#WETHEWOMEN : WHAT WINNIE MANDELA TAUGHT ME

 

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Support is such an interesting and challenging concept in today’s world. Most times, if not always, it’s measured by what you stand to physically gain or receive back for advocating a specific belief, person or happening. Enter social media and you’ve got an influx of influencers that aren’t really celebrities but also aren’t really just peoples like you and I and you’ve got a heavy mix of competing brands/start-ups and initiatives sharing advocates and seeming frivolous in their attempt to convince us why we should buy into their mission.

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Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing the strides social media has made in changing the way we think, act and associate with people and brands. My only problem is when the advocating becomes too sporadic and just feels like, well, traditional advertising. Anyway, my point is, you can totally buy support but what happens to genuine believing? Genuine giving of oneself to things that you really believe work and can change the lives of people?

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There have been so many renditions, odes, celebrations and activities dedicated to Winnie Mandela. And I could go on forever about why she’s been so pinnacle in South Africa’s freedom as well as what she stood for in light of the history of South Africa but I’d rather look to her impact. And although some of these executions have been criticized as being inaccurate and/or failing to catch her true essence, the point is that people want to recognize her. They want to acknowledge her for who she is and the impact she made during the Apartheid era and for that, she should feel honored.

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As an activist and politician, she has represented so much more than the freedom of a people. She has represented true strength and unwavering support for the cause. Support for her late ex-husband, Nelson Mandela, by being his public face for the 27 years he was imprisoned and for leading the women she of the African National Congress’ Woman’s League. And today, she silently continues with her advocacy still. You see sometimes, you don’t have to be the loudest and proudest in the room. You don’t have to be at the forefront to impact lives. You can create impact just by being there. By standing up. By saying ‘yes’. There needs to be a certain number of people that will stand behind the visionaries in order to make their visions a reality. And mind you, these roles are interchangeable because you are whatever your destiny requires you to be. As women, we need to learn to follow our hearts and work diligently to bring our ideas successfully into reality. And once we’ve done that, support each other in the different ways and efforts that we can. There’s enough room for all of us to win.

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Then there’s that saying, “Wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo” which has resonated through the years with women in South Africa — for those of you who don’t know the meaning, quite simply it says, “When you strike a woman, you strike a rock.” We are a force to be reckoned with. We possess a quiet strength that is revealed when evil ways begin to lay blame on us. Our gentle nature and emotions don’t make us weaker or less inferior but rather keep us humane.

“Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.” – Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

We are the new liberation.

We The Women – celebrating three ‘Iconic Women’ and what their boldness has meant for us as young African women.

In collaboration with DiaryOfARadBlackWoman

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Outfit Details – available at Edgars (Sandton City)

Cameo V-Neck T-Shirt – SissyBoy at Edgars (Sandton City)
Cameo Leggings – SissyBoy at Edgars (Sandton City)
Military Green Parker Jacket – SissyBoy at Edgars (Sandton City)
Satin Cap – Kelso at Edgars (Sandton City)
Shoes – model’s own

 

 

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#WETHEWOMEN : WHAT SADE ADU TAUGHT ME

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“Move in a space with minimum waste and maximum joy.” – Folasade Adu

The world today is filled with so much noise. So many, “Do you know who I am(s)” and “I sit on the board of(s)..”. Life and people are intense. Everyone is important and deserves a seat. Everyone is chasing a dream and everybody wants to be somebody. I think it’s exciting — especially in Africa — because it proves that the opportunity to dream and the concept of success is afforded for everyone. And I don’t believe we were all put on this earth to be second rate anythings. Our uniqueness has been made available to us from birth for a reason and that in itself should be enough to keep us moving. Moving unbothered by the noise.

As women in these exciting times, we tend to complicate a lot of things and processes. We over analyze, over think and sometimes turn into these over bearing creatures that people — including other women — try to avoid. A lot of the times, we get caught up in what the world has to say. We get easily thrown off by what is expected of us and concern ourselves with things that have nothing to do with who we essentially are. It’s tricky because we are emotionally attached to our expression and find it difficult when it is not received well. All the while forgetting that most people — here I mean Africans — struggle with change or individuals that represent change and/or difference. So, in light of all of this, it’s kind of a no brainer that we’d look to Sade Adu as a great example of uncomplicated truth.

