Naturals in The City 12!

Last Saturday, September 26 was Naturals in The City 12 and it was awesome!

The sun came out for us in full force, and the energy at Social Place that day was super. (Read “super” in a French accent)

Thank you to all the lovely ladies, and gents, and little ones that came to gather with us. Thank you Ebun, for helping us with registration. Thank you to our vendors, our speakers, and our ghen ghen caterer, Kitchen Butterfly. My friend Anu was our MC for the day, shout out to her for holding it down. And a special shout out to my wonderful fellow organizers, Natural Nigerian, Sherese (Carib Health) and @Ms_Isioma :)

It was a beautiful day. We started on time, people were actually early! And I think we recorded our biggest number so far- about 200 people! So amazing! I cannot give you a play by play of what went down at the meet-up since I was busy running around, but I’ve got about 50-something thousand words in pictures! Continue reading

Happy Independence Day!

Hello lovers!

Happy Independence Day, my Naija sisters and brothers! How are you spending your day off? 

I’ve finally figured out how to cope with my new schedule, and I’m almost done developing my next hair policy. Yes, I said policy lol. Pictures from NITC 12 will be up tomorrow, so come back for that but today, I’d like us to do something else :)

It’s Independence Day, and a lot of time is spent on this day analyzing Nigeria, and we are almost always doing the same thing- moaning about the state of the country. We can choose instead, to think about how to make it better. Private charity can be NO substitute to proper governance & institutions, but still it helps. 

And you, yes you, little you, can help an orphan go to school. The Pearls & Springs Foundation runs an academy for less privileged orphans called the Renaissance Academy. They need so many things- but top on the list right now, they need to move to a better building, and pay one year’s rent for it. They also need new classroom furniture. And the target is pretty small guys. 500,000 naira. Five hundred thousand naira only. 

If 500 people give 1000 naira each, they can make it. It’s really simple. You can donate online, on RSVP here. Or you can pay it into, or transfer to their bank accounts. 1k is only the minimum, feel free to give more if you want!

Account name: Pearls and Springs Foundation

GT Bank: 0164429670

Diamond Bank: 0058836155

For more information, visit:

God bless you as you give. Please share this with your friends too. 

Have a great holiday!




The Revolution of the Crochet Braids

Hello beauts!

It’s me again! Yes, the one is that hardly ever here. But you love me all the same… you know you do.

How many of you have tried crochet braids at least once? Now, how many of you have gone back to crochet braids again and again and again? How many of you, like me, are flaunting your crochet braids right now?!

Pretty much everyone, right? I mean, if you did not put your hands up, my question to you this fine morning is: whatchu waiting for?!


The first time I heard or learnt about crochet braids was from my friend, Ify, back when we were in undergrad. As a veteran in the natural hair movement, she was way ahead of me in knowing what innovative protective styles were out there and so she taught me how to hook her up with crochet braids. I remember thinking it was weird but I went with it anyway. Fast forward to summer of 2015. Every client that has booked to have me play with their hair between May and now have all come to get crochet braids done!

I currently have on Senegalese twists which was done with the pre-twisted twists and I fail to see why I should go back to getting my hair braided the traditional way.



  1. Quick install. Seriously, those African women that braid hair in Harlem can have you in and out in an hour! It usually takes me anywhere from 2 – 2hrs 30mins to install crochet braids for a client, including styling time.
  2. Edges Friendly. If you are like me and wake every morning wondering who battered your edges and what they could possibly have received in exchange, then crochet braids might just be your hero. With the way my edges are currently set up, I do not have to touch them at all with the crochet braids.
  3. Weave Aesthetic. If it looks like a weave and moves like a weave, then it must be a weave. Wrong! Crochet braids, when done right, can be very deceptive. It can even look like your hair!
  4. Versatility. Senegalese twists, marley twists, bob braids, short curls, ‘fro, long waves, synthetic, natural curls, straight, you name it. They can all be crocheted!



  1. Price. For some reason, the association of commercial hair braiders met and decided that they would slap a heavy price on crochet braids. I don’t get it. Like this is one of the quickest and least labour intensive hairstyles in the market and somehow, it costs more than or the same as getting braids or twists installed? It really does irk me to hear how much people are charging for crochet braids.
  2. It’s addictive. But hey! That doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
  3. Compared with braids, it is harder to wash these. Just because you have to wash between cornrows, it might not be as easy as washing hair in regular braids. However, it is definitely doable.

Source: Pinterest

I am definitely a crusader for this uprising. What do you think about crochet braids? Yay or Nay? Here-to-stay or soon-to-be-old-news? Talk to me and let me know!


