Ghanaian Stylist Nana Kwasi Wiafe Breaks Down The Inspiration Behind Michaela Coel’s Iconic Variety Shoot

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Currently being hailed as a cultural reset, Michaela Coel’s iconic Variety Shoot has got the entire Fashion industry talking. Michaela Coel is one of six creative leaders in comedy honored for Variety‘s 2021 Power of Women.

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Ghanaian Stylist, Model, and Creative Director Nana Kwasi Wiafe was the brain behind the iconic shoot.

Nana Kwasi Wiafe is the Founder of VERY GHANAIAN, a travel lifestyle brand that’s reinforcing & inspiring patriotism, identity & love for  Ghana through storytelling and garments with a global appeal.

Nana is also the Creative Director of THOUARTKWASI, a styling brand that seeks to create high-end fashion editorial looks and aesthetics that reflect the stories of brands and individuals, and they ecently contributed to Beyoncé a ‘Black is King’ visual album.

Recognized for being a culture shifter and a great ambassador of the motherland, Nana Kwasi Wiafe in a post on Instagram broke down the creative process and ideation behind the shoot.

“When I had the email to style this project I knew this is the time have been waiting for, the time for a change, a time for us to tell our story,” Nana Kwasi Wiafe wrote.

“I came into the fashion industry to change things not knowing exactly how to do that, however, it was going to happen I had no idea, all I knew is I wanted to change the narrative and the way our stories are told and now here I am doing just that! changing the narrative, the narrative of us men always pushing our women to the back and pushing our Queens to the kitchen, yet these women always fight for us, these women always have our back. Black women, we are eternally grateful to you. we don’t say this enough but we appreciate you,” He added.

“With the theme of this issue being the power of women, I was inspired by two of the most powerful Queens. Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Queen of Ejisu, and Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, mother of Asantehene whose bravery and courage am reminded of by Michaela Coel, the same bravery it took to write & direct “I May Destroy You.“ I believe and highlighting the rot in our society so we can do better as a people. Here’s to us changing the narrative and telling our own stories in our own way.”

Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson, known professionally as Michaela Coel, is a British-Ghanaian actress, screenwriter, director, producer, and singer. Michaela Coel is the creator of the HBO drama series “I May Destroy You.”

She is best known for creating and starring in the E4 sitcom Chewing Gum (2015–2017), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance.

She is also known for her work in other Netflix productions, including guest starring in the series Black Mirror (2016–2017), starring as Kate Ashby in the series Black Earth Rising (2018) and Simone in the film Been So Long (2018).

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