Hello beautiful people! I will be calling you Stylenistas going forward. Don't worry, it will soon roll off effortlessly. For now, have fun biting your tongue as you pronounce that word Stylenistas, Style-nis, Style-n, Sty.... :D At this point, I want to believe that you have learned how to receive the telepathic messages I send you, like the "Happy New Year" wishes I've been screaming in my head since 01/01/2016 struck. Alas, my internet connection in Lagos played too many tricks on me, so I stuck with updating my social media channels - Instagram and a bit of Twitter - while I was away. If you chose not to receive my telepathic message, I wish you an amazing 2016 and like my previous new year messages, see 2014 and 2015, I wish you strength to overcome setbacks amidst the prosperity and blessings lined up for this new year. Most of all I want you to understand this year and going forward that giving up control is the best control.
Giving up control is the best control.
- 2016 message by Memkoh
A few days into the new year, I organized and held a meetup in Lagos which I titled "Memkoh Meetup: The Lagos Edition". I did not have too much time in Lagos and most of the people I knew who came home for the Christmas holiday had left. Still, I was determined to host this event and make it work.
I wanted to meet my fellow creatives in Lagos and people who had been following the Memkoh journey for a while from Nigeria. One of my friends introduced me to a men's style aficionado, Henry Uduku. I reached out to him that week and he was very receptive about what I had in mind. We contemplated organizing the event over the phone and meeting in person on the day of, then decided against that. We spent some hours one evening with one of my favorite menswear designers in Nigeria, Jason Porshe. This name should be a bit familiar to you as his SS15 Collection, Bella Vista was featured here and on my Instagram severally. It was such a joy to meet him in person and hear about his journey. We invited him to the meetup that evening and had a lot of deep, insightful conversations that naturally set the pace for some of the things we discussed at the meetup. Mostly, we knew the flow of the event would be best left to the vibe of our guests.
At the end of our meeting that night, Henry and I went to check out the location, a new restaurant my friend had recommended. She had gone to the restaurant the day before for her personal event but had found a way to discuss my event with their booking manager so all I had to do was call them and confirm the time slot. I'm so grateful to her for that kind gesture. Once my co-host and I got there, we knew there was no going back. It was perfect, from the interiors to the reception. As photo enthusiasts, we chose a section that was close to the window, took a few pictures and left, hopeful. Our event was the next day.
I created flyers that I never shared. Instead, I left my number in social media posts for guests to confirm attendance. Some of my friends who were still around received invitations as well. One of the bloggers I hadn't met in person yet, Tuke Morgan advised me to tag the people I wanted to meet in my advertisement posts. Henry, also invited some of his friends who were in Lagos. In less than a week, we had laid the ground work for this meetup and mobilized a sort of audience. It had to be done.
Which version of the flyers did you like?
More about the actual meetup coming in my next post. :)