P.S.: My Nazuri curls wig just arrived!!! I already love her and cannot wait to have so much fun with her. I will definitely be letting you know all about my adventures with this wig.

Remember: Till October 12, you get 10% off your Nazuri Curls when you use our special code- KINKANDI. They ship worldwide!

Stay positive this week!




See You This Saturday at NITC 12!

Hi guys!

How is the going going?

Traffic has been deadly this week but thankfully today is the last day of the work week! Don’t you just love living in a multi-cultural country? Christmas, Sallah, we do it all. ^_^

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It feels like we have been on this forever, but Naturals in The City 12 is finally finally here. This Saturday, September 26, come spend the day with us at Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranijo, off Younis Bashorun, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island. It’s super easy to find. Really straight forward from the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout.

We will be there from 1 to 6pm. Everybody, and we mean, everybody, is invited. Male, female, however you like to wear your hair. I promise nobody is going to snatch your wig! Naturals in The City is not just a hair meet-up. It’s about healthy, wholesome, more natural living, in and out. This time around, the theme is Debunking Myths, and the Gate Fee is a simple 500 naira, pere.

Why Come To NITC 12?

That’s a good question.

Apart from the fact that it’s always a good time, and that I really look forward to meeting you guys, here’s what you should expect:

1. Our Day 1, Natural Mane of Deep Brown Kinks is coming all the way from Abuja to share some hair wisdom.

2. The very talented celebrity makeup artist Leylarh Cadne is also one of our speakers. She’ll be sharing her craft, talking to us about makeup and beauty.

3. Natural vs Organic. Do you know the difference? Expect Natural Nigerian and Dr. Ijewere of Carib Health, to break it allllll the way down.

4. Yogi and Personal fitness trainer Adura will be debunking myths about yoga. There may be an introductory Yoga class to close it all, so if you’d like to participate, dress comfortably. Bring your yogi pants, or a pair of tights. :)


Get Busy!

More than talking the talk, we are going to get busy at the meet up. We have activities planned, but there’s a catch. These activities will run in small groups of not more than ten. To be in a group, you have to sign up for the activities you are interested in when you arrive, and that’s how it will be. First come, first serve- so if you want the extra value, you have to be early. Outside their talks, Leylarh and Natural Mane will be hosting activities. If you’d like to learn to twist, braid, style your hair, don’t forget to sign up. If Washday is an issue for you, there’s a workshop for this too. Leylarh will be auditing makeup bags. If your makeup game needs help, bring your stash along, and she could help you review it, teach you what you need. Of course, you have to sign up too.

No African Time!

Please o, we are not tolerating African time at NITC 12. In the past, we used to wait till we had a certain number but it’s really not fair to our early birds, is it? We will be sticking to our schedule, so if you are late, that’s on you :P

Bring Your Kids Too!

If you have a little girl in your life, you can kill two birds with one stone at Naturals in The City. You can attend the meet up, and she can have her hair styled for the week ahead, at a very moderate price. Our stylist will be super gentle.

Wait, There’s More!

As usual, we will have our vendors. Come prepared to shop, shop, shop ;) I mean, to be surrounded by all that variety can have you feeling like a kid in a candy shop but, by all means indulge. No delivery costs, and you can directly relate with the people behind the brands. Wouldn’t you like that? Look out for our table (The Kink and I). It will be manned by some fine boys. Come support us, and we have some  Satin and Ankara bonnets from Elizabeth Cress that you’re going to want! ;)

Naturals in The City is not just about natural hair. We are about encouraging you to embrace a healthier, more natural lifestyle, inside and out. In addition to our regular hair vendors, we are having farmers at our meetup. Yes, I said farmers. One natural farmer and one organic farmer. You can get your super fresh, carefully grown vegetables for the week. Just this one Saturday, you don’t have to reluctantly pick up that stale bunch after side-eyeing the display at Shoprite. ( ._.)

Food at NITC 12 will be handled by THE Kitchen Butterfly. I’m such a huge fan of Ozoz and I’m pretty excited to finally get to try her cooking! See her blog here, and Instagram here. It’s not free (remember we are charging you only 500 naira lol) but we promise it will not break you either. :)


What more can I say but, come through?

We cannot wait to have you!




Slay, Lupita!


Hate it or love it, you cannot not know who Lupita Nyong’o is today, in this year of our Lord 2015.

If I ever get to meet her, I must ask- “What’s your secret, Lupie?”

“How do you glow? HOW?”

These pictures of her in the October 2015 issue of Vogue are giving me life on this average day.

Enjoy and be blessed!







I love all of this. The black and white one is my fave. Followed by the one in the blue dress.

