Haneefah Adam is a medical scientist, lifestyle blogger and enthusiast. Whatever she’s doing, be it creating art from drops of Coca-Cola and Nigerian food or doing a DIY headboard or eyeliner(!) or dressing up her Hijarbie, Haneefah excels and exudes such inspiring creativity. I wonder where she finds the time or headspace!
I first discovered Haneefah through her fashion, she’s influencing fellow muslimahs through her fashionable modest clothing. And then I found out what a splendid artist she is. She’s gotten some fame recently through the Hijarbie Instagram page (she makes the clothes herself!) and via her entries for the Samsung/Re.Le Tech Meets Art competition, but this woman isn’t stopping yet – she is in the process of creating her own clothing brand, Hanie Collection: “Nigeria modest lifestyle for the contemporary woman”.
There’s something about Kenya, isn’t there? It’s got to be something in the water there that inspires creativity and confident self-expression. I don’t know anyone who has visited Nairobi in recent times who hasn’t expressed their desire to return, maybe even live there full time. I haven’t been but it is way up on my list.
Here’s a really short list of my favourite Kenyan creatives on Instagram. These are the ones whose feeds I stalk almost daily. My imaginary friends and kin, safeguarding my spot in Nairobae.
Nigeria is a country obsessed with weddings. Obsessed. Our weddings are known to be big, bold, crowded, and hella extravagantly expensive.
But the weddings that appeal to me are small shindigs at beaches, farms or gardens. It happens that the most beautiful wedding photos I have come across seem to have happened in South Africa. Considering their gorgeous scenery, I guess this isn’t surprising. The pictures though – they all give the vibe of captured private moments and genuine warmth which is what a wedding should represent to me. In a friend’s words, they look like “stolen glimpses of the day, someone peeking in at the door way”.
I feel the urge to add a disclaimer here: I have seen some gorgeous Nigerian weddings both big and small (here’s Osemhen and Kingsley’s) but I’m focusing on those in South Africa today.
Here are some that have me daydreaming of a nice party with my best friends, if I do marry:
It was this image that first caught my eye; the super comfortable underwear, the steaming hot cup of what I imagine to be perfectly brewed Earl grey, the letter… It all feels so perfect. How slow mornings should be. Anyway, I went in search of and immediately fell in love with her work!