Adama Amanda Ndiaye is the woman behind the Adama Paris fashion label

Hat tip: Euromight

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Born in Kinshasa (ex Zaïre) in 1976 of Senegalese origin, Adama epitomizes the multicultural fashion designer of the new millenium.

With parents belonging to the diplomatic corps, she grew up in different world capitals. Exposed to cosmopolitan fashions, she began to forge her own style from the very beginning.

Even though she makes her home in Paris, she travels frequently between New York, Brazil and Senegal.

End the year on a high

Source: Georgina Sweeney

HOW TO END THE YEAR ON A HIGH and prepare for an amazing 2013…

This isn’t a complicated process by any means but it does involve setting aside some quiet time for reflection and a little writing. Don’t worry, nothing too laborious 😉
You’ll need about 30-60 minutes to complete this exercise.
You’ll also need a pen and three sheets of paper (printer paper works great.)


First, create your gratitude list. Understanding why we are grateful for something or someone allows us to not only experience an even deeper level of gratitude and raise our vibration but also attract more of the same on a more conscious level.

Step 1

Take a sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle so that you have two columns.
At the top of the left-hand column write the words “WHAT I AM GRATEFUL FOR IN 2012.” At the top of the right-hand column write the words “WHY I AM GRATEFUL.”

Step 2

Now, in your mind, replay your year from January through December pausing to write down the positive highlights from each month in the “what I am grateful for” column. These can include the people in your life, your health, your wealth, your home, business achievements, how you handled tough situations, where you grew emotionally, fun events, happy memories, family additions, new connections, anything that makes you and your heart smile as you recall them 🙂 Really allow yourself to go hog wild here, using more than one sheet of paper if you wish. If you find the calendar approach is too linear for you, simply write whatever you are grateful for as it comes to you.

Step 3

Next, opposite everything you feel grateful for, write down the reason WHY in the “why I am grateful” column. The easiest way to do this is to say “I am grateful because…” and then fill in the blank.
No matter how “good” or “bad” you think your year has been, I guarantee you will see it in a whole new light once you complete this exercise 🙂


Now that you have spent several minutes re-experiencing happy thoughts and feelings and raising your vibration, it’s time to release what you no longer want, so you can start 2013 unhindered.

Step 1

Take a second sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle so that you have two columns.
At the top of the left-hand column write the words “WHAT I NO LONGER WANT.”
At the top of the right-hand column write the words “WHAT I WANT INSTEAD.”

Step 2

Replay your year again only this time write down anything that you wish to leave behind in 2012 in the column entitled “what I no longer want.” Once again, go hog wild! This is your opportunity to pull out of you all the thoughts, feelings, emotions and situations you no longer wish to experience in the future.

Step 3

Next, opposite everything you no longer want, write down what you want instead.
By focusing on the positive instead of the negative, we immediately raise our vibration and put ourselves in a position to attract what we DO want.


Now comes the fun part: dreaming up your ideal 2013.

Step 1

Take your third sheet of paper and, at the top of the page, write the words:
“MY AMAZING 2013!”

Step 2

Now, unleash onto the paper everything you want to create in 2013. In business, in your personal life, in your relationships, in your health and body, in your finances… This is your opportunity to start attracting NOW what you want to experience in the New Year and beyond.
An easy way to do this is to fill in the blank after the following sentence:
“I am so happy and grateful now that….”
For example:
I am so happy and grateful now that I am 100% healthy and happy.
I am so happy and grateful now that I earn over $10,000 every month.
You can also include what you wrote in your gratitude list, as well as the opposite of what you chose to release from the “what I want instead” column.
Note – whatever you write should be in the present tense and be positively-worded. For added closure, you can also burn the list of things you no longer want and watch the flames transform them into new energy.

Step 3

Keep your Amazing 2013 sheet of paper handy and read it on a daily or regular basis, incorporating as much emotion as you can and visualizing how good life will be.
And that’s it, a simple but effective way to end the year on a high and prepare for an amazing year ahead.

Adelayo Adedayo stars in BBC3’s Some Girls

Hat tip: Euromight

Interview from The Metro:

You’re 23 but Viva, your character in Some Girls, is 16. Was it weird revisiting your teenage years?

Not really, it was fun. The best thing about playing a teenager is not being embarrassed about the things you say.

Are you like Viva?

Learn more about Some Girls.

I get the way she relates to her friends, they’re tight-knit. I’m an only child but I’ve got loads of cousins and the way Viva jokes about with her friends is the way I am with them.

Viva and her mates are in a football team – was that a stretch for you?

