African travel influencer – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 18:45:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://we-are-africa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png African travel influencer – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ 32 32 Content creator Wode Maya returns to Namibia https://we-are-africa.org/content-creator-wode-maya-returns-to-namibia/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:37:29 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/content-creator-wode-maya-returns-to-namibia/ AFRICAN Travel content creator Wode Maya is back in Namibia, this time partnering with local entities Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Namibia Tourism Board to spotlight local travel and expose the country’s many beautiful destinations to the world . Wode Maya has 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, while videos from his previous trips, highlighting attractions […]]]>

AFRICAN Travel content creator Wode Maya is back in Namibia, this time partnering with local entities Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Namibia Tourism Board to spotlight local travel and expose the country’s many beautiful destinations to the world .

Wode Maya has 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, while videos from his previous trips, highlighting attractions like kapana, the Namib Desert, indigenous tribes, village life and other subjects have garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

Now that he’s back, the Ghanaian-born influencer has upped the ante, teasing a bit of what’s to come on his social media platforms. These activities include riding a donkey cart for the first time and visiting Etosha National Park.

We contacted Wode Maya and have yet to hear from him as his Namibian tour is packed, although he has felt at home here.

The personality is very keen on showing the world Africa in a new and uplifting light, and he has gained enormous popularity over the years for his great personality, willingness to see the world and try new things, and his philanthropic spirit that sees him sharing and giving where he can.

He has also collaborated with Namibian YouTubers including Woven, who also produces travel content, and Taimi Nuunyango, a lifestyle vlogger.

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“It was our only safe space” https://we-are-africa.org/it-was-our-only-safe-space/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:12:45 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/it-was-our-only-safe-space/ Crushed with friends on a plush couch at a shelter for LGBTQ+ homeless youth, Jada Doll has shared what happened after she started coming out as a transgender woman. She moved in with her boyfriend when she was a senior in high school. But Doll – that’s the name she chose – said her family […]]]>

Crushed with friends on a plush couch at a shelter for LGBTQ+ homeless youth, Jada Doll has shared what happened after she started coming out as a transgender woman.

She moved in with her boyfriend when she was a senior in high school. But Doll – that’s the name she chose – said her family refused to let her return to their home in Manassas, Virginia when the couple separated. The reason, Doll said: she had begun to identify as female. She found herself in the nearby woods which became her home for almost three years.

“When it was raining,” the 22-year-old said in a recent interview, “I couldn’t feel my toes.”

Jada Doll is featured at Casa Ruby Shelter in DC this spring. Photo by Pooja Singh, Urban Health Media Project

Before the pandemic, LGBTQ+ youth had a higher risk of homelessness and accompanying health issues – from nagging toothaches to lifelong trauma.

Then COVID-19 forced families to stay together at home, exacerbating domestic conflicts over gender and sexuality that pushed some young people onto the streets.

Casa Ruby, the shelter Doll entered, reports a 60% increase in clients over the past year. The Dupont Circle neighborhood nonprofit provides housing, preventative health care, and social services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Many new homeless people had no choice. Violence against LGBTQ+ youth “often starts at home,” said Keith Pollard, case manager at Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL), a Washington nonprofit that houses about three dozen LGBTQ+ youth. homeless. About 95% of SMYAL residents have been evicted because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Doll said she felt her family ganged up on her when she started identifying as a trans woman. That, Pollard said, is a familiar story: “It starts with not being able to explore the genre, with ‘Mommy caught me with a skirt’ or ‘Mommy caught me with makeup on and kicked me out’.” .”

“They see you as a prostitute”

Homelessness can lead to a host of health and safety issues, but LGBTQ+ youth face unique additional challenges.

Fear of violence hangs over their heads, both on the streets and in public shelters. Some shelters, Doll said, are “like a prison. Other residents, she said, “can hurt us, and they don’t care if they hurt us.”

Sexual assault is an even bigger concern. “They can also rape you in a shelter,” said another Casa Ruby resident who goes by the name Raven Queen.

Such fears are well-founded, according to Teara Walker, who has lived in shelters and now helps find housing for the homeless. Some older shelter residents are sexual predators, she said, and younger LGBTQ+ people “can get caught up in someone’s web.”

The streets can be even worse. Doll said slurs are thrown at young LGBTQ+ people – “They see you as a prostitute”. In fact, said SMYAL’s Pollard, many of these young people resort to “survival sex” to secure a place to sleep at night.

“Once you’ve been on the street for four hours, you’re going to lose it,” said Nicholas Boyd, a resident of Casa Ruby. “You have to find someone to talk to, someone to socialize with, because the feeling of loneliness is scary.”

Physical health also suffers. Pollard said that when young people hit the streets, they are often malnourished or underweight because “they just eat whatever they can get their hands on.” This, along with lack of sleep, can also lead to attention deficits. , mood disorders, or suppressed immunity to disease and infection. Many suffer from sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including HIV, he said.

For more than two years, Doll lived under a canopy of trees, protected from the elements only by flimsy tents. Hygiene and privacy were the first victims; she recalls having to use a water bottle to shower “with everyone watching”.

She ate “pretty much anything, like raw stuff”. She neglected to brush her teeth. She suffered from insomnia and panic attacks that continued even in the Casa Ruby shelter.

Brian Klausner, Medical Director of Community Population Health at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, works with the chronically homeless through a partnership with a local federally funded health care clinic. He said their average life expectancy was around 50 years (compared to 79 for all Americans). Homeless people are more likely to have suffered childhood trauma – sexual abuse, incarcerated parents, drug use at home – which increases the risk of health problems such as heart disease, cancer, stroke brain damage and suicide, said Klausner, a primary care physician. And homelessness itself has a cost.

