Capital Naturals 1 has come and gone. All in all, it was great fun. I had a great time meeting Nkechi, Ngozi, Oby, Dr. Ngozi, Doose, Pepi, Onyinye, Barbara, Maryam, Farida, Funbi and many, many more people.
Our comperes for the event, Aniekan and IB, were absolutely amazing. Aniekan is a guy, by the way and he was able to hold his own with all the women there. They did such a great job with getting the program rolling and also involving the attendees. I would love to work with them again, that is for sure.
My co-organizers, Nat Mane and Chioma Momah were splendid. They made sure I got around in their city and even fed me when I was hungry. They had done a lot of work prior to my showing up too.
The one thing that I noticed at this Meet Up was that a lot of people kept saying that they were natural under their weaves. Having been involved with the organization of 5 meet ups (4 in Lagos and this one in Abuja), and thus meeting a LOT of Nigerian Naturals, it was strange to hear so many people say the same thing. It obviously had something to do with where they resided and after some prodding I found that there was simply no support for natural hair in Abuja in terms of stylists or products (not that there is much in Lagos but we seem to be light years ahead in that regard). The argument was also made that the Abuja crowd was a bit more fashion forward(?)/reserved than the Lagos crowd and were not as understanding of natural hair. Lastly, some people were just more comfortable with wearing weaves…which is fine.
I have a few pictures below but will ask you to check out Deep Brown & Kinks in a few days for more pictures.
I had the best time in the Buj (as some call it) and look forward to going back for another Meet Up.