The Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa is happening from November 8th – 13th and representing BellaNaija is Toyosi Phillips, a Producer, Writer and Vlogger with As Toyo Sees, which is featured here on BN TV!
Hi Bellanaijarians! (I’ve always wanted to type that),
This is Toyosi Phillips and I’m heading to Durban, South Africa now via Jo’burg for the first Essence Festival in Africa!! It’s scheduled for the 8th to 13th of November. If you follow me on social media (@toyosiphillips), you’ll see how hyped I was about Essence Fest New Orleans! That happened in July this year and it was an unforgettable experience. You can say my life changed not just because all the speakers were empowering but also because I saw Oprah Live!!! Yes, I had to bring that up again!
I’m always out to seek inspiration from things and people around me, so any event whose core aim is to inspire and empower women is a winner in my books. Essence has taken the time to put together a line up of dare-I-say successful people – because success is relative – but these are people who have received recognition for what they’ve achieved in their fields.
Yolanda Adams in scheduled to speak and so are Tina Knowles, Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey and many more! Can I share a secret? I’m most excited about Steve Harvey! Have you heard this man break the truth down for women? I mean he wrote Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man! That book gave me major insight into how men think and once I was done reading that book, I destroyed my mumu button; never to be pressed again by any man! So yes, I shall be hanging on to Steve Harvey’s every word.
I’m a little worried though about the Festival though because for the New Orleans one, we knew the full schedule i.e. who was speaking on what date and at what time. Right now, all I know is who the speakers are; no info on date and time. Hopefully there’s some clarity to that before the 8th.
All in all I’m looking forward to Durban!! As per Essence tradition, there’ll be a concert on the last day and Neyo, Wizkid, DJ Zinhle and some other artists would be performing!
Follow my real time journey via @bellanaijastyle on Instagram and the hashtags #BNatEssenceFest, #BNinDurban, #BNTravel and #ToyoTravels