The pandemic has driven up that cost. As a result of the COVID restrictions, Pollard said, her organization saw an increase in drug and alcohol use as well as physical and verbal altercations: “A lot of people were doing things that were risky, (like) going out without mask, interacting with large groups of people, because they couldn’t stand the isolation.”

“A lot to manage”

Olivia Rodriguez-Nunez said when her older sister threatened to attack her because she started identifying as a trans woman, their mother flew from Bolivia to Washington to intervene – on the sister’s side eldest, to “fire me”. ”

Rodriguez-Nunez’s sister, Mariela Demerick, said in a phone interview that she blamed Olivia – whom she calls “Mark” – for being abusive and being three months behind on rent. Their mother flew “to come and put this house in order”, she said.

Olivia Rodriguez-Nunuez shown walking outside her halfway house in DC in April. Photo by Jojo Brew, Urban Health Media Project

Demerick insisted that “it had nothing to do with his choice of sexuality”, but refused to call Olivia by name and preferred pronouns and blamed hormones for making his brother erratic.

“I chose to remove Mark from my life.” she says.

Rodriguez-Nunez said she fled her family home in the Columbia Heights neighborhood because “having two people gang up on me was a lot to deal with,” but she felt safe at Casa Ruby, which is wants more than shelter, but also a home where queer, transgender and gender non-conforming people can escape the fear of discrimination, harassment and violence. Above all, places like Casa Ruby and SMYAL try to offer the one thing that their young customers often lack: consistency.

Oliva Rodriguez-Nunez is pictured with her dog in a photo from her youth. Photo courtesy of Olivia Rodriguez-Nunez

Doll now lives in a transitional apartment provided by SYMAL, while Rodriguez-Nunez was directed to a transitional group home run by the Wanda Alston Foundation.

“Our people have had a lot of people who let them down,” Pollard said. “Parents or guardians abandon them because they don’t agree with their sexuality or gender identity and kick them out.” troubled again.

“Here at Casa Ruby, it’s very welcoming,” said Raven Queen. “Everyone can live their own life. They can be whoever they want.

Tagline: Gandluri and Johnson are high school students at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore. They participated in Urban Health Media Project‘s, “Home Sick: How Where We Live Impacts Health” in Spring 2021. Anthony Green, Malaya Mason, UHMP Student Reporter, Noah Pangaribuan and Diamond LaPrince contributed to this story.

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50 Facebook and Instagram creators attend empowerment workshop in Lagos https://we-are-africa.org/50-facebook-and-instagram-creators-attend-empowerment-workshop-in-lagos/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:39:29 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/50-facebook-and-instagram-creators-attend-empowerment-workshop-in-lagos/ By Aduragbemi Omiyale A prolific Nigerian filmmaker, Mr. Alex Eyengho, has been selected as one of 52 recipients of the Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film producers from West and Central Africa regions. The fund will provide financial support to its grantees, including access to quality higher education in film and television-focused disciplines. […]]]>

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A prolific Nigerian filmmaker, Mr. Alex Eyengho, has been selected as one of 52 recipients of the Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film producers from West and Central Africa regions.

The fund will provide financial support to its grantees, including access to quality higher education in film and television-focused disciplines.

The Scholarship Fund for Sub-Saharan Students is part of Netflix’s global Creative Equity Fund, launched in 2021, which is a dedicated effort to help create new opportunities for underrepresented communities in entertainment.

Through this initiative, Netflix supports external organizations that are committed to creating equitable opportunities in the TV and film industries, as well as tailored Netflix programs that help us identify, train and provide jobs to promising talent. in the world.

Speaking at the unveiling of the beneficiaries at an event organized by the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB) in Lagos, Netflix’s Director of Public Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, Shola Sanni, said: “Netflix is about to take Nigeria to the world stage.

“Beyond that, our goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem to support talent and tell their stories. This is why we remain committed to the continent and to Nigeria.

“We care about growing talent and are passionate about the future of the industry and want to enable Nigerian creators to access the global market.

“That’s why today is about celebrating the scholars who will be tasked with telling African stories, whether in front of or behind the camera, it’s about putting Africa on the global map.”

Furthermore, an Executive Director of the NFVCB, Mr. Adedayo Thomas, said the agency was “impressed that this initiative has rewarded 52 beneficiaries from the region, with only 27 from Nigeria.”

“We will continue to enlist companies like Netflix to work with us to position the country as a skilled labor force.

“I strongly believe that this initiative is proof that Nigeria has the talent and ability to rise to the level of the global community, delivering top quality content. It also demonstrated our partners’ commitment to strengthening the talent pool.

“Providing job creation opportunities with creative young people who want to add value to their community and the creative economy as a whole,” he added.

Business post gathered that all recipients would receive a full scholarship which includes – tuition, accommodation, a living allowance and school supplies.

The program is currently administered by Dalberg in partnership with the region’s five higher education institutions who will support the formal qualification and training of aspiring creatives in the region.

The trio Alex Eyengho, Donatus Ekwuazi and Nicole Emechebe will train at PAN-Atlantic University (Nigeria); 24 beneficiaries will be at the National film institute Jos (Nigeria), and they are Nanmet Dakup, Grace Lasisi, Nkemakonam Onejeme, Timchang Miri, George-Isaac Dadzie, Joseph Ogbe, Anothony Nnaji, Aduragbemi Ogundiran, Oluyomi Taiwo, Evelyn Inyang, Emeka Ikpechukwu, Collins Okorocha, McRoberts Metseyinor, Fatgan Agati, Aisa Zerubabel, Blessing Izang, Stephen Okoh, Nifuk Mafuyai, Lois Bewarang, Samson Alaba, Ezichi Okeke, Rukayat Zubair, Mary Orjiakor and the divine gift Ibewuike.

