It certainly brings to mind the iconic (Abraham) Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC! But it’s our very own African superstar, 2face Idibia; regal, confident, and positively sparkling on the cover of Y! Magazine – in what is certain to be another definitive issue.
“Forgive us for being excited!” says Chude Jideonwo, who is editor-in-chief of the magazine. “Our amazing team including photographer Obi Somto and stylist Maryanne Alabi have collaborated to deliver another stunning cover that magnificently conveys the near-legendary status of Innocent “2face” Idibia as well as the confident future that this edition captures so, dare I say, elegantly.”
In the interview, held on the last day of his 35th year, 2face speaks about the past 15 years of his music career; why the many risks he has taken have paid off, what he plans for the future; and why he thinks he has made it through the long haul. He also speaks about his new confidence in publicly speaking about his children, his thoughts about the women in his life from Vien Tetsola to Annie Macaulay, and the greatest lessons that life has taught him.
But that’s only the beginning! This edition of Y! Magazine features profiles of some intriguing young Nigerians. Wazobia FM’s Matse Uwatse speaks exclusively to Y! about her move from Wazobia to Nigeria 99.3; CP-Africa’s Nmachi Jidenma speaks about her job at Google Africa, and three bright stars from Northern Nigeria share their stories: entrepreneur Hassan Rilwan, political Bilyaminu Shinkafi, and mother-of-three photographer Aisha Augie-Kuta, who was this year’s The Future Awards Creative Artist of the Year.
Y!’s vision is to provoke thought and conversation beyond music, movies and fashion dialogue, and this edition continues in that tradition with features like Boko Haram & I, where CNN correspondent Alkassim Abdulkadir speaks about his experience meeting the dreaded leader of the sect; Where is the money?, where Aziza Uko shares the ‘secret’ on why many young people find it difficult to get sponsorship monies for their ideas, How to make chocolate, telling the amazing story of entertainment company Chocolate City, And the winner is…? Where we speak to the split-persona winner of the NLNG Prize for Literature Mai Nasara, and Generation Now, an editorial by Stanley Azuakola on why exactly Nigerians have a reason to celebrate.
A delightful fashion spread includes exclusive interviews with Canada-based Nigerian designer Dumebi Iyamah and UK-based model Eunice Olumide, along with designs from the Africa space at the New York Fashion Week.
There’s even more! Funke Akindele reveals her greatest fear, Chidynma is spotlighted as Bright Young Thing and Praiz as The Next Big Thing, Nse Ikpe-Etim reveals her deepest feelings and regrets, and the duo of Kingley James and XTRM Music’s Steve Babaeko speak about Faith and Travel.
The #Hashtag section goes around 90 days of contemporary culture in Nigeria – with reviews of music, movies, places, television, blasts from the past, books, magazines, and more.
Tying it all up nicely is a colourful spread that gets us in the right mood for Christmas. 20 young celebrities tell Y! Magazine exactly what they want for Christmas – including Dolapo Oni, Omawumi Megbele, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, Linda Ikeji talking up everything from fab shoes to fast cars!
“The idea of this edition is simple,” said Jideonwo. “We went around the country looking for young Nigerians to celebrate and who give us hope in the country as we count down to the festive end-of-the-year months. These are young Nigerians from various sectors and of all stripes who give you a reason to be excited to be Nigerian. 2face is the headliner for that celebration – and what an exciting ride!”
Y! Magazine is available in Lagos and Abuja and will be available in several states and cities across the country. 2face will also be signing copies of the magazines for fans and readers at a media & VIP event at The Hub in The Palms, Lekki, Lagos. For more information, visit www.ynaija.com.
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Makeup: Laide Pitan
Photography: Obi Somto
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