SME100 Review + Next Edition Expectations

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Hey, guys! I’m just going to dive into this post because it’s been a long time coming! I was nominated for SME100 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs in Nigeria and this post is all about it! SME100 is a platform created to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow their business. They help young entrepreneurs bring about change in their communities and different fields of interest and I must say recognition is a good way start.

Out of 3500 applications, I made it to the top 100! I was nominated in two categories for my business “MunaMuoneke”. The Fashion category and the Manufacturing and Logistics category. Unfortunately, I didn’t win in any of them but I am so grateful for making it to the nominee list!

When I got the news of my nomination, I was really excited and as expected I went to stalk them and how the previous event went. So before attending this edition, there were certain things I was expecting. However, it didn’t all go the way I expected because…life so I’m going to elaborate more on what I liked and what I didn’t like so much.

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What I liked

  • The fact that a platform like this exists, to recognize and encourage young entrepreneurs. Especially in Nigeria where things are harder to achieve. So it’s really good to know that we’re actually doing something great, and not just dilly dallying…you know.
  • It encourages both the nominees and winners to keep up the good work. It also encourages people who have an idea to just go for it!
  • The speakers at the event spoke so well. I particularly enjoyed the speech from Airtel director of communications, Mr. Emeka Oparah, though long but worth it. He started by telling us about his own personal business and ended with good advice for us.
  • Good Networking event, I met Desire Iyama of DesireeIyama (hey Desiree!) and Maryam Salam of The Blogger Point (hey Maryam!). I actually met Maryam a week before at the blogger point event. I made a post about it here and vlogged about both events here. We also got to know about other peoples businesses and finally put faces to business we see daily on social media.
  • Good performance from Ric Hassani, Saeon, Jeff Akoh and the Hosts Akah Nnanni aka Akah Bants and Seyitan Atigarin.
  • Finally, did I mention it felt good to be nominated and recognized for my business? Lol okay, I did.
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What I didn’t like so much

  • African time. Yes, you might say it’s expected etc. The only way to stop African time is sticking to your word. If you say an event starts by 6, please start it by 6. This will show people that y’all ain’t playing!
  • I kinda expected the parking lot to be cleared to some extent, at least for the event. Have some sort of agreement with the Terra Kulture or whoever owns the empty land beside it and clear the parking space. Maybe this is me expecting too much, but I mean.
  • The small chops weren’t enough for the nominees. It would be nice to provide enough small chops especially when you know the number of nominees and speakers coming. This one pained me sha, cos I watched the small chops evaporate and I didn’t get any. So I hope there will be enough next time. Unforeseen circumstances do happen anyways.
  • So remember I mentioned I went to stalk the last edition? I noticed the awards were certificates and I expected this edition to have the proper plaque. I guess what they had too is considered a plaque but there’s just something about the “award looking” glass type of plaque that gives the event an extra oomph..if that makes sense.
  • The theme of the event was “Formal” and I understand they can’t control what people decide to wear. However, it would be nice to see all the organizers, hosts and everyone involved in the planning process all in formal outfits. Not that they all weren’t, just a few of them.
  • A lot of people were asking me what the margin was. It would have been nice to see how far or how much votes I had. Basically to know what the difference in votes where and how close or far I was to the finish line.
  • The issue of tickets. It would be nice to tell my plus 1 they don’t have to pay for their ticket you know. I mean, I’m not expected to come alone to an award show I was nominated for, right? So a free plus 1 ticket would actually be appreciated.

In conclusion guys, the event was really good! I’m really blessed with supportive family and friends and I met really nice people. I mean as a blogger I like to dress up and take pictures so that was an opportunity to dress up, chill and have pictures for the gram and blog *shrugs*.

Thank you SME100 Nigeria for a great platform to recognize and encourage young Entrepreneurs, I’m really grateful for the opportunity.

XO..MM

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Lagos Bloggers Brunch #TBP

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Hey, guys! If you’re on my Instagram (@munastiic), you already know how The Blogger Point bloggers brunch went for me. If you don’t know what I’m on about, The Blogger Point is a bloggers Agency in Nigeria. They recently hosted a bloggers brunch in Lagos on the 20th of August and it went great!

Basically, the main aim of the event was to bring bloggers together and have a mini seminar/networking event. Some big names in the blogosphere like The Social Prefect, Akin Faminu, Deola, Sharon Ojong and Toyosi (the brain behind desire1709 store) were part of the event as panelists to share with us their success stories. As expected, they dropped some knowledge on us and also very useful business tips for some of us who have our small business by the side.

