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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Exclusive Interview with CEO Boash Cakes and Events

Hello! On the cake list today we have a really talented young lady. A baker, an entrepreneur, mother, a student; she makes awesome cakes. Her thirst for knowledge is simply unquenchable. I was opportune to interview her, I hope you enjoy it.

CEO, Boash Cakes and Events

9jafrik: Can we meet you?
Yetunde: I am Mrs Yetunde Adeyemi, owner of Boash Cakes and Events.

9jafrik: Tell us about Boash Cakes and Events?
Yetunde: Boash Cakes and events is a registered business in Nigeria. Boash Cakes is a custom cake studio that focuses on creating visually stunning wedding, birthday, anniversary cakes etc., each individually tailored to the client's wish with an emphasis on freshness and great taste you can't resist. Our expertise in cake decorating combined with our knowledge of the latest trends allows us to bring any style to the cake table.
Not leaving out our other delicacies for all your events ranging from our finger foods, cocktails, chops, fish kebab and chips, assun, executive ram barbecue, shawarma, pizza and lots more.
Our indoor and outdoor catering service is also not left out: whatever it is your guest desires, from continental dishes to our own African dishes, we will be right on point.
We offer catering services for corporate clients on TGIF and company get-together.  This includes: fish kebab, assun, chicken and chips, coleslaw, barbecue, jollof rice, fried rice, amongst others.


9jafrik: What was the inspiration behind Boash cakes?
Yetunde: The inspiration was and is my love and passion for cakes, my curiosity to know how cakes are made, and the beauty of it being decorated. I get hyper-excited and happy when I see a beautiful cake.
My other half and above all God has been my inspiration.


9jafrik: How long have Boash cakes been in existence?
Yetunde: We’ve been in existence since March 2011 but became registered in 2012.



9jafrik: What was growing up like?
Yetunde: I grew up like every other person. I am the first child of my mum (Chief and Mrs Olusile). I have 4 younger ones. I attended Kabma-F- international school Fola Agoro, proceeded to Fggc Owerri for my Jss1 but had to leave because of the distance. I did my Jss2 and Jss3 in Fggc Sagamu and eventually finished in Eva Adelaja Girls Secondary school as a science student.
While waiting for admission I learnt sewing and bead-making. I got admission into Unilag through diploma to study mathematics (it wasn't easy though). I also read computer science at University of Abuja.
After my university, I learnt catering and got married. I have two boys to the glory of God.

The first thing I learnt in catering was chin chin; in my Jss1, thanks to my guardian Mrs Iwuagwu in Fggc Owerri. I never came home during mid-term break, I spent my mid-terms with her and that was where I started.

9jafrik: At what point did you draw the line between pursuing a career using your university education and catering?
Yetunde: I always had it in my mind from my childhood days that I would be a business owner and not an office woman; though I learnt web designing before I got admission into Unilag and worked for a year with Maybach strategic & solutions and also at Hydrogold for 6 months.
Growing up and doing a 9-5 job was a total no for me. I love to be with my family so I guess that's the reason. Maybe when my kids are all grown up, I will go back to an office job.


9jafrik: A lot of us see cakes and bakers from afar. What does being a cake baker feel like? Can you take us through your life as a caterer?
Yetunde: Being a baker to me is really fun and adventurous; you just never stop learning.



9jafrik: You passed through several fields, what advice do you have for youths trying to locate and pursue their dreams?
Yetunde: All I will say is time waits for no one. No knowledge is lost. You don't have to stick to one thing. Be diverse and learn more. Am still good in web designing and I use my Corel draw and Photoshop well. Above all, have faith in yourself. Life is a teacher, the more we live the more we learn

9jafrik: Where do you see yourself in 5years time?
Yetunde: By the grace of God I see myself acquiring more knowledge in catering with Boash cakes and Events being known home and abroad. So help me God.

9jafrik: As you know, 9jafrikfashion is aimed at promoting Africans and African fashion. What is your take on African fashion? And can you tell us about your dress sense and style?
Yetunde: In my own opinion, fashion is being happy in whatever you put on. My dress sense is simple. I am a shirt freak and I love my long-sleeved shirt on a nice jean and a cute flat covered shoe. No other dressing of mine can beat it

9jafrik: Thank  you for your time.

