Why I created a magazine to empower my Community?

Why I created a magazine to empower my Community?

Early 2017, I was still thinking about my trip in Congo which happened in October 2016. With a few volunteers, we organised a talk for over 600 students and a workshop for 250 kids, in the form of a drawing competition for www.esimbi.org . It was truly the most amazing experience of my life.

For the first time, I really felt the pressure of weighting every word because I understood the impact they could have on these young people’s lives. Kinshasa taught us lessons we didn’t expect. They say if you want to be a millionaire, spend time with millionaires. Your entourage will determine who you will become. Jay Shetty once said that we live in the perception that others have of ourselves. We can’t be what we have never seen. So how to bring those exceptional role models to these young people in a country that is in constant trouble? So one day, they can inspire to great things and believe that they can be who they want.

We certainly always seek the results but do we want to go through the process of what it takes to have that lifestyle. A life long commitment to being better than what surrounds us. It is hard. It is hard especially when you live in such conditions like these children in Congo. Everything is a luxury to them, a pen, a piece of paper, water.

The idea of the magazine came from all this thinking. I wanted to do something more. I wanted to give them something that they didn’t have and could keep. The fear kicked in about 5 minutes after thinking about making this magazine happen. What would the content be? Who would design it? What title could fit my thoughts? and so on…

It started to feel too complicated already. But a voice was telling me to just do it. It was necessary, not for me but for them. They needed to see people who came from similar backgrounds going places. They needed to look up to them and be inspired.

So I jumped in. I chose to call it ESIMBI ( meaning “it works” in Lingala ) like my social initiative. I then ask a work colleague who was good with graphic design to help me with a logo. My colleague and I started to do research about Congo, the history, the forest, the artists, the charities, etc…. and what we found was amazing. Tons of content.

www.esimbimagazine.com

 

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My biggest fear was not to find things to talk about. No content to captivate whoever would read this free magazine that was supposed to be a one off. We simply wanted to give the final product to the schools and libraries. But our audience was larger than that. In fact, it was global. So the project ended up catering a niche of people hungry for knowledge. They want education over entertaining, so our goal became bigger.

I am thankful to every one who helped us on this journey. Especially the ones who told me not to do it because it would ruin my fashion career. This project helped me grow into a better version of myself without even knowing it and I simply hope that this magazine will keep going strong. The african community has a narrative to rewrite and we want to contribute to that immensely.

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11 advice to consider before you kiss 2018 Goodbye?

11 advice to consider before you kiss 2018 Goodbye?

The general mood at the end of 2018 was quite funny to me…

People all seem to struggle with the same things, bad relationships, whom to cut lose or keep in 2019, society’s opinion, finances, drama, anxiety, doubts and fear. We probably would all relate on a quote saying ” May your social media life be as good as your real one for this coming year. ”

For the first time, someone really close to me tried to commit suicide and this simply affected me in ways I didn’t comprehend. But it also showed me how miserable I was feeling by forcing myself to do things that no longer made me happy. It is hard to be honest with ourselves more than it ever was. Hard to keep the noise out with all the social media frenzy. We kinda all are living the painful life of celebrities, trying to keep up with apparences. We are buying into fake friends and fake lives even if we dont realise it straight away, unless you live in the village I grew up in :), they really don’t care about none of these and I almost envy them sometimes…

KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT REAL

 

What is the truth? Is social media bad for our health and mental wellness, or is it actually helping us to cope by dreaming and portraying the life we really want?

Tricky isn’t? Unless you believe in the “Fake it until you make it” motto of course.

This year has been challenging for me and all I wanted was to find my peace. I make to do list all year long, so new year resolutions are nothing special.

Here are the things I would like to work on to achieve that:

1/  Give up overthinking, procrastinating and holding grudges ( yeah… )

2/  Don’t raise your voice, improve your arguments

3/  Quit holding on to the past or even pleasing everyone 

4/  Do what works for you at your own pace

5/  Don’t be afraid to fail, fall or love again. This is the only way to learn more and do better

6/  Focus on progress not speed

7/  Keep your private life private

8/  Spend time with your family 

9/  Do what you are passionate about as much as possible

10/  Unfollow anything that doesn’t go with your vision

11/  Travel, Travel, Travel. The world is such a beautiful place and there is no excuse to not explore it nowadays.

All these because six months of hardcore focus and alignement can put you 5 years ahead in life. Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire. In life, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. That’s the truest  cliché you will read today.

 

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What not to miss on your next trip to Kinshasa!

What not to miss on your next trip to Kinshasa!

My holiday in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year was a full on trip. I had such a tight schedule for 2 weeks but for the first time, I also had help from a friend.

As you may have seen on my previous posts about the waterfalls in Zongo and the national park of N’Sele, I really lived my free time as a tourist and it was beyond my expectations. I just wanted to do a separate post about my travel diary and the places I went to in the capital, Kinshasa. A little city guide for you if I may 🙂

Restaurant Chez Pierra

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The Artisan’s market: Art

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Hotel: Fleuve Congo

 

 

 

Family visit: Private properties

 

 

Celebrity meeting: Footballers Emmanuel Eboue and Marcel Tisserand

 

 

Tv interview for KIN 24

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Gala night to honour African footballers

organised by Singer Mohombi

 

 

Street Style

 

 

 

 

Restaurant River

 

What should you do with a day to spend in Sharm El Sheikh?

What should you do with a day to spend in Sharm El Sheikh?

A day in Egypt…..

