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This year, I attended my first Afro Hair and Beauty Live London.

One will think: with me wearing Afro hair, I will be all over these type of events.

The truth is: Yes, I like my hair Afro or any other Afro hairstyle; but I am just not a hair girl. I do a hairstyle I like, I stick to it. Or I use a good product, I stick to it. I am much more adventurous with fashion and jewelry.

Afro hair and beauty live

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So, I was pleased to be invited by the organizer of the show I met earlier that month at the Screen Nation Awards. As it meant, time or me to discover new products.

The event spammed over 2 days, but I only attended the first day.

The Afro Hair and Beauty Live London had: The fashion & Lifestyle exhibitors section

Among which I had the pleasure to catch up with many brands I have worked with before.

The area was a buzz with a mix of upcoming and established designers displaying their latest collections. So, if one visitor was looking for unique pieces and accessories, it was the perfect place.

I also met up with Tahlia Gray, creator of SheerChemistryWith who I have also worked with in the past on her brand commercial.

She is just everything Afrochic stands for. Then, top it off, I got offered 2 pairs of Sheer Chemistry tights. Can’t wait to wear them soon.

Afro hair and beauty live

(With Tahlia Gray of Sheer Chemistry. She is wearing her tights )

Stage Show and Competition

There were two fashion shows each day from established and upcoming designers. And the designers showcasing also had exclusive pieces, available to purchase on their stalls in the fashion area.

Then, I met with Diana Dahlia, a radio personality I recently co-hosted  Happy Days, a radio show on Behind The groove Radio. ( Listen HERE) 

Some of you might have had a peek on my Instagram, But your girl  A.K.A me has been doing radio too. Woohoo!!!

Below with Irene Shelly, Editor-In-Chief of Black Beauty Magazine.

Afro hair and beauty live

So, apart from meeting all these great ladies. I also discovered new brands which I will be sharing with you.

So, if you have never been to the Afro Hair and Beauty Live in London, give it a try next year and feel free to email or share your experience with me.x

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They say:  if your dreams don’t scare you, then you aren’t dreaming big enough.

Well, my dream life since Cameroon has always been the’ UGLY BETTY‘ type of lifestyle. With me being Betty, but with a Wilhemina confidence and style.

So, for the past few years, and at this stage of my life, I can say with confidence, I am living the dream! My Dream! 

It is not always pink or glamorous but I am happy to create a life that challenges me to be my best. I came, I saw, I am conquering; one magzine at a time.

All this to say, I made it to the SPRING/SUMMER issue of Stylist magazine.

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Imagine buying a designer’s pair of shoes and also having £500 worth of Uber credit that comes with it. Just the case the Charlotte Olympia Sandal and Uber collaboration. Only 14 pairs were made and exclusively sold at  Harvey Nichols.

I attended the new designers’ floor opening at Harvey Nichols recently. Where they now stock all the classic brands: Loewe, McQueen, Chloe, Jimmy Choo,  Alexander Wang Etc…

It also gave me the opportunity to see all the latest collections.  In particularly Charlotte Olympia new collection. I am a big fan of her shoes. They are fun, funky, full full of character and sass.

But her perrfect10 brass caged heel, designed exclusively for the 10 years anniversary of the brand. View Post

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Red red the Afrochic Stew-  A spoonful narrative

Red red with Cecile Essono

I have mentioned a few times how Afrochic is more of a lifestyle than just fashion alone? That includes food, music, the way of living and thinking.

Last year during Africa Fashion Week London, I met this soup brand called Red-Red.

I was intrigued as the packaging was just so colorful and as soon as they mentioned, inspired by Africa.

So far, we have pre-made noodles, pasta, pizza, curries, but we are yet to have any African soup, stew or any taste I grew up eating easily available in the supermarkets despite how delicious they are.

Even jerk chicken or Jollof rice that are now very popular in the Uk, especially in London are yet to be made easily available and on the go.

Red red with Cecile Essono

So,  a few weeks later,  I was pleased when the Red Red team send me one of their trio box of stew. In all honesty, it was the best food packaging I have never seen. it is just very creative and they are the type of cup you want to keep as they are quite sturdy and colorful as you can see.

As they describe it Red Red stews mixed up the energy of Africa with vegan vibes and fast-paced London lifestyles, Red Red is a mouthwatering meal pot that cooks up the kind of kicks you wouldn’t have thought possible in just seven minutes. They bring the heat and brings it with goodness: every pot is made using only plant-based, vegan, gluten-free ingredients and no nastiness.


Red red with Cecile Essono

For every Red Red pot, they sell, they donate 12p to Farm Africa, an international development charity which reduces poverty by helping farmers in eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more. Through Farm Africa, rural families can grow their incomes while also protecting their local environment for generations to come.

And Chef of these stews, Zoe Adjonyoh of zoesghanakitchen.co.uk began life in Hackney in 2011 as a series of sold-out upper clubs. Before long, Zoe found herself heading up kitchen residencies across London and Berlin, a restaurant in Brixton and now her very own cookbook.

The stylist and fashion designer Samson Soboye was the stylist of their commercial. Remember the article about him I wrote a while ago? Read HERE

And the rest of their team, Mat Maitland Collage Artist of matmaitland.com and Patrice de Villiers, Photographer of patricedevilliers.com/

Red red with Cecile Essono

So please check them out and for the pictures above what do you think of the packaging? are you much of a fan like I am?

Also, what do you think of the future of African flavors in the UK? Do you think a time will come where we will be able to get easy and convenient access to those flavors? Without a lengthy trip to Brixton Or South London?

Ps:  To the Red Red team, I honestly can’t wait for the meaty flavors…Yum!


Red red with Cecile Essono

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