Body painting is an age-long practice. It is simply arts made on the body. In this process, the body of a human or animal serves as the canvas. In certain parts of the world especially in Africa, body arts serve different purposes. Just like tattoos or piercings, It is used for identification- members of different tribes are able to distinguish themselves from intruders just by looking at the type of art present on the body.

Throughout Africa, religious sets like worshippers of Ifa and other traditional deities have certain marks and inscriptions made on the skin to show loyalty to the faith. It keeps them protected during the times of war and serves as medicine during illness.

In recent times, Bodypainting has become mainstream, finding its way to many music videos and movies. One of such examples is when Beyonce collaborated with a Nigerian Body painting Artist Laolu Senbanjo on her Video titled Lemonade. Beyonce is not the only one known for utilizing body painting in her visuals, the Great Fela Anikulapo Kuti was also a regular user of body painting and markings on his sets.

We recently spoke to Ayohrkarz, a super talented body painting artist resident in Nigeria and we asked him what body painting means to him and the journey so far in this endeavor. Here is how the interview went

Ayomide Kasali

 What’s your name ?

I go by the name Ayomide Kasali popularly known as Ayohrkarz

Tell us about yourself?

The brand Ayohrkarz is all about art and media. So I coined the nick name from the juxtaposition of my name and surname. Whatelse? I rep Ogun state, Nigeria and I am a disciplined artist.

So, what is Body Painting about?

Body art just like any form of art appears beautiful and eye catchy, only a few people who appreciate aesthetic value can decode the meaning behind it. This form of art is unique; I express my thoughts, opinions, ideas and inspiration on the Human body as my CANVAS. And this has exposed me to a different realm of artistry, which I tagged as SURREALISM  REVOLUTION

What led you into this style of work?

Although I have done party paintings at birthdays and events years back, little did I know that I’ll find my path to bodypainting until I joined instagram in 2014. I was blown away by Laolu Sebanjo and his afromysterics, I developed a passion and I decided to venture into this

This is pretty creative but what message are you trying to pass across?

It goes beyond the aesthetics, it goes way beyond the process of achieving it, there is a pre plan for each shoot and this is usually documented, I have my sketch book where I put in what I want to achieve and the message I want to feed people with. My major theme is SURREALISM REVOLUTION it’s an art of the subconscious mind. I also have sacred themes like Oju ri meaning my eyes has seen, in all my art pieces I talk about deities, positive energy, hope, love, power and more, with the use of incongruous juxtaposition of visual elements to achieve the effect I want.

What field in art is this be classified?

It is a new trend and it doesn’t have a defined class yet but is related to performance art. It is a physical expression of creativity found in human culture and tradition. It started around 1960 and has gone viral,   Hannah Wilke quoted, Why should we have this mind-body male-female duality? The mind and body are one, so I tried to make art an expression of that connection.

Is there a difference between body art and tattoo?

Of course there most certainly is, even though body art is now seen as a forebear to today’s general mainstream acceptance of tattooing, piercing, scarring, or otherwise . it is clearly different from tattoos and piercings Because the body becomes a canvas only for that moment.

What do you seek to achieve, what is your goal?

My work became a bridge that had to be crossed by young and matured feminists working with their bodies. And with this whole idea, I aim at making body art generally acceptable and recognized as a piece of artwork not an exposure of nudity or pornography. I want this to be chipped into musical videos with conceptual ideas. I want brands to look into this field and see the meaning of what we are giving out. It’s uniquely different from all what we see on media which we are already getting bored of. Hightime we tried something new.

How do people describe you?

If I depend on how people describe me, I am not going to move any further, because basic people would always think within the box. I get discriminations of all kind, religious, social, cultural, political reviews  even. So, now it all depends  on how I describe myself. I am a game changer, an opportunist and a leader in my field. I want to use this medium to break grounds and I am a real dream chaser. I put all the necessary impact in my work.

Following the trends of Carolee Schneemann, Him Dine, Chris burden, Hannah Wilke, Rebecca horn,  Orlan, Olaolu Sebanjo, Ed the bodypaintking and so many others who are successful on this field, I do not have a second doubt in myself to be a Legend too

You seem to focus a lot on ladies, What do you say about people’s reaction to your style of work profession especially the many naked ladies you paint?

