Monday, 30 September 2013

Culture Series: Yoruba an Overview

Hello friends on the culture series today, I will be talking about the Yoruba people. Probably because I school in their land and I have had my ups and downs with them.

The Yoruba culture comprises of the total way of life of the Yoruba people from their values, beliefs, practices, arts, music, education, and even political position. The Yoruba people are a well-organized group of people. Although they have co-existed with other cultures and religions (Christianity and Islam), the Yoruba people and their culture has been able to stand the test of time.
The Yoruba(s) are the main ethnic group in the states Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo.

The Yoruba people are very excellent sculptors famous for the terra cotta heads during the 12th to 14th century. They are also involved in farming, hunting, and textiles.
The Yoruba(s) have a rather elaborate lifestyle. This can be shown in their naming ceremonies which require relatives to give a new born child a name as they wish him/her to be called. These result in a child having a dozen or more names. Also a child is required to prostrate before elders. Still on their culture, I must confess the Yoruba(s) have several proverbs (it is interesting though).

Food: They like pounded yam (iyan), semo, fufu, amala, and moi moi (baked beans). Their soups include okra and stew, ewedu, egusi and vegetable.

Music: Little wonder why Yoruba music has become one of the famous in Nigeria and in the world with artists like Fela, 9ice, Femi Sax, Lara George, amongst others who have thrived both locally and internationally. They have a great style and sense of music. From traditional singing of the Kings' praise to praising of the gods and composing of songs, the Yoruba people have carved a niche for themselves. Famous Yoruba musical instruments include: Agidigbo, Talking Drum, Omela, Goje, Bata drum, Sakara drum, amongst others. 

Their dressing isn't any different. It is elegant and unique. Just as they take pride in other aspects of their culture, they also take pride in looking good.
Yoruba clothing includes:
  • Adire: Cloth with various designs and patterns.
  • Aso-Oke: The most prestigious Yoruba clothing. It comes in three colors; red, brown, and dark blue.
  • Ofi: This is a pure white yarned cloth.
  • Aran: Velvet clothing material worn by the rich.
For occasions men usually wear Sokoto (loosely-fitted trouser), Agbada (wide sleeve), Buba (Top), and Fila (cap/hat). Some may carry the horse tail for a more traditional look. For women it is Iro (Wrapper), Gele (Head wrap), Buba (Blouse), and an optional Ipele (Shawl).

I hope you enjoyed the post.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Uprising Model: SYLVA NABHON

Hello friends I was privileged to meet one of Nigeria's upcoming model, the current Mr. Bayelsa during the course of the week. He is one of those six packs guy and I was drawn by the photo editing of his shoot sessions. Details of an interview with him are below.

9jafrik: Can we meet you sir?
Sylva: Sure, I am Sylva Nabhon, AKA The Gentle Jant. I am a professional model

9jafrik: How long have you been modelling?
Sylva: For about 4 years now.

9jafrik: Why did you choose modelling?
Sylva: I chose modelling in other to fulfill my dreams as a designer. I came into modelling to know more about fashion and designs. I also have the passion for what I do.

9jafrik: Which brands/agencies have you modeled for?
Sylva: I am working with the house of Twitch, UK. I am also the brand ambassador for Renner Angelle designs, and the present Mr. Bayelsa.

9jafrik: What are the challenges you have faced so far?
Sylva: The stress in traveling, having to keep fit, and scouting. When I started, I had to do free shows in order to make a name. Regular rehearsals, visits to studio to market pictures, and learning everyday are all challenging.

9jafrik: Who are your role models?
Sylva: In fashion, Ramsey Noah. In modelling, Kelvin Godson

9jafrik: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Sylva: I draw my inspiration from the experience of others. I have learnt that success is possible. In modelling, I draw inspirations from works of art. I believe all creativity is art and every art is fashion.

Other Details
Height: 6ft., 1"
Waist: 31
Chest: 40

...more pictures the concept. 

