The highlight of my January month was attending the SLAY Festival organized by She Leads Africa. It was a lot of fun, networking, career goals and hangout session all rolled into one. I mean, where else could I listen to the intellectual Fela Durotoye, get high on cupcakes and get my hair did all at once, if not SLAY?
The most striking first impression was the amazing venue -the railway compound at Ebute-Meta, Lagos. The scenery was breathtaking, with the sand in my shoes and smell of coal and food in the air. The Motherland Mogul ticket granted an all access pass to the many attractions at the event. These included a master class with Bolanle Olukanni (presenting with confidence), art exhibition by ALARA, an SME consultant corner for free business consultations, a virtual reality creation lab from Imisi 3D, a Beauty in Lagos manicure bar, Henna designing by the Henna place, free natural hair styling by kinky Apothecary, Hair styling by My ExtensonzNG, make up by House of Tara, make up challenge by Beauty Rev NG, music games with Trace Naija, a Maggi Jollof bar and a shopping marketplace with over 40 vendors.
There were very enlightening discussions with some of the finest personalities from various Nigerian industries. The panel sessions included:
- Getting paid in the media industry with Kemi Adetiba, Mary Remy Njoku, Stephanie Busari, moderated by Zainab Balogun
- Building your brand like a Boss with Arese Ugwu and Toke Makinwa, moderated by Keturah King
- Being a man in the 21st century with I, Audu Maikori and Debola Williams, Pastor Idris Bello Osagie
- From conversation to contract with Kabir Shagaya, Bukky Karibi-Whyte and Ehinomen Rose Umame moderated by Olamide Akintobi
- Winning Partnerships with Fela-Durotoye and Tara Fela-Durotoye, moderated by Bukky Olowode
- Women in Tech with Neku Atawodi, moderated by Afua Osei
There were cool live performances from rising soul singers Falana, Funbi and Tomi Owo at the Cointreau Cool Out Lounge.
Event sponsors included Maggi Nigeria, Cointreau, ntel, Nescafe, Kinky Apothecary, The Henna Place, Beauty in Lagos, Haddassah Flowers, Doculand, MEST, Imisi 3D, Andela, Beauty Rev NG, House of Tara and My Extensionz NG.
Media partners for the SLAY Festival were Bella Naija, TRACE Naija, Beat FM, Guardian, Okay Africa, Kamdora, Pulse, Ndani TV, Konbini, StyleVitae, DailyTimes, Genevieve, YNaija and Ebonylife TV.
My phone decided to ditch me last minute, and I was busy volunteering at the registration table, so I don’t have pictures from the event. See my top picks from Instagram and the web below.
And that’s me in the middle with the natural twists at the BN photo booth.
Reported by Bolu Obadeyi (Instagram: @iwelabi)