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I was particularly happy about meeting Toyosi because, after the seminar, she talked to me and a few other people outside and gave us some very useful business/life tips. Maybe I should bring her on the channel to talk to us about how she started her business, challenges and how she’s been able to overcome.

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Anyhoo, collectively here’s what I got out of the event;

  • It’s okay to be confused at the beginning of your blogging journey, test the water and figure out your niche.
  • Don’t be shy to reach out to bloggers and brands for collaboration.
  • Invest in your blogging journey, not every day asking for free stuff, sometimes most times buy the stuff with ya money.
  • Figure out your target audience, both in business and blogging. Know what they want and find out how to give it to them.
  • When collaborating, be bold enough to ask for what you want. But be sure you’re going to add value to the other party. Remember it has to be mutually beneficial.
  • Do not sell yourself short
  • It is okay to decline some offers that are not necessarily in tune with your brand or just one-sided.
  • Be original, stay in your lane and trust your journey.

These are just a few things I got out of the seminar. If you have more to add to this please share with us in the comment section. Be sure to check out official pictures from the event on their website here.

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Oh oh oh, did I forget to mention we had a little group exercise and my team won! I won’t be telling you guys what we won until you get to see it, hehe!

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XO..MM

My NYSC Experience + How I Started My Business

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November is around the corner and Nigeria is getting ready to ship the next batch of adults to different parts of the country to “Obey the clarion call” *rolls eyes*. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t serve your country. All I’m saying is Nigeria is making it too damn hard for anybody to continuously and honestly serve her.

This post, however, is not about how the country has failed us. I’m just here to talk about my NYSC experience and how through it, I started my business. I made a video on it because this post has only pictures. So be sure to watch the video to get all the gist. Hopefully, someone somewhere preparing for NYSC will find this useful and get something positive out of NYSC.

I served in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state. Why? Long story, but I summarised it in the video below. During this one year, I learnt the basic skill that helped me start up my business. It was also my first time organising a seminar, seeking for sponsors and also working with an NGO, Casiena Foundation.

I was part of a three man team (Daniel, Clement and Myself…hey guys!) to organise an event/seminar. With the help of our major sponsors, Casiena Foundation and SDC Abakaliki we organised a Women Empowerment Seminar targeted at secondary school girls. The event was a huge success and we had the commissioner for women affairs, Ebonyi State Action Committee on Aids Chairman, United Nations Population Fund representative, owner of Casiena Foundation (aka my Mother) and more people in attendance.

Students were taught how to make soaps, perfumes, insecticides, detergents etc
Guests who stopped by for something else and decided to join the seminar! They were so nice and the woman gave me her email to send her these pictures, I lost it :(. If you somehow know her please send her a link, hehe.

To conclude, I put up a detailed post about this seminar in my first NYSC Ordeal post. Oh and feel free to ignore my hairline. I talked about how I’ve accepted the front hair may never grow in this post 25 Lessons in 25 Years.

XO..MM

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How To Make Stir Fry Sauce

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The everyday rice & stew or Jollof struggle is real in Nigeria. So as a self-proclaimed foodie who only cooks when she’s absolutely hungry, I decided to try the stir fry sauce and it was ah-mazing! For the stir fry, I used pork. I know most people don’t like pork and tbh it wasn’t my first choice. Shoprite didn’t have beef and I was tired of anything chicken. Anyhoo, let’s get right into this, shall we?

Ingredients

  • Pork stir fry (you can use chicken or beef stir fry)
  • Flour
  • Vegetables (carrot, bell peppers, spring onion, green peas, onions etc.)
  • Ginger (you can add garlic)
  • Seasoned salt (this is now my secret spice for everything.Thank you, Valerie!)
  • Soy sauce (I didn’t find soy sauce in Shoprite so I took the Maggi Worcestershire sauce)

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Directions

  • The first thing I do is chop the vegetables, I like to cut the carrots, onions and peppers in long pieces just like the meat. Cut the green beans, ginger, garlic, spring onions and the other orishirishi you wish to add and put them aside just like in the picture above.

