Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Kenema x Benin City

Today a very cool band called Benin City did a photoshoot for Clash Magazine.  Here is a behind the scenes look of the band members in pieces from our forthcoming Interlude collection.

If I were you I'd check out their sound cloud: immediately.


Sunday, 21 April 2013


I exhale with excitement as we are finally shooting a new (capsule) collection next Sunday. The collection is called 'Interlude' as it is a kinda in between collection's collection which is for women and men. It clean and simple, I hope you like it. I'm proud of it and also proud to say the hiatus is over!!

Can I get a 'We tank God' in a generic West African accent please?

Here is a little snap shot of what's coming.

Peace, Love & Unity

Xx KenemaGirl

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Old photo's.

I was looking for some pictures yesterday and came across many Kenema memories so thought I'd post them. A little distraction whilst the new collection samples are being made.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

EVENT - MAP - Sierra Leone: New Year, Big Business

At some point in 2011 (I think) I met Lyande Kaikai, she is a wonderfully inspiring young woman who is as passionate about Sierra Leone and pan African development as I am.  She has set up a company called My African Passport (MAP).  The company is like a one stop shop for business across Africa.  Lyande is a Salone titi (Sierra Leonean woman) so of course her first destination is SL.

The first MAP event of 2013 is on 10th January and I am guest speaking!  Come down find out about business in Sierra Leone, there is more to the country than Diamonds and Iron.  I think the beaches in Sierra Leone are just as valuable as an diamond or gold.  The artisans in Sierra Leone are skilled and ready, this is an opporunity to see what SL has to offer... or come and listen to me!

There will also be presentations from some very interesting and knowledgable people.

THERE ARE ONLY 4 TICKETS LEFT!  Book yours here.

Wishing you a Happy 2013!

xx @KenemaGirl

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Pattern party

Last week I accompanied my friend Roses to Rhonda Drakeford's pattern party. It was v cool and we all had to wear pattern's, it was only right that our patterns were KENEMA!!

Here is an image from the party...

Ps google Rhonda she has a v cool shop full of African loveliness!!

Big love,
KenemaGirl xx

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Music we like

LOVE love LOVE this :D
Costuleta - Tchiriri Kuduro

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Time to be about it #CleanUpSalone

Image in support of making positive changes in Sierra Leone and boosting national pride.


Cartoon by: Akindele T M Decker
Concept by: Tamu Kenema and Pamilerin Beckley

I will write a proper blog post regarding this later for now click the links!

Many thanks x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My darlings x

My sister x

View from Funkia


Lumley (my family)

2 darlings xx

No.2 River Beach

No.2 River Beach

No.2 River Beach

These are images from my trip to Sierra Leone - although it was raining season and the rain is mad I loved it, wish I was still there.  Despite the grey it was warm and the beaches were gorge (except Lumley which was actually a hot mess and needs cleaning NOW!)

Posing for pictures is not for me unless it involves prosecco!

Images from a course I did with Denise Brown... blog post to follow... posing for pics is very CRINGE!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Inspiration for SS13

Inspiration for things to come...

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Planet Media - Sierra Leone Tourism

Sierra Leone shot by Planet Media.  See more of their work here

Fuzzy Logic Baby “Drunk Man’s Speech” the track is dope, the video is humorously fly and there is a dope model rocking Kenema

Monday, 20 February 2012

We are live!

Monday, 23 January 2012

More Mende Snaps until the website is ready...

Mende Collection.
Models: Ashade Cole and Nyla Mirza

Monday, 21 November 2011


The First Lady Fayre press release

The First Lady is back with its third installment of the First Lady Fayre.  This event is a double celebration, marking their first anniversary and second Christmas Fayre! The First Lady Fayre is a unique retail extravaganza showcasing a range of products, goods and services from female creative entrepreneurs. In addition to this we have live performances from some fantastic musicians and workshops focused on developing your business/ business idea and wellbeing (this includes two Zumba classes!).

This latest shopping event, which follows our two previous successful events, features retail stands from over fifteen of London’s finest independent and emerging brands including, fashion, hair and beauty, art and yummy cakes!  In terms of music we bring you “The Blackout Sessions” live acoustic sets from some super fly UK talent including Sherry Davis ( ), Ash Catch’em ( ), Lekhem ( ) and more to be confirmed please check out our website for updated information.

