Event Alert | Miss Cameroon South Africa 2015

A few weeks back I was contacted by the organiser of the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa pageant and she asked if I could spread the word on this upcoming event. First of all, I am a fan of beauty pageants; and secondly, if there is anything that showcases our beautiful African continent and people in a positive way, then I am all for it!

So, the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa will be held at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg during Women’s Month on Saturday the 8th of August 2015. The grand finale will be produced and directed by world renowned show producer Mr Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions. The pageant is inspired by the strength and potential embodied by the women of Cameroon. Mckevin Ayaba Dormithienne and Vanessa Mbenoun in association with COMICA (Miss Cameroon Organisational Committee) have chosen to invest in the future of the continent’s ambassadors by offering a platform to the vibrant Cameroonian women living in South Africa.

Candidates will be evaluated in five categories (native Cameroonian wear, swimsuit, talent, evening gown and interview) and the judges’ decision will be based on criteria such as leadership skills, physical fitness and the level of dedication to community service.

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The beautiful contestants

MCASA is a production that not only entertains but also educates on heritage, diversity and tourism. Entertainment on that evening include performances from musicians such as Buffalo Souljah, Della Tamin, Kimaany, Babalwa, TK ,Wax Dey and more. The event’s masters of ceremony are former Good Morning Africa presenter Precious Nkandu and Award winning Cameroonian MC Petit Libota.

Tickets’ prices range from R250 for single to R400 for couples and VIP tickets are R500 (single) and R800 (couple).

For more on ticket sales and any other information about the Miss Cameroon SA finale, please visit www.misscameroonsa.org or like the Facebook/MissCSouthAfrica page.

Please go out and support if you can.

Not With My ‘Fro….He Said!

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Well, this has probably happened to either you or a few among us, when your skull gets knocked out to either choose embracing your marvelous coily/kinky curls or to stand out as an obedient wife/girlfriend/fiancée.

I used to think men appreciate it when a woman is wearing her natural look, but I had to think again after a “WatsApp “ chat I had with a friend. I want to think she has a man who wants to compare what his girlfriend has to what his female friends have. One of the reasons is when he told her “Not with your afro again; that looks shabby for this event, all my friends have their girls in their Peruvian and Brazilian hair”. Don’t you think that sounds selfish? Especially for us natural sisters. Not just with the fact that as a woman you make your own choice but with the fact that your ’FRO’ is judged as being shabby for certain events.

One thing men don’t understand is ‘our hair gives us confidence’. Do you agree? A good hair day does magic to your whole system, I mean the smile, the confidence and how you will want people to notice your crown. It’s just a shame some men still think they need to control how their partners have to look.

That even reminded me of my other friend who was judged and almost denied by her in laws only because she had dreadlocks. Seriously, can’t people just get to India Aries’s quote…..”I am the soul that lives within’……..I am not my hair!”

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Anyway, what do you think ladies; should a man hinder you from wearing your ‘FRO’ proudly?


About the author

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I’m Olivia Catherine. Owner of the lifestyle blog “kayiniafrika.com
Life is an Art that I live in. Tanzania is my safe place to call home, and I dream to travel Africa.
I’m 2 years fully natural and If I am not in any other forms of arts including writing, photography, etc. then be sure I am practicing another Art in my kitchen…I am a foodie just like that :-)

Blog: www.kayiniafrika.com
Instagram: @kayi_ni_afrika
Fb Page: Kay’i Ni Afrika

 

Event Alert |#DurbanNaturalHairMeetUp!

Yip, FroChic is going to Durbannnnnn!! :-)

The lovely Ruth Mafupa of Natural Sisters blog is the brains behind this natural hair meet up and she roped in a few fellow bloggers who I admire; and I am also looking forward to hearing them talk about all things natural hair!

Of course, yours truly will also be talking about all things locks – how to start them and how to maintain them – among other things. I am really excited and honoured to be part of this group of speakers.

So what are you waiting for?…Get you tickets before they get sold out and come join us for a fun filled afternoon! :-)

See posters below for more details

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Speakers poster

Tickets are available on Quicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/10375-durban-natural-hair-meet-up/

My Fave July Magazine Covers (and Naturals Represent)!