Also, the duo Thephor Koumou-Mba and Adriana Ndemby will be at the Philippe Maury Institute of Audiovisual and Cinema (IPMAC) of the EM-Gabon University group (EMGU); while Samuel Laryea, Seth Aydin, Linda Amemordzi, Gilbert Carrey, Kakra Opare-Asiadu, Lydia Flika, Payin Opare-Asiadu, Magdaline Masopeh would be at the National Film and Television Institute (Ghana).

In addition, Sekinatou Bio, Belvina Djossou, Kate Djiwan, Mirabellel Tossa, Melvina Afanou, Lazarine Damando, Imelda Batamoussi, Zigan Jean-Pierre Medegoun, Elfrid Benon, Franck Anikakpo, Irésan Bassaley, Milka Degan, Chrétia Vodounon, Nouriyath Moussibayi and Claudia – Manuela Tanoh would be at the Higher Institute of Audiovisual Professions (ISMA) (Benin).

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Disneyland celebrates ‘Black Panther’ with food from its fantasy world https://we-are-africa.org/disneyland-celebrates-black-panther-with-food-from-its-fantasy-world/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 20:31:02 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/disneyland-celebrates-black-panther-with-food-from-its-fantasy-world/ I don’t know about you, but every time a Marvel movie heads to Wakanda, the fictional African country that’s home to Black Panther, I have a thought: I just wish I could go there. Unfortunately, I can’t. But Disneyland, as part of its celebration of the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, brought me a […]]]>

I don’t know about you, but every time a Marvel movie heads to Wakanda, the fictional African country that’s home to Black Panther, I have a thought: I just wish I could go there.

Unfortunately, I can’t. But Disneyland, as part of its celebration of the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, brought me a little closer. They’ve created foods from Wakanda, and you can try them in Disney California Adventure.

There are many elements to the celebration, including a new Black Panther in Avengers Campus, an all-new show, a huge photo space, real costumes worn in the movie, and a tribute to Chadwick Boseman. But on November 11, the day the movie was released and the Wakanda attractions opened in the park, the first place I wanted to be was at the Wakanda Forever booth. It was finally time to taste the imagined country.

It made. not. disappoint.

The Flavors of Wakanda market in Disney California Adventure

Courtesy of Disneyland

The Wakanda Forever booth is located in the Hollywood Backlot area of ​​DCA. It serves peri-peri chicken, maafe, butterfly pea tea lemonade and dawa.

The peri-peri chicken, a South African dish, was incredibly tasty – smoky, a bit spicy and very tender, and was served with West African jollof, a yellow rice with mixed vegetables. I thought the chicken would be the highlight, but then I tried the maafe, a West African stew. Although it sometimes includes meat, this version of ground peanut stew was made with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and spices, and served with a side of naan. There was also a bit of spiciness, but just the right amount, and the peanuts took the stew to a whole new level of deliciousness.

“Disney California Adventure Park’s culinary team conducted research on traditional and current popular African cuisine to develop the menu for Flavors of Wakanda,” Disneyland Resort culinary director Jeremiah Balogh said in a statement. “The savory peri-peri chicken and Maafe soup are commonly served in parts of Africa, and foodies will find new favorites in these authentic flavors.”

Wakanda Forever Market Peri-Peri Chicken

Wakanda Forever Market Peri-Peri Chicken

David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort/David L Nguyen, courtesy of Disneyland

Butterfly pea tea lemonade is where the offerings got truly Wakandan. The riff on the Arnold Palmer included lemonade, ginger beer and honey, and was topped with a bright purple butterfly pea tea, which evokes the ‘heart-shaped weed’ that sends the Black Panther on the ancestral plane and grants that person enhanced physical abilities. . The “dawa” version of this drink is accompanied by another type of improvement: vodka.

I don’t always like the Disneyland-themed dishes (see: peanut butter and jelly macaroni at this year’s Food & Wine Festival), but these were breathtaking. I would order, and will probably order all four again.

Butterfly pea tea lemonade evokes heart-shaped grass

Butterfly pea tea lemonade evokes heart-shaped grass

David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort/David L Nguyen, courtesy of Disneyland

This isn’t the first time Disney has served Wakandan food, but it’s the first time it’s been available on land. The Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, has an Avengers-themed restaurant, Worlds of Marvel. Among dishes from Stark Industries and Pym Technologies, the restaurant also offers dishes from Wakanda and Sokovia, the fictional Eastern European country where Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) is from.



There, you can dine on Wakandan hearts of palm ceviche or Berber-style spiced pork chop, or Sokovian “kartoffelsuppe,” a potato soup with minced sausage. There are also foods from New Asgard, Kamar-Tej and Madripoor.

At Disneyland, the rest of the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” celebration takes place inside and outside the park. There’s a new mural at Downtown Disney featuring a scene from the new Black Panther children’s book, “The Courage to Dream.” Inside DCA, the huge Super Store displays costumes from the film.

In the Black Panther Celebration Garden near the Hyperion Theater, there is a huge Black Panther statue surrounded by glowing heart-shaped grass. (There is a lighting ceremony around 5:20 p.m.) In the garden, there are also tributes to King T’Challa. Some of them are obvious, and some of them are easter eggs that you will need your Wakandan-English dictionary for.

Maafe from the Flavors of Wakanda Market

Maafe from the Flavors of Wakanda Market

David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort/David L Nguyen, courtesy of Disneyland

But most importantly, the new Black Panther has arrived at Avengers Campus, and she’s brought some friends with her. In addition to this new character (whose identity I won’t spoil even though it’s barely a spoiler), M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe, has come to the lands. Additionally, there’s a new show called “The Way of the Jabari,” which Disney describes as “a whole new experience that shares some of the culture of the Jabari tribe through song and drumming.”

