Looks like our Ghanaian celebs are not sexy enough as none make the list of the sexiest african personalities released by illution magazine.
ALEK WEK, AGE: 37, SOUTH SUDANESE, SUPER MODEL
Alek Wek is a South Sudanese British supermodel, designer and philanthropist who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995. As the first black model whose looks did not conform to Caucasian aesthetics, she has been hailed for her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. Wek has modelled, either on runways or in print advertisements, for Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique, Shiatzy Chen, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Jasper Conran, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Armani, Fendi and Christian Dior. She has also been featured in articles in American and British Vogue. And has been on the cover of Elle magazine, i-D Magazine, Canadian, German and Japanese Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine, Glamour magazine, Forbes Magazine Africa, and Ebony magazine.
Dark-skinned models were rare, if not unheard of, in the high fashion industry. Wek was “the first black model who didn’t conform to a Caucasian aesthetic, the first with an uncompromising, sub-Saharan beauty… her industry saw her as new and exotic – a savage beauty.” As a result, Wek’s mainstream success was celebrated by black women all over the world. Oprah Winfrey commented that “if [Wek] had been on the cover of a magazine when I was growing up, I would have had a different concept of who I was.”
BLESSING OKAGBARE, AGE: 25, NIGERIAN, ATHLETE
Blessing Okagbare is a record breaking Nigerian athlete, who participated in both the 100m and 200m races at the 2014 Common Wealth Games in Glasgow. She made it through to the finals of the 100m and won with a time of 10.85, breaking the games record of 10.91 seconds set by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 12 years earlier at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Okagbare also won the gold medal in the 200, with a time of 22.25 seconds. In doing so, she became the fourth woman to win the 100m and 200m double at the Commonwealth Games.
BRENDA WAIRIMU, AGE: 23, KENYAN, ACTRESS
Brenda Wairimu is a Kenyan television actress on Africa Magic’s Kona series, she is a budding starlet who seems to be shooting for the stars. Brenda’s mainstream appeal is inimitable- even as she is presently one of Africa’s ‘IT’ girls of the moment. With her talent, Brenda should spear-head the next generation’s screen goddesses.
BURNA BOY, AGE: 23, NIGERIAN, MUSICIAN
Burna Boy is an amazing Nigerian vocalist with his unique sound blends Dance-hall, Afrobeat, R&B and Hip-Hop into one tightly knit package. His songs span from ballads full of depth, sometimes to controversial subject matter as well as, his Dance-hall tendency implies, songs that are just meant to get you in the mood for the groove. Burna Boy is a refreshingly goofy, ultimate bad boy, with his near nonchalant yet infectious disposition, though a musician he is however a style trendsetter, as any clothing or accessory worn by him, becomes almost a nationwide trend amongst the hippy- pop culture savvy young Nigerians, be it a tattoo, sunglasses or tee. Burna Boy is known for his smooth Patois-influenced Dance-hall crooning, and most especially for his hit singles“Abeg Abeg Abeg”, “Party Wit Me”, “Firewood”, “Touch Your Toes”, “Like To Party” and the Davido-assisted “Trumpet”.
FLAVOUR N’ABANIA, AGE- 30, NIGERIAN, MUSICIAN
Better known by his stage name Flavour N’abania (or simply Flavour), is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer. Flavour gained world wide acclaim for his Ashawo and Nwa Baby singles which till date still enjoy air plays. Just as the African continent has been held spell bound by Flavour’s infectious sound and powerful stage performance, so has he also grasped our attention with his larger than life abs, that is finely sculpted and chiseled by presumably hundreds of hours spent in the gym. Flavour keeps his millions of fans always guessing with his now famous bathroom selfies.
IAN MUGOYA, AGE: 24, KENYAN, TV PERSONALITY
Ian Mugoya, is the sexy Kenyan Television personality, who is referred to by the Kenyan media as “the ladies man” . With such a title comes expectations from his millions of Kenyan fans who are struck by his charm and good-looks. Ian like the many young people on this list is slowly reaching beyond the shows of Kenya, looking to export his East African ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the rest of the African continent.
FALLY IPUPA- AGE: 36, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, MUSICIAN
Fally Ipupa is a Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, and guitarist from Kinshasa, he was part of the band of Koffi Olomidé, Quartier Latin International, from 1999 to 2006 before starting a solo career. His first solo album was Droit chemin released in 2006, which went on to sell over 100,000 units, and his second album Arsenal de Belles Melodies (A2BM) was released in 2009. In 2007, Ipupa won the Kora Awards for Best Artist or Group from Central Africa. In 2010, Fally Ipupa won the MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 for Best Video (for Sexy Dance) and Best Francophone. He won the urban awards for best African artist. Ipupa was nominated in the Best Live Act category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. He released an album titled kosa leka in 2014.