Well, people will always say what they want to say, either to get attention or just to criticize. Some people would even go out of the way to ruin the business for you, spreading false rumors. I don’t care, Just as long as I’m chasing my dreams and I am not ever giving up on it. In today’s media world if people don’t get to talk about you, then you’re nobody- 2baba knows better

How do these girls feel during this process?

My muses are human beings, and they have a very standard background. They are sapiosexual and they choose to be a muse for various reasons. Some just want to be exhibited on to have it in their portfolio, while some just want to enjoy the atmosphere that we create, but however they all feel great during the process and after the outcome, it is not just about them getting unclad it is the beauty that comes afterwards and trust me it’s a wowing experience.

How do you feel during the process, some people say in quote “it’s impossible to do this – without a hard on” How true is that?

My muses are my canvases as stated earlier, so I try to keep it highly professional as possible. This is a sacred process,   so I give my muses time to orientate around the studio before work, we talk mature, we take light drinks and then we get to create something out of ordinary.  I paint on both genders and I do not see any reason to have an erection on this field and this on the other hand doesn’t mean I am a robot. I am just trying to keep that respect at a good level.

Asides body art is there any work you handle professionally?

Yes, I am a designer. Working with couple of designers like myself outside the country, I plan out commercials for brands, I’m a script writer, I compose music too! I can paint on any surface, wall, leather, jean, shoes, wood, ceramics,  glass, steel, I am still gathering all of my equipments together for the shine! Although I am still undergoing a program at YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY and I have bigger plans thereafter!

Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

Its in Gods hands, he designs the destiny of man,I am just Christian who believes in God the perfect architect so I mostly would pray silently “God take me from where I am to where you want me to be” . on my part I double and triple the hustle since Faith without work is dead…and I have been seeing results over the years.

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Afro-rolls is one of the leading Afrobeat artistes in the United States of America. Born in Nigeria, Afro rolls has been one of those who have advanced Afrobeats in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. Formerly known as Drumsticks he has worked in the studio with acts like Shadow D don, Ycee, Myles, Samklef, Base One, and Yung6ix just to mention a few.

Afro roll who welcomed a new addition in his family a few months ago went missing in the Afrobeats scene, but after the birth of his son, he is finally ready to release new music and new materials.

These pictures are the first in a series of materials Afro rolls will be putting out in the last quarter of 2019. His new singles Asiko and Kpe mi (Call me) are set to drop soon and we were also told to anticipate a new video from the Afrobeat crooner.

The pictures below were shot by one of Indiana’s most hard-working celebrity photographers, Bree Danielz.

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Parris Ladame

Parris Ladame is one of the most important artists out of Indianapolis. She has made a name for herself in the city and is becoming ever increasingly successful. Her social media account is beaming with activities and fans are loving the way she socializes and engages with them. The Orange hair female rapper recently released her much-publicized album Mood Swing and it was worth my time and money. The album was produced by Freshduzit and released under Bag Music group. Check it out.

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C Dub

C Dub‘s project titled “Don’t wait too late” is worth every listen. It is a conscious record with a bit of a battle feel to it. C Dub is clearly trying to find his place amongst the elites in the rap game. His flow is energetic and his voice is full of purpose, the lyrics and flow is super intelligent. Songs like Smoke and King Athur blew my  is omind. This  is one project i recommend you should not sleep on.

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Liah B

Liah B is a superstar the making, Unlike the two projects already mentioned, Liah B’s project Bittersweet is a slow sensual R&B E.P. Her voice is immaculate and she makes you want to fall in love with every song you listen to. The album art to this project is irresistibly colorful and creative. Songs off the project like We forever and Too much catch the eye.

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With Amerikkken’s KHAOTIC dropping sometime in September, Sprove’s Life is Sweet album in the making, and Afrobeat artist Olawale Kentucky set to release his Lagos to Kentucky E.P -This is definitely a very exciting time for music in Indianapolis and I cannot wait to listen to these records. Let me know what you think of these albums.

