In the village of Hamamat, based in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana, all they ever use on their skin is freshly handmade sheabutter, natural oils, herbs and ingredients that are locally grown. The Queen Mother of the village is 98 and still boasts a beautiful skin.
Hamamat Montia, a former miss Africa and a model as seen in the picture below, has a very interesting story. Finding herself separated then divorced from her husband who pursued another love interest, she decided to return to her native village with her two children.
It was, in her view, one of the best decision of her life, reconnecting her with family and cultural traditions. Whilst sharing once a video of sheabutter making in her village, she realised the interest it sparked. It gave her the desire to learn for herself and to turn this artisan activity into a business, which has indeed become very prosperous for her, but not only as it created a local economy and jobs for many ladies in the village. Since the business grew creating other opportunities. Click below to find out the range of products and services Hamamat's village has to offer.
Described as the UK's leading "Super Manny", Joss Simmons grew up in a town called Hackney in London, UK and is taking modern childcare to the next level, defying the odds to give back to the next generation.
As a child, witnessing his mother suffer domestic violence had a profound effect on Joss and he knows only to well where many children, who have odds stacked against them, end up. That led him to create his own childcare service, Jossy Care.
His positive approach is what is gaining him the attention of parents, practitioners, the media and as a childcare practitioner, Joss is also keen to address stereotypes in the childcare industry. Hence, Joss has spoken out on the topic of male nannies being refused jobs on the basis of their gender and the difficulty they face.
In 2017, Joss gave his first public talk about his experience and hasn't looked back ever since. Multi talented Joss is now frequently invited to deliver motivational talks on topics such as depression, domestic violence, children and the future.
Joss recently featured in Time out, Hackney Gazette and East London Radio. He has also won the National Diversity Award 2019 and is currently up for Best Social Media Nanny with Nanny UK Nanny.
Click on link below to vote for Joss Cambridge-Simmons as Best Social Media Nanny:
Avez-vous déjà entendu parlé de LobbyNoir, l'entreprise solidaire conceptrice de l'app de géolocalisation des entrepreneurs afrodescendants où qu'ils soient dans le monde.
L'entrepreneur se référence, le consommateur le géolocalise pour consommer.
C'était déjà une innovation en 2017 et elle répertorie maintenant plus de 2000 entrepreneurs.
Mais le génie du CEO de LobbyNoir, Mfunguamoyo KiaKanua ne s’arrête pas là. Il a maintenant créé 5 apps en une.
En téléchargeant l'application LobbyNoir à partir de Google Play ou Apple Store, vous avez dès lors accès:
- au nouvel annuaire optimisé de référencement gratuit
- à la Marketplace LobbyNoir pour acheter les produits directement en ligne
- au site de billetterie LobbyNoir pour créer vos évènements
- à la Voix Noire, outil de sondage statistique
- au site officiel de LobbyNoir avec accès à tous ses services et offres marketing
Vous pouvez télécharger l'appli dès aujourd'hui à partir de votre Android. Voir les liens suivants.
Si vous avez déjà télécharger l'app, assurez-vous de la mettre à jour pour accéder à toutes ses fonctionnalités.
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Are you looking for your Kwanzaa and Christmas gifts?
Do you want to support a Black Owned Business?
Do you like the flexibility of buying online in the comfort of your home and have it delivered to your family and friends or at your doorstep?
Look no further, shop at https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/
See some gift ideas below:
A new business has made its presence “Hay Events” and they want to share a night with you of a brief business presentation followed by a night of great entertainment. Hay Events is a new Event Planning service based in London, which specialises in Event Management, dedicated to delivering unforgettable events, which are professional, consistent and most of all above standards. Hay Events’ main ethos is to ensure their clients’ vision is turned into reality and making everlasting memories. The Event Management services that Hay Events offers include Venue finding, acquiring and liaising with Event Suppliers, Event Logistical Support, On-site Event Management.
At the commencement of the event there will be a presentation introducing Hay Events which will be led by the company’s founder “Tinique Hay”, who has been working within the event industry for 5 years. Tinique has built a creative portfolio over the years of different types of unique events from small to large scale and has successfully venue managed - one event being, Moet Summer House. Along side managing Hay Events, Tinique has a 9-5 working within the Event Industry at The British Academy. The presentation will follow with a night of musical entertainment and guest performers!
