Nigeria’s golden girl Adesua Etomi-Wellington is on one of the two covers of Vogue Magazine’s April 2019 cover which features 14 superstars from all over the globe.
Unveiling her cover on Instagram, the magazine wrote:
The new global superstar is both proud of where she’s from—and eager to take on the world. For Vogue’s April (double!) cover, stars from Australia, South Korea, Nigeria, and Iceland show off singular looks from Dior, Erdem, Maison Margiela, and others. The reach of these women is immense: Angelababy has over 98 million followers on Weibo, and Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington can’t walk down the street in Lagos without getting mobbed. It’s our educated guess that their influence is likely to expand.
Narrowing in on Adesua the magazine further wrote:
“The Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington can’t walk down the street in Lagos without getting mobbed, and if she’s with her husband, the actor Banky Wellington, forget it—a trip to the grocery store launches a thousand selfies. But unlike some of her cohorts on the shoot, she’s more of a third-culture kid, born in Nigeria and raised mainly in England. (She speaks in two fluent accents—Lagos and the British Midlands.) She went to school in Coventry, studied drama at University of Wolverhampton, and then got a nine-to-five job with the fashion arm of a large supermarket chain. It was then that, as she puts it, “I can’t explain it—I felt I had to go back to Nigeria.”
That was toward the end of 2012, and in the past six years or so she has become one of the biggest stars in Nollywood, Nigeria’s relatively young film industry. The Wedding Party (2016), a colorful and witty romantic comedy in which she plays the lead opposite Wellington, was the highest-grossing film in the history of Nigerian cinema, until it was eclipsed by its sequel, which also starred Etomi-Wellington. In fact, she points out, of the four films that have done best for the relatively young industry, she is in three. “I love, love, love Nollywood,” Etomi-Wellington says brightly over tea and biscuits at the shoot. “I feel like she’s my baby, and it’s my responsibility, along with a lot of other performers, to grow her.”
Check the two covers and photos of the 13 other women featured from around the globe below: