Jidenna is nothing short of royalty in his latest photoshoot.
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.
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 anopen 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.
Jidenna’s pride is certainly evident in this spread and if the photos don’t convince you, the video will. Watch below.