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Wagwan Nappyboos,

Long time no gwan here on the blog. After almost 365 days around the sun again, we’re older, wise and smarter, I’d like to believe. How has 2019 been for you? I’d very much like to read your experience in the comments below because I’m about to nutshell my year 2019 in this post.


My 2019 was aaaammmaaazzz-


Actually I think everything that happens to me is amazing, a fun habit I’ve grown, thanks to my super optimistic outlook on life. But that’s not how life truly is all the time innit?



Photography: Aghogho Otega

Growth is a very beautiful phenonenum. We all live for it.

2019, the year of  living my Truth. It was also a year of many firsts for me.


Truth be told my year 2019 was extremely peaceful. This was my year of accepting many truth about myself, and making new choices based on those truths. I think this is in order because I’ve heard people say as you grow older you become more accepting about things you cannot change in life. I guess that’s also why it’s difficult for older people to change habits or form new ones. Regardless of what they say, I’m in my own lane as usual. Here’s how my 2019 was different from yours,


In 2019,

-January: Moved back home to Lagos from living and working in New York for 2years. Loced my Mushu (Natural Hair).Wrote my first children’s book, launched on amazon THE BLACK BEETLE AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

-February: Design and Product developed for Nappyese. Introduced and marketed Nuskin products and business building opportunity (to you I presume :), Nappy-Thrift Pop Up/Meet&Greet



-March: Worked on and created my first single


-April: Moved into my own apartment on Lagos Island

-May: Performed my music for the first time

Ese Otobo Performance at Vibe Tribe Collective Anniversary

-June: Worked on More Music: 4 more singles, Marketed Nappyoga service



-July: Worked on and created my first headwrap collection and Yoga fitness wear

-August: Visualized, wrote and developed a business plan for Nappyese, created lots of supporting brand content and sought grants

-Jan-September: For the first time in 7years, I lived my best slow paced life, not worrying about being judged my the way I look to earn a living, not having to face rejection from brands and clients based on the way that I look, not having to run from casting to casting and stand in line with numerous girls trying to book the same job, not having to deal with racist clients, discriminating jealous angry bookers, not having to worry about my weight, being able to eat what I want. Went to the beach, roller skated for the first time, made new friends that actually care about supporting one another goals, yay me!

-October: Exporting my head wraps for the first time to some amazing Nappyboos in the U.S ( they know themselves)


-November: Visiting Senegal for the first time. Made new Business Partner&Guarantor. Performing my first EP Listening. Started my new book.

-December: Taught yoga at my new Nappyoga space. Got a new Kitten called Nuka Bo.



It was hard remembering to write down all the things I was grateful for like we planned to do with the challenge, simply because there is always so much to be thankful for. I’d be writing or hours everyday and that would be painful, but see how I listed my big wins above? I clearly remember them even without writing them down prior, and that’s how it is when you meditate on gratitude everyday

All in all the challenge was really easy for me, I have been living in the attitude of gratitude these past 7 years while my life has changed drastically season after season. Even in the dry times, gratitude kept me afloat. They say it take 7 years of constitency for one to become a master of something. Guess you can call me a master of Gratitude. This year abundance flowed, Everything I touched worked out and yielded fruit, strangers I didn’t know from Adam did things for me, worked with me, supported me. I don’t remember a single moment this year when I felt worry or fear about starting out my life choices all over again in Lagos, and so far everything has worked out well.

Ese Otobo performing at INNER PEACE EP LISTENING #nappyesemusic #gratitude

Ese Otobo performing at INNER PEACE EP LISTENING #nappyesemusic

Gratitude increased my boldness and bravery, allowing me to march into territories I’ve never been on before (like recording and performing my own songs)  knowing fully well that even if it didn’t work out (which it always will) I still have a lot of many other little things in life to be grateful for.  

Gratitude taught me patience and endurance during the times when I cried this year from the stress of growing pains and re-adjusting to create a new system for myself and my brand (Lagos Living ain’t easy)

Gratitude gave me hope, for when I remember the small things, I know I can reach the big things too!

Did you live in an attitude of gratitude this year? Did you join the challenge? Do you notice changes? How did your life change?


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  • Amel
    December 30, 2019

    Beautiful soul, great energy everything you do is about positive vibes I love your work 🦋

  • Josh Egesi
    December 30, 2019

    You are super amazing Ese. I don’t know how you do all this things, but stay true to your magic girl.

  • Bonetrees
    December 30, 2019

    Good work…..

  • Anonymous
    December 30, 2019

    Love how you keep pushing

    December 30, 2019

    Thank you lovely angel. Im grateful I met you in Senegal, It was like the Universe Orchestrated it because you made me laugh a few minutes to meeting you. And I love to laugh!! Cheers to more trip together you beautiful wandering soul!

    December 30, 2019

    Thanks Bonetrees. I appreciate your time. I think you might like this too: http://nappyese.com/product-category/men/

    December 30, 2019

    Blush Blush. It simple really, I just harness the power of the Universe pithing and around me. You can do it too!

    December 30, 2019

    That’s what I was born to do. Can’t stop, Won’t stop! Say it with me 🙂

  • Mikky
    December 30, 2019

    You are a star and your aura is consuming . You are not human but a deep being of essence and prospects. You are yet to leave your best life .

    December 30, 2019

    Leave it to Mikky to bring da deep stuff. Thanks for taking time SIr. How was Ghana? and Lol, why’s everybody talking about me though?? I need y’all o talk about yourselves. I already talked about me

  • Ekeugo
    December 30, 2019

    …heArt deep excited 4 u bAe …blessed God for the joY u radiAte and shAre with everYone dAt comes in the leAst contAct with you …ur commitment 2 ur brAnd is worthY of emulAtion …maY 2020 birth double double of ur xpectAshun 4 u …luv u more 2daY dAn previouslY …I bless u in the gracious nAme of Jesus Christ. Amen

    December 30, 2019

    Thanks a lot Reverend Ekeugo, Amen. God bless you too

  • Kossie
    December 30, 2019

    Your comment*you did really amazing for yourself and the boldness and courage it took you leave the USA for Nigeria was real pure and I felt that cheers to many more successful years Ese

  • Laura Beth
    December 30, 2019

    You have been a really big inspiration to me in my personal life over the last few months. You are a personification of the wild woman archetipe. You have a joyful professionalism that’s so inspiring, I am nothing but grateful to of found you and excited to follow you, your buisness and magic into the future.
    Love you .

  • Olobada balqees adeola
    December 31, 2019

    Good one. No slowing down

  • Chenai ❤️
    December 31, 2019

    Heyyyyyy Nappyyyy ! I love everything that you’re doing ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Happpppy new year ❤️❤️ Continue to shine babe

  • yunglaw
    December 31, 2019

    Grateful for the gift of life and my journey to self discovery in 2019 by defying all odds.
    It was a year filled with enough drama, hustling, wins, losses, sacrifices and sweet memories shared.
    Thankful for new friends made including you, NappyEse. You led me on my journey through Yoga which reignited my inner peace and mental balance! 💪
    We’d rock 2020 in grander style, more wins and attaining the peak of success by the Almighty’s grace #vision2020🙏

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