My focus for the next few days. #shea2016

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Seeing as I have now changed industry, I was glad to be able to find the time to attend an important conference in my new industry. The Ninth Annual Global Shea Alliance Conference was held in Accra, Ghana from the 21st of March till the 23rd of March, 2016. It was a very educative, enjoyable and insightful few days. I knew that not everyone would have made it there, but there was a lot to gain, so I tried to capture it in pictures, on my Instagram account. If you follow the hashtag #nninghana, you will find all my pictures about the conference and my trip. The highlights for me were:

      • The President of Ghana, coming for the conference, by himself (no representative). He was on time – no African time. He was awake through it all. He was able to reel out facts and figures about the Shea Industry. He appeared not to have any prepared speech but spoke eloquently all the same. I was so impressed.

 

Lunch is served at the conference. #shea2016 #naturalnigerian #shea #sheabutter

 

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      • Meeting so many people, from different countries all over the world, that had one thing or other to do with the Shea value chain.

G O A L S #nninghana #naturalnigerian #shea2016 #shea #sheabutter #tamale #ghana

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  • Journey to Tamale, in northern Ghana to see how an EcoCert certified producing plant runs.

  • Hearing/Learning first hand what the challenges to the industry are. One can only right what one knows are wrongs. One of these challenges is the traditional belief in some areas that new Shea trees should not be planted. Another is the fair compensation and safety for the women who are in the forefront of picking these nuts and churning out the hand crafted butter.

A bonus, was meeting Madam Fati Paul who has been a Shea Butter supplier to The Body Shop for 22 years. (Click on the picture to watch short video)

I wish I had gotten to see a bit more of the town but what I saw of Tamale and Accra pleased me. In many ways, I think that Africa is a country (at least West Africa) and this was re-emphasized for me in many ways.

I applaud the GSA for a good conference and look forward to attending the next one and the next one.

processed food

 

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A few years ago, I wrote a post about how there were so many bad food choices in the world and someone commented “Thank goodness we do not have processed food in Nigeria”.

The rest of the comment seemed to imply that the reader was under the impression that the foods we grew up with were all natural, healthy and not processed.

She is not alone as a lot of people tend to think that this is a new thing and that with most of the things we grew up seeing, we would naturally not class them as processed food. (more…)

Lagos Natural Meet Uo

Your favourite quarterly natural meet-up is back in less than two weeks, yay! We are pretty excited over here!

Naturals in The City, 14 is next week Saturday, 12th March 2016!

Where?

Cafe Neo, 6 Agoro Odiyan Street, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos.

When?

1pm to 6pm.

What is Naturals in The City about?

Established 2011, Naturals in the City is a quarterly meet-up in Lagos dedicated to encouraging you towards living better, embracing a (more) natural lifestyle.

What To Do At Naturals in The City?

Learn

When you know better, you do better. Our speakers are experienced, knowledgeable persons and they are always so open and generous with their wisdom at our meet-ups! A full statement of the agenda for NITC 14 will be published next week but for now, just know that the conversation will cover Hair, Fitness, Nutrition, and an extra something something! 😉 So keep your eyes on the blog, watch this space!

Connect

Everyone is invited! All genders, ages, natural and relaxed.

I love meeting people at Naturals in The City. Love it. Pretty sure you would too!

Come to make friends, and if you are an industry person (natural hair or beauty writer or blogger, a maker of your own products, or interested in retail), NITC is the perfect place to network, so be prepared!

Shop

Really, you should make a quarterly date with us to stock up on all your favourite hair products! At NITC, we always have an array of vendors selling hair products and accessories. Come get your product fix, and discover new brands. Our vendors include, but aren’t limited to natural, organic, proudly Nigerian brands making amazing stuff! Come support the movement! It’s not too late to sign up for a stall at NITC. If you’re interested, simply email nn@naturalnigerian.com, or thekinkandi@gmail.com. You can also call 0909.213.2141

We’ve also got natural and organic vendors at Naturals in the City! Fresh, natural and organic produce will be on sale, at pretty awesome prices, trust us! You don’t need to struggle with questionable veggies at Shoprite that weekend (or ever), no you don’t. :)

Eat

All that learning, shopping and connecting is sure to make you work up an appetite!

Food by Kitchen Butterfly will be available, and you can also get your coffee or pastry fix because we are at Cafe Neo. :)

Give

At our last two meet-ups, we have collaborated with two charities, and we are definitely continuing with this as a permanent feature of our meet-ups.

Please come prepared to support our charity of choice (details to be announced with the agenda).

Nothing is too small <3

> I look forward to meeting you at Naturals in the City! The gate fee is 1000 Naira only. See you there! :) <

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Dried Okro Nigerian Foods Healthy Orunla Okpuko

The idea of a new series on the blog came up a few weeks ago when I went to the market and posted a picture of something I found which I had no previous knowledge of. It was dried okro. I had never seen it before, certainly never tasted it. I came across it by happenstance as I ventured into a part of the market I had never been in before. It never occurred to me that anyone would dry okro, since the fresh ones are always available.  (more…)

Today is our first day of work in 2016! Beyond re-opening the Ahia, I also came on here to give you a little insight about what is going on with me, personally. 

As a few of you know, I have built and have managed Natural Nigerian ​while juggling the role of parent and full time worker. My job had me travel at least 6 our of 12 months a year and was pretty much full on. It was HARD to juggle things. There were many nights of going to bed past midnight and waking up at 5a.m to work for 12 hours. 

What this meant for Natural Nigerian as a business was that while we somehow kept muddling through, it was not my primary focus and as such ​was not growing at the rate at which it should. 

A few months ago, I posted this on Instagram. ​

Unfortunately, I could not share any more information at the time but what had happened then was that my plans to leave formal employment were finally being validated by the universe.

Prior to that time I hadn't gotten the nod and since I am a person who relies on her intuition to make decisions, I couldn't take a step without that nod. 

Anyhoo, like the image above says, Wherever you are, be all there! I formally resigned my "9-5" job and worked my last day on the 4th of January, 2016. Today, 5th January 2016, begins the day when I begin facing Natural Nigerian as my full time job.

This means 

  • Product releases every quarter this year. To give some insight, there is a MUST TRY hair oil in the works. And something for the guys. I heard y'all when you spoke guys, I heard.
  • More blog​ posts this year. Weekly. Unless I travel. I promise to do this. 
  • Better shopping experience in our online store, the Ahia!
  • Many more posts on Instagram. I love that medium and it is a quick way to get information across so definitely follow me on Instagram if you aren't already.
  • More collaborations this year. This is something I think we did rather well last year and I look forward to doing more. Trainings, Workshops, Events. If you want us to work together, please email me. Let's be great together!

To end, I want to say thank YOU. Without you reading, buying and believing in our brand, I would never have had the opportunity to begin on this wonderful adventure. I can't thank you enough and I promise that you won't be disappointed. 

Natural Nigerian Hair Meet Up

The 12th edition of NITC has come and gone. I have to say that it was a really good one. Really good. We had the most people attend this meet up than ever before.

While I was unable to bring you details of the meet up prior to it happening, I am here to share the pictures. Yay!

So, this meet up was slightly different because we had certain elements.

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