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The year 2016 has been an impressive year in African beauty, a year when women of colour were truly appreciated and celebrated.   In light of this, we are sharing picks for ten of the most beautiful African celebrities in the globe, and they’ve made our list for many special reasons. These gorgeous women are on our top 10 not just because they have good looks, but because they are strong, successful, full of impact, yet possessing the vibe and qualities which every woman needs to own.

If you could pick your top 10 most beautiful female African celebrities, who would make the cut? What would be your criteria for beauty? Is it looks? Or is it something more than just what’s on the outside? This list includes African celebrities from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries.

So in no countdown or particular order, here are our top 10 Most beautiful African Celebrities of 2016. Enjoy!

  1. Liya Kebede

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The beautiful Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian model, born and raised in Addis Ababa. She is also a maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress. Forbes identified her as the eleventh-highest-paid top model in the world in 2007, and she has appeared three times on the cover of U.S. Vogue.

For more on Liya Kebede, visit Liya Kebede

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She is on our list for her natural and effortless beauty. She’s an epitome of a true African woman.

2. Lola Ojetola

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Lola Ojetola also known as LolaOJ is a popular British born entrepreneur and managing director of the lash extension brand “Blinx Lashes“.

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Lola has other talents which also includes writing, and is the beauty editor for Exquisite Magazine.

For more on Lola OJ, visit LOLA OJ

3. Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo

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Her demeanour is simply amazing. Boity Thulo is a South African actress, model and television presenter. Some of her roles on television include Mpho Bogatsu on TV series Rockville and Trisha on My Perfect Family. She co-hosted the SABC1 educational series The Media Career Guide Show in 2012 and Zoned in 2012.

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The amazing beautiful-talented Boity has appeared on several television shows including the Vuzu Show 10 Over 10,  dance show Turn It Out on SABC1 and presented the 19th Annual South African Music Awards.

For more on Boity, visit Boitumelo Thulo

4. Jackie Appiah

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Ebony beauty Ghanian actress, Jackie Appiah, is a Ghanaian actress known for her sultry and emotional roles in Ghollywood has received several awards and nominations, including the awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards; and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2007.

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We love her effortless beauty and gorgeous dark skin.

For more on Jackie, visit Jackie Appiah

5. Tiwa Savage

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She’s such a dark skinned beauty. Tiwatope Savage-Balogun, professionally called Tiwa Savage is a bilingual songstress currently signed to Mavin Records. Her talent has taken her far, home and abroad.

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With over 2 million followers on Instagram, the mother of one is still rocking the music scene and not looking to back down anytime soon. Her popular hit tracks include; “kele kele love”, “my darlin”, “Eminado”,  “Ife wa gbona”.

For more on Tiwa, visit Tiwa Savage 

6. Lupita Nyong’o

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Our Kenyan pick is the Girl who is forever taking the internet by storm with her fashion sense and headwrap which seems to be her latest trademark. She was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya. Lupita had her first film role as in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave in 2013 for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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She is officially the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.

For more on Lupita, visit Lupita Nyong’o

7. Yvonne Okoro

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Yvonne is a Ghanaian actress who is also well known for her God-given gift of beauty. Known for her remarkable performance, this queen of Ghallywood is one of the best actresses that Ghana has ever produced.

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Born of a Nigerian and a Ghanaian, she is a true reflection of African beauty.

For more on Yvonne, visit Yvonne Okoro

8. Flaviana Matata

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Flaviana Matata is a Tanzanian beauty queen and fashion model. Flaviana won the first edition of the Miss Universe Tanzania pageant in 2007, and went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant the same year, where she was placed among the top 15 semifinalists and ended up in 6th place after the evening gown competition.

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She is also the first contestant from Tanzania to compete at the Miss Universe with a shaved head and boy did she slay it.

For more on Flaviana, visit Flaviana Matata

9. Bonang Matheba 

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Queen bee made it to our list as always. Currently Africa’s most followed TV Personality, Bonang Matheba is a fashionable and beautiful television host, radio personality, and business woman from South Africa.

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She is most recognisable for having presented the popular SABC 1 music show Live Amp previously known as “Live“.

For more on Bonang, visit Bonang Matheba

10. Micaela Reis

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This list would be incomplete without the charming Micaela Patrícia Reis. For those who don’t know, she is an Angolan actress, TV Host, model and beauty queen who was a top 10 finalist at Miss Universe 2007 and placed first runner-up to Miss World 2007, becoming Miss World Africa.

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Don’t you just love her? She is indeed a true reflection of African beauty.

For more on Micaela, visit Micaela Reis

Again, If you could pick your top 10 most beautiful female African celebrities, who would make the cut? What would be your criteria for beauty? Is it looks? Or is it something more than just what’s on the outside? Please share with us in the comments.

Article written by Dami Alao
Edited by Arinze Nwokolo