My Thoughts on the Nigerian Creative Scene in 2019 + A Christmas Collaboration

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A few years ago, this post would have been titled my thoughts on the Nigerian blogging scene or blogosphere in 2019. However over time so much has changed from what it was before. I'll be sharing my thoughts in this connection but first, while in Lagos, I got together with Lade's Blog for a Christmas/Holiday Themed Collaboration. If you recall, Lade was my roomie for Lagos Fashion Week. Let's get into my thoughts.

The Annihilation of Blogs 
A lot has changed in the industry. This year more than ever saw the deaths or should I say annihilation of blogs. I’ve had several discussions with people who beg to differ on this but the reality is that blogs are not what they used to be. Some of my favorite blogs such as Cassie Daves and Mind of Amaka have in fact reduced their posting consistency. And I totally get it. Personally, I’ve noticed a decline in readership on my platform thanks to Instagram which is the new blog. Not to mention most Nigerian brands would rather opt for IG promotion as opposed to blog promotion. Instagram has honestly taken over so much so that we now identify people as creatives, influencers as opposed to the term blogger (I still prefer blogger though). While I do believe it is still important to have your own space on the internet, it can be discouraging seeing less or no feedback from blog posts. Especially since writing blog posts take more time and effort to produce. Nevertheless, I still plan to keep blogging, albeit not as often as before. My goal now is to focus on helpful and shareable content that y’all either resonate with or ranks high on search engines.


The Rise of YouTube
This year was monumental for the growth of YouTubers based in Nigeria. I discovered new amazing vloggers such as Vivian Okezie, Em Etetim and Tayo Aina who were churning out, amazing content left and right. I’m so excited about their growth. Your girl also recently joined YouTube too because let’s face it, video content is taking over. And as a business-minded creator, I love the fact that with YouTube one has a bit more control as regards monetizing one’s content.

Content Creators Switching Up
Now more than ever with the new algorithms, a lot of content creators, bloggers, influencers, etc. have diversified and even taken a step back from personal content creation to focus on other ways to make money from this industry. I saw a lot more people offering courses, services such as social media management, etc. or even pushing their businesses. This is much needed given the fact that a lot of Nigerian brands are still yet to fully embrace the costs of content creation. Plus content creation consumes money and can, in turn, be discouraging when the investments are not paying off either in cash, kind or recognition.  

Photography by Sogie Snuggles

More Opportunities
Now for old bloggers/creative like myself (all praise to God), this was a year of so much growth. No jokes guys! After years of investing, 2019 proved to be awesome in terms of monetization and greater opportunities. Sure we have a long way to go as regards getting paid accordingly like our counterparts abroad but the industry has come a long way. Content creators are now being carried along as important stakeholders in this industry. More businesses are opening up and recognizing the importance of social media promotion. The ever-changing IG algorithms continually threaten this growth but we keep persisting.


 In conclusion
 All in all, there was much growth this year on the creative scene in Nigeria and I’m excited to see what 2020 holds for this industry. In subsequent posts, I’ll be expanding more on my growth/opportunities as a content creator in 2019.  Lade shared 8 Important Lessons Blogging Has Taught Her, definitely head over to read the post now!
  
Btw, I shared the behind the scenes process of creating content in Lagos, in a VLOG on my Youtube channel, check it out. Be sure to subscribe to my channel!

Till next time guys!


A few years ago, this post would have been titled my thoughts on the Nigerian blogging scene or blogosphere in 2019. However over time so much has changed from what it was before. I'll be sharing my thoughts in this connection but first, while in Lagos, I got together with Lade's Blog for a Christmas/Holiday Themed Collaboration. If you recall, Lade was my roomie for Lagos Fashion Week. Let's get into my thoughts.

The Annihilation of Blogs 
A lot has changed in the industry. This year more than ever saw the deaths or should I say annihilation of blogs. I’ve had several discussions with people who beg to differ on this but the reality is that blogs are not what they used to be. Some of my favorite blogs such as Cassie Daves and Mind of Amaka have in fact reduced their posting consistency. And I totally get it. Personally, I’ve noticed a decline in readership on my platform thanks to Instagram which is the new blog. Not to mention most Nigerian brands would rather opt for IG promotion as opposed to blog promotion. Instagram has honestly taken over so much so that we now identify people as creatives, influencers as opposed to the term blogger (I still prefer blogger though). While I do believe it is still important to have your own space on the internet, it can be discouraging seeing less or no feedback from blog posts. Especially since writing blog posts take more time and effort to produce. Nevertheless, I still plan to keep blogging, albeit not as often as before. My goal now is to focus on helpful and shareable content that y’all either resonate with or ranks high on search engines.


