YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr19

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview Conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine Part 3 of 3: Youtube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola CB Mag: Many of us see extravagant weddings. How do you advise brides to stay focused? WM: Everyone wants a lavish wedding. What I always tell people is remember you’re going to spend all that money on one day, everyone comes, eats, drinks, and has a good time, but no one goes home with you. It’s just you and your husband. The wedding is just one day. That day is going to go very fast. You don’t want to start fighting your husband because of money. And you don’t want to marry the wrong person because you want to have the “wedding of life”, as we Nigerians call it. If you can’t afford a Vera Wang dress, get an imitation dress.  If you can’t afford a 7 tier cake, get a dummy cake!  Life is too short for all of this. If you don’t have the money, it’s not worth it. Focus on the end goal which is your marriage and cut your coat according to your cloth. CB Mag: If you could plan one wedding, whose would it be? WM: If I could plan one wedding- it would be my best friend’s wedding- Nene Ntofon. She went above and beyond for my wedding. She did so much to the extent that my in-laws remember her. She took on the role of a sister and a wedding planner, and a way of me making her day beautiful is a way to repay her for all she did for my wedding. For me, planning a wedding is a personal thing, and I’ve known her since I was 7 or 8. So I could put sooo much personal touch into it. The other person would be an actress in Nigeria named Dorcas Shola Fapson She seems to be so much fun, like her snapchat is life. I’d like to plan her wedding because her wedding would be a turn up! I feel like planning a wedding like that will be so much fun, grand, tasteful but fun. CB Mag: What is your advice to young women preparing for marriage? WM: Marriage is not easy. It’s not a walk in the park. Young people need to ask themselves– Am I built for marriage? As a woman– am I confident, motivated, hard-working? A man will respect you when you have your own thing going for you. My advice- find yourself. Know who you are. Be confident and have goals. Love yourself.Also, be patient. Don’t expect it to be all butterflies. My brother told me to look...

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YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr18

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine (Part 2 of Weddings, Beauty, and YouTube with Wura Manola) CB Mag: What is your personal definition of beauty? And how do you work to portray this? WM: Uniqueness. I am obsessed with people who are able to stand out, whether it’s fashion or makeup, etc. Being confident in your own skin is also my definition. Everyone else is taken so you have to be yourself. I portray this in that I try to be unique. I don’t like looking like everyone else, so I try to dye my hair a different color. I have had grey hair, blonde hair, red hair. I love standing out. As women, we have so many issues that we are fighting in the world, such as equality,  hating your body should not be one of them. CB Mag: Do the standards of beauty differ in Nigeria and the UK? If so, how? WM: The standards of beauty definitely differ. In Nigeria, you are considered beautiful if you are light skinned. But, here in the UK, no one cares about that! I prefer the standards of beauty in the UK because here, it’s about how you put yourself together (i.e. your health, fashion sense, your hair etc.), which are all these are things you have control over. But if people define your beauty by how light your skin color is it’s harder because changing your skin color is more complicated than going on a diet or changing your wardrobe. I would say Nigeria has a lot to work on. I feel that the craze of being light-skinned to be beautiful in Nigeria is so backwards and needs to go away because it’s doing a lot of damage to women causing them to bleach their skin and it’s going to affect the younger generation. This isn’t that all Nigerians feel this way, and it’s not in ALL of Nigeria. Please know that it’s not a generalization. CB Mag: Has it always been this way? WM: Yes, because when I look at my mom’s generation and aunt I can see that some of them have bleached. They talked about it was the “in” thing. But I think the difference then is that it was a trend, but now I think it’s borderline discrimination. I’ve heard of men in Nigeria say that if you’re dark you’re dirty. There’s also an article in the newspaper about why a light skinned woman would make a better wife. Things like this baffle me. I wouldn’t want my child to grow up in a country that she thinks she’s ugly because she is dark...

