Just as the saying goes: “It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, what matters is how many times you get back up.” One of the most rewarding things that has happened to me during my career at Zen is being able to affect people’s lives positively. So many times, I have been approached, sent messages on social media by readers to say how much they admire the work we do here, with many noting that Zen Magazine illustrates the beauty of African fashion, and not simply about the prints. Our November cover star is a very talented Nollywood actress who hails from the Idoma speaking area of Benue State in Nigeria. A lover of languages, she speaks and writes English, French, Hausa, Idoma, Spanish and Yoruba, fluently.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from TIME Universite Tunis in Tunisia and an MBA training from Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. One of the stars in Africa Magic‘s new hit TV series ‘Hush’, Meg Otanwa looks smoking hot on our November cover.

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Before acting, Meg used to work at African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia. She worked in the bank for several years before moving back to Nigeria to pursue a career in acting. Making her debut for the magazine, Meg wears a material from her late mother on the cover, along with accessories from Raya Jewelry, while inside the issue she talks candidly about her rise in the movie industry, the actors who inspire her, her favourite African designers, favourite food, on acting on HUSH, and so much more details that have never been published online.

“Each role brings its own individual challenge,” Meg shares with our editor, Arinze Nwokolo. “I love playing different characters as it allows me to be more than myself and express myself.” Check out more of Meg’s exclusive interview with us this month, on our website from November 25th! 

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In our hottest fashion issue of the year so far, we have some of the most stunning red carpet dresses from African designers you will see anywhere online and some of the best beauty products. We also have a great article on the top 10 Most followed African models on Social media. Yes, the list includes power names like Maria Borges, Liya Kebede, Candice Swanepoeland Nykhor Paul. With a few fresh names, like Amilna Estevao and Mayowa Nicholas. The 8th edition of the Exquisite Ladies of the Year (ELOY) Award is set to take place on the 27th of November, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos this November. It’s one of our favourite shows of the year because it acts as a platform that brings together some of the most talented, inspirational, hardworking, and successful women in the industry. Our cover star, MEG OTANWA is nominated this year in the best TV Actress category alongside Ruth Kadiri, Toyin Aimakhu, Okawa Shaznay, Juliana Olayode and Iyabo Ojo. As always we welcome your comments and views on our cover look. Which stories are you looking forward to reading this month? What do you think of Meg’s look on the cover? Too simple or just right? We would love to read your comments below.

Photo Credits
Photography: Nehroo
Styling and Make up: Muhera Fashion & Beauty
Accessories: Raya Jewelry
Hair by Fabulocks

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