Watch Natural in Paradise on TV!

Hey lovelies!

Natural in Paradise will be featured on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DSTV this evening, at 5pm (West African Time). Not the entire meet-up oh, just some parts of it. The episode will repeat at 11pm, and if you don’t catch it today, you can watch again on Monday morning, at 5am and 11am.

If you don’t have DSTV, it will be on YouTube soon, and I’ll definitely put that up then.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

AB,

xx

Natural in Paradise Was a Blast!!

Hello lovelies!

AB here!!

After months of planning, postponing, going up and down, being that annoying girl invading strangers’ personal space to invite them to Natural in Paradise, the D-day finally rolled around. Though I was really excited, I was also super duper nervous right up until the time I had to speak. I’m VERY happy to tell you guys that Natural in Paradise was a success, and I’m sure our guests agree. 🙂

If you’re new to the blog, Natural in Paradise was a natural hair meet-up in Calabar, organised by Natural Nigerian and me. We convened at Bay’s Bar, Felix Nsemo Drive, Diamond Hill. It was a different experience being at the meet-up as an organiser.

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Sorry to disappoint you a little bit but long story short, I had camera trouble on that day of all days! 😦 Thankfully, NN took a lot of really great photographs. The few you see here are the photos I managed to take with my phone. Keep your eyes on naturalnigerian.com for the good stuff, and when she posts, I’ll update this post with a link to it.

A very special shout out to our vendors, our speakers, our giveaway sponsors Jessicurl & Midas Naturals, and every single person who helped spread the word, who helped to make this happen! The people at Bay’s Bar & Lounge were really helpful. Natural Nigerian is pretty cool, akshully. It was really good, working with her. 😀 Our beautiful attendees came through in their numbers, and were such a great crowd! It wasn’t one-sided at all. Thank you 🙂

We were ready to start at 1:30, but because we are Africans lol, and because it rained heavily for a bit, people arrived late and we started at just a little past 3. But from then on, it was good.

My girls Iby and F were stationed at the door, helping to take people’s contact information as they arrived. Every registered attendee got a sample bag from Jessicurl.

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

I keep telling my friend Lu that she should go to the Big Brother house and win $300,000 for us. She has this really special, warm, radiating personality, and she came to Calabar for the weekend to handle the mic for us. She was a great host and really helped break the ice. The meet-up kicked off with sharing hair stories. Runyi’s twist out got loads of compliments, so in addition to sharing her hair story, she explained how she styled her hair. Icheni loves the Maximum Hydration Method and her poppin’ curls were on display to prove it. The storytelling had to be interrupted, not because people had run out of stories, but because we had to start with the presentations.

I spoke first, about ‘Healthy Hair on a Budget’. Thankfully, this went well, because every time I tried to practice, I felt rather meh lol. Ama Ettetim of Jadhiel took the floor next, sharing some beauty tips, using one of our attendees Gracelyn as a model.

Then, we went on a break. We shopped, talked, and lots of selfies were taken. A crew from EbonyLife TV was there to cover the meet too. I don’t know when it’ll be on TV yet though. When I do, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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Ekor & Icheni

Ekor & Icheni

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Straw curls on transitioning hair

Straw curls on transitioning hair

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Ajah, Eze, Ugomma & Ibum

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Curlfriends ^_^

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

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selfie!

Christabel came all the way from Uyo!

Christabel (R) came all the way from Uyo!

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my ladies 🙂

After the break, we went back up for Part 2. Asari Anam of Zaron Calabar gave a makeup tutorial, and she was very funny. Dr. Agility Ihesie all the way from Uyo spoke next, about Causes of Hair Loss. She’s a doctor, so she went IN. Really thorough. If you’re having any issues with your hair, like hair loss or scalp issues, don’t stop on the internet. Most bloggers are not experts, we’re just sharing our experiences. There’s a lot of science behind these things, and by seeking a medical opinion, you aren’t overreacting.

Natural Nigerian was the last to speak. She shared her regimen, her hair journey, and spoke about the natural life; about managing your expectations, and being ready to accept YOUR natural, however it turns out. She reminded all present that healthy hair is the aim, and that it is never okay to feel superior to others because of the way you’ve chosen to wear your hair. (We cannot say this enough!)

