african · music

Series: Young, Gifted and African – Mumala

 

If you are not familiar with my Young, Gifted and African Series, check out my previous two posts HERE and HERE!

Nicole Maloba is a talented singer and songwriter from Kenya. We go waaay back, and even used to sing in school assemblies together! Shout out N.I.S!

With her stage name – Mumala, she is taking the Kenyan music scene by storm!

Mumala Maloba is a singer songwriter who began to cause a stir within the crop of young musicians in Nairobi. Having come from a musical background, she started her musical journey very young. By age six she was participating in Christmas musicals and carols and had even begun writing songs at the age of ten. Her second grade teacher called her a young ‘Miriam Makeba’, but Mumala had never heard of her until she discovered her music and fell in love.

She also grew up listening to the sounds of legends that her elder siblings listened to, such as Racheal Ferrell, Jill Scott, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka amongst others. While studying in Nairobi International School, she met the current Penya – Africa Director, Natalie Lukkenear who mentored and encouraged her to join ‘Sauti Academy’ which is a one-year music program designed to manage talent and develop artists.

The budding musician believes that for her to continue to grow and learn more about music she surrounds herself with mentors such as June Gachui, Sara Mitaru, Sauti Sol, and Elani. Mumala released her first Single “Where did the love go” in April 2013 then following with the release of her 2nd single “Paper chasing” ft Octopizzo produced by Polycarp ‘Fancy Fingers’ in 2014. After a long hiatus in the music scene Mumala’s latest single ‘Lose Myself’ was released in November last year.

Mumala has performed at various events such as Soulful Expressions,the Kinanda Arts Festival, Soul for Soul Concerts, Chords and cords unplugged show, Nairobi and Naivasha Fashion Market, TML100 feat Zonke, Blankets and Wine, Thursday Nite Live at Choices, Up Live II, Rift Valley Festival, Story Moja Hay Festival, Simplified Soul J.A.M, Industry Nite and private events such as weddings. Mumala has shared stages with Kenyan artists such as Just a Band, Sara Mitaru, Ayub Ogada, Kato Change, Sauti Sol and Elani amongst others but has also shared stages with International artists such as Grammy nominee Joe Thomas during a grand concert in 2012, Zonke at a TML100 concert and International Zouk star Zulu from Mauritius leading to them collaborating on a hit single in French and Swahili dubbed ‘Sweet life’. Mumala recently graduated from Middlesex University with a First class honors in Law. The 23 year old is definitely one of the female vocalists to look out for in the coming months.

Keep reading to get to know more about the vocal powerhouse -she tells us more about her passion, her plans for the future and everything in between- during her interview below!

  • What is your name and how old are you?-My name is Nicole Maloba I’m 23 years old.
  • Where are you from, and where do you live now? I’m proudly Kenyan. I live in Kenya at the moment.
  • What do you love the most about your country? The fast paced life, always keeps my adrenaline pumping!
  • Describe yourself in three words. Funny, Talented , Intelligent lol
  • Tell me about your passion? My passion… music and advocacy. The joy of songwriting, performing however I don’t do it as much as I used to. Being a full time lawyer, there are struggles in finding a balance. But I’m figuring it out…
  • When did you discover this passion? Since age eight or so. My grade school teacher would always call me Miriam Makeba… I guess she sensed my creative side way before I did.
  • What drove you to pursue this? The answer to that is what didn’t. Lol I have too much soul in me the voice is always yearning to be freed.
  • Who is your biggest supporter? My sister, she’s my rock and support system. Always there even when I didn’t need her to be. Constantly grateful.
  • Who do you look up to? Jill Scott. Her music has purpose and drive it’s like she is an advocate but in song. She not only inspires in songwriting but also in performance, I’m utterly ‘wowed’ every time.
  • Who would you love to meet, Dead or Alive? Why? Gosh not fair so many people but top of my list would be Aretha Franklin. Dang she oozes finesse, effortlessly soulful.
  • What are some obstacles you’ve faced so far? Like most people self-doubt. There are times I’ve felt defeated, exhausted and drained. But I’ve learnt that there is only so much one can do. Motivational books, music and documentaries have become a daily dosage for me. Trust it to keep my mindset where it needs to be.
  • Where do you see your brand in the next 3-5 years? I’d like to perform at festivals all over Africa and at large. Using music as my tool to conquer.
  • Do you plan to further your education? How will you combine the two? Yes I actually intend to go back to university for my masters. I try not to worry about the future cause plans don’t always push through. All I know is that I shall be singing as long as I can.
  • Any advice for someone that is just starting out, in a similar field? Patience, one needs a lot of it and also staying true to your sound and beliefs. A lot of challenges will always crop up but as long as you keep doing you with honesty and to the best of your ability then the fruits will be reaped just keep calm.Follow Mumala on her social media:@MumalaMaloba

