languages Yoruba, Hausa, English and fluent German.