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Simple. Classic. True. The three words that come to mind when I think on this timeless women. She has a purpose driven approach to life. A kind of, ” If it doesn’t feel right, I’m not about it” attitude. Its an approach, I believe we as women, are innately great at and should actively partake in everyday. Personally, I’ve done this my whole life and although it requires patience and careful comprehension of one’s self, the result in the end is so much more fulfilling. You waste less time thinking about what makes sense and more time learning how to deliver wholly as yourself. And this eventually transcends into your style. I always get people telling me that I dress so well, it must take me forever to get ready and I tell them that it’s actually the quickest process for me. Getting dressed and shopping are the easiest processes in my life because I know who I am, I know what I like and I’m not trying to look like everybody else. And when I look at Sadé’s style, somehow, it resonates with this very way of living. Sultry lips, hair loose and flowy or in a sleek ponytail, strong brows, a singular coloured outfit and nothing more than a dainty necklace or statement earrings with elegant shoes to complete the look and people find her style immensely effortless. And that’s exactly what it is, effortless.

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Although we are worlds apart, I’ve learnt a simple boldness from this Nigerian-British, ‘King of Sorrow’ songstress. For decades she has seduced the world over not by garnishing her already distinct beauty but by realizing her purpose and letting that be the driver of her expression in all its facets. She does not detour from this reasoning and rejects anything that distracts from this mission. She has never been about the spotlight unless it involved her, her mic and the band (Sade). The mystery of who she is outside of her music has kept people in awe of her. She’s inaccessible and that’s exactly the way she wants it.

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Life is not complicated. We allow it to be complicated by either absorbing processes that don’t resonate with who we are or concerning ourselves with the thoughts and options of other people. I’m not saying we must exist as if the next person and their opinion is inferior, wrong or doesn’t exist because that wouldn’t be acknowledging reality — plus I HATE RUDE people — but rather live boldly understanding our purpose and what we mean to give to the world.

And sometimes, that’s why I feel, “I’m (definitely) not anti-fashion, but I’ve always had a bit of a punk attitude. That’s important, I think. I do my own thing.” -Folasade Adu

We The Women – celebrating three ‘Iconic Women’ and what their boldness has meant for us as young African women.

In collaboration with DiaryOfARadBlackWoman

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Outfit Details – available at Edgars (Sandton City)

  • Denim Shirt – Levis at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Wripped Jeans – Levis at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Scarf – Jo Borkett at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Hoops – Kelso at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Shoes – model’s own

#WeTheWomen : What Frida Kahlo taught me

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“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo

It’s so funny to think that when we were younger, we couldn’t wait to be older. In our heads, we believed we would have it all figured out and life would be smooth sailing, meanwhile.. life had other plans. More and more I see the daily contention people have with their identities play out in confusing, violent, awkward and sometimes beautiful scenarios. In a world that is constantly and rapidly changing, our biggest struggle as human beings, is identity.

 

 

As women in Africa, culturally we are taught to be demure, nurturing and gentle people. Which is not all bad but it gets tricky if you’re lucky enough to go to school and be taught independence, tenacity and expression. Now you think to yourself, “Great I have a mix of both!” But when it comes to actioning this seemingly win-win situation, you sometimes fall short of comprehension and find yourself bouncing from profile to profile much like you would with style, moving from one look to the next.

 

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Enter Frida. A fiery spirit that exercised her individuality daily. Although I think she was born with most of the passion that carried her till her death, having dealt with depths of struggle from a very young age, she quickly — though imposed — recognized the value in spending time with herself and used it as a time to foster her boldness. She wanted to stand out, she wanted to be an individual. She was a woman with thoughts and feelings and a lot of — excuse my French — **** to say! She used her appearance as a driver to go against the grain and create talkability amongst the Mexican conformists, conservatives and elite. Making her appearance, essentially, a political statement. Where even at one stage, she dressed like a boy with shaved hair, pants, boots, and a leather jacket. Posing for a family photo in a man’s suit and during her time in the Communist Party, favoring workman’s shirts and a-line skirts. It was her way of consistently protesting against the then norms of society in Mexico, showing the people — specifically women — that there’s nothing wrong with expressing and shining as an individual. As a bright colour.

