Naomi Parris: How This 20-Year-Old Is Triumphing Individualism In the Fashion World

Fashion has always been a part of Parris’s life. Her family members were a catalyst to her fashion interest, having dipped their toes into the fashion world. Their insight and wisdom are what motivated her to start her journey. Growing up, her grandmother worked in the garment industry. She often gave Parris samples of clothing and kept her in the loop on the best fashion etiquette. Her brother also worked in a high-end fashion store in New York, Barneys New York, and would often buy her pieces from there. As she grew older, she developed her style, eventually cultivating it into the elegant pieces she posts on her blog today.

Naomi Parris is a 20-year-old Brooklyn native that is paving the way for young, expressive fashion artists. Her style offers a unique mixture of trendy and old-fashioned looks that make for vibrant, riveting pieces. She features these pieces on her blog, EliNay—a place where she encourages subscribers to be themselves and inspires them to live their truth.

Parris is all-too-familiar with the fast fashion trends we see in today’s media. She, however, wants her to content to be set apart from mainstream media. She finds more value in designer clothing, describing that the artistry is what makes the clothes worth wearing.

Parris made her blogging debut in 2017. Before then, she kept her bold looks and advice solely on her Instagram platform; however, she was prompted by her friends to take her fashion expertise a bit further, and thus “EliNay” was born.

For the future of her blog, Parris expresses that although she would like to continue growing the blog, her ultimate dream lies beyond the computer screen. Her biggest goal for the future is to work for fashion corporations like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. She hopes to use her expertise on platforms with more extensive reach than the “Elinay” blog, while still creating authentic, ornate pieces of work.


You can follow Naomi Parris on her social medias here IG: @nayelizabethh Twitter:@nayylovelyy Blog: eli-nay.com

Biz Tea: Caffeine Domination with Happy Coffee Nigeria (& Discount !!!)

Hot, cold, or a cocktail, a cup of Happy Coffee is a best seller that is mixed to meet the peculiarity and demand of every customer. A cup of happy coffee is also a cup towards changing the market and industry for coffee farmers, vendors, and retail hubs and ensuring that Nigerian coffee sits at the table of global coffee players.

Photo credit: Aristomixx Multimedia Creating and giving happiness to a growing niche of coffee enthusiasts

In 2015, Ms. Tekenah, a recipient of the seed capital from Tony Elumelu Foundation tapped into the growing demand and forgotten industry of the beverage with the mission to transform Nigeria’s coffee narrative and at the same time, to alleviate the plight of coffee farmers and vendors especially with the country importing over 95% for its consumption.

Adeyinka Tekenah, CEO of Happy Coffee Nigeria, a leading brand in adding homegrown coffee to your lifestyle.

Princess Adeyinka Tekenah referred to by Financial Times as Nigeria’s Starbucks copycat is giving Nigerians a delightful coffee experience and placing Nigeria’s coffee culture on the map with her enterprise, Happy Coffee.

But navigating a start-up in the busy hub of Lagos is not all that simple, giving into consideration the unfavorable conditions and rising competitive market. Happy Coffee has continued to satisfy its customers and sustain the extensive network of coffee enthusiasts by making use of locally sourced coffee, which not only adds to the richness of the brand but also gives customers a chance to participate in the Nigerian coffee transformative narrative.

Coffee is one of the many gold mines that is grown locally, and HCN is committed to showing the world.

This indigenous brand of beverage is gradually becoming a must-have accessory in different Nigerian scenes such as corporate gatherings, literary/art festivals, offices, and homes while creating and giving happiness with their visual happy emoticon.

With Happy Coffee, a personal narrative is essential as each Happy Coffee vendor and sip leaves you with more than just a taste. In her words;

Coffee is a fantastic gift that lends itself to dynamic dimensions. I believe the human mind is exceptionally diverse, hence progressive in its relationship to creating and designing great social experience. That’s what coffee does to you.

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Follow Happy Coffee located in Lagos, Nigeria on their social media to stay updated on their progress of caffeine domination

IG: @happycoffeenigeria

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VINTAGE TEA : RETRO ADDICTS

Nothing is particularly new under the sun, and that’s why it’s no secret that fashion and expression seem to recycle itself every couple of decades. Lagos is the melting pot of some of the new, some of the old, and some of the in-between.

The concept for our June edition for the vintage theme focuses on the duality of retro fashion. Each piece was selected to give you a refresher course on color palettes that fit the era of the 80s to the 90s and how to incorporate it into your every day ( or night) ensemble.