     

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Personal

Are You A Procrastinator? – Symptoms and Tips On How To Fight It

Recently, a friend approached me about content from my post When Life Gives You Lemons. (Hey Merilyn girl!) She mentioned that it was important to identify the manner in which people use my suggested tips -as people like herself- could be tempted, and use some of them as a way of procrastinating.

Therefore, how can you tell the difference between; reflecting and taking some well-deserved time out, as to when you’re just flat out procrastinating? And how do you snap out of that and become more productive?

Well, I put my hands up and say that I sometimes struggle with procrastination. I’ll set out various tasks that I need to do and allocate time to do them. Let’s say for instance- I plan on sorting out a work plan for the week at 8 PM, believe me when I say, if I look up at the clock and the time is 8:15 PM ha! I’ll “try again tomorrow”. This becomes particularly easy to do when I’m watching my favourite show as well! Especially when I’ve missed a couple of episodes – one turns into three, and before I know it, it’s 3:00 AM the next day.

Let’s try to reflect and be real with ourselves for one minute here. If you are not sure that you are a procrastinator, here are a few signs.

Do you tend to:

  1. Tell yourself you’ll do a certain task “tomorrow” when you know deep down it’s not going to happen?
  2. You focus on doing little tasks here and there, rather than getting stuck in on what’s really important?
  3. Have the strong urge to watch the new episode of GOT before you get started on work?
    Because how can you focus on all your deadlines when you don’t know what ‘Littlefinger’ has up his sleeve this time!
  4. You suddenly have the strong urge to nap. You know… to brace/gear yourself up for the work load that awaits you.
  5. You suddenly can’t stop reloading and refreshing your Snapchat, Instagram, even Twitter feed, knowing damn well that there’s nothing new to see on there… because you just checked SIX SECONDS AGO.
  6. You usually gulp down dinner in five minutes, but now, it takes you a solid thirty minutes because you want to indulge and appreciate all the flavours…chewing two minutes per spoonful.

Said ‘YES’ to more than two of those? Well, here are some tips n tricks, to see us all through this struggle:

  1. Set reasonable targets and deadlines.
    You need to be honest with yourself. If you have a 5,000 word report due in two weeks, start off with a couple hundred a day, because that all nighter you’re planning to pull… that is the day that your laptop will refuse to come on, you lose your bus pass so you struggle to make your way to the Uni library, and when you do finally get there all the desktops are booked for the day. I could go on, but don’t be that guy. Set realistic goals and targets and you will have no problem in accomplishing them.
  2. Use Peer Pressure
    If all your friends have started their own tasks, you’ll feel more inclined to get started on yours too, especially if its Uni related work.
    However, if you have a circle of friends that are also procrastinators then -na wah for you oh!
  3. Treat Yourself
    For every page of that recommended reading for your next class that you do, treat yourself to a smartie, skittles, m&m.
    Side note – This does not work with alcohol. For obvious reasons.
  4. Stay Away From Your Phone
    Honestly you’re not doing yourself any favours. Replying to that ONE text from *insert your crush/bestfriend/boy/girlfriend’s name here* will turn into ten, and then suddenly it’s the next day, you haven’t slept and you’ve missed all your deadlines.Put your phone off and focus on the task at hand.
    The most important thing to do is to actually start a task. No matter how small that initial input is in the beginning, once you’ve started, just keep going. Keep moving forward.
african · Beauty and Lifestyle

Series: Young, Gifted and African – Shiro Mugo

This week, our Young, Gifted and African Series story is on Shiro Mugo. A 23 year old fire cracker from Embu, Kenya!

