Welcome to I AM FAB Gallery – the brand new section of the FAB Blog solely devoted to you. Your images and answers to our FAB questions will be displayed in our ‘I AM FAB’ gallery in a bid to portray our diversity, beauty and FABness. The entries published in our galleries will be selected on merit of originality, creativity, quality and of course, their power to reflect your FABulous way of life.

If you think you are FAB and wish to share you FABness with the world via our ‘I AM FAB’ galleries, please send us your jpeg images and answers to the following questions at [email protected]

Name:
FAB thing about your name:
Country of origin:
FAB thing about your country of origin:
Country of residence:
Occupation:
What makes you FABulous African Black:

 

Name: Familusi Akin Babajide

FAB thing about your name: Firstly that my initials spell out F.A.B., hence I was born FAB! Also Babajide means I am my grandfather re-incarnated, note that he was a tailor, just like me!

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: The most resilient people on the face of the earth! We are go-getters hence wherever we “go” we “get” whatever we want! Lol!

Country of residence: Nigeria

Occupation: Publisher at FAB Magazine; MD/CEO at Exclamations Couture; Principal Style Consultant at The Looks Company…HNIC at The FAB Group…Lol!

What makes you Fabulous African Black: It is my birthright!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Ayse Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo

FAB thing about your name: Ayse (Turkish derivative of the Arabic name Aisha) means ‘the one who lives’ and ‘prosperous’ while my second name Sinem means ‘my heart,’ ‘my love.’ My maiden name Bilen means ‘the one who know’ (I know, a bit arrogant if you ask me and trust me I suffered much from cruel teachers’ jibes back in the day). My last name Onabanjo derives from the word ‘ona’ meaning artists and ‘banjo’ meaning ‘it suits me well’ – combined it means ‘It suits me to be an artist.’ Go figure, I am a ‘prosperous love/heart that lives and one who knows whose art suits her.’ 🙂

Country of origin: Turkey

FAB thing about your country of origin: The culture, the riches (natural and cultural),the history (Just Istanbul was once the capital of three empires in succession of each other – Eastern Roman, Greek and Ottoman)diversity, the food… Turkey is also home to two of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World – Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus. Plus not a river but a whole sea runs through my hometown Istanbul – the only city in the world spread across two continents – Asia and Europe.

Country of residence: England

Occupation: Editor-in-chief at FAB Magazine, fashion photographer, freelance writer.

What makes you Fabulous African Black: My drive, grit, resilience and ‘hustla’ spirit. Even though I am not African by birth, I am African by choice. After all, is Africa not where we are all from?

 

 

Name: Nicola Odeku

FAB thing about your name: (internet is officially rubbish for finding this out!!) I asked my dad and my uncle and they both said ‘Chief.’ My dad could have told him to say that though! Lol

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: The integrated/cohesive way of the people, they stick together and are united as a country and I like that. Nigeria also has great food and weather, there’s always something to do and places to go and amazing talents in music, comedy and fashion.. plus so much more!

Country of residence: UK

Occupation: General Manger of FAB Magazine and professional model.

What makes you Fabulous African Black: My personal passion and drive to do well and joy for other people’s success. My kindness and unjudgemental manner with other people, my work ethic and definitely my wicked sense of humour! 😛

 

 

 

 

Name: Cindy Hudson

FAB thing about your name: My first name is a greek name meaning Moon, which I find fab because I have always had real thing for the moon – I’malways spying on it and believe it’s the biggest and most beautiful of all shiny pretty things. Translated in Chinese it means ‘Guiding Fairy’ and a taxi driver once told me that it’s popular in India, with a meaning something similar to the Chinese definition. My middle names, if you’re interested, mean ‘Goddess of Canoe Makers’ (so a trip to Hawaii seems necessary) and ‘a Tiller of the Soil’ (something I’ll never be – might get my brogues muddy). My last name means ‘Son of the Hooded Man’.

Country of residence: UK

Country of origin: England, UK

FAB thing about your country of origin: The UK is a fab and fast growing cross section of culture, race, style, interests, terrains and food… It’s as eclectic as my wardrobe and as muddled as a magpie’s nest. Amid this crazy-cool mixture of many, even the drab weather (and the frizzy hair it causes) seems fab.