I wanted to run away from the ball. No, I’m only joking. When I was ten I used to play football and I thought I was really good. These girls are serious players, they want to win – they’ll do whatever it takes. It’s good to see a girls’ sports team on TV, there isn’t enough of that.

Were you always set on an acting career?

When I was 17 I was applying to get into university and I needed extra-curricular activities. The only one I was interested in was drama, so I did some research and found out about Identity. It’s a black drama school in Hackney run by Femi Ogun and it’s great because it’s open to whoever you are, wherever you’re from. You feel very safe there.

Did you drop the degree?

No, I went to Identity twice a week and did a law degree at the same time. It was hard – I knew I wanted to act 100 per cent all the way through.

So what’s next?

I’m in the film version of Gone Too Far, the play by Bola Agbaje that started at the Royal Court and won an Olivier Award. I’m playing Paris, a strong-willed girl who’s at the rough end of a love triangle. She’s very different to Viva – which, for me as an actress, is just great.

Nubian Beauty Event and Photography Exhibition

Friday 25th January 6-9pm
at Purely Natural, Stratford, E15 1EN
An evening to explore and celebrate the beauty that is you-inside and out. On this special evening an amazing team of health and beauty experts will be on hand to show you how to achieve this seasons styles and answer your beauty questions.
Images from Louise Sam’s Nubian Nude Photography will be on display and you will have the chance to join in the big question: “What Does African Female Beauty Mean to You?”
Live performance on the night by Sage-Aurélie Rose

There will also be chances to win prizes from Curls Unleased, Amédée handmade accessoriesPositive Image Project and Louise Sam Photography.

To reserve your free ticket please visit

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Send your beauty questions to be answered on the evening to
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Lola Akinmade Åkerström wins the IFWTWA 2012 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award

Source: IFWTWA

International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association sponsors an annual writing contest for the best writer in the Professional Journalism category among the non-member community. The writing subjects must be travel, food or wine.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, of Stockholm, Sweden, won the IFWTWA 2012 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award for her story “Slow Food from Sapmi,” a window into the culinary traditions of the indigenous Sami people of Arctic Sweden.

The inspiration for Åkerström’s story was her belief that exploring cultures that may seem polar opposites of our own produce some of the most compelling stories. Her keen interest in cultural traditions and relationships has been a long journey that began in her native Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with 250 unique tribes and languages.

“I’ve always been intrigued by cultural nuances in terms of food, place, and traditions that separate yet unite us all,”

Åkerström says.

“Even after becoming a US citizen and moving to Sweden for personal reasons, I’ve always had my nose to the ground looking for untold place-based cultural stories.”

Åkerström’s award includes a one-year membership in IFWTWA with all regular member benefits and complimentary attendance at IFWTWA’s 2013 Annual Conference in Hawaii.

“Ms. Åkerström is very deserving of this award,”

says Maralyn Hill, IFWTWA President.

“I am excited to welcome her to IFWTWA.”

The Professional Journalism second place winner was Sandra MacGregor of South Africa, and Maida Pineda of Philippines took third place.

Watch for “Slow Food from Sapmi” by Lola Akinmade Åkerström on IFWTWA’s online publication Global Writes in January 2013. For more information about Åkerström and her work, visit her website at

Twitter – @LolaAkinmade –

Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success

Excerpt from “Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success”,


Since the beginning of time, Black women have played a key part in the nurturing of ideas, and the use of inventions. In Ancient Egypt (Kamit), Black women, working with science through meditation and trance, and understanding the role of nature in the area of reproduction and cultivation, took simple grasses and developed the grains (wheat, barley, millet and corn) that have fed the world for thousands of years. Black women’s keen insight into mundane and spiritual laws, continues to give them the ability to assume the roles of queen mothers, chiefs, priestesses, presidents, heads of state, prime ministers, mayors, senators, congresswomen, leaders, businesswomen, doctors, lawyers, healers, scientists and inventors in their societies. All great civilization can be measured by their treatment of women and the education of the children.

To name a few in Europe:

Joan Iyabo Amienmenaghene Campbell, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, awarded nine international patents related to fowl and avipox virus promoters, 1989-1993.

Francis E. Amoah, Cardiff, United Kingdom, co-inventor of ten domestic and international patents related to tissue treatment systems, electrosurgical method and electrosurgical generators, 2000-2004.

Jamila Ismali, Brussels, co-inventor, received a patent for the generation and use of new types of dendritic cells, 2003.

Nancy Tidjissa Leo Wouodjiwoua, Paris, developed the extraction of a sapogenin from the trunk of the bedehi plant, and used for medicinal purposes, 1999.