At AfroRiri Haircare , our Wednesdays are dedicated to naturalistas we admire and love. Hopefully, by seeing our WCW you are encouraged to continue your natural hair journey.
Our WCW is Nigeria’s own Onyeka Onwenu. She has never stopped looking beautiful.
Onyeka Onwenu (born 31 January 1952 ) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and former X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician. She is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture and currently the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
Onyekan Onwenu possess a B.A. in International Relations and Communication of the Wellesley College of Massachusetts, USA, and a Masters Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York. She worked for many years at the United Nations in New York before
returning to Nigeria in 1980, where she completed the mandatory one-year National Service, at NTA where she made an impact as an articulate, incisive and fearless reporter. In 1984, she wrote and presented the internationally acclaimed BBC/NTA documentary called “Nigeria, A Squandering of
Riches” which became the definitive film about corruption in Nigeria as well as the intractable Niger Delta agitation for resource control and t against environmental degradation in the oil rich region of Nigeria. She has also served on the board of the NTA.
Onyeka Onwenu began her music career in 1981 while still working with the NTA , releasing the album “For the Love of You”. Originally a secular artist, she now sings mainly gospel music, and continues to write and sing about issues as Health (HIV/AIDS), peace and mutual coexistence, respect for women
rights and the plight of children. Her latest effort titled “Inspiration for Change” focuses on the need for an attitudinal turn around in Nigeria.
She is into partnership with Paris-based La Cave Musik , headed by Nigerian cultural entrepreneur, Onyeka Nwelue and UK-based Jungle Entertainment Ventures , headed by musicologist, David Evans-Uhegbu . In 2013, she was named as one of the three judges on the Nigerian version of The X Factor .
A member of the People’s Democratic Party , Onyeka Onwenu was in the running to become Local Council Chairman of her native Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State , but was appointed Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture by former governor Ikedi Ohakim . On
September 16, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed her the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
Onyeka Onwenu has also featured in numerous Nollywood movies and in 2006 won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
She is in the recent movie Half of a Yellow Sun with Chiwetel Ejiofor.
As a child, I remember watching her videos on NTA and loving her grey hair patch (lol yes, grey hair is very gorgeous too, embrace it). The lovely Lady has always rocked a TWA (teeny weeny afro). I have never seen her in a weave or long hair before. She has aged so gracefully. She is the definition of a true naturalista who looks naturally fabulous!
So you see that having and wearing your own natural hair does not make you less successful. Onyeka Onwenu carries her natural hair confidently and has achieved great things being a natural beauty.
You too can be extremely successful even as a natural beauty!!!!
Stay naturally fabulous beautiful people till next time. XOXO!!