For perfectly baked cakes for your events and top-notch cake-making training, contact Boash cakes.
Contact Details:
Phone: 08061385853, 08038506581
Bbm: 29767A76
Email: boashng@yahoo.com








Tuesday, 14 January 2014

EXclusive Interview with the CEO of iposhlooks

On this week's interview session, we have one of Nigeria's finest, young, and creative makeup artist. A mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, she is a force to reckon with when it comes to makeup. Join us as we delve into the life of this hardworking lady.

CEO, iposhlooks

9jafrik: Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
Ifeoma: I am Ifeoma Adefemi, from Anambra state, born and bred in the south west (Ibadan), schooled primary, secondary and tertiary in the south west, and married with a son. I am also a makeup artist.

9jafrik: Can you tell us about your makeup organization?
Ifeoma: My makeup name is "iposhlooks" but the company (studio) is "The posh place" situated at 11 Osho street Opebi link, we offer quality makeup services as; makeup trainings (professional and personal), bridal makeover, gele tying, photo-shoots, etc.

I was studying mechanical engineering but I noticed makeup was more fun compared to "Laplace transformation" (Engineering mathematics).

9jafrik: How long have you been in business?
Ifeoma: Hmmm! I started in school; shaping brows for friends, doing their makeup for parties, birthdays, and events. Close friends started suggesting I collect money no matter how small. I got out of school 2010 and since then I haven't looked back, it’s been from one upgrade to the other.
It may appear very strange because I was studying mechanical engineering but I noticed makeup was more fun compared to "Laplace transformation" (Engineering mathematics).



9jafrik: What was growing up like?
Ifeoma: Hmm! I grew up in a boy's world; I am the only girl amongst 3 boys. I think I grew up fast because the responsibilities of being a first born did not allow me do the "sand" play for long. I rarely had teddy bears instead played with machine guns, sport cars, etc.

9jafrik: At what point did you notice you had flair for makeup?
Ifeoma: My mum used to say I was very ugly and that my brothers where finer, so the race of how to enhance my look began (don’t blame me). When she leaves the house her makeup bag was in trouble (at least she started it).
It all started from there. I kept practicing on myself and I would jump at any opportunity given to do any makeup on anybody.


9jafrik: What was mum’s reaction when she found out? Where you able to cover your tracks?
Ifeoma: She said "Ah and she's trying o!" Cutting it short she's now no1 fan of iposhlooks

9jafrik: The journey so far. What are the challenges you've faced in the makeup industry?
Ifeoma: The journey so far has been God because right now I live in Lagos because of marriage. I had to build clientele base here which wasn’t so easy, but I have had help from God and massive support from my hubby (Oluwaseyi Adefemi). Another challenge is underpricing by clients especially when you are using quality products, and also getting clients that are frequent YouTube viewers making demands that might not necessarily fit.

Powder, mascara, inner eyeliner, and lip gloss. With these items your facial features will be defined and enhanced.

9jafrik: Looking at the makeup industry; is there anything you will like to change?
Ifeoma: Hmm! I don’t know how realistic this sounds but I wish there is a body or association where your jobs are rated before you become a certified makeup artist to avoid seeing stuffs we see lately.



9jafrik: What's your take on a lady's must-have makeup tools?
Ifeoma: Powder, mascara, inner eyeliner, and lip gloss. With these items your facial features will be defined and enhanced.

9jafrik: As a professional, can you give us some do(s) and don't(s) in other to enhance your natural beauty?
Ifeoma: Never wear makeups over the night, drink water regularly, take lots of fruits, then lastly smile, smile and smile (that can't be overemphasized)

9jafrik: Do you organize makeup training sessions?
Ifeoma: Yes we organize makeup training sessions; for individuals that want a personal trainings, makeup artists looking to upgrade and for individuals who want to become makeup artists.

9jafrik: Where do you see yourself in the coming years?
Ifeoma: I see myself in God's hand as usual, he promised he'll take me places and that iposhlooks will be a household name, so I'll just watch and see how he intends to achieve it.

