DUS: Ghana Grill Party In The Park

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The first ever organized Open Grill Fest in the Heerdter Freizeitpark in Düsseldorf was a major success. The party was live yesterday. People attended in numbers, the weather was nice, the music was good and the atmosphere just amazing. Positive vibes with many children bouncing to afrobeats and challenging their dancing skills in a cypher. Since the event was organized quite “last minute” the advert about it was minor, as the amount of Ghanaians living in Düsseldorf and cities around, could have filled the place twice or triple times more. But so far so good, as this had taken place the first time ever, the results are encouraging for the organisers to make this happen on a regular basis. Ghanaians love dress codes for no reason I can give, but it was good to see the majority reppin´ the white on jeans look.

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It is always good to have the community together, having good times. Events like this can be seen as an opportunity in the future, to raise awareness on certain problems that affect the African diaspora in Germany – which in that sense can be targeting the Ghanaian community first. Instead of making the big fuss about development policy issues and the wellbeing in all senses, Ghanaians love to party and party hard, too much at times. I am not judging or condemning it, as I am a typical Ghanaian who loves “enije” (good/fun times) too, but there is so much more potential, which can be used to pave the way for the second generation.

One minor example out of many – it is a struggle to find participant, who are actually in need of learning the German language, in order to manage their life without depending on the help of others, but wherever there is a community based party – all problems are put aside and celebrated “small, small”. Number wise in 2009, there are about 40.000 Ghanaians documented, for living in Germany, which builds the largest migration group of Subsaharan-Africans, followed by Nigerians and Cameroonians. Now in year 2015, we are surely more people to make that last availabe statistic irrelevant. So, with more people “on board” now, I think it is highly about time to put us on the map properly with bigger and greater achievements in our personal developments or as a collective – just for example; instead of going down at all parties advertised.

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WAK: FSHN 15

It was ´all black´ in winter

and ´all white´ in spring,

now as summer enters

let´s see what colour it brings

                                               W.A.K. 

P.S.: I spit that rhyme in a minute, makes me feel like I got bars. ..loool..beastmode 😉

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WAK: FRMNG

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So, 17. Mai. Firmung in Style. I love God. I love Fashion. I love life. Sorry for the size of my head wrap, but that´s the way it goes when going the Nigerian style. 😉 Have an open heart. Have an open mind. Respect all nations. Respect all religion. Just be yourself. Life is to short to worry, hate and all sorts of negativity. Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu… whatever your faith is, be happy, proud and respect to all and everyone. 😉

Afro hair vs Spa Day

I had been given a gift voucher to a spa day at Düsseldorf´s best known beauty and health center. Sauna, hot stone massage, head massage, swimming, treadmill you name it. But imagine – I decided to hold on.  It sounds crazy to think twice about this but the truth must be said.

As a black women with either natural hair or weave on, things like that needs to be planned wisely.

If I think about the expense, time and effort I invest in maintaining my hair, I can´t just get too excited and get the treat started. The amount spent on the hair packets bought and the hair itself styled is a secret but a fortune not to play around with steaming saunas, chloride swimming pool etc. Haha!

Sweat and heat just kills the vibe for a black woman´s hairstyle. A quick wash and blow dry is just not the real deal for our hair. Chilling on the sofa straight after gym is not an option either.

With braids there is nothing to worry about but with natural hair it is. I would obviously need to revive my gym affected hair. So, by placing my hair into twists before the workout, I save up time to instantly chill on the sofa when getting home. The twists will keep my hair stretched and moisturized. Black hair thrives on oil.

As for weave on with either human or synthetic hair, a simple brush and oil spray should be alright, when training at the gym. All the insiders know the pros and cons about human versus synthetic hair. However, when steaming in the sauna or swimming in the pool, preferably not without a cap.

I remember the time back in school, when I couldn´t just leave the hall after swimming lessons at the same time with my mates. It was a long procedure for me when swimming without a cap. I am sure my people feel me on that. Haha! It was either the cap or bringing your mothers holy DAX to school, to use it after your hair wash.

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Head scarf, bandana, do-rag or cap – the assortment of headgear is plenty and the choice is wide and yours.

But be informed: ”Prevention is better than cure”.

If you don´t want to spend time in the cure of your hair after a treat or a workout, then plan wisely. Wait to take your hairstyle off, then go for a treat or be ready to spend a good amount of time in your hair afterwards. Black hair is different from anyone else. It is a simple fact, there is nothing wrong with that and definitely needs some more extras.