Friday, 27 September 2013

Exclusive Interview with HESEY

Hello friends', featuring on the blog today is one of Nigeria's finest designers when it comes to bags. She has so stepped-up her game in a very short while and I think she is a force to reckon with when it comes to designs. Welcome, with me the creative director of HESEY DESIGNS.
Details of an interview I had with her are below. I literally had to hold her by the throat before I got this one.

9jafrik: Can we meet you?
HESEY: I am Odiete Eseoghene. I am a fashion entrepreneur, a writer, and a public relation consultant.

9jafrik: How long have you been in the fashion business?
HESEY: Officially over a year now.

9jafrik: Why did you choose this line of business?
HESEY: I have always been in love with it since I can remember.

9jafrik: What are some of the challenges you have faced so far?
HESEY: Funds, getting the right materials for the job, and logistics.

9jafrik: Do you have a unique signature? If yes, what is it?
HESEY: Our cuts are exceptional and you can't help but notice. We also have several trademark patterns.

9jafrik: Where do you hope to be in the coming years?
HESEY: Hmm... I will want to surprise you all. A lot has happened within one year and Hesey designs have seriously expanded and have been featured on several print publications and also on TV. All these weren't planned. So like always, greater things will come our way and the brand will become better and more productive.

9jafrik: Do you teach?
HESEY: Yes, I do. It is my little way of empowering women and making them financially independent.

9jafrik: What advice do you have for upcoming designers in your line of business?
HESEY: Two words, BE STUBBORN! By that I mean push for what you want and never give up

9jafrik: Finally, what does it take to do what you do?
HESEY: Grace, the right people around you, passion and determination.

Contact Details
Creative Director, HESEY DESIGNS

Phone: 08169357756, 08094478956
Bbm: 29481cfa

...some of her jobs hope you love them.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Female Hair Styles

I promised to write an article on hair styles for ladies and here it is. Hope you enjoy it.
Ladies will always go some extra mile to ensure that they look good, and believe me, we love it. As much as what you put on matters, the hairstyle you wear or carry matters a lot. Your hair style can either complement or tarnish your beauty.

While men are more conservative in choosing hair styles (I mean they can stick to one style all their life), women are more adventurous and have more options to explore but truth be told because an hairstyle is in vogue or looks good on someone else doesn't mean it is suitable for you.
While choosing a new hairstyle, there are several factors to consider.

  1. Shape of Your Face: On the top of the list is the shape of your face. You are blessed if you have an oval face as all hairstyles will most likely fit you. If you have a square or masculine face, try styles that will make you more feminine. If your face is on the round side, you want to try as much as possible to make it appear slimmer.
  2. Consider Your Stylist: You may have the right face shape, made the right choice, but the power lies in the hands of your stylist. Never, never assume when it comes to styling your hair. Confirm from your stylist that he/she is familiar with the style.
  3. Your Personality/ Required Care: It is not good enough to choose a style, fix that style and not be able to maintain it. If your hair choice requires daily attention, you must be ready to give it that attention. If you are a girl-on-the-go, you want something that is on the go too. On personality, never go with something you are not comfortable with because it is in vogue. "If you don't like it, don't try it.
  4. Consider the Trends: Although I have emphasized don't wear it, if you don't like it. You always want to stay on top of your game and that is by changing with time.
With all that said, let's talk about women hair styles. As much as women can attempt most male hair styles (like the afro, buzz cut, hi-top fade, etc.), it is rather impossible for their male counter-parts to do so.

I had to meet a Nigerian hair stylist who listed a few of the hair styles he knows (mostly African and a few international). I was awed when he started, enjoy.
  • C-closing
  • All back
  • Invisible closing
  • Twisting
  • Rihanna Style
  • Fringe
  • Shut up and drive (huh?)
  • Braids (big and small)
  • Cotonou braids
  • Natural & Artificial dreads
  •  Zip hair
  • Puff puff
  • Thread
  • Bee hive
  • Bun
  • Crown braid
  • French braid
  • Up-do
  Here are few hairstyles you could try, more to come shortly.

