Keziah Connections – the inaugural Nurture and Network Evening 24.07.2012

Helloooo!!

It has been a while!!  The London 2012 Olympics is finally here!  How are we all enjoying the Games??

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As most you may know I am currently one the 75,000 Games Makers that are volunteering at the London Olympics !!  I have just completed my 3rd day of service, which has been exhilarating!  I am based at Horse Guards Parade, the home of Beach Volleyball!!  Located just a stone throw away from some of London’s most iconic buildings, such as Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, I have been blown away by how LOCOG and the amazing team of staff at the venue have transformed the Cental London site into a stadium that has both the spectators and the workers enthralled.

This is London at its best and I am so  proud to be a citizen of this amazing city!!

Because of the volunteering I have only just gotten the chance to write about the launch of the Keziah Connections Nurture and Network events that took place last week Tuesday.

 

It happened to be a glorious, sunny evening – which was befitting  – as the atmosphere of the evening was just that; warm,  enlightening and uplifting.

As I mentioned on a previous post – I decided to launch this initiative to  encourage other women of colour to consider a career in the multi-billion pound British Beauty Industry and to connect those already in the industry with each other – because as a demographic, we are already and will certainly continue to make a significant impact on the industry…even if it does not recognise it quite yet!

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There are many amazing images from the evening – images that capture very essence of  the experience -a classy, fun-filled, educational and inspirational affair –  (to view more of these images check out my Pinterest board here)…

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…but this image (captured by the talented Moyo Ojumu) really does sum up my vision for the British Beauty Industry – an industry where there is equal representation,  where the ‘ethnic beauty’ sector is fully integrated into the mainstream and an industry where collaboration and cooperation will be a hallmark.

Jo, the author of the blog Patent Purple Life expresses this articulately;

Women of Colour  are consumers,  owners of PR and marketing agencies, wholesalers and distributors, make up artists, facialists and entrepreneurs  and collectively we will help the industry to change.

The gathering of these intelligent, professional and enterprising woman was incredible to be a part of and it was indeed a honour to have been able to facilitate its happening.

I can unequivocally say that the evening was a success…but don’t just take my word for it…read these blog posts by attendees Jo of Patent Purple Life and Annie of Epiphannie A !!

It really was a marvelous evening and at the end of the night each  guest took away goodies courtesy of Phytospecfic UK and Becca.

Many thanks to Hafsa Issa-Salwe of author of the award winning blog Muslimah Beauty and Lukwesa Burak, founder of the online beauty retail store Gidore for sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Hafsa Issa-Salwe

Hafsa Issa-Salwe

Lukwesa Burak

Lukwesa Burak

I would also like to thank Kadija of Dija’s World for all of her help, the photographers Moyo Ojumu and Shade Olutobi!

I hope to see you at the next event…details to be announced very, very soon!

 

Much love,

Natalie

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