9jafrik: That will be all, thank you for your time.

Contact Details
Address: No 11 Osho street Opebi link, Lagos State.
Phone: 08032395059, 08126012909
Email: iposhlooks@gmail.com









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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Interview with CEO Shannon Creations

Featuring on the blog today is one of Africa's finest when it comes to fashion accessories (bags, foot-wears, amongst others). She employs both western and African fabrics in producing "stand-out," quality pieces. Details of an interview we had with her are below. I hope you enjoy it.



9jafrik: Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
Joy: My name is Joy Nwokoro. I am a graduate of English and literature from the Abia state university. I used to be a practicing journalist before I delved into business.

9jafrik: Shannon Creations, what is it all about?
Joy: Shannon Creations produces all kinds of bags, footwear and accessories made with African and western fabrics.

9jafrik: How long have you been in the business?
Joy: We commenced business officially in August 2012 but I started with the "accessories" part while in my third year in the university. That was in 2005.

9jafrik: What initiated the change in professions? Why did you leave journalism?
Joy: Journalism is my first love and so I still do it on a freelance level. Now, back to the story of why I took a hiatus from practicing on a full time scale. After the company I worked for had some issues and thereafter went into oblivion, some milestone events happened in my life. I got married and had my child almost immediately. After three months I just couldn't imagine myself leaving my baby and going to look for another paid employment. So at that juncture I asked God for direction and wanted him to direct me into what kind of business to do. Then it dawn on me that I had made some money from selling beads on campus. Proverbs 31 woman's scripture just popped. So I went to read it again and then clarity about what to do became illuminated in me. To cut the long epistle short; that was how the whole Shannon Creations craft came about.

9jafrik: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Joy: Permit me go spiritual here! I draw most of my inspiration from the Holy Spirit. However, that's not to rule out the fact that my environment as well as those who have walked this path and succeeded does not spur me on too.



9jafrik: The journey so far, how has it being? What are the challenges involved in this kind of job?
Joy: Like a child growing teeth, there will always be a teething stage. No business starts off without some hitches here and there. It was challenging in the first six months of commencement as there was the issue of people really accepting your style. People are used to the foreign made bags, shoes, et al. However over time with consistency and what have you, it's been great.
The greatest challenge in this niche is man power.by this I mean getting darn right diligent and consistent workers have been a challenge.
Other than that, other challenges are a piece of cake that come and fizzle out in a short space of time.

9jafrik: Do you have a unique signature, what distinguishes your job from others out there?
Joy: Our unique signature is our choice of fabric. We go for very durable, appealing and attractive colors that would cause a potential customer to want to take a second look.

9jafrik: What are your fashion "must-haves" for a lady who wants to stay classy and trendy?
Joy: A statement bag and to-die-for accessories (earrings and neck piece)

9jafrik: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Joy: I see a brand that pervades everywhere. I see people being comfortable with our brand, as much as they would with foreign made ones.
In five years I also see a lot of people very comfortable with fusing a skirt and top, trouser and top with our African fabric bags, shoes and accessories line.

9jafrik: Thanks for your time Joy.


Contact Details
Phone: 08035385228
Email: joy.nwokoro@gmail.com
Bbm: 2A8277D2
Twitter: @shanncreations
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-Creations/417325121682303


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Friday, 10 January 2014

Cookie Story

As the holiday season gradually comes to an end and we are grudgingly ushered into the school season, one thing at the back of every parents’ mind is how to pay their children's school fees. After all the frivolities and expenses of the Christmas season, this sad reality dawns on us. For every mother it’s time to start digging out school uniforms, socks and shoes, and making repairs if necessary. It’s also a time to start stocking up the pantry. Yours truly I have been doing some preparation of my own. As a baker, I take pride in ensuring that my kids take home-made snacks to school. But off course, when I am overwhelmed with work I resort to buying (wetin man go do!). Lately I have been doing some experimenting with my cookie recipe. After much tweak here and there I finally arrived at one that I really like. I actually stumbled over it by mistake. I received a pack of Quaker oats in a hamper over Christmas (am not really a fan of Quaker oats) and I thought to myself, instead of letting it go to waste or expire, I might as well put it into some good use. So I added it to my recipe and it came out nice. It gave the cookie a chewy texture more like biscuit. I also sprinkled some leftover chocolate I had in the freezer over it and it turned out lovely (I actually feel like the owner of Mcvities right now). Well I hope it works out same for you.