After her talk, by random number selection, we gave away tubs of the very lovely Midas Naturals Whipped Shea Butter to 4 lucky people and with that, it was a wrap.

Though I have now left Calabar, I’m hoping we could do this again next year! Let’s see how it goes 😉

Again, I apologise for the quality of the pictures. The “official” pictures will be up on naturalnigerian.com, soon!

An Update: 22 October- On naturalnigerian.com: Natural in Paradise Calabar, Pictures and Words

Love,

AB,

xx

12 Days to Natural in Paradise!

Natural In Paradise Natural Nigerian Calabar

It’s almost here!!

A natural hair meet-up here in Calabar, the capital of the Nation’s paradise!

Do join Natural Nigerian and I at Bay’s Bar on Saturday 18 October.

It will be a fun afternoon, everyone is invited. We will be talking about how to care for our God given tresses- chemically processed or not, this will be good for all of us! We’ll be having a makeup artist with us too, to switch the conversation up a bit. There will be a hair product fair outside as well, for you to buy your hair a treat.

Thanks to our friends Jessicurl, Midas Naturals and Hairfinity, there will be a lot of freebies to be given away. On this note, all I’m going to say is be early if you want to get lucky! 😉

We’ll be there from 1:30 to 5:30 pm, don’t be late! Bring a friend or two!

If you’re not in Calabar, kindly share this with your friends who are. 🙂

The venue is Bay’s Bar & Lounge, Felix Nsemo Drive/ New Secretariat Road, Diamond Hill, Calabar.

The easiest way for me to get to Bay’s Bar is from the Murtala Muhammed Highway. If you’re going on Highway from Mobil towards Stadium, immediately after the Navy Officers’ quarters, turn right. At that junction, I believe there are usually traffic police. Turn right again, and there you are. The bar is like behind the Quarters. Before you get to the quarters. you will pass the Secretariats (Old and new) and the Federal High Court.

You can just take a regular cab on Highway, stop at the first right turn and walk the rest of the short distance. Easy peasy.

Tickets will be sold at the door for 500 Naira.

For enquiries, email: nn@naturalnigerian.com

For an email reminder 48 hours to the event, you can RSVP on EventBrite over here.

Love,

AB,

xx

Get Ready! Natural in Paradise!!

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Hello people! AB here!!

I know, I’ve been unusually silent since I first posted about the meet up. We had some planning to do, and changes to make.

If you’re going to be in Calabar on Saturday, 18th October, please come join Natural Nigerian & I at Natural in Paradise!

It’s the first natural hair meet up in the city and everyone is invited- natural, relaxed, transitioning, just plain curious!

Entry tickets will be sold at the door for 500 Naira only, we hope this does not discourage you.

It will be a very fun afternoon of hair talk, shopping, lady bonding and things to be won!

If you’re wondering why you should bother to come out, here are valid reasons. 🙂

And if you’d like an email reminder days to the event, RSVP over here on EventBrite. I promise not to spam you!

Natural in Paradise

Saturday 18 October, 2014

Bay’s Bar & Lounge, Felix Nsemo Drive/ New Secretariat Road, Diamond Hill, Calabar.

1:30- 5:30 PM

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P.S. If you’d like to join us as a vendor, or sponsor a giveaway, kindly email nn@naturalnigerian.com

Bring a friend or two! 😉

Love,

AB,

xx

Save the date: Natural in Paradise!

Big Ass Afro

Hello everyone!!!

Special announcement!

In collaboration with Natural Nigerian, I’m happy to invite you all to Calabar’s first natural hair meet-up, ‘Natural in Paradise’! 🙂

Join us at Bay’s Bar & Lounge on Saturday, September 20, 2014 for healthy hair talk, natural hair products, networking & lady bonding!

Save the date, this will be so much fun!

We will be sharing more details soon, but kindly RSVP on Eventbrite over here, if you will be coming. This isn’t a condition for entry, it’d just help us have an idea of how many people to expect. Reblog, share, repost! Please share this with your friends in the area!! Thank you. 🙂

For enquiries regarding Vendor stalls, Sponsorship, Giveaways, and Advertising, please email: nn@naturalnigerian.com

Yes, all hair types are welcome!

Love,

AB,

xx


Bay’s Bar & Lounge,
Felix Nsemo Drive,
Diamond Hill,
Calabar.