It’s her second Vogue cover, guys. I’m happy she isn’t fading away as some people said she would.

You can read her interview over here, on




60 Percent of A True Story

I haven’t yet met MY book of 2015. I really liked Roxane Gay’s ‘An Untamed State’, but it’s not a favourite. I recommend it though. Reading it made me think of Afoma’s writing, which you should totally check out on her blog here.

Today friends, I am reviewing the book ’60 Percent of a True Story’ by Tafa Osisiye.

Last year, sometime during the controversy about Lena Dunham’s autobiography ‘Not That Kind of Girl’– beyond the talk about the upsetting parts (if you missed the drama, see it summed up here), I just really wondered why many people would be so keen to read a living young person’s autobiography.

I mean. If you aren’t forty yet, I’m not really interested in reading your memoirs. That was what I said. Maybe this sounds a little hypocritical considering that many people write personal blogs, and I read them. How different is that from writing a memoir? So anyway, when I heard about 60 Percent for the first time last Christmas, I ignored it. Until that weekend when I really wanted to hang with Naija Girl Next Door, and she suggested we go to a reading of the book with the author at Terrakulture- and so we did.

Book readings are nice. It’s always good to interact with the author, or at least watch them read, and talk about their work. We got the book & Tafa seemed interesting enough to read about. A few weeks later, I got to it, and it’s not bad at all.

60% is supposed to be an embellished version of the story of his life- a few years of it. We don’t know what exactly is true and what isn’t so of course, this made it fun to read.

The stories for the most part are funny. He tells us about his time as a UNILAG student, the struggles and perils. Stories are told from his perspective, and from his friends’. Uncomfortable conditions, having to adapt to each lecturer’s quirks to get your grades. I was actually supposed to be a UNILAG student (University of Lagos) but I was accepted at my uni months before it was time for the Unilag post-jamb (the uni’s entrance exam) and I moved, quick. Reading this made me reflect on my own uni days and the fact that all I had to worry about really, were my books. A little part of me wished I could famz with this experience and the pockets of “sweet suffering” but at the same time, I was happy it was not my struggle.

The book is divided into 3 parts. The third part is about yahoo yahoo- or the author’s time as an internet scammer, aka 419 aka a ‘Nigerian Prince’ in training. Maybe this is the 40% that’s untrue- not judging you, Tafa! But it was my least favourite part. The yahoo yahoo letters were tedious and no, it’s not because I’ve seen so many formats in my spam folders. I felt it was unnecessary- after 2, 3 letters, I already got the point.

The second part is a little confusing. I’m still not sure how the story about the gay married man on the downlow flows into Korede’s story. Korede is a character in the book, a former roommate of the author who struggles with his sexuality, eventually coming to accept that he is gay. I think the author relayed this conflict very well. I liked Korede, and if his story is part of the 60%, I really hope that the real Korede has made peace with himself. At the reading, I remember someone saying he didn’t like that part at all- so I was shocked to see nothing scandalous. It’s important to listen to other people’s stories, I think. We all go through things. Even if you cannot relate to, or understand the way other people are wired, I think we are all capable of a little more empathy when we see what the next person is going through.

There are some editing gaffes- typos, misspellings and a few references that should not be there. Like when Korede finds solace in Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go.’ IN 2007. Harhar. Or the Yahoo boy anthem ‘Maga don Pay’ by Kelly Handsome being quoted as ‘Maga No Need Pay’ in a footnote. Ironically, the latter song is part of an initiative against the ministry of Internet scamming.

I found the use of tweets a little… interesting – quoted in footnotes and paraphrased in the main text- but hey, this is 2015, right? All in all, 60 Percent is an easy book to read. The language is simple, it is funny, and he pokes at so many points. It’s about a guy, a young man, in the process of finding himself and questioning some parts of the person he felt he was, finding his truth as most people begin to do- when they go to university.

60 Percent is a good book, not “really good”, but it’s only Tafa’s first. I’m definitely interested in reading whatever he writes next. I leave you now, with a few quotes from it.

“People wonder why the average Yahoo Boy is lavish. It is because he is trying to convince himself of the realness of his money.”

“Nigeria might be lawless but only a few are above the law.”

“Despite the negative energy, one thing that made us feel good was music. Probably because of the shared similarities between the music and internet scamming industry- long hours, years of relative obscurity, and finally a big break- the musicians always treated us well.”

“That’s what society does when you are poor, because society believes the poor are poor because they are lazy. They believe the poor have bad attitudes that ensure and sustain their poverty. They believe the poor created themselves. And well, they like you being poor; it’s necessary for society to function.”

