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    Marvin Speaks – A conversation with Marvin Hokstam

    Prior to this interview we read up on you a bit and we learned you had a successful career in journalism in the Caribbean. Why did you exchange the Caribbean for the Netherlands? It was time for a change. I do indeed consider my career in the Caribbean somewhat successful; being the only Suriname-born journalist who made a full transition into Caribbean journalism, living and working fully in English, travelling the region and the rest of the world extensively and winning four regional journalism awards over the course of almost 20 years. But just like when you’re down the only way to go is up, when you’re up the only…

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    He has shared stages with presidents, celebrities and global icons, and coached Fortune 500 executives and world-class speakers. Voted a Top 100 Business Leader in the World to Follow on Twitter (with a following there of over 200,000), he has trained and spoken to over 200,000 people in over 200 cities in 25 countries on five continents – including his homeland of Africa, where he headlined a recent tour. Pa Joof continues to build his far-reaching empire of inspiration in multiple ways. Serial entrepreneur, business strategist, personal development facilitator and international speaker, Pa Joof  is renowned for helping people achieve their potential and helped people create revenues (not profit) of over 1…

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    A conversation with Jennefer Kempenaar

    Guava sat down with Jennefer Kempenaar, entrepreneur, fashion lover and mixed media artist. She’s the owner of Mixed Media company Studio JNNFR. Let’s start with a basic but all important question:  Tea please, preferably with fresh ginger, lemongrass, chilli and cloves, top it off with a bit of honey. Love it!  Tea or coffee? What motivated you to start Studio JNFFR and when did you begin this adventure? In 2014 I was looking for a way to create personal freedom. A way to life and work with passion, be creative and grow as a person, so to speak. I was no longer moving forward personally and felt I needed to…

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    Fashion Tips From The Young Ones

    You know how sometimes you just know things, but don’t realize that you do until someone mentions it out loud. That’s just the case with fashion too, and that’s why we always need tips from experts, fashionistas, and designers to validate what we know. But, often while reading about stuff, we realize how we miss tiny details and how other people have a different perspective to offer! Like they say, the devil is in the details.  All girls love to look pretty and beautiful. The way a girl carries herself and dresses up adds a lot to her physical beauty. Right kind of fashion and make-up can make even an ordinary girl, look like a beauty queen. So…

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    Head Scarf – From Tradition To Fashion

    Angisa, scarf, gele, head wrapping… these are all the words that are linked to the word Africa. In all African Countries, the headscarf tradtion is present. Each country has its own style and materials used for the head wrapping. Its uses or meaning can vary depending on the country and/or religion of those who wear it. In Suriname (South America), the headscarf is called ” Angisa”. During slavery, the women used the angisa as a way to communicate. By wrapping the angisa a certain way the slave holders couldn’t understand the secret messages. Nowadays, The headscarf is used as a modern accessory. It is a finishing touch to your outfit. The use of a head scarf…

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    Mariana Ngombo:”I just want to make people happy”

    Founder of Designs by Mariana about what makes her tick, what makes her take on African Fashion so unique and the mission of Designs by Mariana.  Mariana was born in October 1986 and  is of Angolan descent. At  the age of 4 she left her birth town Luanda with her parents and sister and they came to live in the Netherlands. Shortly after arriving in the Netherlands Mariana was involved in a serious accident with fire whereby she lost 2 fingers. However this didn’t stop her to hold on  life with both hands. Her love for African prints developed on a later age. She became more aware of who she…

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