Ingredients:
250gm. Butter
100gm Sugar (you can add more if you like)
350gm. Flour (you will need a little more for rolling the cookies)
1 tsp. flavouring (vanilla, butterscotch or any flavour you desire)
1 egg
100gm Quaker oats (any brand will do)
50gm chocolate (for sprinkling over the chocolate .this is optional and the cookies still taste fine without it.)
Cookie cutters (any shape or size will do)

Method:
•    Grease a sheet pan and set aside
•    Measure ingredients accurately.
•    Place the butter, sugar and flavour into a mixing bowl. Cream these ingredients. Do not cream like cake mixture, only a little amount of creaming is required, so the cookie will retain its shape and not spread too much.
•    Add the egg and blend in at low speed.
•    Sieve the flour, mix into mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.
•    Add the Quaker oats into the mixture, mix until just combined.
•    Roll out on a board about 1/8 inch (3cm) thick and cut out with your cookie cutter. Bake in a moderately hot oven till cookie browns on top, bring out of the oven and leave to cool. Serve or store in airtight jars to retain crunch and freshness. I took the liberty of sealing mine in small nylons ready for school or sale? Which do you think ...wink!




Packaged cookies ready for school or sale!

Cookie cutter

Article by: Chizzy Chops
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Wrapped in Style: DASHIKI

Today I will be considering a killer fashion piece. Killer piece because it is so colorful (who doesn't love colors when they are rightly blended?). I won't bug you with too much of history, just general information. *winks*
If you are one of those that take pleasure in stealing the show and making a statement, the Dashiki is a piece I recommend for you. It is loosely fitted, comfortable, colorful, and unique.



Dashiki was originally a traditional African men outfit. Today, it can be worn by both men and women. Dashiki is characterized a colorful V-shaped embroidered collar and sleeves.
Because of its colors and statement, Dashiki is no longer just associated with West Africans. Rather, it has been adopted by people of all lands, blacks and whites alike. They also come in different fabrics; Kente, Brocade, Mud cloth, name it.

I promised not to bore you with history. Final words are: if you don't have this piece of clothing, go and get it!







Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Exclusive interview with Hair Benders

Featuring on the blog today is one of Nigeria's finest. He is young, talented, and creative man and CEO to one of Africa's fast rising brand, Hair Benders. Join us as we explore the world of Olawale of Hair Benders.



9jafrik: Can we meet you sir?
Wale: I am Olawale Durojaiye, born and raised in Ibadan, Oyo state. I went to Richmab Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan then Mayflower School Ikenne for my secondary school and I studied Politics and International Relations at Lead City University Ibadan. I am the last child of parents and the last of 3 boys from my mom.

9jafrik: Hairbenders, what is it all about?
Wale: Hairbenders is an innovative professional Salon and Makeup studio that caters for everyone's hair and beauty needs in a decent and cozy environment with professional and passionate stylists and makeup artistes.

9jafrik: Are you the CEO of hairbenders?
Wale: God is, but I’m the MD

9jafrik: What was the inspiration behind Hairbenders?
Wale: Well, it was inspired by the need to create something. I had been selling human hairs prior to setting up Hairbenders and there was always the question of “do you make hair too?” So I realized I could just up my game and add hair making to selling or weaves and since I had trained as a makeup artist, I just put everything together and brought the dream to life.

9jafrik: How long has Hairbenders been operational?
Wale: I have been using Hairbenders since 2011 when I was selling weaves, but opened the Salon on March 1st 2013.

9jafrik: How did you learn the art makeup?
Wale: First training was at House of Tara, second was in Ghana and third is self-education.

9jafrik: You studied politics and international relations, why the shift in professions?
Wale: Well, I actually thought I was going to further my studies and go for Masters but how I ended up settling with Hairbenders is beyond my knowledge. I've always loved business, I’ve tried my hands at several businesses in the past, not because I had it in mind I would end up as a business man but because I found joy in maximizing profits. I started selling weaves when I went to Dubai on holiday, it wasn't planned, just a coincidence.



