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I believe the saying “only the strongest survive” should be a part of the Nigerian national anthem and pledge. I also believe It should be on a plaque plastered throughout Murtala Mohammed airport as a vivid reminder to those who pass through. You may ask why I think this should be the case, and my answer, only the strongest do survive in Nigeria

These are trying times for Nigeria and the current recession has had a huge effect on everything in the country, as you would expect. From photo shoot logistic problems due to fuel scarcity, to models cancelling on the day of shoots due to lack of electricity to charge their mobile phones etc. Putting together this issue was a nightmare to say the least.

Thankfully, I learnt at an early age that when life throws you lemons, you make lemonade and chocolate cake then leave everyone wondering in amazement as to how you did it. Go the extra mile. Be creative. After all, it is in my job description.

This issue has been one of the most challenging to put together, but my favourite so far. From being able to shoot in a wonderful location in Epe for the Iwin editorial, which features amazing pieces from extremely talented designers, Nigeria has to offer, to exploring the human body through the art of tattoos.

Just as the fashion world has started paying attention to fashion coming out of Africa, Nigeria has been a country to watch. This has shone more light on all platforms, including Nigeria’s modelling industry.

Being a model in Nigeria isn't as lucrative a job as in other parts of the world, and models are often disrespected and undervalued. Their faces launch products into the market, their perfect figures sell many clothes and propel trends; yet to be celebrated and recognised they have to leave our shores and comeback to be valued. I took it upon myself to understand the rationale behind this and see it from both sides of the coin. I decided on Zainab Balogun, Who I knew would effortlessly ease into the role of ‘cover girl’. You all know Zainab as the beautiful, short hair rocking, dewy eyed, extremely poised presenter and actress. However before all of that, Zainab’s creative journey started out with her being signed to Premier as a model at the tender age of 15, in London. I remember her modelling for Tata Naka at London fashion week years back, on the homepage of Net a porter and bagging major ad campaigns here. Her selling power in Nigeria is also undeniable. For example CLAN will forever be synonymous with the name Zainab Balogun. In the issue, Zainab speaks to us candidly about life as a model, the industry and tips on how to make it in the fashion industry.

As it is the time of year to make decisions about further education/university, people’s fates become even clearer. A handful of people are lucky enough to afford the best education the world has to offer, others are fortunate enough to attend private universities in Nigeria, while majority of the masses have no choice but to have faith in the public education system. The integrity and value of education in Nigeria is rapidly depreciating and we have no one else to hold accountable but our leaders. I subscribe to the school of thought that believes that when you identify a problem, you should always provide a tangible solution. If our leaders are clueless and out of touch with our generation, it is our job to also educate them and call them out.  For this reason, we decided to write an open letter to our leaders; the ministers of education, youth and sports. 

On the coattail of education, I met a man who blew me away with what might seemed like a small gesture. Tom Ilube is the man behind the African Gifted Foundation; a registered UK education charity founded in 2010. The charity is in the process of setting up the African Science Academy in Accra, Ghana. This will be a new all-girls Academy for Science and Technology and it will open in Autumn (Sept-Oct ) 2016. 

This Academy will be a boarding school serving young African women with outstanding potential. The Academy will be positioned initially as a “Pathway to Engineering, Science & Computing”. Students will attend from across Africa and are admitted after their senior secondary education. They are then prepared to go on to the best universities in Africa and around the world. The best part, it is absolutely free.

This issue has been a challenge but it has been a welcomed one for the Bold Africa team. There is nothing like a perfect glass of chilled margarita made from the zestiest of lemons. This issue is filled with the best of seasonal finds for both the ladies and fellas. It is with sheer joy and pride I present to you Bold 3.0

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Bella Adeleke

Editor in Chief