Golden Joy
Dark Sepia

While fabric reinvents itself, modern fashion embraces the human body openly, with no limitations as never before. The fluidity of gender identity, expectations, and what we thought we knew and have set standards for shows itself as something that can be broken down and rebuilt again, especially as bodies continue to explore and create fittings for themselves through revisitation of the past and reinvention of the future.

It looks that are timeless can transcend the appropriate occasion in the right weather. Brunch or Ladies Night out?

We begin to use fashion to start conversations that question traditional gender norms, hyper-femininity, or masculinity as the case may be. Style, expressed as such, helps us reimagine an alternative (less) gendered universe where a body can be diverse and limitless.


This style book was curated with Retro Addicts IG: @retro_addicts

Photographer IG: @g3gallaries in Lagos, NG

Models IG: @tamara.doubrah and @raufuabiola in Lagos, NG

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Eat…Drink…Abuja!!!

The #EatDrinkFestival Abuja edition is the second event that That Green Tea experienced in a more official capacity thanks to the EDL team. The first coverage, #EatDrinkLagos can be found here

James Beard once said that food is our common ground, a universal experience (for everyone because we all eat) and this was brought to life at the Eat Drink Festival held in Abuja for the first time after being hosted in Lagos for the past five years. The event which saw the coming together of food vendors, mixologists, chefs, food enthusiasts, and bloggers had something for everyone who came to Harrow Park with an empty stomach and a full appetite.

#EatDrinkAbuja

Most vendors familiar with the Abuja festival spirit would say that “Abuja people come out late,” which they did. But few hours into the festival, crowds were gathering, holding conversations, and dancing to the music while the vendors were doing their very best, from setting up their stand to organizing their wares in the most eye-catching manner to make sure that everything went on smoothly in their stall. An interesting concept which most of them employed was the switching up of things with their menus.

Press pass gang ( gang gang )

While Waffle Stop stuck to something simple to give people an easier going and fun experience, Jaka’s Grill who has been playing out the dare of owning a food business for the past five month, used the opportunity to up his game by launching a full menu with new and exotic additions like extra delicious burgers which are so cute you could eat them whole.

We love a good flat lay. We love a food flat lay even better

For lovers of a sweet tooth, Buttercream Abuja brought their best sellers and most popular indulgence; my favorite was the banana bread which literary breaks down into several pieces of joy as you chew. Legal Tender Cocktails lived up to its name, a lawyer owned business, it gave us the sunny side up of things with drinks like a Beauty & The Beet, Mojito, Glow Up which were 100% non alcoholic and geared towards freshness, a healthy lifestyle, and tremendous benefits for your skin all at very affordable prices.

The interesting about the festival for me, apart from the cook-off, Chef Punshak’s demo, karaoke, and virtual reality pods was the cashless policy of the event.

Thanks to the introduction of wristbands, where all your monies are stored up, vendors and customers were saved the stress of exchanging of currencies, standing in queues and worst of all, looking for change! (We know how stressful that can be).

How far can your love of food take you? The answer is very far because it was surprising to see that some vendors such as Korede Spaghetti, Ette’s Barbeque came all the way from Lagos and boy, did they leave their mark. Korede, a photographer and dancer who when forced with the dilemma of having to choose between three passions, chose the stove, gave the attendees, spicy hot spaghetti and his special; Korede ponmo ( for you non-Nigerians, this is cow skin. Yes. Cow skin. Keep it pushing) sauce which came with a side of fresh fries.

Ette’s Barbeque would give the feel of home with roasted items such as plantain popularly known as Boli and yam in extra spicy sauce.

Everyone can say that they had fun in the event, mainly because there was something for everyone who showed up. If you wanted alcohol, there was the Crazy People’s Cocktails or Entrees Cocktails that came in pineapple or extreme colorful mixtures. If you wished for sugar and more sweetness, Ice Pops which sold out by the way and Yougurberry was your go-to stall.

Of course, there is no Nigerian event without the signature Jollof rice, which thanks to Corperate Jollof, wore a tie and pretty good shoes with its original taste and flavor. Pow, a PanAsian restaurant gave us a feel of what it meant to have intercontinental dishes such as Pow special fried rice which contained eggs and Szechuan chicken, which was spicy.

Not only did the festival allow people to network, but it also created the perfect ambiance for friends, loved ones, and families who needed a place to unwind and chill. Most attendees testified that they didn’t expect the festival to be so all out and they look forward to the next one, I know I do.


