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London to Lagos – Part 2 #traveldiaries

It has been so awesome and rewarding to get such great feedback from my blog post on flying Arik Air! Honestly, when I was considering (or shall I say reconsidering) flying with the airline, I really hoped to see more personal reviews and experiences online. So I wrote that post wishing it would be seen and of some use! So far, I know three people who have flown with Ark Air. Phenomenal right? and five in total who have considered it… so Arik Air you should come pay me – Ehn! look at all this promotion I’m doing for you now?!

Anyway, if it wasn’t obvious enough, I flew Arik on my last flight to Lagos. I primarily travelled there to attend my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. I had to land with one day to get my dress fitted and made, and then travel up to Ibadan for the ceremony. Funny how things in Africa move so fast and yet so slow at the same time. 

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Afro Pop + Euro House ÷ The future = Anbuley

I’m feeling over excited today, primarily because it’s Friday, further fuelled by the fact I have African dance class later!

I’ve been meaning to share Anbuley with you! She’s like my African Kelis, love her. Anbuley is born of Ghanaian and Austrian herigage and raised in Vienna, having grown up in Europe, her submergence into the Pan-African music scene music became her refuge of home.

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Haircuts of Hackney- The remix feat. ManBun & Queensbridge Quiff

This is a book that I don’t need, but I absolutely want! Haircuts of Hackney, illustrated by Daniel Frost is a playful encyclopaedia of Hipster Hairdos you will find in North East London and Hillsong Church.

This quirky and colourful book folds out to show 35 paintings of the backs of Hackney heads. From the all-too-common Man Bun and Moptop to the less-sighted Well Street Waterfall and Queensbridge Quiff.

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Ivory Coast, West Africa → Photography by Moustafa Cheaiteli @mcheaiteli

Photography by Moustafa Cheaiteli

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Introducing Letters from Africa, a special gift to lovers of African literature and digital media

I’m so excited to share Letters from Africa, a brilliant concept for anyone who loves African literature and digital media. Letters from Africa is about life as it is really lived in Africa’s thriving metropolises, piercing the often hysterical headlines from western commentators.

Right now, I’m reading Lagos in 10 links, by Tolu Ogunlesi who offers ten different ways in to the megacity that is Lagos. It’s so good!

Multimedia extra content will include photo diaries, Q&A videos, guest posts on tech industry and must-read literature, and a round-up of the best music from around the continent.

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This week is South Africa Menswear #FashionWeek @samenswearweek #SAMW

This week is South Africa’s Menswear Fashion Week #SAMW, a collaboration between city of Cape Town and Cape Town Fashion Council, showcasing 24 of Africa’s leading designers for the country’s first ever Fashion Week dedicated exclusively to menswear.

The goal of #SAMW is to be the leading platform for innovation, trends, production whilst building credibility for the platform that will enable designers to grow their businesses.

SAMW is clearly modelled heavily on the world’s leading platform, London Collections: Men, #SAMW  will aim to eventually see leading SA designers showcase in London, both as a drive to build exports and bring awareness of these brands in South Africa.

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Getting that ROLEX right! #Uganda #Food Photography by @namuganyi

A piece of advise I gave you after my latest road trip through Uganda last year was to eat a Rolex! I quote:

* Eat a Rolex. A Rolex is an filled burrito looking snack, usually filled with egg. Obviously tastier than the timepiece.

Post: Latest from Uganda: “On the road”- Part One- April/14

Awesome to see lifestyle photographer Namuganyi Photographer capture a local food stall in Kampala town getting his Rolex on.

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Notting Hill Carnival and my summer personality #Barbados @NewLookFashion

In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival this bank holiday weekend, I’m getting fully prepared to indulge in the fun, food and fashion surrounding Europe’s largest street party.

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Njideka Akunyili | The Beautiful Ones [the alternative take] #culture #AfricanArt

“It was a layering of multiple interests. Obviously my love for Nigeria where I was born, my love for my life here, my love for my husband.. and just try to figure out a way the two kinda exist in a harmonious way.”

“I think of my work as capturing the very ordinary. Just normal.. everyday stuff. I think there is something beautiful and powerful in the things that happen daily. Intimate situations.. sensual situations.. these [situations] people don’t get to see. I think there is a beauty in that I’m very attracted to.. that I try to get out.”

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Rochelle Brock is FATLEOPARD #photography

Rochelle Brock is a 19 year old Life style & Fashion Photographer Currently Residing in brooklyn NYC. Creator and Owner of Fatleopard Photography

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Harar Ethiopia by Georges Courreges #photography #Ethiopia

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Da Roncica 2 @sangobeats ‘A bassline as big as RnB would allow and hip hop would be proud of’

It’s Saturday and a generous 24 degrees in Nottingham, and as my mind goes back to thoughts of last years Toro Y Moi theme-tuned-summer; I have that feeling that we all live for, that anticipation of sun-filled frolics, rooftop BBQ’s and cider, lots and lots of cider.

