I am really excited to share this extraordinary African editorial published now in Nubian Bride. When Mwai of Love From Mwai asks me to work on a project, I know it will be something bold, different and most important of all, meaningful. The inspiration for the shoot was the ground-breaking film, Black Panther, which become a symbol of pride, justice and hope for many communities.
Mwai Yeboah: ‘As a Zambian woman and three-time cancer survivor, I can’t begin to tell you the impact @chadwickboseman death had on me. The story of wanting to leave a legacy while battling a disease that often makes the smallest tasks a challenge—of wanting to uplift Africa and its diverse countries in the eyes of the world through your work—was one that resonated deeply with me.
After his passing, I found myself watching Black Panther over and over—and was constantly reminded how proud that film made people of African descent. Our accents were suddenly understood, our diversity suddenly embraced, and our distinct cultures were showcased in a meaningful way—I wanted to continue to share that pride through my own work in a way that encouraged others to find pride in their roots and to embrace Africa and all of its wonders.
So, in December of last year, my team and I travelled to Victoria Falls to reimagine iconic Black Panther scenes as wedding scenes—with bridal looks and images inspired by the African landscape and the unity of African people. We gathered 40 tribesmen and women and worked only with local artisans to create the accessories for each beautiful look. We worked diligently to ensure that what we created was authentic and true to Africa—and that it embodied the spirit, vibrancy, soul, and luxury you’ll find running deep across this diverse continent.’
You can see more of my favourite images here: African story of Love
Creative Direction and Planning: @lovefrommwai @lovefrommwai_expereinces | Photographer: @stepanvrzalaphoto | Assistant Photographer: @evatarnok | Project management: @lonahshawa | Florist: @fg_floral_design | Flowers: @yourlondonflorist | Styling: @thetimelessstylist | Cupcakes: @houseofcakeszambia2018 | Cake: @monanniecakes | Female model: @lonahshawa | Male model: @Jacobmwape | Rentals: @urbanedesiigns | Stationery: @roseyandcostudios | Model’s dress: Dodowear | Video: @madetoreminisce | Entertainment: The Livingstone assemble group