Today’s style inspiration is miss Ekei Mbu from Yaounde, Cameroon. She describes her styles as ‘cool, edgy and classy.’
Read her style diary.
Who is Ekei? I am Ekei Mbu from Yaounde, Cameroon.  I like making everyone around me look fab in the best way possible. I am drawn to all things fashion! Especially hair. I think a hairstyle can make or break any outfit. I have been known to style a few people myself.

i love hair accessories.
How would you describe your personality? My personality: Hmmm,  fun and bubbly, full of life, loves a crowd of interesting people and I like to stand out in any scene of life.

What is your dressing style? My dressing style is very dynamic, keeps changing all the time. In a nutshell it can be described as cool, edgy classy and timeless at the same time. I also indulge in ethnic African-inspired pieces when I dress up.

my African-print dress. I so wish I’d worn heels in this pic.
Your favourite music track would be…Music is part of my day to day life and I can’t really pick a fave track but for the year 2011 /2012, my fave track remains Adele’s ‘SomeoneLlike You.’
If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you? Hahaha!  If my life was a movie, my role would be played by Khloe Kardashian Odom, yes her. And the title will be CHANGES. (I need to think about the title even more, lol).

What can’t you leave the the house without? I can’t leave the house without my sun glasses and lip gloss. NEVER without my lip gloss.
Best beauty secret…My best beauty secret is my Mascara. It brings out the length and volumises my lashes.

The one clothing item I can’t live without is… I cannot live without my pair of jeans. No matter the time, jeans always fashionable.

Who is your all time fashion icon? Fashion icon na which one na? lol.
Ha! Whose style inspires you? Kim Kardashian and many others.
You and those Kardashian girls…you go steal for their house oh! Hahahaha! I know everyone thinks  they are superficial but they are hot no doubt and I love the way they dress. Always on point. I must go visit them. It’s on my bucket list: meet the Kardashians.
Haha, okay. But finish my interview first. Your favourite quote is…My favorite quote is and will always be ” Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.”
Me in the yellow pumps!
Do you have any blog where we can see your style evolve and get tips from you? Unfortunately not yet:(  i know you always tell me to start one…But still in the making. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up and running!

I’m transitioning into a natural look at the moment.

Thanks for reading Ekei’s style Diary. Hope you enjoyed it. If you want to share your Style Diary as well, please email Or go to the Art Becomes You facebook page (right hand side) and send a  message or text 00447835476378 and just let me know!
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Thank you Chris Brown for the new release which I must confess I have had on repeat mode throughout most of today despite my busy schedule.  The singer with the best moves in the business (in my opinion)  and who recently just won a Grammy for Best R&B Album has dropped his hot new video ‘Turn Up The Music’ which he performed at the Grammys. Despite the controversy his appearance is causing, the 22 year old ‘happy feet’ singer seems to be making a huge come back. Song’s been on YouTube only 3 days and already it’s cracking 4million hits.
I must confess I heART this song. Even though it looks like a furry convention, his dance moves are on another level.  And dang, has he matured into one fine wine…And I will intentionally on purpose, not comment on the chocolate tabs I saw in the place of an abdomen. Haba!  Does he want girls to start fainting again like in MJ’s time?
Anyhow, one man’s Chanel is another man’s kitchen rag. Please see for yourselves and pray tell us what you saw.
One thing’s for sure, this is most defo a club banger!

I was watching a video on You Tube where Drake invited this black girl from the audience on stage during one of his concerts. He hugged her and gave her a kiss on the forehead which resulted in her almost fainting with joy. I scrolled down to read one of the most annoying comments I have ever seen in my entire life.
Someone said: ‘She probably smelled. You know how black girls are.’  Ewo! I sat in my little room and the things I wished on whoever wrote that comment, I cannot even begin to express them. The anger I felt was enough to get me to produce a post like this and sensitize others about stereotypical comments like that. Stereotypes come across as very biased, discriminating and even racist.