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  • Wash the meat and put in a bowl
  • Add the seasoned salt and about 2 spoonfuls of flour and mix with your hands.
  • Heat your pan and add a little vegetable oil just enough to grease the pan.
  • Then fry your meat, this takes about 5mins just enough time for the meat to brown, it could be a little bit longer with beef and pork as chicken browns faster. When it’s brown enough, take it out and put aside like in the picture above.
  • Using the same pan, add your vegetables, you can drizzle some more vegetable oil and stir fry for a few seconds. I like my vegetables slightly crunchy so I try not to stir fry the vegetables for more than a minute, highest two.
  • Add the meat back in the pan with the vegetables and add your soy sauce. Don’t forget to add other seasonings like pepper, Maggi, curry etc.
  • Stir fry for a few seconds just to get everything around each other.
  • Time to enjoy! Serve with rice or pasta.

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I hope yours is as tasty as mine. Thank you for stopping by!

XO..MM

Muna X T5S Edit

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Hey, guys! Before I start, this post was supposed to go up yesterday but I was having issues uploading pictures, turns out image sizes were too large but thank God I’ve learnt how to fix that. As you can already tell this is another collaboration with The5kshop, for this Blogger Edit it’s all about African prints and sunshine! Although we haven’t been getting much of the sunshine bit, but, who says you can’t rock prints in any weather. All their pieces are absolutely wearable, affordable and of good quality so what else do you want?! You can check them out here and on Instagram to feed your eyes and wardrobe! Happy Shopping!

PS: Their stock sells out super quick especially on IG, go cop yours as soon as you can.

Muna X T5s Blogger Edit Pictures

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To save your time and data I’ll stop here, but follow me on IG @munastiic to see all the pretty pictures!

Photography – TwentyNine Pixel

XO..MM

 

 

 

5 Stylish Ways To Wear All White

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Hey, guys! This post has been in my draft ever since I paid for The Blogger Point all white brunch happening this August. I’ve had a few looks flash in and out of my head and for some reason, I feel I’ll end up with the simplest look. I figured a lot of bloggers who plan to go for the brunch might also be stuck so I decided to do a post on some all white outfit ideas and how you can style them. Regular Muna will go for pants and maybe a slightly dramatic top, but I don’t know if that will work because I’ve noticed I wear a lot of pants these days. Not a bad thing tho, but I miss wearing skirts and they more or less exaggerate my “curves” so why not.

Look 1

All white and blue has never looked better. Yes, call me old school but I absolutely love color coordinating especially if that color is blue or olive green. Initially, I wanted to pair this dramatic bubble top with the dramatically flared pants in look 3 but I noticed it was going to hide the details in the pants and it might look too much.
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Look 2

When I talked about wanting to wear a skirt, I had something like this in mind. There’s a problem here tho, I like to be comfortable when I’m around food and this skirt cannot guarantee that. If you’re slacking in the fit fam department like me then you need to “suck belle” inside this skirt. So that means eating before or after is a no no. However (dissertation tinz haha!), if your summer body has fully loaded and you can eat without having to suck it in, then, by all means, carry on my sister.

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Look 3

This is the look after my own heart. Actually, look 1 is but I love this look as well. The pants and purse added a little bit of extra extra kini to the look. Big breasted people like me might not be able to wear the top tho unless you have an amazing strapless bra that will pack the babies well.

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Look 4

This look is looking live for me for the blogger’s brunch because when food is involved, man has to be free to eat well and still fit into their clothes. If you were wondering, that purse is from my handbag line, MunaMuoneke, you can shop available pieces on Instagram by sending a DM and follow on Instagram here.

 

Look 5

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You guys might have noticed I’m not a dress person, I mostly wear pants and I don’t know how that happened. I wear dresses actually, but only if it’s Boubou and only on weekends, not really the dressy “dress” type and I used to be o. Anyhoo it’s time to start trying out things again because why not. And a loose dress to lunch isn’t such a bad idea!

What look do you guys love more? Lagos bloggers in the house what look should we be expecting to see hehe? I’m really loving the idea of look 4 but you never know sha.

PS: We got a makeover! Yaay us! I finally moved from blogger to WordPress and I’m absolutely loving it! I will be having a “Shop” section open in about a week so you guys can shop all the “MunaMuoneke” goodies.

PPS: My American people in the house I have good news o! You guys will be able to purchase MunaMuoneke products in the USA soon! woop woop, more details coming soon.

Thank you guys for stopping by!