All images were captured with permission by Shade Olaoye for the blog and are therefore the property of That Green Tea.

All vendors mentioned are welcome to post this on their respective media channels.

For any enquires and collaborations, email us at contact@thatgreentea.com

 

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How Youths of Minna Are Using Car Drifting Stunts As a Tool For Brotherhood

The city is known for social events like a horse race, commonly known as Hawa; often organized to celebrate things like a sister’s wedding, a brother’s walimah, a friend’s graduation, etc. The most spectacular and grand Hawa however, occurs only during Sallah celebrations. The whole city meets to watch, and the King is usually part of the horse riders; not racing, but making a royal appearance. But another social event Minna is known for is Car drifting stunts.

Car drifting is the process of overly accelerating a car around a stage, causing it to release a cloud of exhaust fumes in its trail. This is done for fun and competitions and is becoming increasingly popular amongst youths of Minna, the capital city of Niger State.

Wikipedia defines car drifting as,

“A driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. Car drifting occurs when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g., the car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as a reverse lock or counter-steering)”

Car drifting stunts first started in Japan in 1970, by a man named Kunimitsu Takahashi. He was first a motorcyclist and then a driver. He would go on to win major awards for car drifting competitions.

The end aim of car drifting is usually to produce exhaust fumes from the burning of car tires.

Keiichi Tsuchiya, another Japanese, known as the “Drift King” came into history upon encountering Tahakashi’s drifting techniques. Sometime in the late 90s, particularly in 1996, Drifting began to gain more popularity outside of Japan, in places like California.

Drift League presents Tokyo Wedding Party

On 10th February 2019, Minna car drifters converged at 3-Arm Zone to have Drifting stunts in celebration of a sister of one of their top members who recently got married. They called it Tokyo-Wedding Party from the Drift-league. Before this, they had made a flyer and shared it across social media, inviting people to come to to to to watch.

The bride was in attendance with two of her friends to witness the fun celebration. Her hands and feet had henna, and her face was heavily made up. She wore a black hijab.

At 4:30 pm, the stage was still mostly empty and exuded a serene, peaceful atmosphere, even though the event had scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Soon, drifters and spectators started to arrive in trickles. Some of them had customized t-shirts. Most casually dressed in t-shirts and jeans.

When the first car arrived, it did so with a grand announcement; tires were screeching hard against the cemented inter-locked ground as people cheered.

In about an hour, the arena was full of drifters and watchers alike. And so the fun began. As spectacular as the view often was, it sometimes left fear in the mouth of watchers especially first-time viewers. But not for the young men standing around the arena and cheering loudly as each car began its show.

In about an hour, the arena was full of drifters and watchers alike. And so the fun began. As spectacular as the view often was, it sometimes left fear in the mouth of watchers especially first-time viewers. But not for the young men standing around the arena and cheering loudly as each car began its show.

A small car first drove into the arena and began to accelerate round and round in a way that made eyes dizzy. And then it drove off the cemented road into a corner filled with sand. Once there, the driver began to press hard on the accelerator, while at the same time steering the wheel in a direction opposite the direction the tires were headed. This sent the tires rolling hard against the sand in one direction and then breathing loads of sand in, and leaving clouds of dust erupting into the air. Once this was achieved, the car veered back onto the road and accelerated hard, leading the tires into burning smoke out in spirals and spirals of fumes that drove the crowd into cheers.

Several cars did this in turns, each trying to outdo the one before it, producing more and more smoke.

As night drew closer, the bride and her two friends, who had been mere viewers before now, were invited into one of the cars whose turn it was to drift. They went in. Once the car started, they began to scream in what could have been terror, or excitement, or both. But the driver did not stop. He drifted until the tires burned and there were thick clouds of smoke. By the time he finished, and the three women alighted from the car, they each clutched their chests in obvious terror and tried to gain their breaths back. The crowd cheered.

Towards the end of the show, word went round that there was to be a Hawa on the 24th of February, in honor of a member’s brother who had recently done his Qur’anic graduation.

There is a fabric that binds the youths of this city together, and it is called brotherhood.


This article is a collaboration between Writer, Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu, and Photographer Victor Adewale.

This project is part of a final assignment to conclude my time at That Green Tea. I am available for any future literary collaborations as needed. Follow me on social media on IG: @waasishafii and Twitter: @waasishafii

All images are the original work of Victor Adewale on IG: @victoradewale_ and Twitter: @victoradewale_

  1. Drifting (motorsport). (2019, January 22). Retrieved February 13, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drifting_(motorsport)