Have you ever thought ‘Look at that white guy with the baggy low rise jeans and all that bling bling trying to act black’ or ‘Oh, he’s white so he can’t dance’. Or thought all women who wore too much make up, had fake hair or any enhanced body parts were easy dumb bimbos?  If yes, then you are guilty of stereotyping others.
stereotype is a popular belief about specific types of individuals. Stereotypes are standardized and simplified conceptions of groups based on some prior assumptions. Another name for stereotyping is bias. Stereotyping can turn into discrimination if we misinterpret a bias and act upon it in a negative manner. Just because people come from the same cultural background does not guarantee that they share the same interests, have the same hobbies or the same mannerisms.
Many at times we do not realize when we use stereotypes on others like when we think the funny talking and slightly effeminate guy with a ‘too good to be true’ fashion sense is gay. But the minute someone uses a stereotype on us we retaliate immediately. A common annoying stereotype is the notion that all the people that live in Africa live in huts. If anyone asks me that one more time, I will bitch slap them to hell. Or that all black people love fried chicken. I was at work one day when a Madonna song came on the radio and I started humming to it which made a colleague who was standing next to me do a double take. After listening in for a few more seconds to make sure he was actually hearing what he thought and yes, I knew all the lyrics, he asked:
‘You know that lady?’
Me: ‘Um, yeah.’
Him: ‘How come? I thought you were from Africa.’
Me: ‘So?’
I have friends in Africa who listen to music from 3 Doors Down, Coldplay and U2, I would love to see your reaction to that…I didn’t actually say this but I was thinking it oh. I was stereotypically screwed. But seriously? Stereotypes are just so annoying. And while we’re at it, Africa is not a country. Baam!
Seriously, just because you watched ‘Coming To America’ and saw those girls jumping to some African song and dance routine doesn’t mean because I am African I can do that.
And what is it with body types? I have heard things like, ‘You know for a white girl you have a really black bum…’
Some of the most annoying stereotypes I have ever heard are
-Women in power are mean, lonely ass, sex-starved bitches.
-All men are strong. Really?
-All white people are racist.
-Black people especially men are good at sports. All black people can dance. All black people love rap and hip hop music. All black people have a ghetto background.
-Women are neat and like to cook and clean.
-All Middle Easterners are terrorists. How can that be fair?
-All blondes are dumb. This is one of the most popular stereotypes till date. Funny to think that it is based on something as mundane, insignificant and unbinding as hair colour.
-Pretty girls are never lonely.
-All Jamaicans or people with dreadlocks smoke weed. Another pathetic stereotype based on hairstyle.
-All black people are related.
-All step-mothers are wicked and evil.
-All women love to shop. Women are always late. Women take hours to dress up. Women spend hours gossiping.
-All black men are good in bed or have big, for lack of a better word, instruments. (And men, please stop using this one to your advantage. Allow a girl to testify).
-All West African men are 419.
-All lawyers are crooks. (This one could actually not be far from the truth, lol).
-All teenagers are rude and hate old people.
-All white people are rich.
-All Italians are in the mob.
-Wild animals such as lions, tigers and giraffes commune with Africans and live among them in their normal day to day life.

There are more than enough stereotypes out there. From gender stereotypes, to cultural ones, to sexual orientation to racial stereotypes. Please learn to know people for who they are instead of judging them based on concepts formed from prior knowledge that you have about a certain class that they might fit into.
Before stereotyping someone next time, think, would you like to judged based on your background, hairstyle, fashion sense or skin colour as well?
Stop stereopically screwing others.
What are the most annoying stereotypes you have ever heard? Or if you a story please share it with us.
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Thanks for reading and have a fun-tastic day!!




Everyone has a bad hair day. At least once fortnightly. That is the scary bitter truth. Instead of panicking, and letting your hair bring you down all day, it is best to have in mind tips that will always come in handy on such days.  When you get a new hairstyle, you have these cool ideas in your head that you just cannot wait to try out. You start experimenting these style ideas and only in the space of a week you’ve exhausted every single one of them. What next? You start getting bored with your hair, which leads to resenting it, which then leads to you not taking care of it…and we all know what happens to neglected hair (bought or natural). People start mistaking you for the Mad Hatter (Google it if you don’t know what he looks like) and we sure do not want that to happen.
I wrote this post to help inspire you on days when you feel stuck on what to do with your locks. I know that are all sorts of girls out there; from the natural sistas, to the bold and bald stunners, to my weave loving girls, to the braided beauties. The list carries on. There is a hair idea for everyone.  I have sectioned the list into categories so that it’s easier to know where you belong and look there. That’s why it took me ages to publish this post. Hope it inspires someone on a bad hair day.
I am splitting this post in two parts because it was initially too bulky to cover everything in one post and I did not want to rush over the ideas. As you can see there are more than 100s of them. Part One will include all the natural hairstyles that I can think of. And hey, if you’ve got hair ideas of your own to share please post them below or send them to and I’ll add them on.
Meanwhile, let’s get…hairy! Oooooh, that didn’t sound so pleasant. Who cares? Let’s carry on!

