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Brown Skin Girl… And The Laurels Continue For Wizkid, Others

By Chinonso Ihekire
18 September 2021   |   4:05 am
After clinching over 10 prestigious awards, including the Grammys, BET, Soul Train Music Awards, among others, Beyonce’s 2019 smash hit, which featured Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, alongside American singer...

After clinching over 10 prestigious awards, including the Grammys, BET, Soul Train Music Awards, among others, Beyonce’s 2019 smash hit, which featured Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, alongside American singer, SaintJhn, as well as Beyonce’s daughter, Ivy Carter, has gone on to bag the MTV Video Music Award (VMAs) for the Best Cinematography.

As usual, Wizkid, alongside other creative professionals who worked on the video, including Nigerian-British filmmaker, Jenn Nkiru, who directed the video, and Muhammed Atta, who worked as a cinematographer on the film, among others, are also awarded for their contribution to the artpiece.

The video, which was released in July 2019, is a visual narrative on the celebration and affirmation of the beauty of dark skin.  It features a beautiful mélange of black and brown-skinned women, including Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, British mode, Naomi Campbell, American singer, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, as well as Beyonce’s daughters, Blue Ivy and Rumi Carter.

“It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown… We wanted every character to be shot in a regal light — Jenn Nkiru came up with the black debutantes. It was important that we are all in this together and we’re all celebrating each other,” Beyonce said in an interview with US TV, Good Morning America.

Brown Skin Girl Video is among the offerings from Beyonce’s visual album dubbed, Black Is King, which was based on the official soundtrack for the Disney blockbuster, The Lion King: The Gift.