The Naturals in Paradise in Calabar, meet up was this past Saturday. To say that I was immensely pleased with the entire event is an understatement. Even the one disappointment for me (the Natural Nigerian products did not get to Calabar on time) was not enough to cloud over what a success the meet up was.
Not only did I get to finally eat locally prepared White soup, Afang and Ekpang Nkukwo, I met up with the natural/healthy hair community there – yes, relaxed hair people can also be on a healthy hair journey alongside naturals.
Ekene of The Kink & I , my fellow organizer, was absolutely amazing. She literally handed out flyers on the road and made all the arrangements for the meet up. The success of the meet up was largely due to her. She also took really good care of me, making sure that I got the food I wanted to eat, saw the sights I wanted to see.
We began late. It rained quite a bit so people did not arrive early. However, when we did start, our lovely compere, Lucy (who came all the way from Eket, Akwa Ibom!), got the crowd started by asking them to share their natural hair stories – why they went natural and how they achieved the style they were sporting.
People do this for so very many reasons and it is always interesting to hear what their motivation was. There was all sorts of stories, including one from a lady who said that she had gone natural and was now relaxed because she couldn’t quite manage her natural hair. To each his own, n’est pas?
The talks followed:
- Healthy Hair on a budget by Ekene of The Kink & I,
- Make Up – the basics by Ama Esin of Jhadiel
- Easy Day Look by Asari of Zaron Cosmetics
- Causes of Hair Loss by Dr. Agility Obi-Ihesie
- Going Natural by Natural Nigerian
Practical demonstrations – this was a quick make-up look.
Notes were taken.
I know you didn’t really come here for the words, so here are the pictures 😉
There was a TV Crew from Ebonylife TV. No word yet on when they will air the segment but I’ll let you know once I know.
For more pictures, don’t forget to head over to The Kink and I.
Thank you Calabar! See you next year for another edition!