“The idea of shooting Temi for A Nasty Boy (who in several ways is atypical to our target audience) was because, I, for some reason, have always been puzzled by her. Again, we all know the narrative: Temi Otedola, a billion-dollar-heiress, sister to Cuppy, and now, girlfriend to one of the biggest players in the Afrobeats music game – Mr Eazi, but what I, just like the rest of you had not seen was a totally independent, proudly feminist and issue-driven Temi, and what we don’t know is: beyond her family, and love life, Temi is a full woman.A woman, who may be involved in the stories of those closest to her heart, but is very much a leading lady of a life entirely hers; a tale, completely absent of any of these figures, and a virtual world that she has built from the ground-up at just 21, all by herself!” A Nasty Boy speaks of Temi.
Catch excerpts of Temi’s interview with Richard Akuson of A Nasty Boy…
On her everyday run-ins with sexualism in Lagos and London:
I would say that sexism is still a big big issue in both the UK and still in Nigeria, and I think the main issue is everyday sexism, but there are different issues on both accounts. I would say, in Nigeria, sexism is a lot more in your face and people are more brazen with it, and just the way women are seen as inferior in society; whereas, in the UK, it is still catcalling, general disrespect in certain fields of work—and it really is a shame, because, there is a long way to go—and you’d think in 2017 we’d be there.
On her personal experiences with Autism and Autism awareness in Nigeria:
A cause very close to my heart is raising awareness about autism in Nigeria—as I have a younger brother who I love very very dearly who is autistic, and although he grew up in England, we have definitely become aware of the lack of awareness people have for special needs children in Nigeria. Sadly, Autism is still a taboo subject, and there needs to be more awareness on the issue just so people are educated on the day-to-day childhood challenges special needs children face. One of the things I hope to do is raise awareness through a visual project back in Nigeria. I’m really really excited to work with different charities and see what I can do to help children living with autism in Nigeria.
On women’s empowerment:
So, a really big passion I have – and a way that I am able to contribute to help young women who want to work in fashion, particularly, young ethnic minorities living in the diaspora is through my initiative called ATIA—which stands for Afternoon Tea in Ankara, and every year, the fabric changes as do the facilitators.
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