 

 

She had a love for vivid colours, decorative patterns, elaborate textures and materials. Not forgetting those dramatically lovable head pieces and of course her statement unibrow. All this culminated to stand for so much more than the Mexican revolution. Today, we as women, can look to Frida as a strong symbol of expressionism in all it’s facets. Not only referencing her impact from a visual aspect, but recognizing the strength she pulled from pain. Michael Bernard Beckwith said it best when he said, “We are pushed by pain until we are pulled by vision.” Do not avoid or reject pain. Embrace it and allow the adversity to groom you.

Believe me, “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo

We The Women – celebrating three ‘Iconic Women’ and what their boldness has meant for us as young African women.

In collaboration with DiaryOfARadBlackWoman

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Outfit Details – available at Edgars (Sandton City)

  • Top – Jo Borkett at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Skirt – Jo Borkett at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Scarf – Jo Borkett at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Earings – Kelso at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Statement Neckpiece – Kelso at Edgars (Sandton City)
  • Flower Crown – model’s own
  • Shoes – model’s own

‘End of Summer’ Brunch with G.H Mumm

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In an effort to explore and be part of more suave, swanky and – if I may say – socially stimulating events, my good friend, Kiwi and I made a decision to actively source activities that spoke to these concerns and also allowed us to experience Jo’burg differently. You see the thing with us is, we aren’t fussy. We love to explore and experience different things and people. We easily adjust to most settings and we really enjoy the prospect of engaging new people and new spaces. Nonetheless, we got invited by a friend to one such event over the public holiday – ‘Human Rights Day'(South Africa). Although, you know how it goes at first, you see a message about an event or party & think, “Please not the club!” But after a little probing, we opened up that faithful message and boy were we glad we did.

You see the problem I find with events – in Jo’burg specifically – is that everything is either centered around the club & club mentality or whether your status has afforded you exclusive invites to high end events. Yes, there are the few reputable markets and sundowner spots to feed that ‘just wanna hang out’ feeling and don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s a ball to go out and be ‘wild & free’ or be graced with entrance into a VIP soireé. But personally, I really just want to go to a beautiful place on a beautiful day, meet beautiful people and not have to feel the hustle & bustle to do it. Naturally, we’ve grown accustomed to this lifestyle and it’s kind of embedded in our DNA but once in a while, we remember how simple our recreational needs are and crave the simplicity that a casual hangout at a friend’s place would bring us – no, we don’t want to hang out at our friend’s places all the time!

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‘End of Summer Brunch’ with G.H Mumm was exactly this. Hosted by Upscale Concepts at Agog Gallery in Maboneng it was a sunny day that was greeted by a healthy mix of creatives, hipsters and corporate 9-5ers in an intimate yet open environment. The journey to the final pit stop took event-goers from champagne as the welcome drink, up the stairs through to two exhibition areas and then, you eventually got to the top and were greeted with a vibey energy, a rustic view of downtown Johannesburg and an official picture-taking area as you made your way to your chosen seating.

A few leather items by Urban Mosadi (shoes) and Maioun (bags) were made available for purchase whilst you mingled with guests and settled into the day. Brunch was served tapas style from sumptuous oysters to cherry tomatoe & avo bruschettas; salmon was naturally included on the menu and then for something a little more filling, wraps with a side of hand-cut fries.

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For drinks, we had an array of choices from non-alcoholic to specialized cocktails but in light of the holiday, most of us chose the right to order bubbly. The DJ kept the easy jams flowing, the photographer captured warm moments between friends and the hosts Zepoo & Katlego made sure their guests felt right at home.

Naturally, owing to the theme, ladies and gents arrived in their summer best. Whether demure and played down; fun and flirty or laid back and suave, summer was beaming through all the colours, tones & textures that walked into the artisan space.

Needless to say, there was nothing laid back or played down about our style choices for the day. One might even say we should’ve attended the Met in those numbers but really, we just wanted to play dress-up and have fun.

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Being as warm as the sun and as chilled as the champagne. We had found ourselves at an event that was a cool combination of plush meets laid back.

