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Titilope Sonuga, Wana Udobang, Glory Edozien & Oreka Godis

Something special happens when women come together and share their experiences. The Inspire Series Redefining Beauty event, supported by Wana Wana Productions held on Sunday 30th November 2014 and gave women a platform to openly discuss and share concepts of beauty.

The event opened with performances by song writer Omolara and Femi Leye and poet/actress Titilope Sonuga. Later, Inspire Series host, Glory Edozien gave a short but inspiring talk on why she started the Inspire Series.

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The first interview with Wana Udobang of Inspiration FM, set the scene for the day as she revealed her personal struggles with beauty and self acceptance. Starting from childhood, Wana discussed how her perception of self had affected her self-esteem and relationships with men. She talked about how she had over compensated with her character in order to make up for what she felt was a less than perfect exterior and how her path to self acceptance and realization of beauty took place.

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The panel session with Jade Osiberu (creator and writer of Gidi-Up), Oreka Godis (Actress) and Lola Maja- Okojevoh (Makeup Artist) got quite emotional as Lola told her story of how peoples misconceptions of beauty had affected her perception of self and why discussing beauty is important for the next generation. Jade and Oreka also shared their journey to self acceptance and admitted the daily struggles involved.

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But it wasn’t only the panelists who shared. Guests at the event also shared their personal beauty struggles. The biggest takeaway was just how similar women are in terms of our perceived flaws, why sisterhood is important, and why we must continue to have these sorts of conversation, not only for us but for the next generation of women.

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The next Inspire Series Event will take place in the first quarter of 2015….join them for more open, honest and inspiring conversations!

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19 Comments

  1. WWIM

    January 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I love this! Beautiful women everywhere. I see my faves, Oreka Godis and Lamide Akintobi. There’s is something about Glory Edozien that is so endearing. I wanna say she’s beautiful, which she is but there is something more about her.

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  2. chigurl

    January 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I would really love to be at the next one.
    how does one go about that though?

    • wana

      January 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      We would definitely share it on BN and all our social media channels

  3. hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca

    January 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Great concept and effort.. I hope they focus on the perils of bleaching to the body and soul.

  4. lovin moi

    January 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Glory love,I luv ur inspire series!!! Could u be kind enough to share this event on you tube? Many thanks!

  5. bb

    January 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I am sick and tired of all this shallow things, for god’s sake whenever I read some of the events going on in Lagos, am shocked that it’s the same Nigeria. People are dying like flies in our country and all we can discuss is beauty, wo me am just confused!

    • BeeJay

      January 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Wow! you must have a really twisted idea of what beauty truly is. SMH!

    • NaijaPikin

      January 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Please keep in mind that people are dying from domestic violence because they lack self confidence and self appreciation

      People are settling for volatile relationships because they don’t think they are good enough, thus deserving better.

      People are damaging their skin with unapproved bleaching products because they feel being light skin is the only way to be beautiful

      people are ingesting dangerous pills, teas, etc in a bid to lose weight to be seen as beautiful.

      So my dear, people are dying on this beauty matter. So why shouldn’t it be discussed. It’s more than beauty, it’s about self love, self appreciation and confidence to accept who you are and be the best you can be.

  6. Engee

    January 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I just love Wanawana….

  7. Cee

    January 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Ify Ibekwe, I see you! Hiiiii. From your lost friend in London.

  8. funmilola

    January 28, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Beautiful concept,beautiful people!

  9. Jay

    January 29, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Would be nice to plan my Naija trip to coincide with this.

  10. jennietobbie

    January 29, 2015 at 2:51 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 yayy. You did that!!!

  11. MSJ

    January 29, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Well done Dr Edozien. Proud of you!

  12. mint and pepper soup

    January 29, 2015 at 6:38 am

    oh! how i love this woman and her contagious positivity. But before i digress i would like to emphasise that by no means am i been judgmental or insensitive rather, i mean well. its very easy for (people who know they should start investing in exercising and eating healthy, more like a healthy lifestyle) due to being over weight, physical issues, mental issues or health risk, to name a few.. in most cases, people (that fall in the above category) find solace in having a gathering talking about loving “oneself.”and “acceptance” now, let me say that loving and accepting yourself does not mean letting yourself go rather taking care of yourself. its more comforting to address acceptance, loving oneself but how can one love and accept herself if she cant be bold enough to change the very thing that is making her feel less of those two things or more. meaning; you can still love yourself and accept all the imperfections that you are and STILL MAKE A CHANGE. frankly speaking it all comes down to discipline, willingness to change, persistent and above all patience to see that change (body transformation so also other bonuses). you know the funny thing, my friend that used to weigh 210 pounds was part of this group that used to preach acceptance, love and all. Do not get me wrong,you should love accept yourself for who you after all we are all unique in our special way. But anytime she steers in the mirror she knows that she would love to feel good and look good (not necessarily in a superficial way) but most times we can all argue that being a certain size (not necessarily slim,skinny,anorexic but fit and healthy leads to confidence and that feeling of accomplishing anything you desire only if you put the work and effort). she started putting the effort, little by little…. fast forward two years from now she look good. she’s’ far from anything skinny or slim… but she’s gradually living a healthy lifestyle;exercising, healthy eating etc one of thing she said was that she realised prior to taking care of herself, she was LAZY to make a change. in summary id rather hear people talking about loving yourself and accepting yourself and still make a change if its needed. theres no need to sugar coat taking control of your life. BE the change you want to see.

  13. toni muna

    January 29, 2015 at 6:58 am

    @mint and peppersoup… you have spoken as a wise woman or man.
    but let me digress also. To also add, according to thisiscornelius when someone asked him why he was working out he says” well, i train for an assignment thats larger than anything i could imagine. i train for a linage that deserves a healthy patriarch; for a son who deserves a healthy father; for a wife who needs a healthy husband; for the living God who demands a healthy servant. Discipline does not have a holiday. ive learned that our physical discipline says a great deal about our spiritual health. How can one stand against the fiery darts of hell when he’s a slave to food and slow to train”? whatever your excuse is, i hope this inspire you.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      January 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Your avatars are the same. Scroll back and check that out because the fact that you’ve made your comment from the same (email account? laptop?) means that typing this made no sense what so ever, “@mint and peppersoup… you have spoken as a wise woman or man.” You should know the sex of that commenter because your avatars are the same.

      Re the event, well done to Wana and Glory for holding these meet-up sessions with real women. I love seeing initiatives that inspire the sisterhood.

  14. nwotiti ifeoma

    January 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

    how can i be a part of this? thank you

  15. lilian

    April 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

    @mint & pepper soup…love your story about your friend who waz 210 pounds…but let me ask have you ever been overweight?….secondly ask your friend to read your comments above and let us hear her thoughts…[email protected]…great one. its a joy having you in this time nd space….

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