When I am not reading a book, then most of the time you will find me reading a magazine; especially if I want something quick to read. I have always loved magazines and I must say what attracts me the most to a magazine is definitely the cover — who is on the cover and also how well the layout has been done.

For July, 2 of my favourite local magazines have really nailed it on the head! Both covers are so fresh and inviting; plus, I love the fact that the ladies on the cover are natural (go #teamnatural :-) ).

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How gorgeous is this cover?! And Bonnie is looking so HOT! She truly is a definition of a yummy mummy :-) I also love how fresh and clean the cover is, not too cluttered or all over the place. Well done to the True Love team for this beautiful cover. I will definitely be buying a copy!

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This is another magazine cover I am loving this month! It screams “Buy me!”. I don’t know much about Scandal! actress, Masasa Mbangeni but I think she really looks so beautiful on this cover. Her makeup has been done very well and that TWA is F.I.E.R.C.E! Bona mag has really upped their cover stakes lately.

The following magazines are not exactly #teamnatural and they do not have local stars on the cover but I had to mention them because I think they are great covers and have been done well.

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This is such a fun and simple cover but everything works so well. I love the fresh, simple make-up and also the playful look on Rihanna’s face.  The red dots also makes the cover look interesting and fun. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would definitely buy it.

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This last one is from one my ol’ time fave magazines, Essence. For July they featured the black ladies of Orange Is The New Black series. The ladies look gorgeous — in all their different shades of brown & different hairstyles! Black is really beautiful.

Which other covers caught your eye or which of the above do you love?

Review | The Noir Beauty Box – May 2015

So I finally purchased my first Noir Beauty Box from MzansiFro – yippy!! :-)

When I heard MzansiFro will be releasing a Noir Beauty Box which is specifically tailored for us black girls, I was thrilled! This meant hair products that work well for our hair and also make-up products that suit our skin tones. (I don’t know about you, but it is really not easy to find a foundation that is the perfect shade for my skin tone. I usually have to purchase two shades and mix them to get the right one :-( ).

The Noir Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that you can register for at the MzansiFro website. Once you are registered they send you an email each month notifying you of all the products that will be available in the box for that month. Then it is up to you whether you would like to purchase that box for that month or not. The Noir Beauty Box retails for R230, plus R50 for delivery. The contents of the box change each month and they consist of hair & beauty related products.

So moving on to what I received in mine this month…

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Let’s take a closer look…

1. Natural Moisture Twist & Shine Hair Butter (sample size)

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I am looking forward to using this Twist and shine butter for twisting my locs. I am not a fan of beeswax, so I usually prefer to use products that work well for twisting two-strand twists. These type of products normally give me a great hold without causing too much build up on my locs.  Another great plus is that all the ingredients used are all natural.

2. Matsimela Marula Nut Lip Butter (Full size)

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By far one of my favourite products in the box! It smells ah-mazing and it moistures my lips soo well. My lips tend to get very dry, and even more so on in winter, so this is the perfect lip butter for my lips.

3. Jamaican Mango & Lime’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Full size)

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I’ve never used this product before so I am really looking forward to trying it out; especially for my scalp (my scalp has become very dry lately). I have heard nothing but good reviews on the Black Castor Oil so I hope it will become a staple for me.

4. Yivani Mhlonyane Body butter (Full size)

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I love how thick and creamy this body butter is and how it does a great job in nourishing my thirsty skin. However, I must say, the scent is a bit too harsh for me. It has a very strong herb-ally scent to it and I am someone who prefers floral and fruity smells when it comes to body products. If you are someone who doesn’t mind a strong herbally/earthy smell to their body butter, then I would definitely recommend this one for dry skin.

5. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-in Conditioner (full size)

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I tend to stay away from leave-in conditioners because I find that if I use too much conditioner on my locs it ultimately causes product build-up and it can be a pain to remove it! However, I will give this one a try and see how it works for me. It is quite creamy and smells devine, so that is already a plus for me.

I am quite happy so far with my purchase of The Noir Beauty Box and I am looking forward to purchasing more beauty boxes in the future!

Visit: www.mzansifro.co.za to purchase yours.