There will also be a business desk at the venue where you can speak with Tinique with regards to any of your interests related to the Hay Events services. This night will be a great opportunity to network with other like minded entrepreneurs, as well as meet the event vendors involved!
Entertainment on the night includes great music (Soul, R n’ B & Reggae) provided by The Cilliam, Tsharna and Vivienne Isebor (VVN Sings). There will also be a spoken word performance by Tene Edwards who will be reciting an extract from her sold out book “Walking with Wings”.
The Cilliam- @thecilliam_
Vivienne Isebor- @vvnsings
Tene Edwards- @teneedwards
A hearty Caribbean meal will be included on selected tickets, however food and drink can also be purchased on the night!
If you’re looking for a night of Business Networking and Extreme Entertainment, purchase a ticket, this Event is not to be missed!
This family-run business was set-up to provide a broader range of culturally specific children's apparel and initiate the foundation to build upon the original designs and concepts to embed a children's brand synonymous with quality and cultural character.
Our family consists of (3) children (18, 14), with the youngest 4 years old and the face and ambassador of the brand.
The collection currently consists of Premium Long-Sleeve T-Shirts (Black & White), ranging from ages 6months to 7 years (larger sizes on request), Children sized Cups / Mugs; and the boys and girls Back-to-School Bags /Rucksacks. All available with the original Zummi and Mosiah designs.
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FRUITSOFLOVE selection of handmade lipsticks at the top; at the bottom Deyon King wearing her own makeup
I've had the pleasure to meet Deyon King, an amazing and talented creative wearing so many different hats. From taking on the role of a cosmetic chemist, creating her own line of handmade natural makeup "Fruitsoflove" to styling and designing clothes using Ankara fabric, as well as accessories such as earring, bows and handbags, the list is endless. [She can also sing]......
Deyon would say of herself: "I've always been quite a creative type of person. People would come to me with broken bits of watches and earringS that are falling apart and ask what I could you do with it. I've always had a creative nack, gifted by God I would call it".
See pics below and Etsy site link to purchase fruitsoflove items:
A selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the right
But that's not all. Deyon has a beautiful way of passing on knowledge. For instance, she is amazing at styling hair. I needed a hairstyle and within seconds by looking at my face, traits and outfit, she could picture exactly what would suit and the lipstick I would sport out. However, the ones appointed to do my haire were her daughters.
Deyon herself would say that her earliest memories of doing hair was between the ages of 8 to 12 where she would take on the task of doing her cousins' hairs, hairstyles, her mum's friends children and even my mum's friends themselves. She learnt herself from her mum and aunties who would be standing in the family living room with a girlfriend seating on a chair in the middle and they'll get busy styling their friend's hair. "In Caribbean culture, it is quite traditional and natural for the eldest to take care of the youngest hair and a way of making some money by doing hair braiding. I would have a doll that I would practise my braiding skills and cornrows on and be corrected by my auntie. I learnt by watching"
It is therefore not in the least surprising that her daughters, Syrenity and Sakura, have taken it on too.
"Now my kids have got this love for doing hair. They do the same thing with their dollies, try to braid the hair and single plats. They are amazing at single plating and I teach them different techniques as time allows".
You can see them below and the result of course of hair and make up.
We trust that Deyon King, her daughters and her brand will keep on unlocking their creativity. Long life to fruitsoflovve!!!
Kemi and Kiisha, aged 8 and 6 years olds, are just so cool! It's Saturday 2nd June and the girls' brand Kishem (a blend of both of their names) holds a stall at Camden market. On the table, there are numerous gorgeous items so very girly: badges, keyrings, lucky dip sachets, cookies, colouring books.... Kemi is pointing at the illustration of their lead character dressed Wakanda style. I ask her if she watched Black Panther and naturally this 8 year old Tycoon has. Moreover, she has her own tag line for it "Wakanda rock". I proceed looking at all the items and I am totally in love with them and Kishem's concept.