Occupation: Currently I am the assistant editor at FAB Magazine.

What makes you Fabulous African Black: Being able to work with Fabulous, African and Black people rubs off well on me, so I’d say I’ve acquired some of my FABness from the best of Team FAB. I also appreciate that I know who I am and what I want (knowledge not everyone is blessed with) and that my interests and personality are intertwined – no need to blag it or try hard, which honest people can see a mile off.

 

Name: Yoanna ‘pepper’ Okwesa

FAB thing about your name: My Igbo name, Nwaezebuonna means the first daughter of a King is a pot of gold

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: Too many things to list in one line.

Country of residence: UK

Occupation: Fashion Editor of FAB & fashion stylist

What makes you Fabulous African Black: For someone who has asked this question a million times, can you believe I am stuck for words? Ok make I no fall my hand…I don’t play with my dreams. With God’s grace I make my dreams realities…the good ones that is.

 


 

 

 

Name: Elaine Edozien Shobanjo

FAB thing about your name: “Elaine” means bright shining one. It’s uncommon in my Country and I absolutely love that! It amazes me how people get so tongue-tied when it comes to putting together 2 things they would ordinarily be able to pronounce SO easily – The Letter E and ‘Laine’. Saying those 2 things suddenly turns to ‘Helen’, ‘Eileen’, ‘Helaine’, etc. The many variations I’ve been called over the years bring a smile to my face.

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: The hustle of its inhabitants! Nigeria is the land of opportunities, its people hustle like crazy and your life can literally change over night if you are in the right place at the right time. But be careful and humble because you can also lose everything over night. Change is the only permanent thing.

Country of residence: UK

Occupation: Acting Beauty Editor

What makes you Fabulous African Black: Everything I’ve been blessed with. I love the woman I am and have faith that the best years are yet to come. That feels fabulous!

 

Name: Tayo Shonekan

FAB thing about your name: My name has “ayo” in it which means joy in the Yoruba Language. If anyone knows anybody with “ayo” in their names can testify to the fact that we are certainly a joy to be
around!

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: Rich and diverse in culture, and full of the most resilient people in the world.

Country of residence: Nigeria

Occupation: Fashion Director of FAB , fashion stylist and owner/Creative Director of Aimas.

What makes you Fabulous African Black: I see inspiration and beauty all around me, and that drives my Fabulosity. I love to dream, no dream is ever too big……… because I know dreams definitely can come true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Wale Oyerinde

FAB thing about my name: It’s easily mistaken for Wales, a country that is part of the UK and the Island of Great Britain bordered by England. So FAB!

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about my country of origin: Amazing people, ability to achieve anything long as you have your money.

Country of residence: Nigeria

Occupation: Fashion Assistant at FAB Magazine and fashion stylist

What makes you Fabulous African Black: Tricky one but I’d say, knowing what I want and being able to achieve it the African way – i.e a non stereotypic way, you’d get to understand.

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Precious Nkechinyere Nwachukwu

FAB thing about my name: My Igbo name Nkechinyere means the one God gave; it reassures me even when everything around me is saying opposite that am definitely Precious!

Country of origin: Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: The strength of the Nigerian people; we get knocked down but we never stay down, we stand up and keep moving… If Oseyi wouldn’t mind my borrowing this phrase: “We no dey carry last.”

Country of residence: Naija

Occupation: Public Relations intern at FAB Magazine.

What makes You Fabulous, African Black: I am very driven; I dislike the word “average” and I strive to be the best at whatever I do…

 

 

 

 

Name: Makeda Tafari

FAB thing about your name: Makeda is the Queen of Sheba’s (Ethiopia) real name.

Country of origin: Jamaica, England and Nigeria

FAB thing about your country of origin: Absolutely everything. The music, food, people, culture, style, scenery.

Country of residence: UK

Occupation: FABulous fashion intern

What makes you Fabulous African Black: I am a great mix of great nationalities.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response

  1. Amina

    OK….errr *quickly stands straight, click my heels and stretch out hand* Pleasure meeting y’all…your FABNESS

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