As a DJ, Marco has been described in many ways, but Aggressive, Innovative, and Cutting Edge are the 3 best ways to describe his style. After 15+ years in the music industry, DJ Marco has made a name for himself by remaining ahead of the game in not only his choice of music, but with the way he plays it as well. With long flowing mixes that seamlessly blend one track into the next, DJ Marco has the ability to take control of the dance floor, and to energize the crowd that is on it.

Marco got his start in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) ,where he had a Uncle who was a mobile DJ. On weekends, when his uncle was not playing gigs, he would go over and play on the turntables for fun. DJ Marco took to them like a natural.

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In 2005, he left Ivory coast for the lights of USA Indianapolis. Shortly after arriving, DJ Marco got his big break when he first bought his own turntable & Speakers to practice on his DJ skills, DJ Marco first gig was at his Sister birthday in 2007 .With only 40 pieces of wax, DJ Marco kept the floor packed from 10pm until 3am. At that point, he was asked to play at another birthdays and weddings, parties and many more…

In 2010, DJ Marco had his first night club gig when he was asked to play In a New years eve party in an African club called FSA, because regular DJ got Sick. DJ Marco impressed everyone present and was offered a position as a permanent DJ at the club. His style of mixing is unique, and he has a way of keeping the floor pounding by his choices in music.

He is one of the few DJs out there that is still considered a “pure DJ” in his preferred use of vinyl , CDs, and computer based programs. In december 2012 DJ Marco threw his first event in the club and it was very successful ..Til today DJ Marco throws the biggest parties and is considered as one of the best International DJs & promoters in the whole midwest of the USA.

Download some standout DJ Marco mixes below.

Afro Decale Mix

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Are you looking for a superb photographer whose shots are super colorful and full of life? Look no further, Daniel Johnson aka Danny shizzle has shots that make the average person look like an Agbani Darego on the runway. Known for his very inspirational sets and an eye for colors, Daniel  Johnson knows how to bring the best out of any photo session.

Daniel Johnson (aka Dannyshizzle ) is a multimedia expert with an experience of over seventeen ( 17 ) years in the multimedia industry; Web designer, Graphics, Photography, and Videography. After graduating from Computer Science from one of the prestigious Universities in Nigeria, he became the Chief Creative Director for Studio 8284 in Nigeria before he moved into the United States of America. Upon his moving into the United States, he has then rebranded Studio 8284 to HEZNADA STUDIOS and has since then worked with numerous clients, corporate bodies, multinational organizations such as ExxonMobil, United Bank for Africa, Hotels, Schools, and Churches.

He has also won international awards with Corel draw as an Illustrator among several others. He was recently listed as top 5 fashion photographer in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA by a recent poll conducted by Peerspace – a reputable blog in Indianapolis.

Daniel Johnson is sure one of the leading personalities in his field of endeavor in the United States and one that we are all proud of.

It seems like the entire world is getting in on Kizz daniel’s Fvck you challenge. I am quite sure that the Mega star did not anticipate how rapidly the challenge grew over the cause of time. International Stars such as Wyclef Jean took time off their schedules to record on Young Jon produced beat. Today, we have no choice but to serve you another compilation of dope versions of the song. I think we saved the best for last.

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1. Rugged Man

Ruggedman was listed as one of the most influential artists of all time on an article i had written previously. His song Ehen ft Nomoreloss shifted the culture and changed the direction of Hip hop music in Nigeria in many ways. Rugged man is known for being controversial and for saying things everyone is afraid of talking about. He is now an advocate for victims of police oppression and brutality and he uses his version of the Kizz daniel song preach some sense to the police.

2. Victoria Kimani

Damn! Victoria Kimani is on a killing spree, calling names and taking peoples heads with her as she goes. The Kenyan superstar accuses Ycee of using her songs and lyrics without crediting her. She also disses Tiwa savage and accuses her of blocking her shows and selling her p**sy. These allegations are unfounded but it makes the challenge a lot more interesting for the fans.

3. Kcee

Kcee uses this version to floss his wealth. This is probably the most expensive video shot in terms of the location and the value of property displayed in it. The Five Star Music artist shows us that he is still in his prime.

4. Sophie Alakija

She is the daughter in law of one of Africa’s richest women Folorunsho Alakija. Honestly, I do not know why she took this challenge so personal but she did. It really feels like she was badly hurt by someone and she is not letting go without a fight.