If you are not familiar with my Young, Gifted and African Series, check out my first post and introduction HERE!

Shiro and I met in 2010 -in High School- and have been friends ever since.

She has always been artistic and very expressive, -having directed a High School play before she even turned 18.

Talking to Shiro about what she loves about 254, she told me loves how innovative and creative Kenyans are. There’s also warmth in Kenya which she says she can’t put in words -not just warmth as in the weather (which is amazing btw), but it’s something to do with the people. She says she would best describe it as radiant.

“I also love our sense of humor, -even during the most trying moments. Kenya is also quite scenic; -literally everywhere you go feels like it’s been painted; -our country is art!”

Hearing her talk about Kenya like this, made me miss living there all over again.

I asked Shiro to describe herself in just three words, and the answer I got was “I don’t know whether that’s possible. I’ll have to say indecisive, soulful, adventurous and goofy. That’s 4, damn it! I guess “breaker of rules”?”  Yea, that’s Shiro, such a rebel LOL.

About 5 months ago, Shiro created a YouTube channel, -I asked her to tell me more about that. “I have always been passionate about creative and performing arts, be it poetry, books, music, film or fine art. I love seeing how people use their craft to entertain, educate or even just as a means of therapy. I feel like my life wouldn’t really have meaning if I wasn’t a part of the creative world. It’s what keeps me going. It’s what makes me who I am. With my YouTube channel that’s what I aim to showcase.”

She went on to say that for as long as she can remember, she’s always had this passion… to be creative, producing and appreciating various forms of art. She told me that her dad always brags about how she could read when she was about 2 years old, and so he knew that her life would have something to do with the literary world. While on the other hand, her mum could always tell that Shiro was going to be an entertainer of some sort. This is because she would always be up for entertaining guests by singing and rapping along to all sorts of songs and always acting or putting up some sort of performance. “I was also very chatty and inquisitive. I had my first acting role in kindergarten and I think from there I knew I wanted to be a part of this world.”

What drove her to pursue this? “God, Passion and Desire. I say God because I believe he’s the reason that I exist and he put my wants, needs and desires in my heart and so it’s my duty on earth to achieve these things and I can only do it through God, hard work and determination.” Shiro mentioned that she doesn’t think that anyone can really commit to pursuing something unless they are passionate about it. Also, having support from the right people has definitely given her that extra drive.

Shiro expressed that her family and best friends are her biggest supporters. “I genuinely don’t know who, what and where I would be without them. They are the realest ryyyddaass.”

Don’t know who a “rider” is? Or as Shiro put it “ryyyddaaa” – someone who motivates you, supports you, and essentially sticks with you through thick and thin.

When asked about who she looks up to, she said that would have to be her mother! “She is everything I want to be. She’s not only beautiful inside and outside but she has such a pure soul. She is such a hard worker, a dedicated mother and the best support system. I also really look up to Oprah Winfrey and Mo Abudu because I want to build global empires just like them and influence and inspire. They are such bosses. #BlackGirlMagic”

Shiro’s answer to my next question proves why she and I are meant to be friends! I asked, who she would love to meet dead or alive, and why. She said – “Rihanna, because she is the baddest to ever do it, and I love people who are unapologetically themselves.”
PAUSE. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Rihanna, her boldness, her diverse talent, her aura, her passion to give back and as Shiro herself put it she is unapologetically herself.

Shiro would also love to meet Tupac. She explained that this is because, (I decided to directly quote her on this, so ya’ll can see how much she loves him) “I truly believe he is the love of my life and we would have made beautiful poetry and babies together.”