My first time staying in Egypt more than a few hours has finally arrived. I landed at 2am on Monday 10th December and the airport was deserted. Fabulous. 🙂 No queue for the passport check, no queue for nothing.

My car was booked and waiting for me outside. A lovely man had my name on a board to take me where I stayed, the Cleopatra luxury resort and it was so beautiful!!!! Much better than the google pictures I saw when trying to do my research. The hotel was only 15 minutes away so a very easy ride.

So a picture is sometime better than a thousand words so here’s my travel diary.

Cleopatra Luxury Hotel

The sea and the God

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Cleopatra Luxury resort in Sharm El Sheikh is a beach front resort located in the Sinai peninsula in the amazing Nabq Bay. The bay is on a promontory overlooking the straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Poolside

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The beach

 

South Sinai desert

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4 steps to great looking skin under your makeup 

4 steps to great looking skin under your makeup 

How to prepare your skin for makeup

Applying makeup to enhance your features should be an easy, safe and fun experience. However, if the skin underneath is not in good health the makeup will look dull, patchy and unattractive. You need to prepare the face for makeup to obtain a radiant, flawless and immaculate look for yourself.

Before starting talking about makeup application you should first know the skin very well, so doing a skin analysis is important. One thing you need to know is that your skin changes over time and that it will mature and change over time.

Doing a skin analysis every 6 months to a year and updating your skincare routine for optimum skin health is important. This is an essential rule as makeup means enhancing your best features, a skin analysis will therefore help you know what products to use to achieve this. Follow these cardinal rules before applying makeup onto your face to achieve a perfect complexion.

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1. Cleansing

This helps to remove all traces of dirt from the skin’s surface. This should be your first step in preparing your face before applying make-up. All you need to do is gently massage the cleanser over your face and neck using fingertips and be sure to rinse it off well with warm water or cold water (in the summer for cooling effect, and also tightens your pores).

  • If you have an oily skin, choose gentle and oil-free cleansers, while for a dry skin, cleansers that moisturise the skin are the best choice, and cleansers that soothe and heal the skin for sensitive skin.

2. Toning

This is great for removing excess oils, dirt and grim of your face. It is good if you have oily skin to do this extra step to prepare your face for a full day of wearing makeup. Because the face deals with every external factor from cold to rain, the dead cells need to be removed before applying makeup.

  • Face toners are also known as skin conditioners i.e. removes any traces left by cleansing as well as tighten pores. Toners with high alcohol content are great for oily skin, whilst mild toner are for sensitive skin, while if you have dry skin it is not necessary to use face toners.

 

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3. Moisturising

The daily routine will keep the skin prepped up all the time, not just for makeup. Use a moisturising that is suitable for your skin type and hydrates the skin all day. This will give your skin a smooth even surface to apply makeup on.

  • Makeup is best applied on moisturised skin. Apply face cream on wet skin as the skin will absorb more cream. Try to use a face cream with sun protection factor if you do not have a sunscreen that you use daily. Moisturisers with SPF 50 are usually recommended.

4. Priming

This helps the skin fill in any pores, minimise them as well as provide an extra barrier between the foundation and the skin leaving it extra smooth to apply makeup on. For best results, use a primer that contains silicone as this will act as a protective barrier that prevents your moisturiser and skin’s oils from combining with your makeup.

  • Not everyone likes primer, so using moisturiser alone can also work, however if you would still like to have an extra layer of protection a skin prepping spray is also good.

Now that you have properly prepared your face before applying make-up, you can begin to use foundation and the rest of your favourite products on your newly clean, even skin.

By properly preparing your skin for make-up, you are sure to achieve a radiant, even finish for your make-up. Your face is a canvas and just like any piece of art, the products won’t sit well unless you do a bit of ground work.

 

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Is the Congolese community ready for the Art industry to prosper?

Is the Congolese community ready for the Art industry to prosper?

The answer is YES!

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On November 9th, I attended the exhibition AKAA ( Also Known As Africa ) in Paris. This is the first contemporary art and design fair for African art.

It took place at the usual Carreau du Temple and had over 49 exhibitors and 130 artists who came from all around the world.

Here are a few images from my favourite artists, but you can see more on their website www.akaafair.com

ARTIST JP MIKA

 

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DIDIER CLAES

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FREDDY TSIMBA

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PATRICK BONGOY

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MON LOOK PARISIENNE

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Did you know all the fun activities you could do at the N’Sele national park in Congo?

Did you know all the fun activities you could do at the N’Sele national park in Congo?

 

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That Saturday came in at the perfect time in my life. I was so excited to finally be a tourist in my own country. The park reopened in June 2018 and has a variety of activities and a safari to compete with Kenya or South Africa.

I was very surprised to see how organised the whole place was. With a budget of a thousand dollars for a group of 10 people, my friend organised for car to pick us up from my hotel in Gombe. The park is situated around 50km from the center. We drove for about 45 minutes with the models, photographers, and my team. It was a pleasant ride full of music and funny stories from our experiences.

Our safari started at 10am to last 2 hours. We were expected to see giraffes, lions and other wild animals and it was a lot fun. after that we had a lunch organised and our photoshoot session.  I wanted to share with you bit of that day. This park is truly unique and has a huge potential. It is a shame that so little people know about it and the activities that they offer such as cycling, kayaking, hiking and my favourite pedal with the boats :). The park is about 10000 hectares and in situated in the commune of Maluku.

The safari

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The view

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The lion family

 

Baby baby

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The river

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The swimming pool

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The restaurant

Fresh African food

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