NATURALS: The Bald, The Bold & The Beautiful.

1. The Clean Bald look



The bald look
bald and coloured
6. You can style up new growth with colour ,twists or designs.
style new hair growth with an eye-catching colour.
red hot

designed low cut
designed with love
designed sides
shaved sides
spicing a low cut look with a dye and twists.
Kaone’s lovely twists
15. A great way to make you low hair stand out is by trying boyish cuts.

The textured fro and colour gives this boyish cut more personality.
shaved sides and colour add funk.


boyish frohawk with designed sides
Ntjam Rosie’s famous cut
21. Textured styles, cornrows and fro-hawks are all great ways to keep a natural look interesting.
Flat coil out with individual coils
short coils
thick coils on coloured hair
textured twists

textured pinned side fro.
Solange’s textured fro style
Corinne Bailey Rae’s textured natural curls
side pinned textured fro.

amazingly beautiful curled out textured fro.

Fro-hawks are a cool way to style a fro.
High frohawk with shaved sides and a flower piece to complete the look.
braided side fro-hawk
braided frohawk
roll and tuck frohawk
pin and tuck frohawk
classic pinned sides frohawk
Janelle Monae’s pompadour is a must-do.

braids twist

a cascade of side braids creates a lovely fro-hawk effect


knotted frohawk
pompadour fro-hawk
cornrow twirl

side view



braids updo
natural hair braided mohawk
stunning frohawk.

Bantu knots
beaded braids

side braids with extensions
side braids without extensions


Bantu knots


Bantu knots

coloured bantu knot



Box Braids, Updos & Locks

66. Box braids are an excellent style option because you can change it up and style it so many different ways.
blonde box braids with shaved off sides

Coloured box braids with a huge plait.
Solange’s box braids


My blonde box braids
dark red box braids
shaved sides stylish box braids

statement braids!
 74. Braids are versatile. They can be styled in so many ways! That’s what makes them one of my favourite hairdos.
box braids updo

amazing braid updo. fit for a lovely night out.
simply suave.



My lovely Ekei rocking a braids bun at the office.

Stephanie Okereke
my big braid updo:)
box braids updo

Solange’s famous braid updo
Luella’s braid bun
the ultimate braids bun.
 88. Style braids in huge plaits for a sleek effect.


 89. Yarn braids are perfect if you want to achieve the dreadlocks look.
yarn braids.
entwined braids gives a dreadlocks feel
entwined natural look
Pick and drop braided style gives a weave effect.
pick and drop braids
91. Stylize your braids with a head wrap.
accessorize your braids by adding a head wrap.

hat on box braids

 Nature’s Box Braids aka Dreadlocks.

stunning loc updo.

locs and twists curls.

loc high bun.

twists loc updo


back view
side view
dyed locs

dyed locs



106. High buns and braided buns are an ultimate must-do with natural hair.


braided bun
Ekei’s braided bun
side fro updo
side fro huge bun


Shingai Shoniwa’s high updo
natural blonde updo

retro natural updo



lovely huge high front bun

This is the first part of the hair hair ideas post. The next part will be up soonest and will include relaxed hairstyles and weave hair ideas.
Keep coming back for more. This post took me a very long time to complete. Hope it is thorough enough for you. Hope it inspires you and please remember to share with others and help them get through bad hair days.
Thanks for ‘Liking‘ my page and sharing it. If you have hair ideas of your own, please send them to so that I can share it here. Or if you just tried to do one of the ideas from on here please share the pic with us!
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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards in pictures.
Kelly Rowland

The Boss and Kelly
Esperanza Spalding

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

Busta Rhymes
Paris Hilton

Birdman, Tyga and Mack Maine

Rihanna and her family (Dad and brother)

Corinne Bailey Rae


Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats

Nicki Minaj

Mary Mary
John Legend and model girlfriend Chrissy Tieggen
Taylor Swift

Katy Perry

Porcelain Black
Carrie Underwood
MC Lyte
Jessie J

Flo Rida and guest
Rosie and Sophia Grace
David Guetta
Rick Rock
Birdman, Tyga, Mack Maine
Melanie Fiona
DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland
 Who are your best and worst dressed? My favourite is Riri and worst is definitely Nicki.
Here is the list of winners, courtesy of the Grammy Awards site.