On the first day these new Wakandans arrived at Avengers Campus, huge crowds gathered to see them, and the excitement radiating from these people was palpable. When Black Panther crossed his arms in the Wakandan salute and shouted “Wakanda forever!” everyone, young and old, did the same in a collective roar.

The experience runs until January 8 at Disneyland.

The Black Panther Celebration Garden

The Black Panther Celebration Garden

Black Panther Celebration Garden during ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ celebrations at the Avengers/Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort campus, Courtesy of Disneyland

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Azeez Amida unveils “Enter, Perform, Exit (EPE Principle): Understanding the Opportunity Cycle” to thunderous applause in Lagos https://we-are-africa.org/azeez-amida-unveils-enter-perform-exit-epe-principle-understanding-the-opportunity-cycle-to-thunderous-applause-in-lagos/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 16:18:20 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/azeez-amida-unveils-enter-perform-exit-epe-principle-understanding-the-opportunity-cycle-to-thunderous-applause-in-lagos/ Already a bestseller in its rights, the book topped the list of hottest publications on Amazon and continues to receive rave reviews and reviews from Madrid, New York, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Milan, Johannesburg and many other cities around the world. According to the author, the book offers career professionals, executives, and leaders of all levels […]]]>

Already a bestseller in its rights, the book topped the list of hottest publications on Amazon and continues to receive rave reviews and reviews from Madrid, New York, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Milan, Johannesburg and many other cities around the world.

According to the author, the book offers career professionals, executives, and leaders of all levels the right blend of old world learnings and new age solutions to generate extraordinary growth.





















Guests at the event represented young professionals, members of the diplomatic corps, small business owners, global leaders, successful business owners and senior executives, including the cultural attaché to the French Ambassador to the Nigeria, Emmanuelle Harang; CEO of Chapel Hill Denham, Bolaji Balogun; Life and Behavior Change Catalyst, Dr. Lanre Olusola; and director of the Alliance française, Marc Brebant.


























Anchored by media personality and lifestyle influencer Anto Lecky, the event also included a book-reading session by radio personality and voice-over artist Mazino Appeal Ofoh and Mazars Consulting CEO Adeyemi Sanni ( PhD).

CEO of Chapel Hill Denham, Bolaji Balogun, who gave the keynote, praised Azeez Amida for writing a book that sheds light on deep insights and provides guidance on tools and techniques that enable success, self-discovery, vision and purpose .



























“I am happy that Azeez Amida was able to put everything he has learned over the years into a book. It will be beneficial for those who are still finding their way. There is a lot to learn from the book. Anything is possible. To realize your potential, you must be hardworking, excellent and resilient,” he said.

Azeez Amida, who has a proven track record of high performance and international impact in the corporate world and in the leadership space, said he was delighted with the deep appreciation and acceptance that the book had aroused since its release.

He revealed that the book is his way of sharing his real-world experiences and valuable tips for productivity and excellence with people who aim to perform at their best. He said the book contains the essential ingredients for success and resilience in different spheres of life.


“When I started writing this book, I didn’t expect it to turn out like this. The hardest part of writing it was the first chapter,” said Amida during a conversation between an author and Peak Performance strategist Dr. Abiola Salami.

















“I thought it was going to be easy. I already set myself a goal of how long I wanted to write the book. When I spoke with one of the publishing houses, they said I wouldn’t sell any more. of a few hundred copies, but the recoption and the feedback since it went on sale has been incredible and mind-blowing.”

Amida revealed that in just one weekend before the official book presentation and launch, they sold over 1,500 copies of EPE Principle. “I’ve been really amazed by the response so far, and it challenges me to do more and be more,” he added.

The event also featured a fireside chat about exploiting growth opportunities and knowing when to exit. The insightful panel was moderated by GLG Communications Managing Partner Omawumi Ogbe, in conversation with Inkblot Productions Co-Founder Zulumoke Oyibo; CEO of Liquid Telecoms, Wole Abu; and Managing Partner of Partners in People Africa, Michael Thomas.

Enter, Execute, Exit (EPE Principle): Understanding the Opportunity Cycle is currently available with nationwide delivery to Roving Heights; and in paperback, hardback, ebook and audiobook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold online worldwide.

According to Dr. Lanre Olusola, “The book is a must-have for anyone looking to break out of the endless cycle of average and live a life where they maximize their highest potential.”

To learn more about Amida and his book, visit www.azeezamida.com and follow him on social media, @azeezamida.

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Canadian influencer explains why physical reminders are ‘powerful’ https://we-are-africa.org/canadian-influencer-explains-why-physical-reminders-are-powerful/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:34:47 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/canadian-influencer-explains-why-physical-reminders-are-powerful/ Canadian influencer Christine Laraine has revealed which words are “powerful” to her in a new Instagram post. (Photo via Instagram/christinelarainee) Christine Laraine shares her mental health strategies. This week, the Vancouver-based influencer spoke about the importance of “physical reminders” with her 43,000 followers. In the candid Instagram post, the 28-year-old shared a series of photos […]]]>

Canadian influencer Christine Laraine has revealed which words are “powerful” to her in a new Instagram post. (Photo via Instagram/christinelarainee)

Christine Laraine shares her mental health strategies.

This week, the Vancouver-based influencer spoke about the importance of “physical reminders” with her 43,000 followers.

In the candid Instagram post, the 28-year-old shared a series of photos showing off her “new bracelets”, which spelled out the words “patience” and “strength” with beads.

In the caption, the body image advocate explained that on one bad night, she used her bracelets and tattoo for support.

“The other night, as I was crying in bed worrying about the money, I happened to look down and see two things,” she wrote. “One was my recent tattoo saying ‘one life’ and the other was my two new bracelets that I bought at Little Words Project.”