Well done to the team at Upscale! I look forward to many more of your events!

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Outfit Details:

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Dress : BluChic

Sunglasses : TopShop

Heels : Glamorous (Superbalist)

Bag : Mango

Hair : Lajawi

‘New Year, Grown Me’

So, the new year has started. Everyone is amped, with a couple of new year’s resolutions to work towards. And I’m just here with ‘new life’ resolutions.

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If there’s one thing I took from 2016, it’s that how you approach life & it’s lemons can make a world of a difference. You see, for the longest time I believed that having a kind heart with good intentions automatically meant that only goodness and good people would come my way. I was wrong.

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Life isn’t about good times but about growing times. What’s that saying, ‘You live and you learn’? Well, over the years, I’ve definitely done some living but last year I did a whole lot of learning. About business; friendship; leadership; emotional control; truth; love; money and the pits of perfection. And through all that learning, I chose to be defeated. I chose to be wounded. And I chose to be a victim.

This is not an airy-fairy post about how life isn’t that hard. That falls with perspective. It’s more about actively deciding to change your outlook.

Here are 3 tips I feel can assist with changing your approach to life and it’s lemons:
1. Remain positive
2. Be realistic about your expectations.
3. Analyse what affects you adversely so you can make it a beneficial experience (People with a high level of emotional intelligence are probably great at this because they are able to consistently think rationally).
I’ve always been one to think with my heart and not with my head – probably because aside from being creative, I’m a very passionate person. And so far, in smaller, probably less significant instances, these have done wonders for me. I’m pretty sure they can do the same for you. Give them a try and let me know how they work for you this 2017.
Let’s make lemonade;”)
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Outfit details:
Black Pencil Dress with Front slit: Zara

Vintage Bag: Mom’s Closet

Heels: Studio W, Woolworths

Earrings: ‘Chimp Eden’ (The Jane Goodall Institute SA)

Sunglasses: Spitfire Sunglasses

Hair Cut: Lajawi

Photography: Anza.R Photography

Location: Athol Oaklands Rd, Melrose, Johannesburg

Poolsides & Sunny Skies

 

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There’s something about a gentle breeze, cool water and the sunshine that gets me going. Sort of like the establishing shot to a beautiful day.

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Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good Saturday out in the sun. From the moment I open my eyes till the night deems them shut, I can’t help but revel in the good energy that is Saturday. I think it might even sicken some people the way I go on about it like it’s an extra day-off in the week. To me, it represents all the expressive & outgoing things people imagine themselves to be. All the ways in which they want to experience life. All the ways they want to see themselves come alive.

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Obviously, being a creative, I try to live each day being fearlessly authentic. It’s what keeps me inspired and what draws the right energy into my path. And I enjoy seeing the world around me being as wonderfully expressive because you get to see people sans the pretence. It’s not an easy thing being bold and doing the kinds of things your day-dreaming can afford you. Life and the responsibilities or expectations we are indebted to make it difficult to be selfish with our time and with our space. Yes, sometimes, this is a chosen burden – not being able to choose selfishness. Embedded in our natural state is the ability to be selfless and the need to feel like you belong. Whether at home or at work, with family and even within social circles, there’s always an expectation to live up to. And then Saturday comes along and you know you have this one day in the week to live passionately.

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So choose your ‘Saturday’ in the week. It could be a Monday, a Sunday or even a Wednesday. Choose that day and live as you’ve imagined your greatest self to be. Be selfish with your time but kind with your words. Pour yourself into the activities that would fulfill this greater being. Fill your eyes and ears with the sights and sounds that would draw that greater energy. Surround yourself with the elements that would fill that greater space. Slowly, your life will start to match what your mind has imagined and you will begin to live as your truest most courageous self.

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“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” – Tanzanian proverb.

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As a footnote – My Top 4 Poolside Hangouts in Jo’burg are:

  1. Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sun Deck – Sandton
  2.  The Island Bar – Hyde Park
  3. African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Pool Bar – Melrose Arch
  4. Poolside – Maboneng

 

 

 

 

 

Take A Seat

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I wouldn’t do any justice by trying to decipher why Solange’s new album, ‘A Seat At The Table’, is really & truly so amazing. The artistic approach; smooth jazz modulations; hiphop inclinations and all round mixture of a lifetime of experiences and human truths has arrived her at her peak musical delivery.