Country Album: ‘Own the Night’, Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year: ‘Rolling in the Deep’, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters
R&B Album: ‘F.A.M.E.’, Chris Brown
Rock Performance‘Walk’, Foo Fighters
Rap Performance: 
‘Otis’, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Pop Vocal Album: ‘21′, Adele
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: ‘Duets II’, Tony Bennett and Various Artists
Pop Duo/Group Performance: ‘Body and Soul’, Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
Short Form Music Video: ‘Rolling in the Deep’, Adele
Long Form Music Video: ‘Foo Fighters: Back and Forth’, Foo Fighters
Rap/Sung Collaboration: ‘All of the Lights’, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
Rap Song: 
‘All of the Lights’, Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West
Rap Album: ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, Kanye West
R&B Performance: 
‘Is This Love’, Corinne Bailey Rae
Traditional R&B Performance: ‘Fool for You’, Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona
R&B Song:
 ‘Fool for You’, Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash
Pop Instrumental Album: The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
Country Solo Performance: ‘Mean’, Taylor Swift
Country Duo/Group Performance: ‘Barton Hollow’, The Civil Wars
Country Song: ‘Mean’, Taylor Swift
Folk Album: ‘ Barton Hollow’, The Civil Wars
Hard Rock/Metal Performance: ‘White Limo’, Foo Fighters
Rock Song:   ‘Walk’, Foo Fighters,
Rock Album: ‘ Wasting Light’, Foo Fighters
Alternative Music Album: ‘ Bon Iver’, Bon Iver
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: The King’s Speech
Song Written for Visual Media
 : ‘I See the Light’ (From Tangled)
Recording Package: Scenes From the Suburbs
Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package : The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
Album Notes: Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded by the San Francisco Bay
Historical Album: Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection—Deluxe Edition)
Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Paper Airplane
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Surround Sound Album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Instrumental Composition: Life in Eleven
Instrumental Arrangement: Rhapsody in Blue
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: ‘Jesus’, Le’andria Johnson
Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin, Songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Blessings,” Laura Story
Gospel Album: Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin
Contemporary Christian Music Album: And If Our God Is for Us…, Chris Tomlin
Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album: Drama Y Luz, Maná
Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: 
Bicentenario, Pepe Aguilar
Banda or Norteño Album: Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends, Los Tigres Del Norte
Tropical Latin Album: The Last Mambo, Cachao
Engineered Album, Classical: Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
Producer of the Year, Classical:   Judith Sherman
Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Opera Recording:  John Adams, Doctor Atomic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Choral Performance: ‘Light and Gold’, Eric Whitacre, Conductor
Small Ensemble Performance: “Lonely Motel,  Music From Slide,” Rinde Eckert and Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
Classical Instrumental Solo: ‘Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra’, Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)
Classical Vocal Solo: “Diva Divo,” Joyce Didonato
Contemporary Classical Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein
New Age Album: What’s It All About, Pat Metheny
Reggae Album: 
Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life, Stephen Marley
Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling): 
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), Betty White
Musical Theater Album: The Book of Mormon
Dance Recording “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex
Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex
Children’s Album: All About Bullies… Big and Small, Various Artists
Comedy Album:  Hilarious, Louis C.K
Improvised Jazz Solo: ‘500 Miles High’, Chick Corea
Jazz Vocal Album: ‘ The Mosaic Project’, Terri Lyne Carrington and Various Artists
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: ‘ The Good Feeling’, Christian McBride Big Band
Jazz Instrumental Album :  ‘
 Forever, Corea’, Clarke and White
Americana Album: ‘ Ramble At the Ryman’, Levon Helm
Bluegrass Album: ‘ Paper Airplane’, Alison Krauss and Union Station
Blues Album: ‘ Revelator’, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Regional Roots Music Album: ‘ Rebirth of New Orleans,’ Rebirth Brass Band
World Music Album: T’assili’, Tinariwen

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The famous Grammy Awards celebrations have turned sour this year as female music icon Whitney Houston aged 48 passed away on the 12th of February 2012 which is ironically  her birthday and is also the day the awards are supposed to be taking place.  Even though Whitney had been associated with drugs and abuse in the past, the cause of death is still unknown and the police are still investigating the events surrounding this unfortunate passing. The news has stunned fans and fellow celebrities and colleagues. The Grammy night will undoubtedly be transformed into a tribute night for the remarkable legend.
Whitney Houston seen on February 2nd 2012. Just a few days before her death.
However, this sad news did not stop some of the stars from catching up at Pre-Grammy parties. Here a few celebs at the Roc Nations pre-Grammy brunch. Whose look is your favourite.
Katy Perry

In true 'Smurfette' style, Katy Perry goes blue with the hair.
Rihanna in grey jumpsuit and new blonde curls.

