Life of A Nigerian Blogger| Ep 1

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Hello Fashionistas,

Welcome to a New Month sorry I’m about a week late but you know what they say “It’s better late than never”.

Apologies for not posting anything new last-week on here I was a tad sick, nothing I hate more than feeling weak, bitter mouth and constant headache arghhh thank God that’s over now but My Article on “Finding Your Style” was published in the October Issue of Lost in Lagos Magazine Last week so ayyy I didn’t leave you “high&dry”. You should definitely READ IT if you haven’t.

Today’s Post is a slideshow on how I styled this pink & white striped asymmetrical ruffled skirt while I talk about or rather share my experience on blogging in Nigeria.

A Look!

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Top: Mini Tank Dress serving as a Top

Skirt: Physical & Online store @rhbstyle on Instagram

Shoe: Online store @Tnldesigns (Was a birthday present from my boss shhh)

Bag: Thrifted (Tag @localstreetstore to all your locally sourced fashion items)

Sunglasses: Honestly cannot remember, had them for the longest time

Photography: @uchaychy        Edited by Me: @Thisthingcalledfashionn

 

I’ll be focusing on the logistics and location aspect in todays episode. Basically how I started sourcing for locations, planning for a shoot day and all the stress that goes with it. A few people might be wondering why I started this new blog series, if you read My Post on WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A FASHION BLOGGER IN 2017 + My Confessions you definitely have an idea of what this is about. It’s mostly personal to me but also there are some things that are generalised which would be easily relatable to My fellow Nigerian bloggers.

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Blogging any where in the world isn’t easy but I must confess Nigeria is so much more of a struggle in terms of location/well laid out environment to take pictures.

Location: When I first decided to start blogging I did not think too much about this tbh. It wasn’t what I was concerned most about My first concern was who would take My pictures and Do my makeup cause I neither had a camera/good phone nor did I have a foundation All I had were my lipsticks, sense of style, Love for pictures and Faith in God. Starting wasn’t easy luckily for me I have a friend with a camera who would take out time on a hot Sunday afternoon scouting the streets of Lekki for a viable location which would go with the idea in my head. You might be thinking Ohh! she stays in lekki its so much easier for her but No I don’t, Lekki because I stay on the island (a bit far and not in an estate) Lekki is a sure place with a well laid out environment). Okay now I find the location First thing I do is ask the security man at the gate for permission cause I don’t want anyone embarrassing me Lol I remember the last shoot I did with Uchaychy it took less than 10 mins because it was on a weekday after school hours and there was a lot of rush at that hour (hence I prefer Sundays) the streets tend to be more quiet and less busy.

You know how a Public location should be easier to take a quick picture yh? You find some security men telling you “Madam you no fit take picture here oo” and you ask why with no solid reason given. When I say a public place I mean Malls.

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Logistics: Okay now I don’t drive, transportation in Nigeria isn’t conducive Oh did I mention I stay on the island but a bit far so uber not really available at my side + bearing the cost of uber every time I want to shoot not really an option, so my only option actually I have two options 1) Get my license which is long overdue now 2) Get my load and just get going, sometimes I would leave an item closer to my location to ease the stress a little.

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Public Molestation: I never knew it was possible to molest a person by just looking Lol trust Nigerians to look sorry Stare! and by all means pass their “not-so-asked” comment which can be annoying sometimes but funny most of the time. You also have those who would randomly want to photobomb your picture which is cool (cause yh you can always delete Lol)

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I have witnessed a few Nigerian bloggers I know(via social media) who visit or relocate back to Nigeria who find it hard meeting up to the standard of pictures they’d usually take when outside the country (UK,USA, Canada, Ukraine, Ghana) wherever part of the country just seemed better. This is simply because outside the country there are more properly structured facilities unlike Nigeria you are limited to a few streets.

 

Solution? To all the above…

Tbh (To be honest) I cannot give a list of Solutions why? because all these comes with territory you just have to work on those you can control Like getting a drivers license or maybe get a friend who can drive and has a car to drive and work something out. Just let your passion, prayer, smart work & hard work keep pushing you. Its okay to get lazy atimes or feel like quitting it’s what you do after that  matters. In all things be YOU!

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That’s all from Me on todays episode on The Life of a Nigerian Blogger

Stay Tuned for the next episode next month,

 

Don’t forget Posts Go Up Monday & Thursday.

 

|Thanks for reading|

 

Till next time keep sitting Pretty/Handsome

 

xx

 

NAYONDE

 

 

 

Did you like this Post? Learn something New? or have something to contribute? Please let me know by leaving a comment below, I’d really appreciate it 🙂

 

46 thoughts on “Life of A Nigerian Blogger| Ep 1

  1. This inspired me dear..actually I’m the shy person so I just prefer stay in the compound and snap,+ ion have anyone to take me to a preferred location.. For now I’m making of what is right before me…I love this combination, skirt and tank dress+ those shoes are pretty cool…nice edits.
    http://glamchickblog.wordpress.com

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  2. Ma’am this is so true the location thing is so hard I stay close to magodo and they are good locations there to take pictures so I have to board keke Maria 50 naira or so,I think I prefer road shoots tho I always enjoy the moment I think I get that vibes when people stare😂😂some people wee be photo bombing with zo muzh covidenz (in falz voice)you rock woman you having fun in those pictures kindly check my blog outhttps://smookiekinssite.wordpress.com/….btw what theme did you use for your blog please

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    1. Thank you dear, we are all bloggers we face our own struggles but we just have to keep pushing and getting better. Thank you so much for stopping by

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  3. What theme did you use for tour blog ma’am?and what app did you use for the slide show?looks like IG boomerang yeah?what apps do you use to edit your photos too

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    1. The theme I used can’t remember right now I’d have to check and it’s more of a GIF than a slideshow used Momento to create it

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  4. Thank you for this post,its heavenly!
    People need to know what bloggers actually go through in Nigeria.
    And for locations, I can totally relate how annoying it can be after finding the perfect spot only to be told you can’t take pictures there. Sigh.
    Your skirt is lovely by the way.

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    1. I totally still remember your location complaint on Insta story, it can be pretty annoying but Eyyy you stilling killing it especially with your DIYs. You’ll find it keep pushing 💛 thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

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  5. Hmmm…real wahala! I just found your blog today and I kept smiling through your post. These problems are so real and relatable o, just today, I had to drive with a friend just so she can find a good background and lighting for her pictures. Girl, I understand!

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    1. I’m so glad you do. You’re the friend us bloggers need in our lives 😭 Thank you so much for stopping and I’m glad I could keep you entertain through the post

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  6. I totally disagree on the photo spots in comparison to overseas. Sure they have ideal locations to shoot photos but in my opinion, having something different from the regular goes a long way. You can be haggling prices with the Shea butter Lady at mushin and sneak a photo (mostly best if you have a friend with you) you can be walking towards the keke stand and sneak a photo. Etc. My point is that the background of your photo mustn’t exactly be heaven like to make it to the blog/Instagram! We are always taught to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed to us.
    I’m terrible at taking pictures. The Mr even got me a book to learn, but hey… Baby steps y’all!

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    1. Trust me it’s way easier taking better pictures there in the sense that they have more options or rather might not need to go Farr because it’s a more developed country and their basic amenities are better laid out. But I like what you said about making lemonade out of the lemons Life has handed to us. Beside Nigeria/Africa is different embrace the difference. Thank youu 💛

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