This post is going to be a little different from my first two posts. This being Black History Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to share more about myself and where I come from. So… I was born in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, and came here when I was about 5 years old. I don’t remember too much about Cameroon since I was so young but I visited it about 2 years ago and it was truly remarkable. I was able to visit and bond with many family members that I had not seen since I left. I also got the opportunity to visit my old home, the school my mother attended as a teenager and just take in the beautiful landscape and scenery. It was truly a wonderful experience and I’d like to go back again sometime in the near future.
Today’s outfit is typical traditional West African attire. The fabric for the outfit was a gift from an aunt during that 2015 visit to Cameroon I mentioned earlier. The fabric is called Ankara and is made with wax. I had the outfit custom-made and sewn by an Ivorian tailor right here in Charlotte.
The style is actually modeled after one of my mother’s traditional outfits. It is a two piece outfit consisting of a top and skirt. I really like the bell sleeves and the small train at the bottom of the skirt for a bit of flair.
On my head is what you call a gele (pronounced gay-lay). It is a traditional African headdress.
For the accessories, I have gold leaf earrings and a gold leaf necklace.
Finally, for the shoes, I have red pumps.
Have a wonderful weekend!