We have some excellent workshops that will enable you to grow your creative business, look at the way you view yourself and have fun:

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe of Willbaforce - Are you ready for retail?
Jennifer is a business consultant for creative businesses, she lectures at Central St Martin's College and London College of Fashion.  Jennifer has been involved in a number of initiatives throughout her career including organising creative events for the mayor of London's office and The Brick Lane Festival.

Yvonne Witter of Ampod - Effective business plans
Ampod Business Consulting & Training provides services to develop and sustain organisations in the Private, Public and Third sector. Ampod offer a range of customised services especially designed for micro businesses and SMEs.

Body Gossip’s Natasha Devon - Image and confidence.
Body Gossip are a registered charity campaigning and challenging the common distorted images we create about what our bodies should look like.

Handle your Heels by Maxine Griffiths:
Maxine is the founder of The Platform Creative Arts and Entertainment. Maxine and her team have developed a series of workshops & tuition classes designed to enable the individual to become refined & active within the fashion & entertainment industries.

The First Lady organisers, Tamu Thomas and Sonia Meggie aim to continue to support deserving projects in Africa.  During this event we are collecting pre-loved books, toys, stationary, clothing etc for children aged 3 – 10 yrs to send to Heaven's Gate Nursery in Majay Town Sierra Leone. The items MUST be in GOOD condition.  Heaven’s Gate is an infant and nursery school established by a local pastor that feels passionate about educating local children. The First Lady would like to support Heaven’s Gate by sending the items listed above to Heaven’s Gate.  

If you have any of the listed items we would be very grateful if you could bring them to the event so that we can ship them to Sierra Leone.  You’ll be helping the environment whislt supporting others!

The items donated will not end up on a market stall in Sierra Leone. They will be hand delivered in February to ensure the safe delivery of the items.  It will also serve as an opportunity to catch up with the two girls we have provided scholarships for at The Holy Rosary School in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

We welcome you to come together and celebrate our first year at The Rag Factory just of London’s famous Brick Lane.  Join us for some festive shopping, learn from some phenomenal women and network while being entertained.  We guarantee that you will leave feeling inspired.

For up to date information and interviews of the brands/ acts featuring in the event please log on to or follow us on Twitter @TheFirstLadyLDN

The First Lady
Sunday 18th December 2011
11 - 6pm
The Rag Factory,
16 – 18 Heneage Street
Off Brick Lane

The line up for the First Lady Christmas Fayre includes:

Tina Lobondi -
Beni Huwa -


Hair and Skincare:


Gift cards:


'Free From' cakes from Sweet crumbs bakery -

Music - The First Lady presents, "The Black Out Sessions" no frills just great music stripped bare.
Ash Catchem -
'The Raise EP' is now available via

Gelish and Minx nails from NailsbyAma -

Zumba Zumbata -


Under 16's free

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Mayamiko Inspired Fundraising Fashion Show, Music and More!

Mayamiko Trust in collaboration with Slaves of the Extraordinary presents a night of emerging fashion, music, ground breaking performance and a hell of a good time. Join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening, an extraordinary collaboration that will result in a charity night like no other.
MIA by Mia Nisbet
Bestow Elan
Christi Sanders
Listen, feel and taste the wonderful cocktail of emerging musicians, DJs and dancers including E.I.C Dance Theatre, Michelle Cade and Catwalk music by Jakub Gaudasinski. 
Mayamiko Trust continues its work in helping people lift
themselves out of poverty and end injustice. We watch, we listen, we learn, we act. Through skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation and fairer trade practices. Mayamiko works to support creative talents and turn them into sustainable activities. Mayamiko loves everyone, but has a special soft spot for the most vulnerable - women and children.
For more information, visit:
Slaves Of The Extraordinary are a newly formed London based Creative Collective. They are a team of highly skilled creatives joining forces to take you to the heights of forward thinking, imagination and creativity. Their talent, passion and creative integrity set them apart from the everyday. They value the environment and believe people should be treated ethically and fairly at every level within the design industry. Escape from normality and join them for what will be an explosion of creative energy, no short of extraordinary some would say….
For more information, visit:
Mayamiko Trust is a UK registered charity. (Charity Number 1126126).