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Editor’s Note As the summer comes to a close, I cannot help but wonder how our social activities will be affected. Leaves are falling off the trees, it’s rainy, the weather is getting colder, and those of us still not used to the cold weather, run home immediately after work. Some may ask, how do we now occupy ourselves indoors? With great honor and enthusiasm, I welcome you to the premiere edition of Malaika fashion Magazine! Africa is blessed with diverse culture and tradition. To some Canadians, African style selection can be a frustrating task; choosing from a vast array of fashion and unlimited eye catching accessories. All you need is to trust the team of experts of Malaika, to develop and showcase styles that are right for you. We understand that everyone’s fashion sense is different, so whether you prefer a traditional classic look, contemporary, trendy, or casual clothes, Malaika fashion magazine will fulfill these needs. Dressing African, should be exciting. I want to sincerely wish everyone a happy beginning with Malaika and hope this issue’s features: Fashion, Events, Health, Beauty, Money management and much more, will offer you fresh and practical ideas to keep you warm this season. One Love


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SKIN: Use heavier moisturizing cream. Avoid baths and showers that are too hot, cool the water before you get out. Use eye cream at night to combat dryness. HAND CARE: Use good hand cream that makes the hand soft and look young. LIP CARE: Avoid licking your lips, use a moisturizing lipstick during the day, and lip balm before bed. HAIR CARE: Wash hair regularly if you notice dryness. Apply a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture and shine. Use humidifier in your home to keep your skin moist and beautiful.

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SELF ESTEEM AMONG WOMAN Today, while the rest of the world sees women, especially those of colour/Black, as pleasant, polite, hard working and fun to be around, it is quite disheartening to know that this is not how Black women see or feel about themselves. A research completed recently by the National Association for Self-Esteem (2007), indicated that many Black women lack self-esteem. Before I go further I will like to define what self-esteem is. According to Ragan (2006), a psychotherapist: “Self-esteem is the appreciating of ones own worth and importance and having the character to be accountable for oneself and to act responsibly toward others”. Self-esteem is all about how much people value themselves; the pride they feel in themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Self-esteem is important, because feeling good about yourself can affect how you act. Research shows that many Black women feel uncomfortable answering questions such as: “What do you like about yourself? or “Are you proud of yourself? This, to me, is a clear indication that the problem of self-esteem is an issue among these women. Self-esteem does not happen in a vacuum. There are many contributing factors that may affect how women see/view and value themselves. According to Maslow’s hierarchy, we as human beings, after satisfying our physiological ands safety needs, feel the need to satisfy our esteem in relation to our ego- self love, self respect and confidence. In addition, we feel the need for recognition, appreciation and admiration, in order to feel more useful and needed in the world. Unfortunately the world we are living in today, does not endorse those things that help encourage women’s self esteem. For example: media advertisements portray an unrealistic view of what a real women should look like, seriously impacting many Black women’s subconscious minds; thus reflecting in how they view/see themselves, in regards to self confidence, selfrespect, self- proclaimed beauty, etc. My dear ladies, it’s up to the real women to define their own beauty and how they see the world, because according to a therapist specialized on the issue of women’s self esteem, “Beauty is something that cannot be classified easily,” as it is dependent on the lens with which you are using to view it. Let us look at it from this perspective. If every woman came in the same size, colour, shapes and looks, this world would be a boring and dull place to stay. Therefore, ladies keep your heads high and remember that regardless of your size, shape or colour, you are beautiful.

Please do watch out for the following edition, as it will inspire you and help boost your self-esteem. Until then, bye from Lady B (Stella Iyamu) MSW, RSW. A Social Work Clinician. 14 • malaika • fall 2008


From the moment I was asked to write a real estate column for a magazine targeted primarily to a female readership, the image that jumped right at me, was that of a nurse in her starched, white uniform and well polished black shoes; the way I saw and admired them, growing up in the red-earthed part of Africa where I was raised. I will leave the details in the style to fashion designer and analysts.

I have noticed the new gait and self conďŹ dence in sisters, that only a sense of some ďŹ nancial upward mobility can bring: The bling-bling, original coral beads, Swiss and French laces, haute-coutures; Penzi fashion, Dolce and Gabana etc. My sister you deserve all these and more. You work hard for your money.

I have in some quiet moments pondered upon the reasons for my fascination with female nurses. I am yet to come up with that singular AMEN. So I continue to ponder and I hereby invite you to wonder with me.

Love a nurse. Don’t envy her. You only have to visit the nearest hospital to appreciate how hard my sisters work. But I hear some sisters are overdoing it: Clocking eighteen hours because the hours are available. Remember, that you don’t get rich by killing yourself, but by structuring what you put your money to.

Could it be the contradiction of the needle in her hand, as she prepares to stab one with some life saving juice? Is it the hot, steamy juicy stories of escapades of doctors and nurses? Perhaps it’s the income. I had an aunt who was a nurse who we called “Sister Nurseâ€?. After visiting her house, one was assured of leaving with a descent meal in the stomach and some coins in one’s pocket. I have come to attribute some ďŹ nancial stability to the profession.

The preceding brings me to the little matter of real estate. I hope that Sister Nurse’s jaguar is not parked in another man’s driveway, and I hope that those custom tailored clothes and Gucci bags are not in another man’s wardrobe. If you still do not understand what I mean; I say that I am believing that you are paying mortgage and not rent. It is a way to build wealth.

Recent trends in the Afro-Canadian community buttresses my point. Have you noticed that sisters are marching in droves to the nursing profession? And why not? It is a profession that can guarantee monthly mortgage payment or rent, put food on the table, buy you a man or help get rid of one. It is a profession that provides upward mobility. I have seen some movements from TTC (public transportation) and beat up 1980 junk cars to some sleek Bimmers, Benzs and Jaguars.

Remember, if you pay rent for twenty years, you would leave the house only with your designer clothes in the trunk of your Benz. But if you pay mortgage for twenty years, dear Sister Nurse, you will certainly be ahead with some good money in equity. As those who should know have advised, real estate (home ownership) is the best investment, because you live in it. Gordon Isiraojie is a real estate sales person with Remax 2000 Realty Inc. BOEDBOCFSFBDIFEBUt&NBJMHJTJSBPKJF!ZBIPPDB

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