by Noble Ezeala
Eku Edewor seems to have found herself in a bit of a colourist controversy that has been making the rounds on social media. The taste making TV presenter was featured on the cover of ThisDay Style last weekend in an ode to her royal background alongside Lynxxx. People have been complaining about the photos’ perceived depiction of child labour and colourism because in her photos, Eku is portrayed as a queen/bride being followed by her helpers who happen to be dark-skinned children. The subservient children carry along her luggage and hold her umbrella for her.
On Twitter, responses have ranged from sadness over the ignorance of not knowing what kind of effect the photos would have to arguments on how there is no issue with the photos as Eku is Nigerian and they are a depiction of culture and tradition.
In her response to the controversy, Eku sent out these tweets:
What’s your take on the controversy? Do you see how the images could be taken as colourist or do you think everyone needs to take a collective chill pill?