ASSOU EKOTTO, AGE: 30, CAMEROONIAN, FOOTBALLER
Assou Ekotto is a professional footballer who plays for English club Tottenham Hotspur. Born in France, he plays internationally for the Cameroon national team. Since arriving at Tottenham, Assou-Ekotto has pursued an interest in the local community and its inhabitants, expressing a “great sense of connection to Tottenham”. He carries an Oyster card and frequents the London Underground, and often walks with Tottenham supporters towards the stadium before home matches. During the London riots, the outspoken footballer suggested in an interview with BBC Sport that his colleagues do more to mitigate geopolitical issues, such as donating a hundredth of their salaries towards local causes.
DILLISH MATHEWS, AGE: 23, NAMIBIAN, BBA REALITY STAR
Dillish Mathews is the winner of the 2013 Big Brother Africa reality show, even though she is yet to pick a definite career path, as she is yet to hit her first real breakthrough, we are however hopeful that in the nearest future, she will grace our screens once more, either as an actress or Television personality, either way, we will cautiously keep our tongues in-check as Dillish is the mother of surprises, just as she turned from the BBA’s underdog into its eventual winner, there is definitely no telling what this starlet can or can’t do.
WILLIAMS FALADE, NIGERIAN-FITNESS MODEL
Williams Falade is a Nigerian-British fitness model and the former Miami Pro European Fitness Model Champion 2013, Body of Africa 2013. Williams has built a brand and career out of his love for fitness, which has notably made him a highly sought after fitness instructor and celebrity personal trainer.
DIDIER DROGBA- AGE: 36, IVORY COAST, FOOTBALLER
Genevieve Nnaji is an AMAA award winning super star actress, with an enviable profile, which include a profiling on the Oprah Winfrey show and on CNN’s Connect The World where she was dubbed Africa’s answer to Julia Roberts and Africa’s Screen Goddess, she was rumored to be next Bond girl a few years back, the role later went to British actress Naomi Harris. The Former face of Lux and MUD might not have been in any recent movie aside from 2013′s Hollywood period film Half Of A Yellow Sun, however, she was reported to have earned nearly $1.5 million in endorsements alone, within the first quarter of 2014. Genevieve Nnaji’s appeal transcends age and gender, as we have witnessed ,many African superstars openly express their undying love and admiration for the iconic actress.LIRA
MOLAPO, AGE: 35, SOUTH AFRICAN, MUSICIAN
Lira is a celebrated South African platinum recording artist,who like wine only gets better with age. she is revered and loved across South Africa, On 29 April 2014 she released her debut American album “Rise Again”. She is a multi-platinum selling and an 8x South African Music Award-winning Afro-Soul vocalist who refers to her music as “a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African. Lira won the 2014 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards for Best Female Southern Africa. According to The Star Newspaper, she’s currently considered the foremost adult contemporary female solo artist in South Africa. She has appeared in major ad campaigns and been an Ambassador for Audi, Shield, Samsung, MTN and Blackberry. She has appeared on the covers of over thirty magazines worldwide and currently holds the largest Facebook following of any South African musician with over half a million fans.
LUNGA SHABALALA, AGE: 25, SOUTH AFRICAN, TV PERSONALITY
Lunga Shabalala is a South African socialite, model, television presenter and actor best known for taking over as the host of the SABC1 music show Selimathunzi from Kaos Matu after winning a countrywide presenter search, in 2011. He is considered South Africa’s ultimate bad boy, as his toned abs have become signature brand which earned him the coveted South African rep for Calvin Klein men’s underwear line after a nationwide search, his career has since been growing in leaps and bounds just as his appeal moves further beyond the South African shore.
GAIL MABALANE, AGE: 29, SOUTH AFRICAN, ACTRESS
Gail Mabalane is a South African singer and actress best known as one of the Top 14 finalists on the sixth season of the M-Net reality competition Idols, in 2010.Gail, who auditioned in Bloemfontein, was born and bred in the town of Kimberley. In 2001, she made the Top 5 of Miss Teen SA, and she also enjoyed a stint in Johannesburg as a Kaizer Chiefs cheerleader. in 2012, she became the face of beauty giant Olay, and her career has since skyrocketed.
TIWA SAVAGE, AGE: 34, NIGERIAN, MUSICIAN
Known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter. The Pepsi ambassador, is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mavin Records. She co-wrote the track “Collard Greens & Cornbread” on Fantasia Barrino’s Grammy-nominated album Back to Me. Savage was featured on Solar Plexus, a compilation album that was released a day after the establishment of Mavin Records. On 3 July 2013, she released her debut studio album Once Upon a Time. Savage sings in English and Yoruba. As a singer, her achievements include one MTV Africa Music Award, one The Headies Award, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards, and a BET nomination for Best International Act among others. On the release of her now infamous music video ‘Wanted’, Tiwa trended across the continent for weeks, receiving a continent wide media backlash for the sexually provocative music video.
VIMBAI MUTINHIRI, AGE: 27, ZIMBABWEAN, TV PERSONALITY
JOSELYN DUMAS, AGE: 34, GHANAIAN, ACTRESS
CORNEL FREDERICKS, AGE- 24, SOUTH AFRICAN, ATHLETE