TBT: Remembering Why Tuface’s African Queen Is A Classic

Even if you were born years later and belong to the he generation Z, there is a 100% assurance in this writer’s heart that you’ve heard Tuface’s African Queen. And why wouldn’t you? It was a hit song in its prime and years after, it still remains a classic.


At the time the song was released, social media had not made it to the limelight, so there were no influencers to push the song and make it ‘blow’, yet this song was so good that it was featured as a soundtrack for the Hollywood movie, Phat Girlz, in 2006.

The song still finds its way to wedding songs played by DJs. Nigerians vibed and swayed to this song, which brought the country international recognition and earned Tuface a number of awards.

Here are 5 reasons why we stan this song and why for our throwback today, it is being evaluated.

1. Absence of objectification of women:

With the rise of social media, among a number of issues, the nakedness and nudity of a woman’s body have come to be viewed not as art, but as objects of sexual pleasure. This is exemplified in a number of music videos today.

However, with African Queen, Tuface did not seem to be aware of the narrative, as he rather showed women as beautiful creatures to be adored and who should be cared for. The video showed that women are more than vessels of sexual pleasure. The body-positivity and women empowerment was embedded all over the video.

2. Romance-laced lyrics.

At the prime of this song, as earlier noted, it was played at weddings and other such love themed event, because of the pure love and passion the lyrics show. These days, song lyrics are tilted towards how ‘I won to nack your body’, but this was pure love.

Just imagine someone referring to you as the partner of their dreams. It takes a lot of either a lacklustre attitude or a stone-cold heart to reject such an offering of love.

Read more: TBT: African Hairstyles From Back In The Days3. It promotes body positivity and confidence in one’s skin.

Before Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl, there was Tuface’s African Queen. And now this writer wonders if the song had been released during this age of social media, what challenge would it have birthed.

The song and the video simultaneously celebrated black and brown skin and encouraged women to be comfortable in their skin and never feel less of themselves, especially as having a white or lighter skin color was the order of the day then.

4. It subtly debated the notion that Africa was a dump hole.

5. It promoted African hairstyles. Kudos Tuface. You’ll forever remain a legend.2facePhoto Credit: Instagram

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