Festival of Curls!

Oh my! Did I feel right at home or what! The annual festivity of all things natural and curly took place in Prospect Park, Brooklyn yesterday and I am just now slowly coming up for air! I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. My entourage included my beloved 9 months old daughter Noa, besties Tori and Ayo. Of course my daughter stole the show with her life sized doll in one of her old dresses.

The festival, cleverly named Curly Girl Collective, an experiential marketing group that specializes in multicultural beauty had enthusiasts travel from far and wide, many of whom had prepared for months! Choosing the right hairstyle, attire and getting the right entourage are vital ingredients to getting the full energy of the affair. Prior to the D-day, many questioned the validity of the need to get in with a ticket or not. Ticket scammers sold and resold tickets, some of which were originally free! The venue happened to be a free park, open to the public where you could stroll in without the need for a ticket. Unless of course you craved a goodie bag packed with sample products, then you are obliged to shell out a few coins for one. Other than that, you needed positive energy, selfie/photo op ready and good friends around you to enjoy the sun drenched festival of music, friendship, and afrocentric fashion. A good Saturday afternoon well spent!

Looking forward to next year…God willing.

Below are some of my favorite moments at the event. Watch video, click to enlarge photos.

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NY Disability Gets Heard

Disability Pride Parade! Yeap, you read right. If cannabis, LGBTQ, etc can hold their parades in the big apple why not the group of New Yorkers who need our attention the most! Proud citizens in wheelchairs, walking sticks, et.al all made their way from Madison Square Park to Union Square, roughly 10 city blocks away. The city took the opportunity to set up voting registration booths as well. The weather held up nicely to for the event. Disability Pride Parades have been held many times in many places across the United States. The first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston, MA in 1990.

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Nigeria At Pride March

A collective of Nigerian activists, entrepreneurs, dreamers, friends & supporters gathered up today in NYC to celebrate living in their truth at the Pride March. A movement largely frowned upon in Africa as a whole. The group first came together in 2013 to protest the Nigerian government’s law prohibiting same-gender marriage and other relationships, and have continued to resist the oppressive law through lobbying and community education. The group has marched at the parade every year to raise awareness on the plight of LGBTQI Nigerians and Africans. They left no stone unturned thanks to their executive and art director Tori Famuyiwa who spent endless hours designing the attires and the vehicle, bringing Wakanda to life!

For full coverage of the march click here

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NYC Pride!

Ahhh! Pride march! You’ve been missed! I’ve been absent from the scene for a minute, busy giving birth and rearing two babies! Some of you sent me emails asking when I’ll be returning to my parade coverage. Alas! I bring to you the Pride March photo coverage. As always NYC never disappoints. This year had a bit of an international flare. Perhaps the blockbuster Black Panther movie had something to do with it. A lot of revelers felt more proud than ever to show off their heritage in traditional garbs from Bollywood to Nollywood. Kids were equally prominent alongside their parents, some of which had political messages about keeping families together. Politicians such as Gov Cuomo to hopeful Cynthia Nixon were crowd favorites. Gun control activist Emma Gonzalez debuted at the pride aboard the Stonewall float. Legendary Tennis icon Billie Jean King held was honored as the Grand Marshall.

Click here to see how Nigerians boldly and fearlessly celebrated at the march, a first for any African nation.

Nigerians represented for the first time

Here are some of my favorite sightings from the march. Be sure to visit my Facebook page for more images.Sign up for my newsletter on the right side of the site. You never know what might come through your email.

Gun control activist Emma Gonzalez

Gov. Cuomo

Cynthia Nixon

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Black Panther…Wakanda Forever!!!

Unknown-8 Never have I felt so proud to be an African than now! Thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster by Marvel Studios for igniting the flame! Never mind that the Black Panther movie depicting the high tech nation of Wakanda as fictional. The movie gives a very strong message about pride and unity like I have never seen before. It was definitely worth the effort made dressing up to see the movie in theaters. One of the Wakanda citizens was actually wearing the exact same South African Ndebele ring necklace I wore to the theater. Special thanks to my beloved friend Tori for accompanying me! He looks dashing in Nigerian Aso oke agbada!

About dressing up for Black Panther. People talk of it being a fluke or “costume” for a day. Don’t be foolish. I for one I’m a proud Nigerian and have been WOKE for yrs. Look through my page to see me wearing various African garbs right here in NYC from time to time. It’s no dress up for me but an actual pride & joy and do intend to continue!

If you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a favor and go!!!

Wakanda forever! 🙂

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Alas! The Terrible Two!

20180107_163902-01xxx (1)_wmWhen a kid turns 2, they say the parents are to get ready for the terrible two phase. We’ve been experiencing it with my boy @dagoldchain since he was about a year and half! I guess today makes it legit. I can’t believe my little man is now officially a toddler! It feels like only yesterday when he came into this world and here he is gradually growing into a man. Standing tall looking like a gentleman in custom design Dashiki agbada by Omode. It’s hard to believe he is only 2, typically mistaken for a 3+. His 3 month old sister @Ladynoaofficial, is also growing up so fast, one look at her picture below you might mistake her for a 1 year old (was 2 mos old in that pic). She’s been holding up her own neck since birth.

