Most Africans have an innate sense of style so it was a culture shock when I first arrived in the UK and realised that I had to dress down to fit in.
As an adventurous soul, I love to travel. It affords me the opportunity to explore new cultures. Travel costs money and I am still slowly making my way round the globe. I had thought about different ways to write this particular piece and decided to plunge straight in. So here goes!
What is your relationship with your hair? Search Google for hair and hundreds of articles will pop up and yet we all have our own unique story. Here is mine.
We are the product of colonialism but more than this are also the sum total of our African ancestors who passed on a strong culture and tradition.
It is hardly news that literature exposes readers to the culture and history of a people. Most of my life I have read and respected English literature and only came to know African Literature in my late teens. Not surprisingly Chinua Achebe says, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Gele completes the look for a big birthday and wedding, party or other formal occasions. In September 2016, Lupita Nyong’o wore a gele with her Carol Herrera dress for the debut of her film Queen of Katwe. Although it was passable I believe if she had approached an expert it would have been stunning.
The first generation, like my parents, came as students. Life back home in Nigeria was beautiful after independence in 1960. Africans came to Britain in droves to attain a high standard of education. But what they encountered in the 50s, 60s and 70s was dank cold and miserable weather, and a wall of racism. The Windrush generation also suffered this.