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Brownness Babe of the week: Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower)

Brownness Babe of the week: Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower)

Our second Brownness Babe of the week for the month of April is Chidera Eggerue, also known as The Slumflower.  She is an award-winning blogger from Peckham (South-East London). 

She calls herself “The Slumflower”,  a moniker taken from Joshua Kissi’s project called “Slumflower”, a story about a 10-year-old boy who finds beauty in growing up in the midst of the slum. 

Currently, she occupies the role of creative director for Innclusive, a start-up created out of sheer frustration at the discrimination many people face on Airbnb and she was featured in many online publications such as Elle, Complex, Asos, Vogue, CNN and BuzzFeed.

While Chidera wears many hats, the one consistent message you get from her brand is Self-Love. For me, she joins the ranks of unapologetic women like Cardi B, Rihanna and women who are not afraid to own themselves and speak their truth. No matter how painful it might be for others or even if it feels like they’re self-sabotaging, these women refuse to settle for anything in life whether it is regarding love, career, money and/or friendship.

On twitter, she often threads her thoughts on different subjects that many 20-something women often have to deal with: Are they enough for their boyfriends? What should they do about mixed signals? What is self-love? These are often thoughts that In myself is often plagued with and that keep me up at nights which is why it is easy to understand how she was able to assemble a mass amount of followers in such a short time! 

Here are four of our favorite threads from her! Click on each tweet to be brought to the thread! 

Her words are straightforward and helpful. She’s not trying to sugarcoat the truth, she is telling you to love yourself and the rest will follow. To not be afraid to move on, to choose yourself, your growth and to do what is best for you. In a world where women are often told they’re the problems, to change their bodies, to lower their standards, and that they should alter their thinking to find the perfect man (*cough* Steve Harvey *cough*), she is a breath of fresh air.

To top it all, she is also writing a book and has shared an excerpt with her followers. I truly cannot wait:

So this goes out to anyone that knows Oprah, can you give her a show on OWN?

Thank you Chidera. 

PS: Chidera was recently interviewed by OkayAfrica and she dropped many more gems! 



 

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