The content creator revealed which words are “powerful” to her and why.

“‘One Life’ means being good enough, not perfect. A lot of my day-to-day worries feel silly when I stop to consider the big picture,” she said. “‘Patience’ represents being at peace with the slow growth of my Page, my entrepreneurial skills, my business, my mental health and meditation,” [and] ‘strength’ represents the ever-increasing resilience within me. When I reflect on everything that tried to break me, I feel powerful.”

At the end of her post, Laraine wrote about how physical reminders like tattoos and “positive words” can do wonders for mental health and confidence.

“Physical reminders can have an incredible impact on racing thoughts. Although tattoos are somewhat permanent, surrounding yourself with positive words and manifestations is amazing for your self-confidence…” she explained.

In the comments, fans thanked the social media star for her “important message”.

“Well said!” one follower commented alongside a red heart emoji.

“Beautiful words!” shared someone else.

“Really important message and I love the idea of ​​physical reminders,” added another.

Late last month, the self-love advocate called the TikTok trend “What I Eat in a Day” on Instagram.

In the post, she explained that the social media trend is “dangerous” because it promotes a “toxic” diet culture.

“I’ve seen many influencers share their diet plan. It ends up being a combination of a smoothie, small snacks, and a really big salad,” she wrote. “The perception of this lifestyle can be turbulent for those who struggle with eating disorders, are in remission, or feel great shame that they are always hungry.”

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Mike Adenuga: A layered legacy for young people | The Guardian Nigeria News https://we-are-africa.org/mike-adenuga-a-layered-legacy-for-young-people-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 03:40:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/mike-adenuga-a-layered-legacy-for-young-people-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ In the age of social media, it is apparently difficult for public figures to keep their lives extremely private.The unquenchable thirst for content has increased the publicity of previously classified information and, in their quest for demystification, some perceived as reclusive have bowed to the pressure of sharing on social media. For example, in the […]]]>

In the age of social media, it is apparently difficult for public figures to keep their lives extremely private.
The unquenchable thirst for content has increased the publicity of previously classified information and, in their quest for demystification, some perceived as reclusive have bowed to the pressure of sharing on social media. For example, in the past, members of the British royal family were notoriously private, but today they share parts of their lives on social media and have even, for the first time, televised their accession ceremony. life.

While one could place this in the changing times, where would you place the apparent desperation of a number of multi-millionaires and even some billionaires to validate and see their ego and dopamine boosted by a few retweets and likes ? Some might even pass for bloggers these days.

One billionaire has defied this pressure in a telling way – Otunba Dr. Micheal Adenuga Jnr., one of the richest men in the world. Although much has been written about Dr. Adenuga, relatively little is known about him. His success in building a public persona defined by invisibility earned him the moniker “Spirit”, which later morphed into “Spirit of Africa”. It has been known that, true to his witty personality, he has no social media accounts, is rarely in the public eye, and only sees those he wants to see when he wants to see them and for as long as he has. intend to see them. He has also been described as an enigma. However, this enigma, which makes rare public appearances, has become a bigger influence than one might think.

A descendant of Pariola, a very wealthy and influential merchant, MA Jnr. is the second son of Oloye Micheal Agbolade Adenuga Snr., who was a schoolteacher, and Juliana Oyindamola Adenuga (née Onashile of Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo), who was a businesswoman. Born in Ibadan on April 29, 1953 but with roots in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, the business guru was given the name John Bull due to his height at birth and has since reflected certain characteristics of ‘a bull, like being a relentless fighter.

Mike Adenuga was not born with the kind of silver spoon that one can easily associate with one’s own children today. Although his family was well off, he had to work early to increase family support. One of those times was while he was studying abroad. Many Nigerians, especially in the diaspora, can relate to the cycle of work and study and the difficulty of combining two jobs while studying. But it was not far from the story of Mike Adedunga, who had to work as a taxi driver and security guard to survive and raise his tuition while he pursued a degree in business administration.

After Mike Adenuga returned home in 1974 from studying abroad, he hinted that he thrived because he was a jack-of-all-trades. He managed the operation of his family sawmill in Ogun State while engaging in other side businesses. From the importation of car radios – as cars imported into Nigeria at the time hardly had – to the importation of lace, the importation of sawmill equipment, tomato paste, wines and beer. He was also into general merchandise and construction. By the age of 26, he had become a millionaire selling soft drinks and lace.

So how did Mike Adenuga become a silent influencer when you rarely see him outside? His action speaks louder than his words; Through his businesses and ventures, Mr. Adenuga has contributed immensely to the ease of living and working in Nigeria.

“Adulthood na scam” is a song made popular by young people today. Needless to say we would have been furious to pay N60 per minute for a phone conversation whether the call lasted 5 seconds or 59 seconds – calls were rounded up to one minute or the nearest minute, for the benefit of companies GSM operating at the time (MTN and Econet Wireless). The man who perfected the act of consecutive absence or bullish presence, Mike Adenuga indeed disrupted the industry in a way rarely seen since; Globacom dropped the price of SIM cards and also started per-second billing – PSB – two moves that had been predicted as unlikely in the foreseeable future at the time. This bull was busy with another scenario from the one that was in play at the time.

The objective behind the introduction of per-second billing was to make telecommunications services more accessible to the everyday Nigerian. As a result of his actions, prices for SIM cards have collapsed along with the cost of phone calls. The fact that we are now billed for exact second calls is one of Mike Adenuga’s many legacies.