HA! If only eh?

Showing her love for poetry, and plays, she also says that she would love to meet Shakespeare, “have you read his work? He is lit!” and Maya Angelou “because she was one woke sista!”

 

Back to Shiro -and her Youtube channel, her journey so far- I also wanted to know what obstacles she has faced. She said lack of support. “The lack of support from people who you know have links to bigger possibilities as well as people you thought would support you. It really dampens my drive but I constantly have to remind myself that I can do it on my own, just stay committed and put in that extra work.  People not taking what I do seriously. There’s still this unfortunate stigmatization about creative people. People think it’s just a hobby that you’ll soon get bored of.”

I can totally relate to this. At an event recently, I was asked what I did and I explained that I was previously in a marketing role, but I now blog, and I am enjoying showcasing Sierra Leone and all she has to offer. The look I got said it all. Later on that day, I met another fellow creative soul, and -we got to talking about the event and how it went. I told him about the response I had received when I mentioned that I blog and he wasn’t at all surprised, because he has faced the same while doing his photography- and creating designs.

There is still the belief, particularly in Africa, that if you opt to go down the creative route (fashion design, singing, photography, make up, blogging and even producing content under a YouTube channel) that it’s a hobby -and it’s not serious work. Most of these start out without monetary gain, and it’s hard for people to grasp the concept that you love what you do, and that comes before making money.

Moving on, we also got the chance to talk about the most memorable thing to happen to Shiro on her YouTube journey so far. She told me that meeting strangers who know her through her channel would be one major thing. “It’s really crazy because sometimes I don’t think people outside of my family know my channel exists. It’s so inspiring and encouraging to hear people say such positive things. Social media has so much power. Also, other “creatives” wanting to collaborate (just like this), it’s so heart-warming and makes me want to go even harder.”

Her most embarrassing moment? “Yo. There’s toooo many. I’m one of those people that things that don’t normally happen to other people happen to. (I hope that makes sense) The moment that stands out as the most embarrassing would have to be my cousins wedding. I was one of the flower girls and we had to walk over a bridge and it had just been polished. The way my face hit the ground, yeah? Probably the most-talked-about wedding moment to date.”
Ha! Trust Shiro to steal the moment from the bride, in a way only she can do.

Where does she see her brand in the next 3-5 years? Well, Shiro wants her brand to be one that is “on everybody and their mama’s lips.” In addition, she is also starting to take photography and poetry more seriously. She believes that this will lead her to where she ultimately needs to be.
“I want to be well known for all the right reasons. I want to be a reference point for young black girls. I want my work to touch people’s lives. By the grace of God, I want to be a global empire. I want my brand to be a source of income and something that makes me happy to wake up each morning.”

She also plans to further her studies by obtaining a Masters in either Media and Public Relations or Film and TV production. She believes that there’s still so much that she has to learn, noting further that -as an English Literature and Film Studies graduate, she thinks that furthering her education will make her a cut above the rest. She wants a clear and in-depth understanding of her field; plus, she said she also likes challenging herself and is well aware that getting a Masters degree is going to take a lot of hard work and determination. However, she wants to be a professional and taken seriously.

Her parting words saw her give advice to someone starting off in a similar field –“DO NOT let anybody tell you, you can’t. If I listened to all the nay-sayers then I wouldn’t be where I am today. Surround yourself with the right energy and vibes, people who genuinely want to see you win. There’s so much power in vibes. Don’t limit yourself and always practice your craft. Always remember nothing good comes easy. Stay grounded and believe in yourself. Do not seek validation from social media and ignore the haters at all times… it will just dampen your light and you deserve to glow!”

Check out Shiro’s YouTube Channel here! She talks about –music (yes that includes Rihanna’s new releases, d’uh), relationships and friendships, hot topics, and so much more (lots of laughs guaranteed)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFd3N85ANgwIYAC_8vv70Vw/videos

Follow her on her other social media pages too!

https://www.instagram.com/oh_oh_shiro/

https://twitter.com/Oh_Oh_Shiro

 

 

 

Personal · relationships

Toxic Friendships – Let. It. Go.