There is no doubt in my mind that being a little girl again, I would simply love rocking "Kishem style". In fact, all of us ladies present, secretly love all of the characters of Kishem's world and would happily get colouring the pages of the story book there and then. Kishem's oldest sister's favorite is Afia because this character loves science. Unsurprisingly, Kishem's sister loves science herself. And that is the point, that's what we call Positive Representation. These characters in Kishem's storybooks are neither princesses, nor ballerinas. They are powerful, talented, creative, entrepreneurial girls.
- Zhen is a photographer and you get to see her editing in her studio
- Mya is good at cooking
- Kishem loves karate and sports
- Eve is a great swimmer
- Ruby makes jewellery
- Amor loves technology
..... and so on and so forth!!!
These two little girls totally achieved what they set out to do one day of Summer 2016.
"We got the idea to create the Kishem colouring book after asking our mum and dad why there weren't colouring books with all types of children who look like us or our friends in school. Our Dad said "girls problems are meant for solving" (he says that all the time), so we decided to make our own" .... "We wanted the book to have different types of children who are all talented and unique. It was also important to make it more than just a colouring book so after creating and naming each character, we added short stories about them and what they enjoy doing. We think all children have something special about them and we hope this book helps them to realise that they are really cool and that they can do anything".
Two years down the line, Kishem has been able to show their books in UK schools, shipped their books to America, had requests from Africa. I have no doubt Kishem will continue to go from strength to strength. Their multicultural characters offer representation for every girl and ethnic group they represent in our schools nowadays, especially in the UK.
For more info about Kishem or to invite them for a talk at your local school, check their website below....
I wish all the very best to these two precious stars on their Kishem's Journey and have been delighted to meet them. They are greatly inspiring!
Situated at 99 Morning Lane, close to the Burberry outlet in Hackney, the Hackney Shop is featuring the Modern African Inspired brand "GITAS PORTAL" until Sunday 27th May 2018. The shop is open everyday from 11 to 8pm with unique pieces to boast and a personal shopping experience.
Established in 2011, GITAS PORTAL embodies confidence and sophistication and caters to women from all walks of life. In keeping with its social responsibility promise, Gitas Portal garments are produced locally to ensure that the working conditions and quality can regularly be monitored.
Gitas Portal's boutique is currently based in Deptford Bridge. Known for its clever use of beautiful Ankara /African wax prints and vibrant colors, reflected in their tagline "Be Bold, Win, Wear Colour", Gitas Portal create pieces that transition well from casual day wear to event wear and has secured a clientele all over London and further afield.
By choosing Hackney as a location for their pop-up store, Mariatu, the brand owner, aimed to come a little closer to their East London customers and to give the brand more exposure. The response has been amazing, her designs and Summer dresses displayed in the shop window have attracted many residents passing by on foot or by car, such as a local dad of a 14 and 16 year old teenage girls who came in to search for sophisticated African attires with a view to encourage his two princesses to embrace their African culture.
In addition, Gitas Portal fans and brand ambassadors, such as Sarah Eckert, close to have practically purchased every single piece of Gitas Portal collections, have been coming in to support and purchase their new Summer pieces:
- The Lauren, in tropical colors, Green Ankara print ( a sell out last year) and a beautiful Red and Black vintage
- The Kelai, in Burgundy and Grey, Pink and Turquoise
- The Lady Seray in bold flower prints, Orange and Blue, earth tones and freedom print
Mariatu talks of these dresses as if they were her babies and she does admit to it jokingly.... "these dresses are named after the daughters I would have had...." - a bold statement as Mariatu is a mother of 5. Traditional names from Sierra Leone, her country of origin, inspire her too.
Summer dresses' prices range from £65 to £100 so you know what to do next .....get your unique piece from Gitas Portal before the sell out!!!
What's next for Gitas Portal?
Gitas Portal is always on the lookout for pop-up stores locations to meet new customers so feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions!!!! Gitas Portal will also be travelling this Summer!! Another conquest of the US Market, after Atlanta, it will be New Orleans and New York...
I will be wearing myself their Summer Bomber in the next coming days..... Watch this space!!!
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