So the 3rd annual Natural Hair and Beauty Expo happened on the 9th September 2017. I attended for the first time ever and not merely as a spectator but I was honoured to be present as 1. Blogger – fashion and personal style and 2. One of the speakers in the panel discussion on the topic ‘Beauty from Within’. You can find the video of a part of my input in the ‘Beauty from Within’ panel discussion on the following link: LornaBeautyFromWithinVideo

We were asked the question “What advice would you give to young men and women on confidence?” My answer was – BE YOURSELF is the message I carry and pass on. I don’t know how to be ‘confident’. All I know is to be me. All I know is to simply BE. No long stories. Confidence is simply a mirror perception on how YOU view YOURSELF. It has nothing to do with other people | NOTE: You cannot love yourself if you do not know yourself. Therefore, LEARN. SEEK. SEEK TO KNOW YOU. Many people do not like learning about others, about life. They do not ask questions. They do not realize that learning about others teaches one fundamental knowledge on self. [I learn more about myself each day, especially through observing others, listening to others and asking questions] LEARN! Embark on a journey of self discovery. Self-discovery & acceptance are the prerequisites to confidence/self-love. 

The #NHBE2017 (official hashtag) was amazing and I feel that events like these are so vital in our society. Learning is so important to me. I learned quite a bit about myself and about my natural hair/how to care for it. It was literally natural hair products, skin care products, beauty products and funky clothes EVERYWHERRE! It was so cool. I met so many new people along with people from social media. 

Below are pictures I took of my FAVOURITE looks along with some of the media publications of the event and pretty pictures taken of me. I would like to say a BIG thank you to Zodidi (one of the founders and organizers) for having me on board for this, and to the #NHBE#NHBE2017 #NHBENAMIBIA . I enjoyed myself!


x, L



Red Bull AMAPHIKO – “A platform created for social entrepreneurs”

“Red Bull Amaphiko’s mission is to give wings to pioneers who are using their talents, creativity and energy to solve problems and make a difference”

Amaphiko (Zulu) : Wings.

I am writing this post because:

  1. Many people do not know what social entrepreneurship is (I didn’t either.)
  2. Some people are social entrepreneurs and are seeking help to develop and take it further but do not know of opportunities like Red Bull Amaphiko.

Last Saturday morning I had the privilege of attending the Red Bull Amaphiko social entrepreneurship talk which was hosted at Chopsi’s Bar (Windhoek). It was an amazing, open, conversation about social entrepreneurship and ways in which to join the movement. The set up was super cool and laid back. The morning started off with the invited speaker, Thokoza Mjo (from South Africa) introducing herself and sharing her story on how she became a social entrepreneur with her brand ‘Beyond the Lemonade Stand’ which is her aid in creating access to the market for teen led enterprises. Thokoza’s clear passion is to train the African youth to be economically active. She showed us a slideshow of all the students/youth she has been mentoring. All of them have created innovative ways to generate an income. Some of the youth are only 15 years old!!! WOW.

Pictures from the event:

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What is a social entrepreneur?

Thokoza is a social entrepreneur. I won’t lie, when I heard this term, I was like “a whaaaaa?” She later went on to explain what it is. From what I understood, a social entrepreneur is someone who plans to or owns a business(es) in which the primary objective is to make money ofcourse, but also one which aims at creating sustainability within the community. The point of social entrepreneurship is not to keep all the knowledge to oneself and capitalize on it, but to teach others so that they too may start their own businesses and so forth; It creates and maintains sustainability.

Why social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship will probably not make you fast money but it will generate money over time and it will help with poverty reduction through the opportunity you will be giving to people in need.

Red Bull Amaphiko academy aims at:

  • Assisting social entrepreneurs who feel the urge and are making positive differences in their communities
  • Providing inspiration, mentorship and practical skills & tools which are needed to heighten social entrepreneurs and the projects they lead
  • Lastly, to be able to network and communicate with leading innovators, businesswomen/men and storytellers across the world.

For more info, head to https://amaphiko.redbull.com/en

OH AND BY THE WAAAAYYY, Red Bull Namibia is finally on Instagram!! Whooooppp!! @redbullnam go folloooowww 🙂


misogyNOIR vs. AFRIKA-misogyny

In order to understand misogynoir, one must first understand the term ‘misogyny’

Disclaimer! The excerpts below are not the words of the author. Go to ‘Lorna Mabuku’s thoughts’ to see my review and thoughts on the topic.

Misogyny (dictionary.com) hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women.