Do you have that one friend who never has anything positive to tell you? You want to start a business – they are against you doing it. You want to change your hairstyle – “that wouldn’t suit you!”

You’re always the one who calls and reaches out to them? They are always criticizing you and/or other people with a self-righteous attitude. They can never be wrong, and even when they are, they never apologise.

Are they really your friend though?

Do they support you? There is a difference between telling you some home truths and flat out being a hater. Do they want you to choose?  Like it’s either them or no one.

I had one “friend” – everything was always a competition. I didn’t see it at the time but thank the Lord, I SAW THE LIGHT! If they fell out with someone (which happened regularly) a major sign to look out for btw, I was expected to stop talking to them as well. When something embarrassing happened to me (which happened a lot, I think I might actually be accident prone) they would yell it out to the world, so everyone would know about it. Loved to gossip. One thing to take note of – if they gossip to you, they will most definitely gossip about you. When I found out, it hurt, but I realised that I wasn’t crazy for having doubts, and I finally cut off all ties.

If you are around someone who is always saying they can’t stand drama, and drama always “finds” them? That’s because they ARE the drama. You don’t need that kind of dead energy.

You need to realise that your time, your friendship, your love, your energy is precious. Share those qualities with people who actually value you. It’s tough to cut people off, but when they’re draining you it’s worth it.

And if after reading this, you feel as though you may exhibit some of these behaviours, it’s never too late to do better, and be better.

african · Entrepreneur · Fashion

Series: Young, Gifted and African – Lauretta Mtike

Having had my blog up and running and creating content for a little while now, I am constantly thinking of ideas for content and various ways in which I can shine a light on my Sierra Leone, but also Africans doing big things in Africa.

For Summer 2017, I will be starting a series – “Young, Gifted and African” featuring very talented individuals, some of whom I am fortunate to call my friends. They are all incredibly talented and are doing remarkable things in various fields such as music, fashion and fashion design, blogging, Youtube, and photography just to name a few. They are building a brand and producing some killer content!

Let’s get straight into our first feature!

Lauretta Mtike is 24 years old and born in Malawi, now currently living in the DRC. She also lived in Kenya for just the same amount of time as I did, if not longer! We met in High School, and have been friends ever since. She is a bubble of energy and her super fun loving personality makes it hard not to love her.

Lauretta has always had a passion for fashion and in 2015 she created Vivietta Designs.

Despite no longer living in Malawi, I asked Lauretta what she loves most about her country.  She said that the scenery in Malawi is unbelievably beautiful and the people are so kind and warm hearted. When asked to describe herself in three words, she said that she is Fun, Adventurous and Vivacious, and I can honestly attest to that!

Talking about her passion, she says “My passion is making clothes… the art of designing and sewing the designs. From as young as I can remember I have always had this passion.” I asked her what drove her to pursue this passion, and turn it into a reality. Lauretta explained that her friends and community inspired her to pursue it -“my friends would always ask me to make them clothes and pretty soon I had other people contact me and ask me to make them clothes as well and before I knew it, I was living out my passion.”

She expressed that her biggest supporter is her uncle. She further explained that she doesn’t really think he fully understands what it is that she does, but he’s always pushing her to achieve more and is the one that has made most of her showcases possible.

In general, Lauretta says she looks up to her mum, and career wise she looks up to Silvia Awori. She went on to say that if she could meet anyone dead or alive, it would be Silvia Awori. “Growing up, she’s the only person I ever looked up to… she has been my role model for pretty much more than half my life – meeting her would be life changing for me.”