The Rise of YouTube
This year was monumental for the growth of YouTubers based in Nigeria. I discovered new amazing vloggers such as Vivian Okezie, Em Etetim and Tayo Aina who were churning out, amazing content left and right. I’m so excited about their growth. Your girl also recently joined YouTube too because let’s face it, video content is taking over. And as a business-minded creator, I love the fact that with YouTube one has a bit more control as regards monetizing one’s content.

Content Creators Switching Up
Now more than ever with the new algorithms, a lot of content creators, bloggers, influencers, etc. have diversified and even taken a step back from personal content creation to focus on other ways to make money from this industry. I saw a lot more people offering courses, services such as social media management, etc. or even pushing their businesses. This is much needed given the fact that a lot of Nigerian brands are still yet to fully embrace the costs of content creation. Plus content creation consumes money and can, in turn, be discouraging when the investments are not paying off either in cash, kind or recognition.  

Photography by Sogie Snuggles

More Opportunities
Now for old bloggers/creative like myself (all praise to God), this was a year of so much growth. No jokes guys! After years of investing, 2019 proved to be awesome in terms of monetization and greater opportunities. Sure we have a long way to go as regards getting paid accordingly like our counterparts abroad but the industry has come a long way. Content creators are now being carried along as important stakeholders in this industry. More businesses are opening up and recognizing the importance of social media promotion. The ever-changing IG algorithms continually threaten this growth but we keep persisting.


 In conclusion
 All in all, there was much growth this year on the creative scene in Nigeria and I’m excited to see what 2020 holds for this industry. In subsequent posts, I’ll be expanding more on my growth/opportunities as a content creator in 2019.  Lade shared 8 Important Lessons Blogging Has Taught Her, definitely head over to read the post now!
  
Btw, I shared the behind the scenes process of creating content in Lagos, in a VLOG on my Youtube channel, check it out. Be sure to subscribe to my channel!

Till next time guys!
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When it come to building your wardrobe, it's not about how many clothes you have, because you can have the wrong clothes. What's important is having the right closet basic essentials which will, in turn, help you to maximize and make the most of your wardrobe. So if you've ever felt like you have nothing to wear despite having many clothes or you have many clothes but no outfit. Then this post is for you!


I recently embarked on a movement/journey (not sure what to call it)  "Slay with less and Declutter the Mess" (#SLDM). With this, I intend to show you how to make the most of what you have and avoid excess clutter with your clothes. Thus from now and in 2020, there will be various posts geared towards this on my blog, youtube channel and social media pages with a focus on Instagram. Today's post is all about building a Capsule Closet.

So what is a Capsule Closet?

It's basically a collection of staple items that can be used to create a number of outfits for different occasions. The goal with a Capsule Closet is to slay with less, literally. When trying to decide what items to include in your closet, there are two things to consider. It's your Personal Style and Lifestyle. My personal style is geared towards modest pieces with bold colors and prints. As for my lifestyle, I have a 9-5 corporate job. Thus you'd see more work appropriate, colorful and modest clothing in my wardrobe. Nevertheless, in spite of these things, the basics are the same across different lifestyles and personal style. 

While most Capsule Closets consists of about 20 pieces or more inclusive of accessories, my basic capsule closet will consist only of 5 staple items

1. The Blazer/Blazer Dress
2. A basic Turtle Neck Top
3. A Midi Skirt
4. Black Trousers
5. A Black Top

The following outfits show how I incorporated each basic to create entirely different looks.


Outfit 1
My blazer dress is styled as a jacket/overcoat and paired with the snakeskin turtle neck top and black trousers. Notice how I tied everything in with accessories such as the brown belt, black bag, statement earrings, and minimalist heels, all of which display my personal style. Perhaps a student or someone in a more relaxed environment would choose black skinny jeans and a kimono. It's still the same basics but just executed differently based on personal style and lifestyle. 

Outfit 2:
Again with the blazer dress but this time it's styled as a dress and spiced up with a scarf, pumps and a statement belt. A person with a different lifestyle might opt for flat shoes or perhaps a turban or beret as opposed to the scarf.

Outfit 3:
This look features the blazer dress once again but this time styled as a long top/open jacket. Notice how I'm still staying true to my personal style in each outfit.

Outfit 4
This outfit shows the versatility of this snakeskin top which was styled in Outfit 1. It's obviously a great layering piece. Say your style is more minimalist, then you may opt for a plain black, white or nude top as opposed to one with prints.

Outfit 5
The snakeskin top is restyled once again but this time with a camel midi skirt. A person with a different style may have opted for a pencil skirt or even a shorter length skirt.

Outfit 6
This look features black trousers and a black top. A lot of people actually thought this was a jumpsuit when I posted it on my Instagram feed, you see how one can maximize clothes and get entirely new outfits? This look was spiced up with a red beret and yellow purse which again are my personal style touches. 

