My Heritage

Happy Fri-Yay!

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!

Earrings:  TJ Maxx (old, similar here) | Necklace:  TJ Maxx (old, similar here) | Shoes:  BCBG (old, similar here & here)

6 thoughts on “My Heritage

  1. Ebob Mbiwan Tanyi says:

    Wonderful, wonderful!!! This is what is called blogging right? You’ve started off with a huge, beautiful bang, my dear Manuela – and I can only wish you the very, very best! Go, Manny Mo, and let the sky be just the springboard!

  2. Anne Fondufe says:

    Love love love… keep them coming baby.. you look gorgeous as always. Looking forward to many more. Great idea my Manuela 🤗😍❤️

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