Talking about obstacles she has faced during her journey, she says the biggest one would be the non-acceptance and stereotyping of fashion and fashion designers in her country. “Most people do not believe in fashion design as work or take it seriously.  Some even view it as a taboo of some sort and those who do it as uncultured and ill-mannered, which is really sad.”
On the other hand, the most memorable thing to happen to Lauretta she recalls was during her first fashion show. Someone went up to her and told her that they loved her collection and had actually been following her on social media. Lauretta says that at the time, she was “super shocked” because she had only just started and thought only her close friends and family knew about it. “It was a humbling experience” she says.

Talking more about Vivietta designs, Lauretta said that she created the name by combining her name. “My middle name is Vivien, hence the Vivi and then I took the Etta from Lauretta.”

When you are an entrepreneur with a business, it’s important to create goals for your business. So I asked Lauretta where she sees her brand in the next 3-5 years. In the next 3-5 years, she wants to see Vivietta designs in magazines, on models, and taking part in international fashion shows. She said “I see my clothes being available to everyone worldwide through shipping and having 2 or 3 retail shops in different countries.”

In terms of her education and how she plans to combine the two, she says she plans to finish her ACCA course (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and then start her MBA. Combining the two is not going to be difficult, she asserts. She started designing while she was in University and managed just fine –“I created a healthy routine that entertained both designing and my education.”

To lighten things up a bit, I asked Lauretta to confess! To share her most embarrassing moment. “My most embarrassing moment happened recently actually.  There was a fashion show I was to attend and when we got there and set up and everything … no one showed up! That was super embarrassing and frustrating most especially for the organizers but as fashion designers we also felt the sting.” These types of things are bound to happen, but you have to dust yourself off and keep going. I am confident that at the rate Lauretta is progressing, the only way is up from here on out.

Concluding, when I asked Lauretta what advice she would give to someone who is just starting out in a similar field, she had this to say, “My advice would be KEEP PUSHING even when you make mistakes or encounter massive obstacles, just keep on moving and maintain your sense of style and personality – uniqueness is the only way to get ahead in fashion.”

Lauretta will be showcasing some of her designs at the Urban Music Party, that will be hosted in Blantyre and Lilongwe in the coming weeks. If you’re in Malawi, head on down and support ya girl!

 

Follow Lauretta on her personal social media page!

@empress_etta

Do you like the designs showcased in this article? Want to place an order or have a query? Send an email to vivietta_des@gmail.com OR mtikel@gmail.com

Want to have a look at more of her designs? Follow Vivietta Designs!

@vivietta_designs

 

 

 

 

Education · Entrepreneur · Events · Sierra Leone

sheVestor Africa -MeetnGreetSierraLeone- What Went Down

 

The sheVestor Africa Meet and Greet Sierra Leone took place on Friday, June 30th 2017, and was held at the Africell American Corner Bathurst Street in Freetown.

If you have read my previous post, then you will know that the two guest speakers were Christine Sesay  – Founder, Africa’s Moneypreneur and Co-founder, Freetown Business School, and Ariana Oluwole – Founder, Narnia Daycare.

When I was approached to help coordinate this event, I wasn’t familiar with what sheVestor Africa is or what they do. Before I accepted, I did my research to learn more as I believe that when working with other people, agencies, organisations and so on, it is of the upmost importance to share similar goals and beliefs.

sheVestor Africa is a community that empowers young African women with financial knowledge to become financial literates and hone their financial skills in order to be financially empowered. Their mission is to Inspire, Connect, Educate and Equip the community and spur them on to actively hone their financial skills and participate in Africa’s growth story.

What’s better than a young, African woman who is not only financially literate but also financially independent?

The MeetnGreetSierraLeone was a brilliant networking event that gave Sierra Leonean women an opportunity to socialise with other like-minded individuals. We all got the chance to talk about our career goals, hear about other people’s journey and yes, even make some new friends in the process.

I met young women who were either studying in University, in full time employment, another fellow blogger, and a few entrepreneurs. Despite those differences, we all had one thing in common – an interest in building knowledge on finances and financial independence. We all spoke about our experiences, and during the event, we also had the opportunity to define who we thought a financially independent woman was.