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The new official UK trailer for Half of a Yellow Sun

Here is the newly released official UK trailer for the upcoming  film Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the award-winning best seller by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Release date, April 11th 2014

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Lupita Nyong’o and thoughts on blackness in a digital and global age #lupitalove #LupitaNyongo

I have an unsurprising confession to share with you…

I have a major girl crush, on Lupita Nyong’o… in a way I’ve never felt for another female celebrity before. But as my feelings of admiration and adoration runs deep, it would seem so does almost every other woman in the world right now.

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2014, a revolutionary year for the Pan-African collective

Things to give in 2014:

Creativity, Substance, Culture, Depth, Passion, Inspiration, Honesty, Hope, Satisfaction, Raw Truths,

A heart-felt welcome to my readers as you settle into a New Year. I trust the majority of you are sufficiently overweight from all your end-of-year indulgences, and excited for what will be a revolutionary year for the Pam-African collective.

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There is a special place in hell for women that don’t help other women #women #leadership

This week ate char sui bun for the first time, a fluffy white bun encased in honey barbecued pork, at one of London’s popular Dim Sum restaurant Ping Pong. The edible adventure was part of an evening out with friends, and fellow bloggers who came together to most importantly exchange secret Santa gifts, and catch up on the past year, paying homage to our professional and personal developments this year.

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Immigration caps and my thoughts on going back…


Since starting this blog, I’m frequently asked to contribute to academic research, giving my thoughts on the development of the African diaspora in the West. It’s not new to me, and I quite enjoy it. I’m often asked questions about my work that I hadn’t even asked myself.

I had an interesting conversation recently with Barbara Hauer, an MA student of Communication for Development at Malmoe University, Sweden. Barbara’s degree project on New Media focuses on blogs, in the context of (mis) representations of Africa and Africans in Western media (and minds).

We briefly touched upon belonging and the term Afropean, which primarily relates to Africans living in Europe, in addition to Europeans living in Africa. We moved on to discuss nostalgia, and whether it’s the physical detachment from our home nation that drives people like me to proactively promote our culture overseas, maybe more forcefully than I would if I were living in Uganda where I was born.

As I wasn’t raised in Uganda, I will never really know the answer to that question; but, I do believe that my efforts to promote and support the development of Africa are in vain if they will only ever be from what is, admittedly, an outside perspective.

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The limits of my language means the limits of my world

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“For practical reasons, unpublished work and work in other languages is not eligible”

The Caine Prize  “Submissions must be in English” Golden Boabab Prize

Yesterday, I watched and blogged about Kenyan author, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, who made made a valid point on BBC HARDtalk that although the prizes to African literary writers is increasing, there is something wrong about the fact that the majority of prizes for African literature only considers books written in English. 

I agree that this is a problem and responded:

” I believe there African writers should not be limited to any language, be it their native tongue, English or any other; but by restricting writers to express themselves in their local narrative closes doors to credible talent, limiting opportunities  to receive wider recognition and entry and influence into the global market. By allowing these restrictions we are at risk of contributing to the expansion of the English language (and culture) at the detriment of our own.”

My muse and culture confidant (@oladele_olafuyi) and I pondered this over pancakes yesterday. His view was that despite being sadly aware thousands of African languages are under threat, how can we realistically expect and/or help judges awarding prizes to African writers to standardise the selection process if stories are submitted in Africa’s numerous local languages? Are the resources available, and if not how can we generate such resource?

I did my best to guess my way around a solution, but I struggled…

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African fashion is no longer being influenced, it’s now the influence

AFWL 2013 Fittings Day 1 at Grange City Hotel

“The fact that a gap is being filled and AFWL has a positive effect on the African designers in creating a platform that will give the right promotion to every aspect of the African fashion industry, on the global scene. That will enable designers, fabric makers, models, dealers, everyone that’s involved in African fashion to have a reason to be happy with what they are doing because they are getting the right recognition. I get motivated by the fact that I have to succeed in whatever I do.”

Ronke Ademiluyi for Black Hair and Beauty Magazine.

Today is the first day of AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON #AFWL. This year’s event is set to see 100 designers on the runway and over 100 exhibitors spread across the Brewery’s large indoor space, set to be on of Europe’s largest African and African-inspired fashion events. The growth, not only in sales but in recognition of African design, designers and the African inspired aesthetic has gone from strength to strength.

For too long the road to market for designers and leaders in contemporary African, has been narrow and unsupported by mainstream retailers, distributors.  However, thanks to the likes of AFWL, and innovative designers, editors, bloggers and influencers; African fashion and design is creating it’s own mainstream, setting it’s own standards, opening it’s own doors and is no longer being influenced, but is now the influence.