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YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr17

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview Conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine All things related to weddings excite Nigerian YouTuber, Blogger, Vlogger, Wedding Planner, and Stylist Wura Manola who’s destined to become a force to be reckoned with in the wedding industry. On her YouTube Channel Get Wedding Ready she discusses how to save money while planning a wedding, wedding day beauty tips and tutorials, how to select your wedding party, and much more! In addition to her love for weddings, Wura is confident in her own skin as a woman. This, she believes, is the standard of beauty more women need to set for themselves. Learn more about Wura in this exclusive interview as she talks about beauty, weddings, marriage, self- esteem, and social media.   ColorBlind Magazine: What is the benefit of being a YouTuber? Wura Manola: One of the benefits of being a YouTuber is being able to reach a larger audience. I started off blogging about my wedding journey, and I got frustrated because I only got 500 or 600 views. I felt like I was writing and no one is reading my blogs. So, I asked myself ‘how can I reach more people?’ and that’s when I decided to start my YouTube channel. Now I reach people all over the world from places like Hawaii, France, Ghana, Gambia, Germany, Jamaica, United States. For me, reaching that amount of people is one of the greatest benefits and connecting with people from all over the world Also, I’m recognized as a voice in the African wedding industry. People send me emails asking my opinion, which I feel is good because it shows I’m making an impact. I’ve only been doing it for 7 months and have almost 2,000 subscribers. I’m not at the point that I can quit my full-time job, but the recognition and reaching a larger audience and growing my brand have been benefits of being a YouTuber. CB Mag: How has YouTube helped you market your brand as a wedding planner, entrepreneur and blogger? WM: YouTube has played a great deal in marketing because I showcase my work; I put up work of weddings I’ve done, and my wedding. It’s free marketing for myself. I receive lots of emails from people asking me to plan their wedding. As an entrepreneur, it’s helping me build my brand as a wedding planner, YouTuber, and wedding blogger. In addition, I’ve been asked by people to be interviewed and to collaborate with them and to blog about their services. CB Mag: Behind the glamour and fame of YouTube comes challenges. What have been your challenges? WM: This is a difficult question because...

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Beauty, Style, and Snacks!!
Dec06

Beauty, Style, and Snacks!!

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Hi Everyone!! Please enjoy my latest video as I share some of my favorites from the month of November!

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October Favorites!!!
Nov02

October Favorites!!!

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Hi My wonderful readers! My October favorites video is here!! Hope you enjoy!!  

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September 2016 Faves!!
Oct15

September 2016 Faves!!

Hi Everyone!   I almost forgot to post this video!! Please enjoy!!  

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More Hair, Don’t Care!!
Sep25

More Hair, Don’t Care!!

Filmed By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine (guest appearance by Lena Johnson) In this video my sister and I share some new styles we are excited to try!

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The Shoe Challenge!!
Sep12

The Shoe Challenge!!

Presented by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine Please enjoy the follow video as I show some of my favorite shoes from the Summer! Also, I add in a few surprise shoes!!    

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August 2016 Favorites!!
Sep05

August 2016 Favorites!!

compiled by:Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  It’s that time again!! Happy September and enjoy my August favorites!...

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The Wedding Journey Continues! (Part Two)

Compiled By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine ColorBlind Magazine:  What has been the most stressful part of the wedding planning process? Any regrets? Zenia Turner: I feel pretty confident that Kevin and I both would say MONEY!!! lol. However, I think it would probably be a tie between money and creating the guests list. Many people that we know, we weren’t able to invite. Not because we decided we didn’t want them there, but because feeding your guests can get really, really expensive. You have to do your best to really evaluate all your networks, acquaintances, friends, and even family. You begin asking yourself, ‘Who truly supports us and our future together and who has really, really been active in our lives consistently?’. Sometimes people can take that really hard, and it doesn’t feel good to tell people you talk to every once in a while and who you actually like, “No, we didn’t invite you.” Unfortunately, that’s just how it goes when you don’t want to begin your marriage in financial ruins for an event that will last only 6 hours. CB Mag: Complete this sentence: “To me, becoming Mrs. Kevin Berry means…”   ZT: being who I’ve always been (after all there is a reason he thought so highly of me to choose me to be his wife…lol) but with an additional purpose. I believe the role of a wife or husband, especially as we continue to grow as individuals and together, brings about a more committed, understanding, patient, loving, protecting, serving role. And while I am a modern day woman that works and is educated and VERY opinionated and independent in many ways, I do see the value of a traditional family structure for us. I feel it will be my responsibility to support him greatly in his endeavors, trust in his decision making for our family, to care for him in whatever way he requests….my list could go on and on, but hopefully readers will understand where I’m coming from. I think society views any type of submission as weakness but my viewpoint is that couples (both partners) can be strengthened when they submit to each other in a way that is voluntary and done with the understanding that we are a compatible team working for the benefit of each other, our marriage, our family, and those we have the privilege to inspire....

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