Tosin Oshinowo is an architect better known for her design of the "Big Black Box" Shopping Mall in Maryland, Lagos Nigeria. She also recently gained a lot of recognition for her use of Yoruba traditional fabric- Aso Oke to create statement furniture pieces with her latest venture Ile Ila. Her signature which is identifiable with the use of fine lines, geometry and simplicity truly sets her apart from her peers. Her interpretation of African minimalism, steers away from the expected prints we are used to seeing but still exudes the associated boldness. To me, her works seems to say 'I am here and I don't need to shout about it'. This episode left me with so much think on especially because, I entered it wanting to talk about inspiration and style but was gently guided into a deeper and necessary discourse that Reflected on the history and interactions that African have had with Slavery, Imperialism, Colonialism and how these experiences inform our architecture. The importance of being intentional and purposeful when creating a body of work by leaning into the resources available within ones environment; and creating new interpretations that serves local needs Finally, understanding and knowing oneself well enough to clearly know the skills  needed to propel your business or creative endeavor forward and being open to collaboration when these skills are missing This is one of those episodes that I think you will revisit. Be sure to leave a comment on what your take aways are. Connect with Tosin Architecture Firm - cmD+A Designs  Furniture - Ile Ila  Instagram - @tosin.oshinowo    Let’s Hang Out Instagram: @thoseafricanchicks Website:   Those African Chicks Music:  Nice To You - YT Audio Library Subscribe: Apple Podcast  &  Stitcher  
In light of the current state of the world , the stressor of finances and financial stability reigns supreme. Today's episode is with a Certified Financial Advisory and the Founder of a Financial Advisory firm - Earn Into Wealth, a boutique advisory firm that helps high earners be more intentional about the their mid to long term financials aspirations. What I enjoyed about my conversation with Kaya Ladejobi CFP, is that she pares finances down to the basics to be relatable and employable regardless of whether you are a high earner or not. On this episode, Kaya breaks down   Money habits and how should be thinking about money in the COVID-19 pandemic and sans pandemic Strategies for the building an emergency fund and how to think about an emergency fund Steps to take to accelerate savings for those who have not been diligent about a savings plan. Understanding stocks, 401k plans and other investment strategies.   I took copious notes myself, as someone who is a natural saver, there are definitely smarter ways to thinks about investments that I had not considered. Connect With Kaya Website -  Earn Into Wealth  Linked In  -  Kaya Ladejobi    Let’s Hang Out Instagram - @thoseafricanchicks Website -  Those African Chicks Music - Nice To You - YT Audio Library Subscribe  - Apple Podcast  &  Stitcher  
Adaeze is an author and filmmaker whose work focuses on the exploration of softness and vulnerability in people and spaces. On this episode, she shared latest work, Harmattan . Harmattan is a chapbook (collection of poetry and prose) that was inspired by her mother’s passing from a severe illness. Harmattan is a self-healing journey that allowed Adaeze celebrate her mother life journey. We see her resurrects her mother’s essence throughout the book. For a book that appears to be a quick read, it is packed with so much emotion; taking the readers through the humanness of 3 generations of igbo women that are strong yet deeply delicate. This book took me through the nostalgia of being mothered and my own mothering. As our conversation progresses,  we learn how Conversations with igbo ‘elders’ helped Adaeze come to the understanding of the continuation of people when they no longer have the physicality that binds them here (death) How the she learned and is learning to listen and lean into the self-evolution and emergence that is birthed by this ‘Harmattan’ season of life This is one of those books that will require multiple reads, with each read revealing something different depending on reader’s state of mind. Connect with Adaeze Instagram - @ada_elechi Website - Harmattan Book   Let’s Hang Out Instagram - @thoseafricanchicks Website -  Those African Chicks Music - Nice To You - YT Audio Library Subscribe  - Apple Podcast  &  Stitcher  
 I had the opportunity to catch up with the Co-Author of A Cry To War, a book set in 13th century Africa - Pre-slavery. The book follows the life a king who battles the duality of the physical and metaphysical. Consulting and collaborating with the spirits of the gods and elders past, King Ewuare the protagonist hopes to resolve a moral dilemma. In my conversation with co-authors Karen and Odiase , they share the impetus behind this work. They talk about the importance of Telling an African story that has no connections to slavery and servitude. Answering questions like who were our people before interaction with Europe and how did we live? The importance the supernatural plays in the African cultures A Cry To War can be purchased on Amazon if you are based in the US. See their website for purchasing in other regions. Also feel free to join their Facebook Community. Connect with the Authors Instagram - @Karyn Pumpuni  & @Nosa Odiase Ghagerian Publishing
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