What other styles do you know?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Uprising Model: BECKY ILUMA

Hello friends, during the course of week, I was fortunate to meet one of Nigeria's fast uprising models, Becky Iluma. A very talented and inspiring young lady, the 21 year old is a force to reckon with in beauty, creativity, and intelligence. Sit back and enjoy as she tells us about herself.

9jafrik: Can you tell us about yourself?
Becky: I am Becky Iluma from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. I am the first child in a family of four. I am also a home economics student of Federal College of Education, Omoku Rivers State.

9jafrik: How long have you been modelling?
Becky: For 3 years now.

9jafrik: Why did you choose modelling?
Becky: I have a passion for it and I love what I do.

9jafrik: What Brands/Designers have you modeled for?
Becky: I have been involved in a lot of beauty pageants like Miss Peace, Miss Niger Delta, and Face of Ijaw. I was also involved in the Bayelsa fashion week.

9jafrik: Any awards so far?
Becky: Yes. I was the first runner up for Miss Niger Delta, Model for Change.

9jafrik: Who are your role models?
Becky: My mum and Agbani Darego.

9jafrik: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Becky: I get my inspiration from the passion to cause change. Seeing young girls give birth here-and-there brings pain to my heart.

9jafrik: What are your hobbies?
Becky: Cooking, Singing, and Traveling.

Other Details
Height: 5 ft., 7"
Waist: 27
Hip: 38
Burst: 30

Monday, 23 September 2013

Skin Types and Care with Be.You.Tiful 02

Hello friends, in continuation of Skincare and Beauty Series by Be.You.Tiful, here is what she has to say for this week.

Skin Types and Care
There are general four skin types: Dry, Oily, Normal and Combination skin.
More-so, it is possible to have a sensitive skin along with one of the four general types.

  • Dry Skin: If your skin has a strong tendency towards dehydration, lacks oil, and has few breakouts (if any at all), it is considered dry. In more extreme cases, dry skin lacks elasticity and can be extremely sensitive to the sun, wind and cold temperatures. Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy cleanser and warm water.

Treatment: Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use a toner to help with that tight and flaky feeling of dehydration. Avoid toners and make-up that contain alcohol as alcohol based products have a drying effect on the skin. Use a cream-based lotion to hydrate your skin and keep it rejuvenated.
Apply moisturizers more frequently to dry skin.

  • Normal Skin: Some consider normal skin to be a combination skin but it is not. If your skin is oily at the T-zone and your nose while dry and taut on the cheeks, it is considered normal if it changes with seasons.

Treatment: Wash your face with cleansers that are meant for normal skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner all over the face.

  • Oily skin: If your skin is oily, it usually has a lot of shine to it immediately after cleaning. Your pores are also slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads and white heads than other skin types and it's coarser in texture.

Treatment: Your skin tends to attract more dirt than dry skin, so wash your face twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water. Use an alcohol free, hydrating toner to help remove additional residue. Oil blotting papers throughout the day can help control shine and it takes as little as 3 minutes after lunch. Although your skin is oily, you must moisturize it with a light moisturizer daily or your skin will become dry underneath and over compensate thereby producing more oil.

  • Combination skin: A combination skin is comprised of two extreme skin types on one face. This situation occurs when there is acne and a lot of oil in one area while the rest of the skin is generally dry.

Treatment: Always attend to each area of your skin appropriately as described above. If the acne is severe, consult a dermatologist or an aesthetician.