Outfit 7
The final look features the camel midi skirt again but this time with the blacktop incorporated in a different outfit. 

These are just some outfits created using five items in a basic capsule wardrobe. Think of how much more outfits one can create with a lot more closet basics. I do hope you found this post helpful and took something away from it. Being that said, I look forward to bringing you all more content in this direction. In 2020, we will slay with less, declutter the mess and save money rather than spend on clothes.

 Now, what was your favorite outfit? Or better still, what five items would be in your capsule closet?

Till next time guys!

We all know Jumia, the biggest e-commerce platform in Nigeria. I have been shopping on Jumia Nigeria since 2016. One thing I love about Jumia is the ease that comes with online shopping and the cheaper shipping costs. I've previously bought camera equipment, discovered one of my favorite Nigerian brands, Virtue Clothiers. Jumia is also my go-to place to purchase shoes from foreign brands such as Zara and New Look. 
After a few years of experience, several purchases, and a working relationship with Jumia, I have figured out how to get the best items there.  And the following tips below have helped me in the past.

Tips for Shopping on Jumia

1. Stick to brands you know. When I'm shopping on Jumia I lookout for brands such as Zara, New Look, Forever21, Virtue Clothiers and Shein.

2. Read the reviews, trust me they help.

3. You might want to avoid purchasing things labeled in the generic category, they rarely ever look like the product picture.

4. Opt for products that generally have a non-stock photography look. You know those pictures with the oyinbo women in white backgrounds, yeah you might want to avoid such purchases unless you are already familiar with the brand or have seen someone purchase the exact item.

5. Jumia global brands such as Shein and Zaful have some really nice items. I've previously purchased some favorites such as this red blazer and snake print turtle neck top.

6. Purchase items based on the reviews of people that you trust. It's always nice and assuring to see how an item looks on an actual person.


With all that being said, Jumia Nigeria is having its biggest sale of the year, Jumia Black Friday's 2019! This basically means that every Friday in November, there will be discounts, flash sales every hour, treasure hunts and free delivery from 9-10am daily. 

My Top 3 Picks

Here are my top 3 recent picks from Jumia (sent to me)

Inighi is a Made in Nigeria brand and I've previously purchased two pairs of trousers from them. I just love their minimalist and colorful pieces. Now, this brand is currently rebranding but their previous designs are available on Jumia. Yall check out their store here. The dress I am wearing comes in mustard and blue!!

2. Normal is Boring T-Shirt for N3000
I really just needed a new graphic T-shirt so I got this one. I wanted an oversized fit but this one in a size XL is a tad bit bigger than I had expected. It would be a great workout shirt though since it covers my ass. And I found this exact design for a cheaper price of N1,700 here

I thought to add another brown bag to my collection and I love the leather quality and colour of this one. I'm however not a fan of the cobra detail, it kinda freaks me out (lol).
Photography by Victor Audu on an iPhone 7 plus

Be sure to download the Jumia App for more amazing discounts and don't forget to use my tips too! Have a great shopping experience, trust me there are actually some really amazing offers if you check properly.  Need more tips on shopping on Jumia, check out this post.

Ever shopped on Jumia Nigeria? Do you have any tips? What's your favorite from my 3 picks?

This post is sponsored by Jumia but all thoughts and opinions are of course mine

Till next time guys!
Lagos Fashion Week 2019 has officially come to an end but that does not mean we can't look back at some of the best street styles looks on display. People came ready to slay, they were really not joking. And whatever Lagos Fashion Week day 2 lacked in buzz, hype or attendance, it made up for it on Day 3 and 4!!  We saw statement sleeves, gender-neutral attire, adire prints, Asoke/owambe vibes, tulle and may more trends, it was amazing!


So here's a look at some of the best Streetstyle looks at the just concluded Lagos Fashion Week. Notice how I focused more on content creators, underdogs and just generally unknown people who came to slay. This wasn't exactly intentional but very important since the major fashion outlets focused mainly on celebrities and already established personalities. Hey I don't know about you but I'd like to see something else, so enjoy!
Princess Audu 
Lade's Blog, Vcheuba, Chronicles of Tej
Farreeedah and The Idayat Sanni 
Chronicles of Tej
Princess Audu, Chronicles of Tej, Tijesu.o
Sandra Uleyi
Tijesu.0
Vain Blackboy
Lade's Blog, Chronicles of Tej
Farreeedah 
 Asiyami Gold
Opara Boy 
Onyi Bekeh
Princess Audu, Lade's Blog
Onyi Bekeh
Farreeedah
Tomike
Styletitude by Ada
Style Senami
Mary Edoro
Vcheuba
Mary Edoro
Sharon Ojong
Kevin Koya
Princess Audu
Ozic
Photography by me with an iPhone 7 plus

Did you enjoy this post, who were some of your street style favorites?

Till next time guys!

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