The introduction of per-second billing and the collapse of SIM card prices are not the only acts of service rendered to the common Nigerian by Mr. Adenuga. Through his company, Globacom, Dr. Adenuga has sponsored the Nigerian and Ghanaian football leagues as well as the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Including the Glo battle of the year. Mr. Adenuga has strategically made several young Nigerians millionaires. He has elevated Nigerian celebrities to become superstars using the Glo Ambassadorship platform in a way never seen and done before.

Mike Adenuga has further shown his service to the common Nigerian through the opening of the Mike Adenuga Center in 2019. The aim of the center is to deepen the bond between Nigerians and the Francophone community. The center offers language classes, an art gallery and French experience for the ordinary Nigerian who cannot travel to French-speaking countries to gain these experiences.

His services to Nigerians and by extension to Nigeria as a whole prompted the Mike Adenuga Foundation, which focuses on entrepreneurship development, education, health and rural development. This is the mechanism by which he silently donated 500 million naira to flood victims in Bayelsa in 2012 and 1.5 billion naira to fight COVID-19, among many interventions he has done. her best to stay away from the media.

Back when it seemed like everything had been done and there was nothing new to do, it is worth remembering that Mr. Adenuga’s Conoil Producing Limited made history as the first indigenous company in the Nigeria to have extracted crude oil in commercial quantity in 1991. Today, Conoil operates 6 oil blocks in Nigeria with about 300 branches nationwide and has provided employment opportunities to several Nigerians.

Mike Adenuga’s success story is not without failures. One of the most notorious was the failure of his company Communications Investment Limited (CIL) to acquire the Provisional Mobile Communications (GSM) licenses auctioned by the Nigerian government in 2001. The reason alleged was their inability to raise the sum prior to acquisition; however, Mike Adenuga debunked this and categorically stated that the license awarded to them was contentious and although the payments were met, the Nigerian government refused the terms with which the payment was made.

Proof of Mike Adenuga’s innate ability to persist in the face of adversity, despite losing $20 million in mandatory licensing filing fees on the first offering, he made the same payments again a year later in the quest for the license of the second national operator (SNO) and was awarded the same. The initial setback would have sent many people into oblivion.

The Spirit of Africa strongly believes in the constant acquisition of knowledge, inspiring young people to continually seek knowledge, especially for those starting a business.

Umoh wrote from Abuja, Nigeria.

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Can they generate global interest? https://we-are-africa.org/can-they-generate-global-interest/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 13:02:26 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/can-they-generate-global-interest/ Representative image of branded outfits. News 18. Instagram/ Sabyasachi When the undisputed king of Indian couture, Sabhyasachi, opened his first store in Manhattan’s Tony West Village in a heritage structure on Christopher Street this month, on October 16, it marked a turning point for the latent potential and India’s untapped potential to create truly global […]]]>

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When the undisputed king of Indian couture, Sabhyasachi, opened his first store in Manhattan’s Tony West Village in a heritage structure on Christopher Street this month, on October 16, it marked a turning point for the latent potential and India’s untapped potential to create truly global luxury brands. .

Having thoroughly tested the global market through collections at Bergdorf, presentations at New York Fashion Week and collaborations with Christian Loubotin and H&M and having developed its global clientele with bridal wear, accessories and Indian jewelry and Westerners, the time had come to take the story of Indian heritage to the world in an unabashed way.

Why only a few Indian brands have a global presence

But why is Sabhyasachi one of the few Indian brands that has managed to create a global presence. Why didn’t this happen sooner and why is its overseas presence limited to the US while the luxury market is also big in Europe, Japan and China? Why has a non-couture brand that is not intrinsically linked to the Indian diaspora failed to create the same fanfare?

The answer is not simple. Although it is a key supplier to the world’s most famous luxury brands, from the diamonds that adorn Harry Winston jewelry and the essential oils that are blended into Estée Lauder cosmetics and Chanel perfumes, to the textiles and the intricate craftsmanship that allow fashion houses in France and Italy to remain unmatched, India remained behind the scenes. We’ve given credit for our incredible natural resources, cultural capital and know-how to European and South African holding companies that are notoriously secretive about their supply chain.

What can Indian brands do

So what can Indian brands do to earn their rightful place in the global luxury market, not only as the most exciting emerging consumer market, but also as a powerhouse of Indian-made luxury brands that are consumed by people in the United States, Europe and Japan. , Middle East and beyond?

For starters, we can take inspiration from one of our other world-renowned brands, Taj Hotels and Resorts. With a heritage spanning over 100 years, Taj has perfected hospitality and luxury travel in an astonishing way. Its constant concern for customer service goes far beyond the minimum requirements of the sector to become a new benchmark and a mark of “Tajness”. This focus on customer service is something that more and more Indian companies must strive for as it is a non-negotiable luxury.

Challenges

This remains one of the biggest shortcomings of Indian consumer brands due to poor infrastructure, lack of service standardization protocols and cavalier attitude towards rules and regulations. This explains why global brands that have entered the Indian market with the help of trusted brands or the Aditya Birla Group are struggling to find in-store staff who can meet their global standards.

The other challenge is the disproportionate capital required and the longevity of vision needed to build the next LVMH. Luxury brands are at the very least a multi-decade business, with most big brands boasting a heritage of over 100 years. Think of it as a slow roast of product development, disruptive aesthetics, highly sophisticated brand building, shrewd storytelling, and omnichannel presence.

Go forward

All of this requires a huge amount of capital, which remains elusive as most investors and brand owners today are looking at a 5-10 year horizon for brand maturity and exponential growth. Luxury, by its very nature, cannot compete with SAAS level growth or D2C timelines. Arguably, only India’s mature business houses can foot the bill and maintain the stamina to build the next LVMH.

