You know the old argument, how unkempt looking the natural hair is, how unprofessional, how it should not be rocked to the working place in its full glory. So I and my friend decided to put this little theory to test.
I went for a natural hair meet up on Saturday, NITC (Naturals In The City) 15. Although we started late and I could not get beeswax, it was lovely. We had three wonderful women as speakers.
I had this nice handmade cowrie necklace on some days ago and someone said to me, probably to save me from eternal damnation “Cowries are demonic, don’t use it”. I found the advise hilarious and wondered if the devil handcrafted the necklace or if the Hausa man who made it with leather and sold to me was the devil.
We all know what introvert and extrovert mean and most will agree they are distinct opposites of each other. According to psychology (Carl Jung), extroverts are gregarious, assertive, enthusiastic while introverts are reserved, reflective. Both traits, however, are not mutually exclusive but are a continuous single personality trait, meaning not everyone falls into the two distinct ends. Those who are in the middle are called ambivert.
The Ankara fabric is a versatile African fabric that can be rocked with any style. To create this shoe, the materials I used includes gum, Ankara fabric, a black rubber shoe, pen case, scissors and blade. I used a rubber shoe because I feel it is a better surface for the gum to bond the Ankara fabric than any other shoe material.
Thankfully, the natural hair community has evolved and we have lots of women deciding to proudly rock their God-given hair. However like with every community, there are myths, stereotypes surrounding our hair.
This year is almost over and I’m thankful I’m seeing its end. It was an amazing year for me and I achieved some milestones. I made new friends, connected with my old friends on a deeper level, became a blogger on African Naturals, wrote an amazing short story series Kamsi and started another titled Of Dreams and Colours, got much more blog views, had one of the best birthday party, loved myself more, let go of negative energy and I started reading a chapter of the Bible for each day.
On the 8th of September, I clocked twenty-one. Since I started my blog, I have never written a birthday post, but I’m doing now because my 21st is pretty special to me. First, I’m alive, healthy, happy, joyful, loved. Second I can finally call myself a woman without feeling too young and yes, I danced to Beyonce’s Grown Woman. I represented all my favourite colours; black, green and purple. And everything I felt was important to me, like my hair. All my friends wore black for my birthday dinner. My bestie made a video presentation of memories and pictures of me and our friends.
I was lucky to be invited to the maiden edition of TEDxUnilag. I applied on the website to attend, my application was successful and I was sent a text message and E-mail. TED is an acronym for technology, entertainment and design which it started with but TED also captures from Art to Business to Global Issues. TED features exceptional people who are doing great things to talk about their life, ideas worth spreading and to inspire others. TED started in 1984 and speakers include Chimamanda Adichie, Chris Abani, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, James Cameron (director of Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator), Billy Graham, Thandie Newton. TEDx is an independently organized TED event done in local communities because not everyone can attend the global conference.
This is the first post on my blog and I’m excited about it! I was born in Lagos, Nigeria to an Igbo father and Yoruba mother. I’m very proud of my heritage, as only a few people in this world can boast of having the rich genes of the Igbo and Yoruba people in one body. I like to describe myself as an ambivert since I don’t fit in either category of extrovert or introvert.