The quarantine has really put a damper on all the phantasmagorical plans media companies had to ring out the decade. Offline festivals have gone virtual or shuttered till 2021, lofty ideas have been restructured to reflect our current stilted reality. But the one place where magazines are still working a madness is in print issues. Print remains the last bastion of artifice, the last thing in a publisher’s arsenal that can inspire awe and fascination. And the new NativeMag print issues does this in spades. Mere days after Kanye West announced that Mowalola Ogunlesi, polymath and head designer of Mowalola was the first designer in residence for his new YZY collaboration with international clothing giant GAP, NativeMag announced Mowalola was their cover star for their time Issue, her interview deviating from their usual style of immersive profiling to feature a whimsical conversation between Mowalola and friend and fellow collaborator, Odunsi The Engine.
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Mowalola, TheManyFacedGirl 🧝🏾♀️👩🏾 @Mowalola is the first cover star of The NATIVE’s Time Issue. In an intimate conversation with close friend and artist @odunsitheengine, they talk about predicting the end of the world, MTV raising a whole generation, and feeling alienated in their industries 👁 Read the full interview now, link in bio ✨ Pick up the Mowalola Pack at shop.thenativemag.com 📦 . . . Interview: Odunsi The Engine Introduction: Seni Saraki Photography: Aidan Zamiri Hair: Issac Poleon Hair Assistant: Harriet Beidleman Make-Up: Grace Sinnott Nails: Sylvie Macmillan Creative Assistant: Emma Ehimiaghe Body Double: Emmanuelle Loca-Gisquet Videography: Barbara Broadley Production: Object & Animal Producer: Millie Yoxen Production Assistant: Ivan Stoyanov Digital Operator: Laura Heckford Light Assistant: Arthur Comley Location: Gas Studio
Mowalola is one of two cover stars on the new issue, the other being the perennial music industry bad boy, Naira Marley. Like Ogunlesi, Marley’s rise to the top of the music industry has been fraught with controversy, from stints in jail, accusations of grand larceny, drug use, disrespect to constituted authority and a rabid fanbase of marlians that terrify conservative Nigerian parents so throroughly people offer prayer sessions to deliver teenagers from the ‘Marlian spirit’. Talk about a divisive icon.
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In 2018, Naira Marley embarked on a chaotic two-year run which included; court cases, police raids, a stint in prison, scene-stopping visuals, and sold-out shows – all punctuated by a string of inescapable and undeniable hit records. By the end of it, he became arguably the biggest, and definitely the most divisive star the country had seen in years. This is the Inside Life, told during the peak of Nigeria’s most misunderstood superstar. Words: Damilola Animashaun & Seni Saraki Photography: Manny Jefferson (@mannyjefferson) Cover Model: Ajiri Oghene Models: Naomi Offor, Diana Kings Stylist: Momo H-O Clothing: Nike, Ifeanyi Nwune, WAFFLESNCREAM Producers: Ebuka Nwobu, Chisom Nwobu Make-Up: Nima Fashipe Videography: Djaji Prime, Omowunmi Ogundipe Photography Assistant: Lateef Salvador Production Assistant: Ademola Eshinlokun