And finally, but perhaps most importantly, creating a luxury brand requires a change in mindset not only among brand owners, but also among consumers. Traditionally, luxury has been associated with Europe thanks to a long period of historical dominance both political and cultural. The narrative of European sophistication has been so internalized by the world that while India arguably has a much longer, richer and more diverse heritage, we hesitate to truly claim it and tell India’s story to the world.

As geopolitics undergo a huge shift, India matures as a developing economy, and Indian identity finds new admirers, perhaps now is the time to dig deep into our cultural landscape, evolve our storytelling and assert our rightful position as a tastemaker and influencer.

The good news is that the train appears to have left the station. Good Earth’s Anita Lal has launched a quintessentially Indian luxury perfume brand, Lilanur Perfumes, for global consumers who bypass India entirely by selling only in Bergdorf in the United States. Meanwhile, Estee Lauder has set up an incubator for Indian beauty startups seeing the potential to discover the next global skincare brand while partner Nykka finalizes partnerships to expand its footprint in GCC markets.

Luxury skincare brand Forest Essentials will soon open 12 stores in the UK after realizing that 30% of its online sales come from them. Vahdam Teas is rapidly expanding its overseas presence, with distribution channels in the United States and Europe.

With 42% of Indian startups admitting to global expansion ambitions in a recent survey, Indian luxury brands have a promising future..

Radhika Butala is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Better Collective

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The ‘Emu Lady’ on TikTok is two different women – Rolling Stone https://we-are-africa.org/the-emu-lady-on-tiktok-is-two-different-women-rolling-stone/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 19:30:31 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/the-emu-lady-on-tiktok-is-two-different-women-rolling-stone/ The emu is a large, long-necked, flightless but powerful bird, related to the ostrich and native to Australia. Although they can be bred for their meat, feathers, eggs, and oil, they are also often kept as pets and help protect other pets from predators. That’s because – I can tell you from living briefly next […]]]>

The emu is a large, long-necked, flightless but powerful bird, related to the ostrich and native to Australia. Although they can be bred for their meat, feathers, eggs, and oil, they are also often kept as pets and help protect other pets from predators. That’s because – I can tell you from living briefly next to a farm that had one – they’re pretty intimidating, with strong legs, dinosaur-like eyes, and a tendency to peck at anything that interests them. (The Australians lost a real war against them, if you want to get a sense of their strength.)

The birds’ unusual appearance and temperament have also made them internet stars in recent years. The one you may have met on TikTok is a vicious character aptly named Karen. She lives at Useless Farm in the village of Hartington, Ontario, with a menagerie of other creatures who have no jobs and provide no salable goods. Their owner, Amanda, runs the place with her husband Adam and their two sons in addition to a full-time government service job.

Amanda’s hugely popular TikTok account – 5 million plus subscribers – features entertaining clips of all her “useless” animals, but Karen is a fan favorite. The farm’s website describes her as an “absolute bitch” and notes that she hates Amanda “with every fiber of her being”. While her companion, Stanley, is very cuddly and affectionate, even to the point of wearing silly costumes without protesting, Karen prefers to disrupt any attempt at videotaping by rushing at Amanda whistling. Only a firm hand to his neck will stop the attack, as demonstrated here:

Useless Farm is supported by donations and a merchandise store, and by all indications appears to be a legitimate labor of love. TikTok and YouTube channels bring laughs while enticing viewers around the world to buy tote bags or help with maintenance costs. A perfectly nice arrangement.

That brings us to the other emu, which is mired in a much more complicated story of digital influence and infamy. His name is Emmanuel and he lives at Knuckle Bump Farms in South Florida, owned by Taylor Blake and his companion, Kristian Haggerty. This hobby farm’s social accounts emerged in January and garnered a massive following in less than a year — more than 900,000 on Instagram and 2.4 million on TikTok. Blake, too, breeds emus (and rhea, a related bird), of which Emmanuel Todd Lopez is the best known.

Unlike Karen, he seems to have a romantic relationship with his caretaker. But he’s also not without his mischievous side and sometimes goes after Taylor’s phone while she’s filming. “Emmanuel, don’t do it” is his slogan in these situations. This summer, Taylor even appeared on the Tonight’s show to play a similar scene with Jimmy Fallon.

In internet shorthand fashion, Amanda and Taylor are colloquially referred to as “The Emu Lady,” and why not? They do very similar viral content with their emus. One might even wonder if Taylor, who started a few years after Useless Farm went live, was imitating Amanda’s schtick, consciously or not. rolling stone reached out to both women to ask if they’ve viewed each other’s content, and if so, their thoughts on it.

In an email, Amanda replies that she was just asked to be in a New York Times article with Taylor, and declined. “I’ve been doing this for almost three years and I’ve had the farm longer. I love what I do – I have so much fun. To be honest,” she said, “it’s more than stupid emu lady stuff.”

Why would she refuse a double major profile with Taylor?

Well, the Florida farmer – who currently identifies as a “Jesus-loving, slightly funny lesbian” – has had several personas on social media. From mid-2020 to 2021, her Instagram documents long trips across the country in an RV with Haggerty with photos of lush nature tagging hashtags like #lifeontheroad and #offgridliving, unmistakably an influencer’s aesthetic. of potential travel. Prior to that, from 2019 to 2020, she had some success directing comedy videos as the character “Karen” (not to be confused with the emu Karen), a “southern divorcee” and “mother of two. which subverted the trope of the reactionary white woman by expressing progressive or “woke” views. In her final monologue for this series, she urged subscribers to demand justice for George Floyd.

Long before thishowever, she used the N-word on Twitter, claiming to be both African American and Native American, and arguing that the best way to defeat racism was to “stop talking about it.” In every phase of her continued reimagining, critics have once again circulated screenshots of her offensive comments dating back to 2011. That year, she tagged comedian Chelsea Handler, asking to be adopted because “I’m a skinny white girl that [sic] can impersonate fat black girls.

