Sunday, 1 November 2015

Bassey, Mania and Locitude!

Hiya,

With Christmas and New year fast approaching, I have been looking back to see if anything was accomplished at all. I usually find myself always wanting more and wishing to do/have done better without necessarily appreciating how far I've gone. So far so good Locitude has come some way and Bassey Ikpi has been a big part of our 2015.

I got a call from her sometime in March, 2015 asking me to style her locs for a magazine cover, my answer was yes, with no knowledge of the magazine, the theme, the photographer or thinking about how much I was going to get paid. I do this for the love of locs, right and Bassey is a very pleasant person who had featured in the 2014 Locitude Magazine and hosted Loc Appreciation Day 2014 free of charge; so saying yes wasn't the problem, the problem was whether or not I was going to be able to do a good job, since locs were just supposed to be a hobby and not what I really did.

I arrived set on time, met the stylist and Editor of Mania mag, Godson, he was very enthusiastic and free spirited, he quickly got me up to speed with theme and clothes Bassey would wear and we discussed loc styles, I surprisingly didn't seem out of place but that was because I was too naive of the people I was working with. The photographer seemed very happy, pacing back and forth the studio and then I thought he looked familiar, since Godson and I had bonded I asked who this man with half-dreaded hair was, He said Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Oh wow, what has Bassey done!

The make-up artist was by this time rounding up his work and then someone mentioned he is Bayo Haastrup, one of Nigeria's foremost makeup artiste and apparently a ton of renowned Make-Up Artistes have learnt the trade at his side. #Phew!!! With make up done, It was my turn to perform my you-tube acquired art. You be the Judge.

Bassey Ikpi - Mania Magazine Cover, Age Issue, 2015
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
MakeUp: Bayo Haastrup
Stylist/Editor Godson Ukaegbu
Hair: Locitude

Bassey Ikpi - Inside Mania Magazine Age Issue, 2015
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
MakeUp: Bayo Haastrup
Stylist/Editor Godson Ukaegbu
Hair: Locitude


Bassey Ikpi - Inside Mania Magazine Age Issue, 2015
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
MakeUp: Bayo Haastrup
Stylist/Editor Godson Ukaegbu
Hair: Locitude

Bassey Ikpi - Inside Mania Magazine Age Issue, 2015
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
MakeUp: Bayo Haastrup
Stylist/Editor Godson Ukaegbu
Hair: Locitude

It was really a pleasure working with the entire Mania team and I must say it was no pressure at all. I was allowed to work without any form of prejudice. The environment was energetic, Kelechi has some bad a** sound system in his studio, I must credit that for adding to such a pleasant atmosphere.

This was the start of many other styles Locitude did for Bassey through the year, you can snoop around her Instagram page for more pictures. Good for us, Bassey also featured on the cover of the June 2015 Locitude Magazine which you can read here.


Thank you Bassey Ikpi.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I really look forward to writing more highlights of 2015 even before it ends.

We are planning the 3rd edition of the Locitude Magazine before the year runs out, so stay tuned and if you want to be a part of it by modeling, writing, advertising or famzing, feel free to email us mag@thelocitude.com

With love, X's and O's 
Your Loc Head,
Ade.