Ovation is one of Africa’s most prominent celebrity and lifestyle magazines.
Published since 1996, the magazine was created in London while Nigerian journalist and editor Dele Momodu was living there in exile. Momodu is currently the CEO and publisher of Ovation International. Ovation is proud to be an African magazine for Africans. Its main mission is to reveal and celebrate a distinctive picture of Africa to the world, challenging the already tired negative images associated with the continent. On the cover of its first issue, the magazine portrayed Mohammed Al-Fayed, the renowned Egyptian billionaire owner of Harrods, the notable London department store. Along the years, with light prose and lofty images, the magazine has discovered and celebrated Africans in Africa and around the globe. In 2006, Ovation International launched the French version of the magazine, making it the only bilingual celebrity periodical in the continent to date. According to the magazine’s website, “this innovation was geared towards unifying the continent and helping to propagate the ideals of the founding fathers of the African Union.”