“If you want my comment on what Taylor did and said, here it is: it’s disgusting,” Amanda said. rolling stone. “Clear and simple. It’s important to me that everyone feels welcome in our little online corner of the internet called Useless Farm – free from judgment and hate.

Nonetheless, Taylor continued to amass a fandom with Emmanuel and Knuckle Bump Farms — until she was faced with an all-new scandal. On October 15, she announced on Twitter that she had lost “99%of his birds to bird flu after a flock of wild geese invaded the farm. Then it emerged that Emmanuel had also fallen ill but, while tending to him, Taylor continued to kiss and snuggle up to him as usual, which alarmed medical experts who said warned that she could contract the virus herself, which could lead to a deadly pandemic flu in humans. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, an infectious disease researcher, called it a “bad idea”. Taylor defended herself in part by explaining that Emmanuel “panicks every time we approach him with a mask”.

By contacting Taylor, rolling stone asked for any further comment on the bird flu backlash or its apparent history of racist tweets. She hasn’t answered yet.

“Thank God we didn’t know [avian flu]at Useless Farm, says Amanda, “and we are very careful to follow all the guidelines from our veterinarians and Health Canada.

Although she consented to the state culling other possibly infected birds, Taylor opted to have Emmanuel tested. She announced on October 22 that he finally did not have the flu and was clearly suffering from stress during the crisis at the farm. “Always trust your intuition!” she tweeted.

Whatever the chorus of contempt on social media about Taylor’s handling of the incident, Florida’s own agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried – whom Taylor personally thanked for his help during the death of the herd – had no problem with that. In fact, she took advantage of Emmanuel’s new diagnosis to promote a brewery that makes a sour beer named after her, even wearing a T-shirt of the iconic bird.

To conspiracy theorists, this may seem like a suspicious resolution to a possible public health disaster. And for now, Taylor is only posting updates on Emmanuel’s recovery on Twitter, leaving Knuckle Bump Farms’ TikTok and Instagram accounts dormant. Once he’s back to being himself, she may well face another round of appeals for his past controversies, even if the standards who love his farm videos remain blissfully oblivious to such context. Or she could piss off the internet in a whole new way.

Luckily, as the speech progresses, you’ll have a clear understanding of which Emu Lady is which, why one has been repeatedly ‘canceled’, and where your loyalties should lie. Unlike those people struggling with the misunderstanding that there is only one Emu Lady.

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A black travel influencer’s advice for moving abroad https://we-are-africa.org/a-black-travel-influencers-advice-for-moving-abroad/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 19:19:48 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/a-black-travel-influencers-advice-for-moving-abroad/ “No Pigeons” is the name of the spin-off (and lesser) track by Sporty Thievz released in 1999 in response to TLC’s “No Scrubs”. It is also Unbothered critical culture and Unbothered Go away, sister The official requirement of Ineye Komonibo, co-host of the podcast, when looking for a city to live. Absolutely no pigeons. Her […]]]>

“No Pigeons” is the name of the spin-off (and lesser) track by Sporty Thievz released in 1999 in response to TLC’s “No Scrubs”. It is also Unbothered critical culture and Unbothered Go away, sister The official requirement of Ineye Komonibo, co-host of the podcast, when looking for a city to live. Absolutely no pigeons. Her “pigeon phobia” partly explains why she is done with New York. “I’m tired. It stresses me out and I feel like my nervous system is shot… There’s a culture of jostling and grinding that’s ingrained in [New York’s] DNA that doesn’t necessarily allow for a certain quality of life that I’m looking for,” Komonibo, who lives in Brooklyn, shared in the latest episode of Go away, sister. “I’ve had enough. I won’t be renewing my lease next year. I’m out.”

Komonibo’s decision to leave the city she calls home for an easier, more carefree life elsewhere is a decision many people — especially black people — have made lately. Ever since the pandemic hit, people have been reassessing their living conditions and choosing to pack up and leave. Whether it’s a short getaway or a life-changing move, Black people are traveling here in 2022. In this episode, the hosts of Go away, sister dig deep into the decision to leave a city, the responsibilities that come with traveling abroad, and why so many black women are leaving America.

“Once I am financially 110% [and] stable or where I want to be, I’m completely out of America,” said Maiya Carmichael, associate social strategist. “Bye-bye, come, never again. Mom sends you a postcard. [laughs] Because I don’t know if this country is for me, so I have to explore the world.

Joining this episode’s hosts is someone who knows a thing or two about exploring the world: travel influencer and entrepreneur Chidi Ashley. She is the Founder and CEO of Luxe Tribes, a travel service and community, which provides travelers with authentic and stress-free experiences. Ashley is also CEO of Readyhubb, a software solutions and marketplace design company that enables independent beauty professionals to market their services and manage their appointments. She’s lived all over the world – USA, Nigeria, South Africa, England, Thailand, Bali, Peru, Canada – and now she’s settled in Dubai. With all of her experience traveling the world, we had to ask Ashley what it’s like to navigate all of these different cultures as a black woman.

“I think eventually you’ll find that whether you’re African or black American – whatever black you are – people just see you as black. And so people will naturally have stereotypes or expectations,” Ashley said. “I’ve kind of just operated in the sense that I’m just going to focus on myself. And if I’m in Dubai, if I’m in Bali, I’m going to carry myself with a confidence that I don’t care if they watching, I don’t care if they’re watching, I’m here to have a good time. I’m here to get what I need from this space while being respectful in this space. Ashley talked more about respect locals on a trip and how to be successful if you choose to travel or move abroad.

For more on Chidi Ashley’s many businesses (yes, she’s reserved and busy) and how to travel ethically (if that’s even possible), listen to the full episode below.

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