9jafrik: What's your idea of a perfect makeover?
Wale: Well, a perfect makeover is quite different from a perfect makeup but perfection in both means flawless application, the presence of a wow factor. The difference is that makeup is for the face while makeover is general, which could include nails, hair, facials, and even clothes.

9jafrik: Who needs a makeup artist?
Wale: If the question was who needs Makeup I would say every woman does, but since it is a makeup Artist then I would say any woman who can't get a flawless makeup done for her or tie proper Gele on her head needs a makeup artist. Then there are other areas a Makeup Artist could help, like in recommending the right products to you, advising you on what to use and not to use on your face, helping you with your makeup challenges and taking care of your makeup on your day, may be wedding or birthday, you deserve to pamper yourself once in a while. At Hairbenders we do more than just makeup, we do a total makeover for brides and celebrants.

9jafrik: As a professional, what do you think are ladies must have makeup products?
Wale: Powder, mascara and lip gloss. These 3 Products when used properly can give the face a good lift without looking too made up. It's just a natural combination that gives you the confidence and charm every woman needs.

9jafrik: What are some of the challenges you've encountered so far?
Wale: Apart from the initial problem I had with my staff, no other problem gave me sleepless nights. You know managing someone is quite hard not to talk of four to five people who have come from different backgrounds. I had to make them see the vision and carry them along but some of them couldn't fit into the picture so had to take them out and change hands. Like I said that was then, we are over it now and I have not been worried about any of them in a very long time.

9jafrik: There are several makeup artists out there. Do you ever get scared of what the future holds?
Wale: No. Instead I envision a day when I will wish I could divide myself into ten to handle jobs on my hand. My future in my present, I know where I am now and I know if I give my best now then tomorrow would be a continuation of the good I’m doing now. I am so passionate about my work that I can't see myself dwindling, I learn every day and I practice what I learn a lot, what else do I need to succeed if not to learn, practice and pray.

9jafrik: Do you ever plan on making use of your university cert.?
Wale: I pray not, because that would have been a failure on my part/path. Why would I go and start looking for job when I’m happy creating jobs?

9jafrik: What advice do you have for upcoming youths?
Wale: They should find something they love doing and every other thing would be taken care of. It's no more about Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers etc., it's now about creativity, and the highest paying jobs now are those created by great minds. Just look at Mark Zuckerberg and you'll find all the answers therein.

9jafrik: Thanks for your time sir.

Contact Details
Address: 1st Floor Stargate Building, Adeoyo Round About, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Phone: 07062309977
Bbm: 2B18F5D7






Friday, 3 January 2014

Culture Series: Igbo Part1




The Igbo ethnic group is found majorly in south-eastern Nigeria. They are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. With regards to their origin, there are many schools of thought. Some hold that the present-day Igbo people migrated from Benue region of Nigeria while others say that they migrated from Far East, descending from the Jews. Another school off thought holds that the Igbo people have always been there. They didn’t migrate from anywhere.

Majority of Igbos are Christians with a few of them still practicing indigenous traditional worship. Although the advent of Christianity at around 1885 has left marks in the traditional belief system, the traditional system had its positive contributions to the culture and lives of the Igbo people.

The era of slave trade cannot be forgotten as it affected the Igbo people heavily. Slaves were sold to Europeans who buy these slaves to work on their plantations. There were market days to sell human beings, usually 300 to 500 in number. Slaves were usually captured during raids or wars and in some cases, were captured because they were indebted.

Economy
Traditionally, Igbo people are mainly farmers and hunters, cultivating mainly yam, cassava, and cocoyam. Increase in population and a need for land has however caused deforestation. Also the exodus of men and women in search of greener pasture and white collar jobs has left the farming business handicapped.



Beliefs/ Religion
  • The Igbo people believe in a supreme god (Chukwu, Chi) who created this world for the living and another for the dead ancestors. It is common to have a family worship its own wooden idol. It is also believed that the supreme god created divinities that are sensitive to acts of disrespect. At such, there exist chief priests that mediate between the gods and men.
When misfortunes and calamity befalls a person, household, or community, the chief priest is called upon to reveal the cause and provide a possible solution.
Chief priests are required to interpret the mind of the gods/ancestors as well as consult the gods to ensure battle victories.