I guess you are the scum that never made me cum _ Sophie

5. Mr. Duke

Mr. Duke is one of the favorites on the blog. He is from Indianapolis Indiana and is one of the most promising artists from the mid west state in the USA. His delivery is nothing short of excellent. That is what you would expect from a rapper who plies his trade in America.

6. Khaligraph Jones

Veteran Emcee from Kenya, Khaligraph Jones is rated to be top 10 Emcee in the continent. The O.G has been going strong for many years and serves a unique storyline bragging about how he has been the one F**cking the girl all these other people seem to be complaining about.

7. A.O

This version is both hilarious and dope. It is a very playful verse from the rapper / Promoter from Indianapolis. I think A.O should pursue a career in music

8. Wyclef Jean

Legendary rapper Wyclef formerly of the fugees is arguably the biggest celebrity to jump on the challenge. It is no secret that the rapper from Haiti has been in love with music from Nigeria and has been one of those people who have been instrumental to the spread of afrobeat worldwide. It is no surprise that he lends his voice to the Kizz daniel challenge.

9. Tinuke

She is one of the best emerging artists from Lagos. The beautiful Tinuke describes herself as the queen of melody. she serenades us with her beautiful voice and catchy storyline.

10. Uncle Murda

Uncle Murda is an East coast rapper signed to G unit. This is the first time I have heard of the artist. His delivery is top notch and he definitely knows how to spit. I have since followed uncle Murda and hope that this will grow him a Nigerian fanbase.

 

The general opinion is that African Immigrants come to foreign countries to cause a nuisance. The notion is that people come to the USA to take from the society without having any contributions to give back. This false narrative is often boosted by the media. The ones who found businesses, excel in sports, or go ahead to become leaders in their respective industries are often claimed as indigenes of these foreign countries but the bad ones are splashed all over the media as being foreigners, in this case African Immigrants.

Africa is only credited with the bad eggs.

The truth is that, Africa suffers a massive brain drain because the ones who leave the continent are amongst the brightest. Africa suffers a lot of problems and may not necessarily provide the infrastructure needed for these very talented people to succeed. This frustrates talented people, and coupled with the promises of a better life in foreign countries, they leave on a massive scale.

Many of Immigrants come here with an enormous amount of potential, and given the freedom and opportunity the USA offers , they start to excel in their respective business of choice. Immigrants have been at the forefront of many establishments, driven many businesses, and founded a lot of ideas in Europe and America.  It is our duty to find and publicize some of these people.

Today, we will like to shed the spotlight on Vanessa O’Brien, the creative Director of Ada by Vanessa, She is a fledging Fashion designer who has taken the world by storm. I first heard of her last year when I attended a local fashion show here in Indiana and I left amazed and in awe of her fabric, prints and her collection. Ada focuses mainly on The African story, highlighting different cultures with her clothing pieces, inspiring women to be more confident and happy in their womanhood. With every piece she intends to make women feel as beautiful as ever. Check out photos of her most recent runway event and some of her most loved creations.

You can visit her webpage to view more pictures and order your designs. You should also check-out her Instagram page @ Ada.by.vanessa

 

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Last week I started a post for the best fvck you covers so far. The covers are now pouring in from left right and center, even the comedians and Nollywood actors have gotten in on the action. Here are some of the most prolific covers

1. Eva Alordiah

Eva is a female rap veteran. You can call her an O.G and you will be correct. She had a good spell in the industry between 2007 and 2015 but kind of laid back after the release of her album. She decided to do more of writing and publishing her own books. Eva’s take on Kiss daniels Fvck you reminds us she is still a force in the hip-hop community. She not only serves the longest version of the challenge but one of the dopest

2. Sound Sultan

We already told you that sound sultan is a Legend so it comes at no surprise that he would body kizz daniel’s beat. His version is centered around Nigeria’s troubles and is full of intelligent wordplay.

3. Seyi Shey

One of Nigeria’s leading female artist Seyi goes hard on her version. She actually makes it very personal, calling out several people including subliminal jabs at Tiwa Savage and her estranged husband T-billz.

