The date is July 12 2014, the venue is Ayva center, Houston Texas. Triple MG a.k.a Iyanya, Emma Nyra (its first lady), Tekno Miles—rising African music star, hit maker - Dance. Pleasantly surprised to learn about the young man that made the song anthem of 2014.
Rekana Sharon Ojong is the brain behind D.E.E.V.A.S—Different, Elegant, Eclectic, Versatile, Ambitious, Sassy. As Creative director, she believes every individual woman represents one of these attributes and it drives her creativity. "Be You" campaign is open to creative minds and collaborators, individuals with talent looking for an outlet. Nigeria is brewing with much talent but not enough creative outlet. There an individual is concerned with survival and not living their best life. Even the creatives have additional challenges compared to the rest of the world. In Nigeria, there are lots taken for granted in the Western world yet to be attained in the country. The issue of unreliable power supply continue so pervasive and entrenched, it can be considered the culture there. To a lot of us who can relate to our homeland and the outside world, we know how vital something as simple as having electricity is. Along with that is another developing infrastructure—the internet. This now vital commodity, easily accessible in most parts of the world can as well be considered a luxury in Nigeria, not everyone can afford it. For those that can, they can't rely on a strong network signal. So if you're doing business in Nigeria, these are factors to consider.
Sharon is pioneering individual creativity, helping to develop a culture that nurtures passion and dreams until it's fruition. She kick starts Be You campaign in 2014 and with plans to make it seasonal. This season showcases some young women that are creatives in their own right, among the people to watch. Collaborators and partners are welcome. This is a chance to show another facet of Nigeria on a global scale.
An interesting video on Black hair in the workplace. What's your experience as a Black woman with natural hair in a cooperate environment? I could write a book about it. The corporate world is yet to embrace us. I get "I looove your hair, but it's just not appropriate..."
What defines "Appropriate hair?" Is there a standard definition, or is there a standard, one that us black women have been made to abide by?
Black hair in Western society has long been a political movement. This movement is far from over. The world is yet to embrace the marvelous, luscious, big, and curly manes that is naturally bestowed upon us. Kinky hair is here to stay.
From the stables of Street corner films comes ''Pound of Flesh'', another effort by Nkem DenChukwu.This woman is constantly hard at work, I'm so proud of her. Director is Don Okolo. Keep it here for exclusive details of this movie. Premiers August 23.
Snowball is what happens, they say when you live your life—I mean, the life you're meant to live. I decided to do what ever it is to be me. Somehow, I've combined my different loves into a career path. Funny, none of this is planned. I wouldn't have thought five years ago, that I'll be living my best life, let alone, writing about it.
What a fabulous opportunity to be featured on TV! On Spice TV Africa that is. I had a great time working with Spice TV Africa, bringing my motherland Spice Most sought after photographers. Episode originally aired on June 6th. Spice Most is an official countdown in everything fashion, pop culture and style and you can catch an episode on Spice TV Africa, on Africa's DSTV Channel 192, Fridays at 2. Notable photographers highlighted (not all inclusive) were Obi Somto, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Hakeem Salaam, Seyi Isikalu, Emeka Okereke, Ty Bello.