  • As touching birth, new born babies are introduced to the family ancestors in their father’s hurt. This ritual is known as Iguaha.
  • Burial rites fall within any of the three categories; burial of the old (elderly), burial of the young (children who die pre-mature), and burial of those who misbehaved or committed atrocities. As opposed to the rigid attitude that follows the death/burial of elderly people, when a child dies, there is uncontrollable wailing and sorrow.
Those who committed atrocities are denied burial space in the land and are often thrown into the “evil forest.” The advent of Christianity and the increase in population is slowly eliminating these practices.

Reincarnation
One predominant belief in the Igbo tradition is the belief of reincarnation. Reincarnation is one of the important tenets of the Igbo religion. The Igbo people attach much importance to social status and at such, they believe that a person can continually improve his status from incarnate to incarnate.
When a person dies, it is believed he moves to the disincarnate realm waiting to be reincarnated. Some Igbo people believe that not every dead person can reincarnate. Those who died in accidents, prematurely, or committed suicide and those who led worthless lives fall in this category.
Still on the issue of reincarnation, Igbo people believe in the existence of “ogbanje (evil child)” similar to “abiku” of the Yoruba tradition. Ogbanjes are a group of people linked in the disincarnate realm with the primary aim of causing harassment to parents by dying young. Ogbanjes live a couple of weeks or years and then die only to be reborn into the same family and die again. This cycle continues unless it is broken.
Breaking this cycle involves compelling the child to reveal a hidden object; usually a pot, rock, or pebble. As part of his or her oath, the ogbanje child is believed to hide some objects. Revealing of these objects will dissolve ties with the other world. Most often, the services of an ogbanje doctor (specialist) is employed to champion this ritual.





Another method employed by the ogbanje doctor or child’s parents in breaking this cycle is mutilating a part of the child’s body or burning part of the child’s body if he or she eventually dies. It is believe that ogbanjes dislike ugliness and at such, the child will be expelled from the cult thus freeing him or her.



There’s a whole lot more to talk about when discussing the Igbo people; their dressing, food, music, marriage, amongst others. This article is long as it is, so I’ll break the subject of the Igbo people into several episodes; most likely 2.
I hope you enjoyed this piece, till next time, remain blessed.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Wrapped in Style: Shwe Shwe

I got you didn't I? I know you'll be wondering what that means but I'll tell you.
Shweshwe is a fabric which is sometimes called "Three Cats". This is a reference to a specific logo and brand of fabric that was originally produced in the UK, but is now printed by Da Gama Textiles in South Africa.

 Shweshwe fabrics



Shweshwe fabrics are printed in three colors: Indigo blue, red and chocolate brown. Plus the fancy range; this adds a touch of gold indigo blue. All fabrics are 100% cotton. Because these fabrics are starched when they are printed, they are quite stiff when new. After washing, they are lovely and soft and easy to work with.
Although historians claim that indigo cloth arrived in Africa over 2000 years ago, the Shweshwe fabric became popular in South Africa when German settlers introduced it to the Xhosa people in the mid-1800s. Xhosa women fell in love with the Shweshwe fabric and made it their own.
The printing process involves passing the fabric pass through copper rollers that have patterns cut on the surface and allowing a discharge of solution into the fabric. Subsequent distinct finishing processes create intricate and beautiful patterns.



The typical use of the fabric is for traditional ceremonies in the rural areas, thus ensuring a constant demand for this particular fabric.
In certain cases special designs are produced for important occasions such as royal birthdays and national festivals.
Today this fabric has become fashionable beyond its traditional sphere of usage because young South African designers renewed their interest in their traditional national heritage. 

Shweshwe just like the name implies are charming figures and living stories of hope. Won't you love to be admired when you're out there?
I highly recommend you try Shweshwe out...I bet you going to love it....and in case you don't, I bet you will.

Ruth Dulac- I just write.

Shweshwe designs...
 


Designer: Bongiwe Walaza