XO..MM

Taking Stock ft The5kshop

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Hey guys! It’s a little bit late to have a “taking stock” post isn’t it? The last time I did a taking stock post was September 2016 *cover face*. I know I know, someone needs to ring a bell behind me yelling *shame shame* (GOT fans where ya at?).


Ohh before I forget, I have to start welcoming new readers to ze blog. So I’ll welcome y’all with a song *clears throat* “You are welcooome to It’s Munastiiicc, we’ve been waiting for you, we are so glad you have come. As you’re vibing with us, at It’s Munaaastiic, God’s blessings will remain with youuuu” Please don’t forget to follow me on this journey by following the blog and subscribing to my youtube channel.

Ps: If you live in Lagos and go to Catholic Church of Divine Mercy in Lekki you’ll understand the song, hehe.

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About the Look

I’m sure by now you already know about my collaboration with The5kShop, if you don’t, you should read my previous style posts that I’ll be linking below this post so don’t worry.
The5kshop is out to redefine Fashion and shopping in Nigeria, everything on their website is N5,000 and below and hear me when I say the quality is ahhmazing! Before I got my first item from them I worried about what the quality would be like but once I got it, I instantly became a believer.  Feel free to check them out on Instagram and follow their sister brand called MyT5s
You can also get this look straight up from here, it’s only N5000 so what are you waiting for!?

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So now that you have the secret of shopping in Nigeria, let’s dive right into this taking stock post shall we?

Making: more MunaMuoneke Handbags and Slippers for you beautiful people. Shop slippers here and shop purses here.

Eating: Yam yam yam…and more cucumber cos man gats detox

Drinking: My Fruzo drink (Hi Chisom!) and more water

Reading: The Instant Millionaire by Mark Fisher

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Wanting: A camera and the time to vlog more! Subscribe to my channel here to see my previous fashion and lifestyle videos.

Wasting: time on Instagram ooooo but then again Ig is part of my job lol

Creating: More content for my channel and more Slippers and Handbag designs

Wishing: I could go to an Island with the boo and just chill for monthssssssss, Nigeria is stressing me outttt.

Enjoying: My wig from Tachi Ng and my new mouse from Jumia.

Loving: Grace Alex’s Style

Wondering: Why common sense isn’t common in Nigeria, it’s really shocking to me but I have learnt work through it and not get surprised!

Hoping: To get more brand collaborations and blog/vlog collaborations. Annnddd paid travel sponsorship, any brand looking for bloggers and vloggers to sponsor please I’m available.

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Marvelling: At the number of hard working and smart young people in Nigeria, y’all are amazing and may God keep blessing the works of our hand.

Wearing: My The5kshop silk pants and black shirt.

Noticing: How Nigeria is really not for everyone *dusts passport*

Thinking: About how to make more money and how I can successfully make all my ideas and dreams come true.

Opening:  Myself up to trying new things and living in the moment!

Feeling: Thankful!

Praying: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena.

Thank you for stopping by!

XO..MM

Orange Mulan Skirt by The5kshop

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How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic

Happy Sunday lovely people! No I am not writing this from church because I can’t let the devil use me as tool for such. I haven’t gone to church yet cos I want to go for this “Church in the park” thing happening today in VI. I haven’t fully decided if I really want to sha but if not, evening mass sure pass.

Anyhoo, todays post is another style post featuring another amazing piece from The5kShop and it’s called the Mulan skirt probably because of the Mulan looking character on it. I absolutely love the colour of the skirt and how it looks on my skin and can we take a moment to see how the sun provided natural filter, chai! I almost didn’t believe that was my skin, haha! Okay enough of the narcissism but a lil self love won’t hurt nobady!

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The skirt is still available on their website, you can shop by clicking the link here. Most things they have usually go out of stock once it’s up thats to show you how good they are! Don’t worry about the quality too, its good one trust me. If you’ve bought anything from there what do you think about it, I’d actually like to hear from you guys.
Also shop my MunaMuoneke slippers here, new styles dropping soon on their site so stay glued!

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How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic
I look soooo much like my mum here!
How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic
How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic
How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic
How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic
How to style orange print long skirt and white off shoulder lace by nigerian fashion blogger Munastiic

Btwww have you guys seen the two LookBook videos? Watch below and tell me what you think.
If you like it please subscribe to my channel and like. What videos would you guys like to see more on my channel? I’d like to know?

XO..MM