Immediately I saw the e-flier of the event on Instagram I just knew I had to attend! Creative women all in one room teaching,learning,inspiring and networking ? That is #womensupportingwomen! I arrived late to the event and could no sit in the main hall because it was filled up already(yass! Port Harcourt women are panting for knowledge like that) but after signing in, adequate provision was made for us and we settled in to watch the event from a projector in a smaller room.
I missed the first speaker –Mrs Ngozi Aderibigbe who spoke on Intellectual Property and the need for it as ceatives and the video that was played. I settled in just in time to listen to Barr. Ibinabo Amakiri,a trained lawyer,’Hairbalist’ and teacher who designs beautiful ethnic spaces using elements of traditional African decor and design. She is also the owner of Fro Nation Natural hair salon in Port Harcourt,I plan to go there as soon as my Teeny Weeny Afro grows to a puff. She spoke on how she creates artistic concepts through African products and also give us a brief history of how she began her creative business in 2014.From her teaching,I learnt about the traits of creatives,opportunities for creatives and the industry gaps that creatives can fill.The event host MC,Mrs Joyce Daniels soon took the stage again and graced us with her excellent event hosting prowess before the next speaker came in.
Decked in sneakers and a beautiful ankara dress,Mrs Julia Oku-Jacks came up immediately to share her journey as a creative with us. The audience laughed with her when she shared her joys and related with her struggles in her career journey in a male dominated industry.We learnt to stand up for the right thing and know when to recharge and bounce back to business as creatives. Next was a panel session where the audience got to seek answers to bothering questions and get advice from the speakers,then it was time for refreshments ,networking and the legal consultation session handled by Andy Daze. Overall,this event was a huge success with a huge turn out of women and men in attendance.
Nuggets of Wisdom from Creative Hustle:
- Creativity must be able to solve problems- Ibinabo Amakiri
- The things you did as a child is a huge pointer to who you are today
- Get a sacred circle of people who affirm you.They may not be in the creative space but they are needed in your personal space,seek out people who are our support system:Julia Oku-Jacks
- Be adaptable;shout when you have to,cry when you have to and laugh when you need to- Joyce Daniels
- Be a price fighter;know how to talk your game like Muhammad Ali- Julia Oku-Jacks
- As a creative you need to be ‘mad’,be with someone who appreciates your madness-Julia Oku-Jacks
In the end,I had no regrets about attending this event. I will make better plans to attend the next creative hustle event in Port Harcourt so that at least I would sit in the main room and not in the other room LOL. Did I mention I got a branded creative hustle notepad,wrist band and pen? I loveeee souvenirs! You are loved!