4. Broda Shaggi

He became popular for his comedy skits but has since proved that he also has music in him. His version is both comic and musical. Although comedians like Basket Mouth , Ay comedian, and Bovi also had dope versions, Broda Shaggi’s version is pure Genius!

5.  Kelly Hansome

Kelly Hansome was King of Kenis music at some point. He is one of the most relevant Nigerian artists in recent history. His contractual disagreement with Kennis music meant that he would lose the platform that promotes his music and subsequently lose his grip on the industry. He also had issues with choc city artist M.I. Asides the issues, Kelly is an amazing song writer and performer.

Bukunmi Oluwasina

I know she is a talented Nollywood actress, but I had no idea she could flow. She is definitely multi-talented and I think she has a shot at music. She serves us with the coldest version of the challenge from a female perspective.

7. LJ Saaviour

Dude is a Legit lyricist, I have known him for a while. His delivery on this joint is 100 percent. This is the very definition of lyricism; using the names of people around you to create a fictional story. However, I think it took a personal twist when he mentioned the name of the lady he was dissing at the end

8. M.I Abaga

A paragraph is not enough to explain this mans contribution to the Hip-hop culture and the music the culture in Nigeria in general. He is one of the label executives at chocolate city, but he took time off his busy schedule as an executive to serve us his own interpretation of the Kizz daniel song.

9. Tribemark

Another discovery of the challenge. He is not a known name in the industry but his storyline is really personal. It sounds like he is talking from experience.

10. Stonebwoy

A super talented artist from Ghana has one of the most melodious versions of the challenge. He is one of the hottest Act coming up of Africa at the moment. I think hes hould make his version a whole song. It is a whole vibe.

11. Jones the Ikom Boy

A dope rendition of the Kizz daniel’s track. This is another artist I just came across and will definitely be following his content on social media. His version was dope enough to get a repost for kizz Daniel himself. He killed it like a hunter.

12. Bucky Raw

Dope ass rapper. I may be wrong but I believe he is not resident in Nigeria. He is really on point with his delivery and storytelling. It is rare to find someone who ticks both boxes.

13. Wizzy Wee

Houston based Nigeria rapper Wizzy wee is no newcomer on the blog. His singles are top rated on the blog and as expected, he came through with a very solid version of the challenge. His word play is wicked !

I don tire for this girls with them tight clothes / I Swear na them dey loose pass

14. Sinzu

Sauce Kid Sinzu or chief hunnitband, whatever you wish to call him, he is back and jumping on tracks just like he used to. You can never catch Sinzu dulling on a track. Kizz daniel did not post his version on his page but it is definitely top of the list.

 

 

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Kizzdaniel’s fuck you challenge is probably the biggest Nigerian challenge ever witnessed on Instagram. We not only have Nigerian stars, but we have got the biggest artiste from Africa sending in their entries. Some of the emerging acts posted on this blog on a daily had amazing covers and were reposted by the Megastar on his Instagram. Acts like Toby Grey, Blaqbones, and officialBils just to mention a few.

The fans are delighted as some of their favorite acts take turns to dismantle the instrumental made by Young John. Kizz daniel started the Fuck you challenge some weeks ago and it is basically about telling a story of cheating partners in a relationship. Here is a compilation of what we think are the best covers and why.

1. Kizz Daniel

The original version in my opinion still remains the best and retains its relevance. S/o to Kizz Daniel for this initiative, it also gives young acts the chance to level up against the giants and it provides a platform to discover new emerging acts.

2. Tiwa Savage

We all know that Tiwa’s version came from a deep down. Failed Relationships and betrayed trust, she has been through them all. For a while, she has been on a break but decided to let some steam. Her version wins the category of the most controversial cover and the fact is controversy sells. We are glad to finally hear from her.

3. Toby Grey

I talked about Toby Grey in a post last week about her new single Show Glass featuring Chinko and Terry Apala, I told y’all about how amazing she is as an artiste. Her cover to Kizz daniels Woju was what brought her limelight. She just made another brilliant cover to kizz Daniels song which has also earned her a mention from kiZZ Daniel. Kizz Daniel and his team via Instagram have promised to work with Tobi Grey for free in 2019. Hopefully, this challenge has lead her to her helper.

