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For the culture: Kenny Blaq, a much-needed hair doc and more

CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS: The vibrant colour and eye-catching designs of Erenti menswear

OTOLORIN KEHINDE Peter, also known as Kenny Blaq, is one of the most sought-after comedians on the Nigerian comedy circuit. Kenny Blaq always delivers a full-360 performance with a unique blend of music and wordplay.

He is the winner of the Upcoming Comedian of the Year 2015 and then Comedian of the Year 2016 and 2017 at the Naija FM comedy awards, and was recently awarded The Future Awards Africa Comedy Act of the Year 2017.

His first-ever comedy show, The Oxymoron Of Kenny Blaq, won best comedy show of the year at the Naija FM Comedy Awards. His Making A Difference (MAD) Concert, which he organises in his community in Ejigbo, is aimed at giving back to his local society, and inspires budding talent to work hard to achieve their dreams.

The Oxymoron show is aimed at revealing Kenny Blaq’s multifaceted talents – which are not just limited to his stand-up comedy act. He also professes the ability to transform stories into an entire art form with music and acting.

Now he’s coming to the UK for with a comedy show to celebrate Nigerian Independence Day, entitled Kenny Blaq – State of Mind, featuring Eddie Kadi and A Dot Comedian.

It’s taking place at The O2 on Sunday, September 30, with early bird tickets on sale for only £25. Go to shoobs.com to get yours now!

THE HOTTEST MENSWEAR BRAND
Fashion brand Erenti was established out of the aspiration to discover a distinctive approach to showcase African class and elegance through modern, urban apparel and accessories.

With a strong appreciation of African authenticity and rawness, Erenti hopes to merge culture and contemporary designs to make its brand truly noticeable on a global platform. In every piece of clothing produced by Erenti, there is magic. Erenti endeavours to present each piece with its own distinctiveness and its own story. With its eccentric mixture of vibrant colour and eye-catching designs, the line is unmistakably sophisticated. Applying African materials and textiles in an exceptionally unique style, Erenti has been formed to provide a remarkable experience. The rich “essence of Africa” will be embraced through Erenti, and it is their mission to deliver this fulfilment.

British-born Nigerian Osborne Ojarimoni is the founder and CEO, and he has built up a profound knowledge-base that he will use to drive Erenti’s growth.

When living in Lagos in 2004, Osborne was truly inspired by the Nigerian culture and consequently founded Erenti. He believes confidence is silent and all his designs were inspired for people to be confident in who they are and where they come from. Erenti positions itself to be the hope of London and change the African fashion industry.

For more information, go to erenti.co.uk.

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In April, Tola Okogwu was featured in a BBC interview about the potential dangers of haircare products marketed at black women.

The interview went viral and was shared by thousands of women all over the world. Black women were rightly shocked and concerned – and yet it did not cause much of a stir across mainstream media.

This inspired her to join forces with Abi Begho and Sheila Marshall to create a documentary uncovering the truth behind the safety of hair products for black women.

A study published in April by researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and Battelle Memorial Institute in the USA found that 80 per cent of black hair products contain endocrine-disrupting and asthma-causing chemicals.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are of particular concern as some studies have linked these chemicals to hormone-related health conditions including breast cancer and fibroids.

But what does this research actually mean for black women using these products daily? Should they be worried? Should they stop using these products?

Black women need to be empowered with clear, accurate, reliable information so that they can make informed decisions about the products that they choose to purchase.


HAIR NECESSITIES: Tola Okogwu plans to film an informative documentary about the potential danger of hair products that are marketed to black women

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This is why the My Haircare Nightmare documentary is so important.

Tola, Abi and Sheila’s goal is to create a documentary that will provide some answers, stimulate discussion and question a culture that has created a market perpetuating the myth that natural afro hair needs to be “tamed” with product after product.

Their documentary will creatively explain the science behind the research and delve deeper into the societal and cultural pressures that lead black women to use these products.

They will speak to real women and hear their hair stories. The documentary will also provide expert advice and practical approaches to help black women reduce their level of exposure to those potentially dangerous chemicals. They will speak to scientists, manufacturers, consumers, influencers, policy-makers and more to gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what we should all be doing about it.

In order to make this documentary happen, the collective needs to raise more than £80,000 and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn their vision into a reality. Go to indiegogo.com and search for “My Haircare Nightmare” to pledge to the campaign.

Knowledge is power so let’s support as much as we can to get this documentary out there!

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