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STORIES

Narrated By:  GRACE MBUH

Shot and Directed By: ASIYAMI GOLD

A Story on Nyuyfi

While exploring the world i’m extremely privileged to meet and connect with a lot of people. However, only a few of those people affect me in a special way. Grace is one of those people. She’s remarkable!!! 

I met 20yr old Grace at a smoothie shop in Buea, Cameroon. I remember the look on her face when I told her she was stunning, she looked at me in disbelief almost as is if I was lying. 

One of the things I noticed in young women back home was their lack of confidence. The thought of being complimented on their beauty seemed rather foreign to them. Most African women aren't raised to have confidence. Most of us are brought up in insensitive environments. As a consequence, we breed women who grow up not knowing their worth/value, women who have the slightest idea on what they have to offer the world. 

For a young lady at Grace's age living in Africa, there are three choices she has in terms of trying to make an income:

1. Education
2. Prostitution
3. Marriage

During my visit to Port-Harcourt, Nigeria I was taken aback by a number of young women I encountered giving their bodies up for money. I don't think most of these women enjoyed prostitution, I don't believe it was something they wanted to do but it was probably the quickest means of making an income to sustain themselves in a poor economy.  

I was captivated by Grace’s brilliance and how courageous she was to participate in an unfamiliar project. Modeling was never something she considered but she was open to my vision and eager to learn. I learned more about Grace and her plans for her life. She had told me she wasn't in school and I was perplexed by the idea of a 20yr old girl in Cameroon not furthering her education. Grace went further to explain to me that she didn't have the funds to pay for university. She shared her plans on being an entrepreneur.

Grace wants to own a Fashion  Shop called Nyuyfi meaning 'it all belongs to God'.  She currently works at Mbonga Juice where she makes 40000 CFA a month ($65). Grace has mapped out how she intends on making her first million CFA to start her shop by saving at least 10000 CFA every month. After speaking to grace about her goals and desires we all agreed that she has a bit more research to do on how to start a business. 

Unlike most young women in that community I commend Grace for her bravery. Her ability to think outside the norm for someone her age, raised in that society, is commendable. She was blown away by the response she received from strangers on her photo. Her first social media experience was one she will always cherish, she said. Grace has now gained the necessary confidence to take up modeling opportunities to broaden her streams of revenue for her fashion shop Nyuyfi.

I learned a lot from my encounter with Grace. A simple act of kindness goes a long way. The love she received from people she's never met was just the little boost she needed to believe in herself. Never be afraid to spread love—the Brooklyn way. ;) HA!


Visit Grace’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/nyuyfi/

Email me info@asiyamigold.com if you’re interested in framed prints or if you’re in Cameroon and would love to work with Grace.

A series on Confidence 

C B x A G 

We are remarkable creatures with an innate potential for greatness. Part of our magic, our armor, is the confidence we project onto the world. It is largely tied into our appearance, the way we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us. More often than not, this magic leaves us vulnerable. More often than not, the person who wakes up in the morning is not the same as the one who leaves for work that same day.

 

Day by day we go about the world, donning our armor and becoming someone outside of ourselves to get where we want to go and what we want out of our lives. But when we come home, and the armor is removed, is the magic still there? Do we still have the same confidence when the mask is gone?

 

It is important to remember that we are all human. We suffer from the same insecurities, the same sense of being flawed. We fill in those gaps with whatever makes us feel better, like adding mortar in a wall, fortifying our sense of self. But true confidence is a step by step by process that comes from inside us, not something we put on. In a world where people wear confidence like a mask and take it off when they get home, take the harder route and grow that confidence within yourself.  Strip off your armor and unmask yourself. Find a passion. Start a project that you love. Take the time to learn about yourself. Stay true to your likes and dislikes, to the qualities and virtues that mean the most to you. As your knowledge of self grows, your confidence blooms. Look in a mirror and come to terms with the person reflected there. Embrace yourself in your entirety, and dedicate yourself to becoming a stronger person than the person in the mirror yesterday. This is the beginning of confidence. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY CLAUDIA BOST

ART DIRECTION ASIYAMI GOLD

WARDROBE STYLING MIA NUNALLY

HAIR/MUA  SANDRA GRAU

MODEL  MARYSE

A Fall story

PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTIAN ARMANI

ART DIRECTION ASIYAMI  GOLD

MODEL  ISIS VALENTINO

PROJECT II

PHOTOGRAPHY CLAUDIA BOST

ART DIRECTION ASIYAMI GOLD

WARDROBE STYLING MIA NUNALLY

HAIR/MUA  KATIE EIDECKER

MODEL QUASIA ELLE

personal projects

A COLLABORATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHER CLAUDIA  BOST