Sometime ago, I attended a meet-up for one of the Natural Hair groups I'm part of. We were celebrating a year of sisterhood and the beauty and diversity of natural hair.This happened last month at the San Valencia Restaurant.That week, I was the laughing stock among my friends and family whenever I revealed my weekend plan. It was an interesting get together, met so many beautiful ladies wearing their afros in different styles. We shared, laughed and had a great time!
Some of the products for natural hair,
What first comes into your mind when you hear descriptions about youth? A lot has been labeled on this group of people: engaging in careless sex,
frivolous spenders or wanting that get-rich-quick life, drug addicts
unemployment and so on. But the question begs: Is that our identity as the youth? Are
they completely limited to the title and shenanigans of immorality and
Do we as youth deserve this label? Is it completely true? Is
that all we are? Are we forever doomed to that title? Is there something we can
do to change this?
In a bid to answer these pressing questions I sought the
good old dictionary and this is the definition
Youth: young people considered
as a group.
Obviously I fall into this age group; I am not here to judge
but to simply air my views and observations.
In my opinion I see youth as an opportune moment of
potential, talent, strength and vigor. Youth is a time when life’s most crucial
decisions are made: career, long time life plans and so on. To me young people
are brilliant gold mines waiting to be dug: the ideas they have, the creativity
and enthusiasm for life: great tools to build any nation. This is especially
so for us tech savvy people (if you are reading this you are too) We have tons
and tons of information online, we are connected with each other all over the
world = able to see and be inspired by the great innovations going on elsewhere. When we look around especially if you live in
Africa, there is so much we can innovate/create/ provide service as youth to
better ourselves and the economy.
I believe anyone who lives in Africa especially in this
digital era is capable of bringing great change to this continent. I look around me and I always see potential,
job opportunities, innovation opportunities.
I do A LOT of research online I have a knack of knowing
things. I look at other continents and see people as old as I am creating the Tumblrs etc ; my question is, what stops us from innovating? We are equally intelligent
and capable and I dare say have even more opportunities to invent and create
To me the label placed on the youth is just a label, there
are some facts that are true but in the end, it is just a label. This label does
not stop you or me from being amazingly awesome in our respective fields.
Let us not live in this mediocrity just because it is the
the status quo it does not completely mean that is what we should adhere to.
I’d love to know, who are the youth to you? Is the above
described titles befitting? How are you making a difference?
Join me this Friday from 5PM at the Storymoja offices in Springvalley as we carry on this discussion.
Day in day out I am always excited about the opportunities/ lessons each waking moment brings. One thing is for sure, the more days go by, the more exciting things I come across. I am always excited to see people who push boundaries in order to grow/ challenge the status quo(within legal and moral lines). Exactly 2 weeks back, I attended the 54th edition of Blankets & Wine. Which btw has a whole new exciting look to It(such are the things that excite me, going that extra mile, it's refreshing and inspiring)I was amazed by the new look, the addition of the new platforms especially the Art & fashion hive clinched my right spot!(obviously)
The event has added new segments such as the Art Hive whereby amazing artists showcase their items.
The Fashion Art Hive
Funky T-shirts by Chilli Mango
How innovative is this?
The Children's play area
The PAWA 254 segment that showcases top films from around,
The stage area where live bands play, you may still carry your picnic and shuka like old times
I absolutely loved this ensemble on Wendy Kimani!
Myself and my current obsession, the Maasai neckpiece. You see, let me just explain myself, this absolutely stunning piece turns even the blandest of my outfits to an absolutely cool ensemble. Given that this particular Sunday was rather dull(translating to layering of clothes) I settled for this heavy denim on denim look and my lovely Maasai piece to add that 'vavavum' ;)
The beauty is always in the little details
There were breaks in between performances to enable people move from one segment to another, If you consider yourself an enthusiast of both the performing and visual arts this is definitely the place for you- so much goodness to take in!
Spotted at the KWANI? stage, there was an ongoing reading and sale of selected books
Long live music!
It's always a good time with Jack Rooster on the decks, this segment is completely dedicated to Afrohouse music, my other favorite ;)
With my soul sista :)
Catching performances in the evening
Clearly there is something for everyone to enjoy! Hope to meet some of you at the next event!
I absolutely adore this neck piece! Never in my life did I ever imagine that I would be overly obsessed with a seeming casual traditional piece of jewelry. It is safe to say that the Maasai ladies are my fashion obsession at the moment, I mean how amazingly awesome is this piece? And they wear these all the time as a sign of beauty!!- too cool!
Mixing this piece with ordinary outfits is almost too easy! Especially or the plain outfits that just need a dash of va-va-vum to It like this loose fit shirt and grey pants
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