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Maybe I identify with this album so much because I believe when you’re an artist, there’s no one sound, one way, one level of thinking when it comes to creating your work. You have to go through layers of life; apply different mediums; visualise your findings and then find the best way to share it with the rest of the world. I’m on a journey of self-discovery. And I find in this moment, in this breath, this album will be my chrysalis.

A few of my favourite visuals from the album:

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Peep the ‘A Seat At The Table’ visual album:

Also, read up on Complex how Master P got involved as the narrator who guided us through the album with impressive dialogue broken up into interludes.

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Solange, thank you!

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Why Summer ’16 Got Me Feelin’ Saucy

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2 tablespoons of butter; 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour; 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt; a dash of white pepper and half a cup of 2% milk. Simple ingredients for a simple white sauce.

The thing about white sauce is that you have to heat the butter at exactly the right temperature, then add in the flour with perfect synergy so that when you add in the milk, you don’t find yourself with a lumpy mess.

Somehow, I see similarities between myself & this saucy matter. Simple yet particular. Versatile yet grounded. Smooth yet imperfect. Effortless yet high-maintenance. And although I’d like to imagine myself as something more hearty & of the ‘7 colours’ nature, this analogy seems to fit me quite right.

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It’s been a trying 2016. From financial trials; to heartbreak; friendship drama and false hopes to successfully completing an online course; growing a mini fro and of course, starting this blog. In a nutshell, one can say it’s been a bumpy ride from the get-go.

But, I’m not here to revel in depression over the uncertainty but rather share in its delight. It’s so easy to get down on yourself when setbacks seem to be occurring one after the other and your life keeps spiralling into an almost self-conflicted mess. The trick is to take a moment, take a breath and remember why you started. Once you remember why you started, work out a plan to make your mission a reality because like my dad always says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have life all figured out – in fact I can happily admit that I’m still re-working my life plan and it’s been a wondrous journey so far – but what I do know is that you can’t go far on someone else’s dream. That’s pretense. And in the winner’s race, there’s no place for that.
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The city & its people can be very seductive but after you course through the masquerade, it teaches you the value of connecting with like-minded people whilst running your own race. There’s no rule book to life; no definite yes’s and definite no’s. There’s only you, a few ingredients and the destiny you need to fulfill.
So let’s go over those ingredients again:
2 tablespoons of heart; 2 tablespoons of all-purpose passion; 1/8 of a teaspoon of RihRih; a dash of gentleness and half a cup of goodness. Simple ingredients for a Saucy Summer ’16.
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What sauce are you serving this summer?
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Outfit Details:

Top: TopShop

Denim Shorts: TopShop

Choker: Lovisa

Rings: Mr Price

Strappy Heels: Zara

Sling Bag: Zara

Sunglasses: Spitfire Sunglasses

Lace Wig: Lajawi

(Photography: Two Photography; Location: Private)

Africa is Born in Me

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Heritage. By definition it can be described as ‘Valued objects and qualities such as historic buildings and cultural traditions that have been passed down from previous generations.’ So what does this mean for us in modern times? Well, the way I see it, we can rest assured that no matter how far we stray away from home, our cultures and belief systems will always be there to guide us along our journeys to success. In simpler terms, we are never alone.

As a Ugandan having been born and raised in South Africa, I find that yes, there are many wierd and wonderful ways in which the cultures here differ from the ones back home. A small example could be that of traditional wear: In Uganda, the national traditional dress for women is known as a Busuti or Gomesi. This is a beautifully crafted floor length dress, usually made out of silk material, with heightened shoulders and a belt to exentuate the female figure without revealing any skin. Whereas here in South Africa, Zulu women for example, wear beautifully crafted skirt & top combinations – although if you are unmarried, you usually go topless to signify your youthfulness – accessorised with elaborate beadwork elements from a traditional hat; to statement neckpieces; bracelets; ear rings etc. So yes, we may present ourselves differently but what I’ve found is though our presentation may be different, as Africans the concepts of respect; community and compassion are what bind us together. With dialects that resonate from country to country, our similarities always encourage the spirit of ubuntu.