Misogynoir (contributors: Eliza Anyangwe – theguardian.com, urbandictionary.com)

The term is a combination of the English word ‘misogyny’ and French word ‘noir’ (meaning black).

“London nightclub Dstrkt was accused of turning away two young black women for being ‘too fat’ and ‘too dark’, prompting a swift, strident response on social media. The club was quick to deny the allegations and the council equally quick to express its concern. News outlets went into overdrive, to find “voices” to give the incident context. DJ Edward Adoo discussed the pervasive racism of London’s nightclubs as a matter of fact… What is alleged to have happened at Dstrkt isn’t just about race; the accused promoter is black. It’s about gender too. Discrimination, prejudice and unchecked fear aimed specifically at black women now has a name: misogynoir.”

The term was coined in 2010 by gay black feminist American academic Moya Bailey, who defined it “to describe the particular brand of hatred directed at black women in American visual and popular culture”. Since then black women – and some men – predominantly on social media, have taken ownership of the term, using it to describe prejudice experienced in a range of contexts.

“Misogynoir provides a racialised nuance that mainstream feminism wasn’t catching,” says black feminist commentator, Feminista Jones. “We are talking about misogyny, yes, but there is a specific misogyny that is aimed at black women and is uniquely detrimental to black women.” She says it is both about racial and gender hatred and can be perpetuated by non-black people and by black men – it is the latter, Jones says, she experienced the most often.

Activists argue that the prejudice against black women is ignored by mainstream feminism. This is why misogyNOIR exists!!

Person #1: Black women are ugly! No wonder black guys never date them!
Person #2: Now I see the misogynoir……

Lorna Mabuku’s thoughts

Misogynoir has always existed and continues to exists in the entire world. I have indeed seen and experienced misogynoir in Namibia and South Africa countless times. I will share 1 encounter with you:

My friend and I were in long street (Cape Town) one evening looking for a place to hang out. We came across the famous African club called “Chez Ntemba” so we walked to the entrance. The bouncer asked us if we got free entry tickets around the corner as there was a black man giving away free tickets for entry into Chez Ntemba. We actually saw the man minutes before, not knowing what he was handing out. He had also seen us as we walked right past him but he did not give us any tickets. As we were talking to the bouncer explaining that the man did not give us tickets, the bouncer said that we should go back to the man and receive our free tickets since the ‘free entry’ passes were about to expire. As we were about to leave the subject and proceed to pay for entry, a young white man behind us in the queue overheard our conversation and in a heated tone, asked “why didn’t he give you tickets. That’s not fair! He gave my friend and i free tickets and we came after you. Come with me, let’s go talk to him. He cannot do that.” So we went with this guy to the (black) man giving the tickets. YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THE MAN TOLD US after we asked him why we did not get tickets. He had the nerve to say “The remaining tickets are for foreigners only” foreigners AKA WHITE. We were in shock that he would say that. That statement angered the young white man we were with even more! He wasn’t entertaining this talk and told the man to give us tickets. The man actually gave them to us!

It was such a shocking experience because, it was not about getting free entry, but more importantly about principle. The man was also black but yet he discriminated against us. It was quite amazing how a stranger saw the injustice and helped the situation even though he did not have to. (Actually, yes. He did have to! When you see an injustice, please do speak on it and help. Never turn a blind eye. Help where you can.)

My question now is, if that young man that helped us was not white, were we still going to get tickets or no? Probably not. MisogyNOIR!!!

I also always wonder how a black guy can say things like “I don’t date black girls” and then have the audacity to back up this stupid statement by saying “it’s just my preference.” MisogyNOIR!!!


Moya Bailey is a genius for coming up with such a term! It is so real for black women. The definition, though, needs to be adjusted from ‘American visual and popular culture’ to WORLD visual and popular culture. I have started to notice that black American feminists are the first ones to call out white American feminists for not including them in mainstream concepts and definitions of feminism. but…. WHAT ABOUT US? African women, especially, are so often excluded in the mainstream conversation surrounding feminism. I am coining a new term: Afrika-misogyny, which is described as “A ‘misogynoir’ feminism branch based on the wordly hatred & exclusion of black African women” (Afrika is the swahili spelling for ‘Africa’.)



1 dress; 2 ways

I love this button-up dress because of its unique ability. Here i am showing you 2 different ways i wore it, on 2 separate occasions.

Dress: Legit Fashion
Coat: Miladys
Shoes: Converse All Star
Background|shop: Omba Arts Gallery [Windhoek]