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…)
How many of us do not enjoy having a cup of chocolate? The warm drink puts most people in a good mood. We certainly feed it to our kids on a fairly consistent basis.Continue Reading
I am very happy this morning. Resigning from my job means that I actually have to LIVE in my apartment. I am staying in the same apartment and all, but I always felt that it wasn't a HOME. More like a place to sleep and store my things. I never really had time to lay down roots over the last few years, with the mad schedule I kept.Continue Reading
English Names: - Bitter Kola, False Kola
Nigerian Names: Bini - Edun. Efik - Efiari. Ibibio - Efiat. Igbo - Akilu, Aki-unu, Adi, Akara-inu, Ogolu. Ijaw - OkanContinue Reading
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.
- 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.
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.Continue Reading
A few years ago, a girl with fluffy hair passed me by in ShopRite. I approached her and for the first time outside a meet up, told someone I did not know that I had a blog called Natural Nigerian and that I would like to take her picture to share on my Facebook Page. She obliged.
I still have the photo but for some reason never put it up. Anyway, imagine my pleasant surprise when I ran into her again and she even became a customer and started meet ups (all by herself!).
Anyhoo, long story short, she got married recently and I determined that I was definitely going to do a post on her and her fantastic hair. Enjoy! Warning - there are lots of pictures in this post.Continue Reading
I'm just going to leave this here. I will be back in touch to give you more details of this particular meet up! Mark your calenders and plan on being there.
Last year, out of frustration that I know that a lot of us have faced when buying honey, I wrote this post. Luckily for me it was read by a beekeeper (whose sister saw the article and sent him a link)
This bee-keeper who was obviously knowledgeable and passionate about bee keeping answered a lot of questions in that post and of course that got my interest. Several emails back and forth, he has answered a few questions that readers like yourself submitted.Continue Reading
Who loves chocolate? Yeah, that's what I thought. Almost everyone does.
However, for those of us trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, we find that we can't indulge guilt - free because of the ingredients in a chocolate bar. The ingredient list below is for a bar that is quite popular in Nigeria. Not terrible but definitely not a healthy bar.Continue Reading