There are 5 major points that I took with me from the MeetnGreet:

  1. No man is an island.
    Why struggle to do it all yourself, when you can collaborate?
    Christine Sesay spoke about her dream to open a Business School in Sierra Leone. She had the idea, but needed a network to see her dream become a reality. A collaboration with two other individuals, who shared her passion, came together, all bringing different talents and skills to the table. This led to the creation and development of the Freetown Business School.
  2. Mentors.
    It is important to reach out to people who share your passion and relate to your passion, your career, your future career goals.
    Mrs. Ariana Oluwole explained that if for example, you would like to go into event planning, you cannot approach a musician to be your mentor. There is no correlation. Approach a professional in your field, who is 4-5 steps above the level that you are currently in, and you will flourish.
  3. Re-invent your brand.
    You have to continue to bring originality in all that you do. Furthermore, you need to be re-inventing your brand and constantly staying ahead of the competition, without compromising or reducing your value and who you are.
    You may have a friend who is also an entrepreneur, and you may both have specialty in a similar field. In reality, the both of you are likely to appeal to and cater to two very different target audiences. Work together, bounce ideas off each other, and grow together. *Feel free to read point 1 again*
  4. Be consistent.
    Put simply, your dreams won’t work out, if you don’t work for it.
    Stay focused, work hard. Create reasonable time frames, and following them will not be a struggle.
  5. Create GOALS.
    Set goals for yourself – short, medium and long term. You must be specific, but also idealistic.

I will work hard to incorporate the lessons I learnt from the Meet and Greet, and I will flourish.

Watch this space!

All pictures courtesy of Larry Tucker – Ronnie’s Photography. Check out his official page here https://www.facebook.com/ronsPHGY/

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sheVestor Africa will be hosting various other Meet and Greets in several other African countries. Follow them to see when they’ll be in your city!

Join the community via http://shevestorafrica.org/join-our-community/

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Fitness · Health

Summer Body Loading- Fitness at Lumley Beach

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can most certainly help control your weight but more importantly, can strengthen your bones and muscles as well as improve your mental health and mood.

Recently, there appears to be a number of gyms opening up in the Capital- Freetown. But you know, exercise or even fitness does not have to cost an arm and a foot.

Also if you’re like me, you may also be all too self-aware and self-conscious that people in the gym are watching you and secretly judging you for not knowing how to use certain equipment.

Sierra Leoneans seem to be taking on this initiative #TeamFitness #TeamAbsForDays

This is evident to see particularly on Lumley Beach over the weekend. People jogging, walking, playing a game of sports be it football or rugby from as early as 7am on a Saturday morning. Women, Men, and Children of all ages can be seen from Papaya Restaurant all the way down to Atlantic on Lumley beach road.

Again, if you’re like me, distractions are a great way to get through physical activity. Like jogging! Going along the Lumley beach road route, one can take in the scenery of the waves crashing along the shore, and on the other side admire the newly constructed hotels and restaurants along the beach. Before you know it, you’re actually starting to enjoy it, and no longer focusing on your heavy panting.

On one of the days that I went down to the beach, I spoke to a lady named Sarah- she told me that she goes to the beach because of the convenience of the location as it is very close to where she works. She enjoys watching the groups of friends that get together at the beach and play soccer and is encouraged by seeing other people exercise. She runs for an hour or so for 10km every Saturday. By 9am she is done and spends another hour focusing on her core fitness by doing anything from sit ups to push ups.

Another fellow jogger says she has dedicated time to come to the beach every Saturday and jog. Although she is only in the country on holiday, the beach is very close to her accommodation, and she is keen to take full advantage of that. She expressed that the beach is beautiful and it inspires her to run more. She feels that exercise is important and makes her feel healthy.

So, if you happen to find yourself with some free time this weekend, why not proudly rock your favourite football team’s jersey, and head on over to Lumley beach for a quick jog as you loudly play “Eye of the Tiger “ on your smartphone? You are guaranteed to feel refreshed, re-energised, and ready to take on another week at work.

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