The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately...We've written a book!

So if you follow us on social media, you might have seen at the weekend that we announced we’ve written a book! We wanted to firstly say a massive thank you - we’ve been so overwhelmed by all the encouragement and love we’ve received over the last few days.

It has been a secret we’ve had to keep for a while so we’re excited the news is now public. We recently sat down with a friend to talk about the journey, what we’ve learnt and how we hope people will be impacted by the book. Enjoy!

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Interview with SliderCuts | Men Of Purpose

For a lot of guys, the barbershop is a place of community, banter and where news is shared frequently. So I was pretty excited to get to interview Mark Maciver, the savvy and passionate barber behind the barbershop and brand SliderCuts for the next installment of my Man of Purpose series. His clients include Reggie Yates, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah, Anthony Joshua just to name a few so he really his at the top of his field. In the midst of me getting a shape-up, we talked all things business, family and future plans.

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How I chose my bridesmaids

Wedding planning in so many ways is fun, and in other ways is so stressful. So, from the outset I knew that picking my #BrideSquad was something to think carefully about. 

During the wedding process, I’ve realised there are so many areas you need to negotiate and compromise on but your bridal party shouldn't be one of them!

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So, what makes you a man? A nuanced take

So for one of my weekly wisdom posts a few weeks back, I decided to write on this topic called “Man Enough…?” and got a lot of feedback and follow up questions on this topic so I decided that I would dig a little deeper and explore both angles to this a little more deeply. 

I definitely landed in the “money don’t make a man” camp in that post, but I wanted to explore some of the variables that really muddy the waters, and (from a woman’s perspective) can raise questions about what kind of men we're surrounded by. 

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What does it mean to me to be a young woman in 2018? Celebrating International Women's Day

Particularly in the cultural climate that we live in, I feel this year, International Women’s Day takes on even more significance. I knew I wanted to write something today, but I struggled with what I could write that was heartfelt and wasn’t a cliché.

I started to think about why the notion of seeing women empowered has always been important to me. I trace it back to my childhood - seeing my mum, my grandma, my aunties - all incredibly inspiring women encourage me consistently to be the best version of myself.

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5 Ways To Get Through A Waiting Season

So this is a post I’ve wanted to write for a while - partly as it’s something I feel like I wrestle with frequently.

 

At any given point in our lives, in one or various areas, there will always be a ‘waiting’ season we’re in. It could be waiting for a promotion, waiting to get a big idea we can turn into a business, waiting to meet a life partner, waiting for results, waiting for a health challenge of a loved one to pass and so on and so forth.

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Date Night with Nas Abraham and Rebecca Keates

We recently had the pleasure to sit down with another incredible authentic and creative couple. Like us, Nas Abraham and Rebecca (Bex) Keates are soon to be married.

We spoke to them about their upcoming nuptials, what it’s like to work and create together and how they came from different worlds to creating a future built on shared values.

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The ‘Strong Guy’ dating the ‘Feminist’ – my take…

The ‘Strong Guy’ dating the ‘Feminist’ – my take…When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

So a few months ago, I wrote a #Wisdom4Wednesday post on guys being intimidated by strong women, and the response was quite an interesting one so I thought I would expound on the topic in this week’s blog piece.

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The Debonair Disciple | Men of Purpose

Starting from this month, over the next few months I’m going to be interviewing some great guys from a range of walks and backgrounds in life for my MEN OF PURPOSE Series.

First up, I interviewed Jake Bediako aka Debonair Disciple - a lifestyle curator and blogger currently based in Accra. We spoke about creating content, how he left Columbia University and turned from security to pursue entrepreneurship and what faith and purpose means to him.

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Announcing My Bridesmaids

So as we near the end of a busy year, I’m excited to finally have the time to focus on our wedding!

After getting engaged, we started off with our engagement party in May and the next part of #MeetTheAfolabis was announcing our bridal train.

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How did I know he was the one?

A few weeks ago I wrote an Instagram post on how I knew Ayo was the one (for me) and I had a lot of comments, DMs and questions so I thought I’d expand a little further.

There are so many varying opinions on the concept of ‘the one’. Opinions on whether there is just one person for each of us, whether we should be pro-active in seeking out this person or let them find us, whether we should make a list or not, and so on. 

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Show Me Your Friends

This is the obvious phrase hurled about when talking about friendships. Friendships are a pervasive aspect of human life. The fundamental element to any relationship being friendship, whether it underpins a marriage, a parent-child relationship, extended family ties, old friends, or your regular platonic relationships – just name it. The tie that binds is friendship.

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