Jidenna Gives Full On West African Royalty In New “Nigerian Renaissance” Inspired Photo Shoot [Video/Photos]

Posted September 29, 2015

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We already knew Jidenna was a classic man but now the rapper is taking it to the next level in his newest photo shoot and I absolutely love every second of it.

Via HuffingtonPost:

The “Classic Man” teamed up with All Things Ankara — a style site that highlights West African ankara print fashions — to promote “Nigerian Renaissance,” the website’s Nigerian Independence Ball. The photos from the shoot are breathtaking.

Jidenna will serve as the ball’s co-ambassador, taking place Oct. 17 in Maryland, along with philanthropist and model Jessica Chibueze. The clothes were designed by the website’s founder Nikki Billie Jean who, along with others, made the designs to reflect a mix of their African heritage and the French Renaissance. Jidenna, Chibueze and a few models flaunt their vibrant West African attire in front of a backdrop fit for 16th century royal monarchs. 

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Earlier this year, Jidenna, whose father is from Nigeria, received backlash for making comments about his negative experiences in Nigeria due to his fair skin. He responded with an open letter expressing his cultural pride:

There is no question that Africa is playing a pivotal role in the future of our planet and that Nigeria, with it’s booming economy and burgeoning middle class, is a driving force. I will continue to play my role in the Renaissance taking place in Nigeria and Africa at large.

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