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Recently, my work has found me in the hands of an agency that focuses on Africa and the development of it through entertainment & media and the digital technologies that fuel the sharing of this content. What’s great about this company is that it works to introduce Africa as not only a contributor in these spheres but as a contender as well. We have the potential to produce great work. Work that not only entertains but also tells our story in an authentic and genuine way. Work that is done by Africans for Africans and consequently shown on global platforms. It’s particularly exciting for me because not only will I be part of a bigger picture but my work and ideas will have a deeper meaning other than to sell and promote. I will finally be on my journey to share the myriad ways in which design – though undermined – has the ability to change mindsets. And in Africa, that’s a big thing.

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Today, I celebrate my heritage. Not because I feel it’s relevance in this one singular day but because I see how it shapes me as a contemporary African woman. We face many challenges as a continent but I believe we are truly the fruit of this earth. We represent the fruitfulness that people from the outside seek. Our talents are beginning to take shape in this chaotic world. And our stories are emerging as ones from our own lips, hearts and minds. We are finally arriving. Go out today not only proud of your culture but proud that you can stand with the ones that were once meek but now, are strong.

I’ll leave you with one simple quote by Kwame Nkrumah, former president of Ghana who was part of the revolution that led to Ghana’s independence in 1957, “I am an African, not because I was born in Africa but because Africa is born in me.”

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Happy Heritage Day (South) Africa!!!

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Outfit details:

Dress & Headwrap: Custom Made – using Kente Cloth from Ghana

Earrings: Mr Price

Bangle: YDE

P.S. Where the braai at? :”)

 

A Little French Flair

A couple of weeks ago, two friends and I decided to make use of what was a good, sunny Saturday. With all the stress of the city, our careers & relationships, my one friend suggested we head a little of of town to a quaint place known as French Toast Koffie Kafé.

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Honestly, one of the cutest places I had been to in a while. Fresh air. Cool breeze. Still waters. The sound of ducks quacking and just the general relaxed ‘french’ environment. It was bliss. Although we had to wait a while for a table to be made available, we filled that time taking a walk along the mini lock bridge. Reading love notes; taking pictures; sharing in small conversation and making wishes by the wishing well.

Finally, the host called us and ushered us to our outdoor table. Glad, to be seated we wasted no time ordering from the breakfast menu. “I’ll have the petit déjeuner fermier and a cappuccino with Soy milk” – I said while my two friends opted for something a little more adventurous known as the Hamburger en pain grillé – basically, golden fried french toast layered with a beef pattie, slice of cheese and seasoned mayo served with tempura onion rings and a side salad – one with a cappuccino, the other with a Savanna dry. I know, it all sounds like a mouthful and that it certainly was.

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Not ending our eating escapade there, we order two helpings of desert because our male companion for the day isn’t one for desert but we were certainly not missing out on the delectable treats that awaited us from the café’s patisserie. A cheese cake topped with strawberry jam and a milk tart were our sweet choices for the day.

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With full stomachs we sat and spoke till the sun had made it’s way from the one side of my face to the other. Till our mouth felt any more movement qualified as overtime. And till we realised that this trip out of the city was more that just a little ‘french flair’ for breakfast. It reminded us of all the places we intend to travel to and see; all the amazingly tasty and cultural foods we’d like to try and all the time the city steals from us when we’re unaware.

It’s important to take time to yourself. Indeed, deadlines and reports wait for no man but you could also blink and find yourself having not lived enough. Only having watched other people do all the living and playing down that which might still be beautiful and amazing to you. You really do only live once. Make the most of it. Make the best of it. Realise yourself in it.

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Location: Hartebees Aquarium.

(The café is in the same place as this – I would suggest making a reservation as opposed to being a walk in (especially for larger groups), the wait for a table can be long. A great place for lovers; friends and family and is just a 45min drive from Johannesburg (North) and 30min-45min from Pretoria.)

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P.S. Unfortunately, I did have my amazing Two Photography team with me so excuse my pictures, I was just desperate to share this quaint place with you all.