4. SUPERCHEQUEBOY

This to me is the discovery of the challenge.Prior to this, I never heard of him before. His style is 100 and he totally smashed it. Very different vibe.

5. Ladipoe

Ladipoe is one of the most consistent rap acts in Nigeria at this point. The Mavin Record artiste is out here to prove a point. His version stands out from the rest because of his very concept and approach. I love the idea, you can tell he has taken his time to think of how to make a version different from the rest. His dialogue / conversation with his girl friend is really cool.

6. Nadia Nakai

South Africa is always known for coming through in rap cyphers. There is an abundance of rap talents in the country, I need not mention them. Nadia Nakai The south African Femcee sent in her cover and boy it did not disappoint! Although she sounded like she lost her voice, her bars were serious and it felt like she is talking from experience. Look out for her. Real talk!

7. Simi

They are not much to say other than the fact that she has got an amazing voice. Probably the best in Africa. Simi will always win any competition with her sonorous voice.

8. Bils

Y’all stand up for this dude mehn. He came through with the best lines and quotables. He even used names of popular acts to make his metaphors and punchlines. I love it, the best rap version but the only thing is that it falls short in terms of production. You may have to struggle to hear him clearly but some good headphones will help.

9. Skiibii

Skibii is probably one of the most insulted artiste in Nigeria. He took time to task and get off the runway especially with his time in Five-star music. Soon after he left Five Star Music, his career took off and he has been on a winning streak. His Fuck you challenge is also really dope, he seemed very comfortable and balanced on the young John produced instrumental. I am happy that someone who people thought would never blow up is doing awesome for himself and his fans now.

10. Ycee

Ycee always comes correct. He is a sweet blend of rapping and singing. His version also stands out. Swag, Lyrical ability, and finesse.

11. Dremo

Very similar concept to Ycee, Dremo comes correct on his verse. His concept is also dramatic and he paints a picture of a girl that has fucked the entire DMW crew. I think his version is the most aggressive almost like the chick is his kid .. lol. Dremo was expected in Indianapolis USA alongside Mayorkun in the month of March but failed to make it due to technical issues. The event has been rescheduled.

12. Falz

Falz is a natural storyteller. I reviewed his album Moral Instructions a while ago and compared it’s relevance to that of the legendary Fela. His fuck you challenge is really dramatized and I love it especially how he switches from Pidgin to English effortlessly.

13. Demmiee vee

Dope artiste! He got his break last year when he released his massive hit single Tiff. Tiff went on to get almost 1 million views on youtube. He also featured on one of the best songs on Falz album titled Hypocrite. His voice is astounding and very unique.

14. Sarkodie

One of the best artiste Africa, this mans delivery is unrivaled. The energy in his voice can power up a dead soul. It is something like versaline for every instrumental, so smooth and glides in without friction. I also love his cover

15. BlaqBonez

Dude has been very consistent and his consistency has begun to pay off. I remember when i would call Blaq to offer him some management advise, at this point he knew nothing about the music business. I was able to lay the foundations for his understanding of the business side. I feel very happy seeing him at this level. He is currently signed to choc city under the tutelage of Audu Maikori and M.I Abaga two of the most powerful music businessmen in Africa.

As more and more covers continue to drop we will keep you updated.

 

The general opinion is that Africans in Diaspora become a problem to the society they Immigrate to. This narrative is often boosted by the media. I will not conclude that this opinion is completely false, as there may be some truth to it, but the problem is that no one seems to talk about the numerous achievements accomplished by Africans in foreign lands neither do they recognize the immense contributions done by well-meaning Africans who live in diaspora.

We only remember the bad guys.

African immigrants have been at the forefront of many establishments, driven many businesses, and founded a lot of ideas in Europe and America.  It is our duty to find and publicize some of these people.

One of such Africans who is contributing a whole lot to the entertainment industry in Indianapolis is Tobi Babarinsa. Tobi hails Lagos Nigeria. He was born into a family of five and is currently a student of pharmacy at IUPUI. Asides from being a student of Pharmacy, Tobi also doubles as an international supermodel ( talk of beauty and brains).  He has walked the runway at many Major events in the UNITED STATES and he is expected to be one of the leading male models emerging from Indianapolis in a few years.