After a year of stunning achievements, critically acclaimed Nigerian singer and songwriter, Bez rocks the cover of Applause Africa’s December issue, joining a host of other inspirational, game-changing Africans in the first annual Applause ‘40 Under 40’ list.

Honouring innovators in fields as varied as media, fashion, entrepreneurship, and advocacy, the magazine officially debuts at the African Diaspora Awards on December 8 in New York. Bez will also perform alongside fellow honouree and Icon Award recipient, recording artist Angelique Kidjo. The fashion-forward five-page editorial was shot by photographer Remi Adetiba in New York.

The issue also honours 40 inspirational and accomplished Africans in industries ranging from entertainment Grammy-nominated duo Les NubiansGbenga Akinnagbe of The Wire and The Good Wife, media CNN and NY Times journalist Lola OgunnaikeTony Okungbowa of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, advocacy Saran Kaba Jones of FACEAfrica, SoleRebels founder Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, fashion model and former beauty queen Flaviana Matata, supermodels Liya Kebede and Oluchi Orlandi, and entrepreneurship Donald Osmund, CEO of Seedbearer Corp.

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