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Naomi Campbell goes green in Nigeria to help promote Africa

July 12, 2008
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With a small spade in her hand, British supermodel Naomi Campbell showed off her horticultural skills as she helped to get a new green initiative underway in Nigeria this week.

Teaming up with British designer Oswald Boateng, Naomi planted a tree in the African republic's capital city of Abuja. The scheme aims to plant a tree for each child born in the area to help turn the city "green" and combat climate change.

"I am very, very happy to be in Nigeria," she said. "Africa is a very rich country … we should show the world Africa is rising in a positive way."

And the 38-year-old beauty revealed this was not the first time she has got her hands dirty in the garden. Speaking of her adopted father figure, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, she said: "My dad has a place in Jamaica called Golden Eye and we have had trees from many people, including River Phoenix, Kate Moss and Bono."

The London-born beauty was just one of the famous faces in the region this week. Stars including Jay-Z, Usher and songstress Rihanna flew to the country to perform at the THISDAY Music and Fashion festival, which promotes the continent's finest in both fields.

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The British supermodel showed she is not afraid of getting her nails dirty to help others Photo: © Getty Images y
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Naomi teamed up with British fashion designer Oswald Boateng for the event, which was part of a celebration of Africa Photo: © Getty Images

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