I started blogging in 2005 and I can’t quite remember what made me do it. All I know is that I was very very far away from home and I had stories, experiences of interest that I wanted to share.I can safely say it was my way to mass email my family and friends who were at home and in other countries. My blog at the time was called Violas Iris and was initially on Blogspot then WordPress.
Over the years I’ve had peak moments where I would post almost every day; to low creative moments where I would end up not blogging for years. I am currently going through a slump and even lost the rights to my website www.wambuijl.com, any IT type person willing to help me recover it?
As we were putting together the Bloggers Edition, a beautiful thing happened. Hairpolitan got nominated for the Best New Blog in the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Awards 2017! It’s been such exciting news! It feels even more fantastic because as we soar we get to carry those we feature in this issue along with us. The aim of this issue was to showcase the number of blogs in the natural hair and living space that have been making great strides in taking care and informing of our community.
Gracing our covers is Shazz the creator of Queendom Blog. She is by day an Interior Designer, by night a singer; and everyday an all round creative spirit who shares more about herself in COVER GIRL’S 21 QUESTIONS on P4.
Then we get into the journey of blogging with Njeri Wangari, of AfroMum, and her experience through the years in INDUSTRY on P21-23. We’re also joined by another veteran blogger James Murua in GUY on P42-43 as he shares his experiences of setting up and running various blogs to being a newspaper columnist.
In CREATE we ask Sharon Malonza, better known as MyKenyanPuff on YouTube on how she goes about putting together her vLogs on P39-41. Wachu Wanjaria, who runs a blog of the same name, shares her LIFE story with us on P6-9, read to find out things you might not have known about the Kurlly Diaries Founder. Not far behind is Carol Oyola in RAISE where she sits with Karimi Kagwe to give her a snippet of her life as a mother to her two adorable children on P14-15.
Nyawira Njoroge, of Natrella Life, candidly tells us how she quit smoking to live a natural life in TOPICAL on P44-45. In ENJOY Faith Kathoka breaks down for us her thinking behind creating the event Project Baby Shower on P34-35. In the same segment Kirigo Mwaura tells us about her day out at the Hairitage Chronicles that took place in the month of March on P36-38. The Nurtured Knotts team showcase the images they took of the fun day out.
In REVIEW Silvia, of Nywele Natural, breaksdown the thinking behind the #KinksontheStreet concept in word and pictures on P10-12. While in WEAR the vivavious Anita Mogere of From Curves with Love explains to us her curvy fashion sense on P24-25.
Our FEATURE story is by Nali W. Imende, where she interviews Wanjiku Nyoike-Mugo about her journey from a blogger of TDS to a fashion entreprenuer in the prestigious Two Rivers Mall on P16-20. Vikky Wambui of Napspiration dazzles us with her long hair and tells us how to care for it in KNOW HAIR on P26-28.
We’re happy to have Sheila Ndinda, of African Tresses and Treats, sharing with us her favourite got to do in HAIRSTYLE on P5. We reintroduce the EAT/MOVE segment by chatting with Musavi of Kenyan Fitness Foodie as she explains to us her healthy eatig concept on P29-31. Finally, our resident skincare expert enlightens us on natural ingredients that can brighten our skin in KNOW SKIN on P32-33.
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