“My Twitter career is really the greatest part of me.  Twitter is home. These people are real. It’s not just Twitter.” LOL

“I close my eyes, but I’m not really asleep. I am still aware of what is going on around me. It is a skill we Lagosians have: we are asleep and probably even dreaming- lost on some peaceful island where there’s no traffic- but we can hear and feel everything going on around us. Don’t try to touch my wallet, mate! Don’t take me past my bus stop, conductor! This is a state of meditation, not sleep.”

“I don’t like that word, ‘accomplish’; it takes the joy out of excellence.”

“I wonder about the ways religion has been used like a coat, worn when needed, and taken off when not needed.”

“Maybe, this is true religion. Quietude. Acts of kindness to my fellow man. Nothing transcendental. No promises of bread or resurrection. Just peace, inner peace, and soothing sounds you do not understand.”

P.S. You can get it on Konga, and Amazon.




A New Journey?

Hello Beautifuls!

How is the going going?

We are okay. MeeMee just moved into the apartment of her dreams, and I’m the new girl again, at a new (and better) job! Happy times over here. :) We hope you’re doing great!


Yung Rapunzel

I’ve been in box braids for two weeks, I think I’ll carry them for one or two more.

I’ll be the third natural at work (whoop whoop) so I’m not worried at all about how my hair will be received.

I think my natural hair journey, or my idea of it, is taking on a different form- adding more layers. I did not think I’d get here when I started, but I’m changing. I remember seeing a tweet a few months ago, about how in the year 2035, every woman will be a beauty blogger, lol. It was funny, it threw shade on the surface- but there’s more under that. Maybe this is for a different day’s discussion, but one angle today. Beauty blogging in every form may seem superficial, but it’s definitely more than teaching or learning how to be pretty and ‘on fleek’, at least to me. I think it’s about self-care. And that at some point, it encourages you to look within. You start to ask yourself- does it really make sense to care so much about what you expose your hair to, and at the same time ignore what you do with your body? How sway?

I’ve been breaking out a lot in the last one year, and it’s getting to me, if I’m being honest. I’ve tried a few things, I’ve had people suggest SO much- and no, I will not be trying all the cures they propose. One lesson from all the advice I’ve been getting is this- skin care is really a very specific thing. If you expect something that works for others to work for you, you’re just going to be very sad. I’m drinking a lot of water (always have), I haven’t used a towel on my face in ages, I take off my makeup, I do not let my hair products get on my skin (I’ve always hated that), I change my pillowcase every week- and more. Trust me, I have used a few of the products suggested to me (before and after suggestions) and my skin is just not impressed. So. To paraphrase Ms Hill, how can you win when you aren’t right within? Instead, I’m going to do my best to focus more on nourishing the self- I think that’s a better plan than trying everybody’s solution.

I still don’t like to exercise. It’s harder now because I can only do it on weekends, and weekends I want to sleep in. And though I know it does make me feel better later later, I really don’t see me cherishing workout time, ever. LOL. But, I’m getting there. Hopefully, I get to a point where I make it a habit, whether I like it or not. I’ll let you know when I take the first step, haha.

I tried a DIY facial last weekend, and recently it occurred to me that since I ran out of lotion weeks ago, I have been using coconut oil. For months now, I’ve been using Hempseed oil on my face (2 drops), morning and night. Am I not a sheabutter carefree black girl already? JK JK. But really though. Whether they’re capable of being absorbed into my bloodstream or not, I’m just at a place where I’m trying to simplify things. Why use a lotion with a long list of ingredients that I don’t understand at first glance, when I could just use coconut oil?

I’ve flirted with the idea of going vegan or vegetarian once or twice but nope, not as a lifestyle. I love meat and you can’t really convince me that some animals do not exist to be eaten. (Hey, no offence meant to our vegan/vegetarian followers!) I’m trying to change my food habits though, it’s less about a diet, and more about changing my lifestyle- eat more fruit and veg, eat less processed food and sugar- the aim is to be as critical of everything as I am of hair products and practices. This part is not easy because I LOVE my sweets and my dairy. :(

Altogether, eating clean can look like such a pain, but I’m beginning to see that it doesn’t have to be. I will be blogging more about food in the days to come. Sharing the ways I make this journey easier for myself. Raise your hands if you were already kickin’ it with The Kink and I in the beginning, when I did food posts? You were? And you’re still here, I appreciate you. We appreciate you all, new and old. :)

The lovely Kesia of Island Kynks featured me on her blog, please go see it and check her blog out here. Don’t forget that till October 12, you can get 10% off your Nazuri Curls purchases when you use our discount code: KINKANDI. MeeMee ordered a wig from them by the way, I can’t wait till she blogs about it!