African Fashion retail store, ZAZAII switched things up for this edition of its influencer series featuring award winning actress, Lala Akindoju and Ghanaian born actor and TV personality, Mawuli Gavor.
This is the first time ZAZAII has picked two personalities for its Influencer Series. Lala, who won the trailblazer award at this year’s AMVCA’s, is on a mission to revolutionize the African Film industry.
In an interview with ZAZAII, there came a realization that after eleven years in the industry, Lala’s passion and drive towards life remains unrelenting. Further, she advises women to be bold, fearless and be ready to take on any storm life throws.
To have a good career, Mawuli says that it takes more than looks. He says his guts and determination has allowed him to remain relevant in the African film industry.
Read full interview below:
How would you describe your style?
Lala: My style is comfortable and chic (I think)
Mawuli: Understated but well groomed.
Lala: All my mentors are my role models plus my mum. – Joke Silva, Jumoke Adenowo, Osayi Alile, Biola Alabi, Bolanle Austen-Peters and Funke Bucknor-Obruthe
Mawuli: My dad and brother.
Best career advice you’ve ever gotten?
Mawuli: Let your work speak for itself.
Lala: The person you marry is the best career choice you can make
What makes you feel glamorous? (Yes you too Mawuli)
Mawuli: A perfectly fitted suit.
Lala: Make-up, like a full face beat! Especially lashes.
Share an anecdote about working in the arts/entertainment in Nigeria.
Mawuli: I once had an older gentleman pull me aside after bumping into me at the mall, to give me a ten-minute heated talk about why he felt I should be with one of the female characters on my show.
Lala: Still thinking about one.
Why should we, the audience car about you as an actor?
Lala: I am an actor who is not just committed to every role I play but I am passionate about telling our stories on different platforms around the world.
Mawuli: I only care about bringing positivity to those around me. Also I always welcome anyone open to being a part of my journey. But we can’t all like each other so that’s okay. We can’t always like or care about each other and that’s something we all need to accept and be okay with.
Principal Photography by Adebayo Jolaoso
Assisted by Emannuel
Styling by the Advisory at ZAZAII
See the photos from the photoshoot below.