20171228_110048-01_wmBoth kids have changed my life for the best. Motherhood is never easy and I am not here to paint it rosy either. However, it is the best thing that can happen to anyone, no matter the stage in life. The good outweighs the bad (sleepless nights, attention, etc). I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. 20180107_164237-01xxx

@Dagoldchain, I am so overjoyed and blessed to be your mother. I do wish you a happy sweet birthday and will forever cherish the day you came into our lives. Your dad and I love you soooo much! Happy birthday dear! 🙂9 copy

 

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Child Molestation… SADLY ME TOO!

20171117_135054I stumbled upon this image while browsing on Instagram. Immediately I found my voice on this issue. It hit a certain nerve that I had been suppressing for decades! Child molestation is VERY real my dear friends! I would know because I too was almost a victim. I have never had the courage to address this issue publicly and have only told my mother and husband. Since becoming a mother to two adorable kids, son @dagoldchain and daughter @ladynoaofficial both less than 2 yrs old, the guilt to speak up has been a hard one to suppress any longer. I now have 2 little angels to watch over and certainly feel the need to speak up to warn other mothers of predators in our very midst! I was well under  10 years old in Nigeria when a FAMILY MEMBER made an attempt but was saved by my grandmother when she walked into the room, completely oblivious to what was about to happen. Another would be in my late teens when another FAMILY MEMBER had his wandering hands on me while claiming to “look for signs of malaria” right here in the US! Who gets malaria in the US? I should be thanking my God it was only his hands wandering and nothing more. I can’t say the same for my cousin who was also a victim.

I don’t know if I am suddenly now finding my voice because of all the sexual allegations sweeping through Hollywood right now…a la Harvey Weinstein and all. I am certainly encouraged as a result of my babies now in my life. My number one goal and job is to protect them. I would hope that all mothers out there would do the same for their loved ones and not make the same mistake my own folks did with family members preying on kids within the very walls that was supposed to protect us. God help us all.

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Baby #2? Yeap! Meet Lady Noa!!

20171010_054949-01xxxMany of you probably noticed my sudden “disappearance” from social media and updated blogs, postings, etc. I was busy gestating my second baby! This summer has been one of the most excruciating season ever. It wasn’t easy waddling about in the summer heat while tipping the scale at almost 200 pounds, the heaviest I have ever been in my life! And it certainly wasn’t easy caring for my 21 month old baby while heavily pregnant with a second. My hats off to all the ladies out there who have mastered this. I wish I could pop out kids every year without thinking twice about  it. My hubby and I felt the need to provide a much needed sibling for our older baby @DaGoldChain whose arrival can be seen posted at “motherhood” early last year. When he met his sister for the first time, he gave his approval by kissing her on the forehead, completely taking us all by surprise!

20171007_160525-01x 20171007_174418xAs a proud mother of 2, I feel totally alive and rejuvenated. I never thought I would be a mother at all much less to two beautiful kids!

Without further ado, please join my family & I in welcoming Lady Noa! She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long, born on Oct 9, 2017.

You can follow her life in pictures on her newly created instagram page @LadyNoaOfficial

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Watch Me Nae Nae on Times Square!


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Dance like no one is watching just got a whole new meaning. Ammon and his sister Larene came all the way to New York City from California to do just that. The pair lit the crossroads of the world by dancing their hearts out to Silento’s hit song “Watch Me” on Times Square while waiting for the ball to drop to start the New Year 2017 at midnight. Considering their prime real estate spot, front row center in a very crowded Times Square, it’s safe to say they must have been standing there from 5pm well into the night to get prime spot! It definitely paid off because I watched in real time as Ryan Seacrest and other news media outlets placed the pair on TV dancing their hearts out to every classics and hits that came on! Their happiness and free spirit was contagious! Keep it up! Happy New Year! 🙂

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New Year on Times Square

img_2316To celebrate or not to celebrate? That depends. If you’re a tourist longing to visit New York, Times Square is the ultimate destination for many new comers to ring in the New Year. Sending off 2016 was no different. I sashayed into the heart of the world just after 9am to take in the view and energy of eager revelers waiting to see the crystal ball drop on Times Square. As expected security was tighter than a tortoise behind. New York wasn’t going to leave anything to chance like what happened in Nice during their independence day celebration last year leaving many innocent people slaughtered. Times Square NYE celebration was a success…as usual.

As you’ve come to expect me to transport you to the event through my photography work. Without further ado…images are below for perusing. Have a wonderful and prosperous Happy New Year dear friends!

ps: To see larger sizes, simply click on the image. Remember, all rights reserved. 🙂

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Ryan Seacrest hosting the evening

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Ryan Seacrest

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