  • Sensitive skin:  Remember that you may have sensitive skin and at the same time have a normal, oily or dry skin. If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products, and it is usually sensitive to variation in temperature or weather, it is sensitive. Sensitivity can show up in rash, redness, dilated capillaries and acne. 
Treatment: Get a cleanser, toner, make-up or moisturizer that is fragrance free and hypo allergic. Clean, tone and moisturize with gentle products every day. With such daily routine, you can handle a sensitive skin if you have one. So there's hope for people with sensitive skin.
Note that the whole idea for any skincare exercise is to look out for products that have soothing benefits. Some of the ingredients to look out for include: - allanation, azulene, bisabolol, lavender, chamomile, rosemary, aloe-Vera, thyme, amongst others.
Thank You. Till next week, remain blessed.

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Hair Styles for Men

Hello friends, just felt the need to talk about hair styles for men. Sorry ladies, I will prepare something exquisite on the subject for all of you.
I have been having issues locating a good barber in the last few months. I moved to an old location and obviously needed to change my barber because I changed my hair cut.
The search for someone who is experienced and who understands what I want has been an ultimate search.
First guy I met barbed ok without much explanation, second guy killed my appearance, and so on.

I don't know the name of the hair style I barb. I constantly have to explain. Some get it others don't.
On one of the occasions I asked the barber what that style was called. Guess what he said, "LOW CUT AFRO." I was like "what?"
The search is still on though and I hope to find someone good.

My story has ended, over to hair styles for men. I believe your hair cut defines who you are. From the Rastafarian look to the gentle man, naughty, sexy, or even hard, your hair cut goes a long way in telling people who you are.
I did a little search and the list is endless. From Afro to Jheri Curl, Under-cut, Bowl-cut, Braid, Dreadlocks, Buzz cut, Corn rows, or even Hi-top fade, the style you adopt depends on your boldness and creativity, and that of your barber.

Hair Styles
Obviously, there is an endless list of hair styles, as the hair stylist decides what it should be call. I will pick a few of the popular ones and talk about them.

  • Afro: Also called fro or natural hair was a symbol of African heritage in mid-1960. This hair style is created by combing the hair away from the scalp. It usually forms a round shape. If you are an African, you will remember your parents rocking this style back in the days (and if you are like me that don't remember the pictures speak for themselves). At this age and time, you will definitely look old-school if you try the Afro. If you still don't mind, you have to be on the meticulous side to maintain an Afro as you never know what your hair is going to pick up *winks*. You don't want to look unkempt when you go out.
  • Regular Hair Cut: This varies from continent to continent based on the predominant hair style and texture in that region. In Africa regular hair cut is achieved by lowering the hair to length that is not comb-able.
    I particularly love this style because it is "man on the go." If I forget to brush my hair, I could get my hair in place by just rubbing my hand over my hair. If you don't know what style to go with and you do not want to make mistakes trying, the regular hair cut is a safe zone.
  • Shade Up:
    This is usually combined with hair styles but can be done alone. It involves using a clipper or razor blade to line the hair, circling the entire head. I beat you never knew "lining" is called a shade up.
  • Waves: Every Nigerian child's dream hair. This is the most sought after African American hair style. As the name implies, the hair looks like water (more like a ripple) on the hair. Mine came rather naturally but as a kid we applied a lot of conditionals all in a bid to get waves.
    It costs about a thousand Naira to make your hair wavy in Nigeria.
  • Dreadlocks:
    Definitely not for the faint-hearten. Dreadlocks are associated mostly with Rastafarians. In dreadlocks, the hair is combined into several sections and made to lock on its own. If you are hoping to go for this, feel free but remember to wash your hair all ways, if possible every day. 
  • Jheri Curl: Popular with Micheal Jackson, in Jheri curl hair style, the hair appears wet and is curly. This is done by curl activators. If you are the typical African business man I know you do not want to try this.

As much as I do not have the right to tell you what style to go with. I believe some of you are like me who feel the need to try something new. May be not so out-spoken or probably you want to look entirely different. Your hair style goes a long way to boost your personality. Who doesn't want to look good?
The list could go on and on, so I will just post pictures of more hairstyles. Believe me I don't know the name of some of them.

shaved (Moro Moro)



Hi-top fade