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Dear Readers,

Welcome to my blog!!!

My names are Eseosa Eweka-Valentine. I go by the short form of my first name 'Sosa'. Equally important, I was born and raised in Nigeria. To be precise, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. 

As a little girl, I have always loved writing.  I just never knew the right time to share my views and create a fora for exchange of ideas, issues and opinions with the world. I guess the deciding moment for me happened a few years ago when I decided to take an Anthropology course after my move to Vancouver.This course changed my views, thinking and perspective on life. 

Daily, I am inspired by the fact that each and everyone of us see the world through different lenses. Consequently, causing our views on life to differ which makes up our individuality. I have learned over the years, that it is okay to differ in opinion. The fact that I don't see things through your prism doesn't make your judgement wrong and vice versa. 

I love writing about different cultures,  issues and also interviewing people from all walks of life. In 2015, I started blogging and it has been one of the best decisions I have made so far. Why don't you follow me on this amazing journey as I bring heart-warming contents your way.

With love,

Sosa xx

 

Interview with Stylist, lifestyle and fashion blogger : Oge Ajibe

Interview with Stylist, lifestyle and fashion blogger : Oge Ajibe

Over the weekend, I met up with fashion and lifestyle blogger Oge Ajibe also founder of fashion voice. Our very first meet up was at  the Vancouver Black bloggers brunch which was organized by her company.  It was simply inspiring to meet a bunch of bloggers with so much passion, grit and determination. Down below are deets of the chit-chat we had. Enjoy!!

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How would you describe your company?

"My company can be described as a platform that educates people on how to better represent themselves in all aspects of fashion. We pride ourselves in providing and encouraging comfort and confidence to  everyone through our clothing. Consultancy meetings on personal stying and shopping, wardrobe styling, closet creating and so many others are also provided to enable our clients explore and experiment with fashion while also maintaining their identities. The company also hosts workshops in which everyone is invited to participate in, these include aspiring bloggers, YouTube's, entrepreneurs; the purpose is to encourage growth within the community, not just among youths but with everyone who has a dream." - Ajibe Oge

Photo:  @jrtography    Makeup  @mhnmua    model:  @maggie_kwong_

Photo: @jrtography 

Makeup @mhnmua 

model: @maggie_kwong_

 

Why did you get into styling?

Fashion is huge, fashion is big and there are a lot of opportunities in the world of fashion. I don't want to set boundaries for myself.

Photo:  @jrtography    Makeup  @mhnmua    stylists:  @ajibeoge   model:  @maggie_kwong_

Photo: @jrtography 

Makeup @mhnmua 

stylists: @ajibeoge

model: @maggie_kwong_

What are you doing at the moment?

I am currently a student at  Laselle College studying fashion design. 

Photography:  @jrtography   makeup :  @mhnmua   model:  @laurenstrandt   stylist:  @ajibeoge

Photography: @jrtography

makeup : @mhnmua

model: @laurenstrandt

stylist: @ajibeoge

When did you find fashion voice?

Fashion voice was founded in 2016 and it started as a blog. in 2017, she organized the black bloggers event in Vancouver. 

How did you start working with photographers?

Initially, I started working with photographers from my school, that way I was able to build my portfolio. That enabled my collaborate with makeup artists, stylist and other photographers. 

How would you describe your style?

I love to work with colours. Thus, I love when colours pop. 

What inspires you?

My goals, my dreams- I find it simply rewarding to help people grow. I love to help people. 

Where do you get your unique pieces from?

Photo:  @jrtography   Model:   @_beth_101 ,  makeup: @mhnmua   stylist:  @ajibeoge

Photo: @jrtography

Model:  @_beth_101,

makeup:@mhnmua

stylist: @ajibeoge

I get my unique pieces from the thrift store.  You don't need to break the bank to look good. You can style yourself with $20.

Simple or tacky?

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Simple is the way forward- everything in life moves so fast, especially with the society we live in. When things are simple, we save time and  people get the gist of it .

Must haves?

Blazers, trench coats, (black)- because black is safe. If you've got no idea on what you want to wear, just wear black.

Advice for upcoming bloggers

It is important to explore before you decide on the aspect you would like to focus on. It is only in the process of exploring would you identify your true passion, make mistakes and know what works best for you? 

You have to be intentional about everything you do, including your blog post. You also should have a goal.

Step out of your comfort zone

Networking is very important, linking up with other creative minds, "You can't do it alone". 

You need to humble, humble enough to ask questions. 

Know your target audience

 

It was so lovely, having this chit-chat with Oge. Here's to wishing her success in all of her endeavours. 

With love,

Sosa

 

 

 

 

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