Michelle Williams
Kelly Rowland

Kelly and Michelle
Melanie Fiona

Shanola Hampton
Corinne Bailey Rae
 Have your say in the comments slot below. Make sure to ‘Like ‘ before you leave.
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While it may still be freezing nuts outside and short shorts are a no-go (for the moment), it doesn’t stop our jaws from dropping when we spot someone in them. Am loving Kim Kardashian’s look here when she was spotted out for lunch at Nate N’ Al’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Here’s how to get this look for those of you who loved it as well AND are fortunate to have the appropriate weather condition to pull it off.

Kim is wearing a Diane Von Furstenberg Isaye top underneath a navy blue blazer paired with short shorts. She’s also wearing the beatifully embossed python lace-up sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti. A classic Chanel bag completes her look.


For big spenders, this is where you can get Kim’s look.
Isaye nude top by Diane Von Furstenberg

Isaye top, £266  by DVF from


Chanel quilted bag
 Chanel Vintage Quilted Flap bag, £1739  from


Giuseppe Zanotti Python-embossed sandal, £248 from


Get the look for less.

Nude silk halter top, £64 at

Co-ord zip front shorts, £28 from

Mellow yellow derby style sandals, £77.40 from La Redoute

Quilted bag with chain strap, £26 from Mango



In the last few weeks or so, I have noticed an increasing number of celebrities develop a new liking for the colour yellow.  Being a strong protester against all things drab, and a bright colour advocate myself, I am not at all surprised. In fact I am happy. This improvement has put me in a mellow state. All things bright and beautiful come in yellow; like the sun, bananas, daffodils & sunflowers, my favourite laid-back cardigan, Big Bird…this list could go on forever.
So before we delve into deciding who wears yellow best, I thought I’d give a few pointers on how I think yellow should be word.
First off, yellow is a very tricky colour to pull off, mind you. It instantly gets you noticed because of it’s stand-out nature. But you certainly do not want to get noticed for the wrong reasons.
1. Different shades of yellow go with different skin tones. If you have darker skin, you should opt for brighter shades of yellow or mustard. People with pale skin should opt for deeper shades of yellow instead of lighter shades so as not to look washed. Notice how in the pictures below, Solange can get away with wearing a pale yellow because of her slightly darker skin. Emma Stone on the other hand is adorned in a deeper shade that will not wash out or clash with her pale skin tone.
Solange Knowles in pale yellow pantsuit.
Emma Stone
 2. When in doubt, block it! Yellow is known to be one of the most popular colours used in a colour-blocking ensemble. Why is that? This is because, yellow albeit being a bright and notice-me colour will mix well with bright as well as dark colours. If ever you were considering a debut in colour blocking, please make sure there is a yellow item on your list. Be it an accessory, as in a belt, shoe or bag; or a scarf or a skirt or just whatever, make sure you’ve got something yellow in there.
Abi has fun blocking yellow.
My yellow cardi that goes with practically anything I put on.
That yellow bag makes all the difference.
 3. Yellow is very versatile. Do not limit yourself to wearing it on the beach or for a day out with the girls. As much as yellow is informal, it can also be a very formal colour that you wear to conventions, conferences or even to the office. That is why super women like Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton are rocking yellow.
Michelle Obama in a Jason Wu yellow dress.

Kate Middleton
This yellow jumper and silk dress-shirt look is so office ready.
4. Complement yellow with gold (plated) accessories. Accessorizing yellow might be a bit tricky as well. Minimal is a key word here. Do not over-accessorize yellow. The colour of the outfit speaks for itself. You do not need all the accessories. In my opinion, yellow looks better with gold (plated) accessories because they are similar and complement each other very well plus they just somehow make the look seem more expensive and chic:)
 After having discussed all of these pointers, let’s see which celeb knows how to wear their yellow best.
Gabrielle Union
Christina Milian
Jennifer Hudson

Solange definitely loves her some yellow.
Solange Knowles


Lady Gaga

Kelly Rowland
Kourtney Kardashian in a mustard yellow dress
Rita Dominic
Keri Hilson
Nicole Richie

Vanessa Hudgens

Eku Edewor
Maria Menounos
Willow Smith


Beyonce rocks yellow while she performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park.
Eva Mendes
Which celebs are pulling off the yellow look and which are literally killing it?
Speak your thoughts. See you in my next post.
Holla 🙂