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Style Inspiration #322- Burkina Faso and Mali


Actors from Burkina Faso and Mali perform a scene from the play Et Si Je Les Tuais Tous Madame? in Avignon during the 67th International Theatre festival. Burkina Faso’s Aristide Tarnagda wrote and directed the play.


Aluna Francis from @AlunaGeorge rocking a full Diesel Black Gold from DBG SS13 @Diesel_UK


Loving Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge rocking a full Diesel Black Gold from DBG SS13, whilst on stage performing current single “White Noise” at last weekends Glastonbury Festival.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow to see AlunaGeorge in Nottingham Rock City in October. I’ll be there, obvs ;-)

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#BlackWhiteDiary… An introduction


“Compared to colorful designs where catchy colors help the design to stand out, in black-and-white designs the ability to stand out depends only on its ability to communicate rather than on its appealing visual presentation.”

Smashing Magazine

Throughout July I will be running a Black and White photo diary . I like to live by the philosophy that less is more; and the beautiful thing about black and white images is that often my taking away colour, you often give more to the reader. There is something so in depth about desaturating an image. You can check out all the images from my Black+White diary this month by following the hashtag #blackwhitediary on Instagram, Twitter and by clicking in the menu butt

on at the top of the page.

I thought I would start of by sharing some of my recent inspirations…


Unfortunately, the photographer is unknown. The photo seems to be taken at exact the right moment from exactly the right angle with a perfect lighting. Black and white can be powerful as well.

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Bonnie Greer- Making A Case For Culture

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Last Monday, Bonnie Greer moved me.

She took me to a place outside myself and I renewed my vows…and my love for culture

How can you love what you do not value?

How can you value, what you will not fight for?

A culture and lifestyle blog

Is fuelled by feelings of the heart

The desire for self-expression

The richest form of expression, in or out of a recession

Last Monday, Bonnie Greer moved me

And I renewed my respect for culture.

Last Monday, Bonnie Greer, the author, playwright and cultural commentator held a talk at London’s Tate Modern addressing the links between health and creativity. Particularly the ways in which the arts can challenge health inequalities can bring about change in society.

Prior to the event I didn’t know a great deal about Bonnie Greer, I was aware of her presence as a storyteller, but unaware of her efforts in championing the preservation of culture and the culture industry in the UK. Her personal account on how culture (particularly Shakespeare) saved her life moved me, partly because she was so open and unpretentious when talking about her past; and also because blogging to, has saved me in many ways.

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London Creativity and Wellbeing Week- Day 1- @Bonnie_Greer @LAHFArtsHealth

Celebrating it’s second year, the London’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week kicks off today in the hope of shining a light on all the different ways that the arts help and improve the health of Londoners.

There is a growing body of evidence indicating the profound effect engagement in the arts and creativity can have on health and wellbeing. The arts bring us alive, nourish our curiosity, help us learn – they change the places in which we are treated – and make them places we might want to be, they can improve the relationship between clinician and patient, and they give us the courage to face our own frailties and strengths.With debates and discussions, performances and exhibitions, tours and practical sessions, the Week is an opportunity to find out more, make connections, be inspired, and shape the future of arts, creativity and wellbeing.

Day 1- Art and wellbeing with Bonnie Greer

To mark the first day of London’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week, I’ll be attending Bonnie Greer’s lecture on arts and wellbeing, taking place at the London’s Tate Modern tonight.


Bonnie Greer is an author, playwright and cultural commentator. Her lecture aims to look at the links between health and creativity and particularly the ways in which the arts can challenge health inequalities and bring about change in society. 

Interested? You can buy your tickets from the Tate Modern website  (£12/£8) If you can’t make it tonight, but would like to get involved with London’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week you can  see the 2013 programme of events here.  

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POP IDOL- Zoe’s @GhanaKitchen; the best in African pop-up cuisine

London has a personality and style of its own- from grand to edgy, modern to heritage and urban to shabby chic.

It’s impossible to define the vast, sprawling, living, breathing entity that is London city, but there is an unmistaken essence that can be identified through the radar of places it hosts. from shops, street markets, corner pubs, local restaurants and my recent favourite…

…pop-up restaurants.

Pop up restaurants have increased in popularity across the city, with their fluidity, exclusivity and intimate settings, coupled with an element of punk rebellion. Typically only available for a few nights, weeks or months, these nifty eateries provide a fantastic platform for visionary chefs and entrepreneurs to gain exposure and build a following alongside aspiring or professional chefs in a free-range fashion.


Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is a perfect example of a pop up restaurant that share’s London’s diversity, eccentricity, quirkiness and independence of spirit.

The temporary dinning event and catering services merges its Ghanaian roots with a contemporary dining experience, that I would co-sign in saying is home spun, home cooked, always fun, relaxed and always tasty!

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