Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
My alarm is set for: 5 a.m.
My Nigerian breakfast
On weekday mornings, I usually eat a sausage roll or chicken pie bought from a fast food restaurant. Sometimes, I eat crackers because they are filling and hassle-free. The main reason behind my breakfast choices is convenience to be honest. I wake up so early I can’t imagine eating anything at that time and anyway, I hate cooking.
People in Lagos, Nigeria where I work generally eat fast food too in the morning. At the weekend, people are more likely to eat cooked breakfasts. On Sunday mornings, boiled yam and fried eggs or a sauce made with corned beef are popular.
My Nigerian beauty routine
I’m really into makeup and beauty, particularly nail art. Most of the brands I use are non-Nigerian. I use Wright’s soap
and Neutrogena face cleansers. For years, I used Revlon Natural Honey body lotion but I’ve started using Jergens now.
Over the last few years, no matter the lotion I use, I add olive oil to it and I think my skin is better for it. I’m also a fan of natural, pure shea butter
for emergencies like bites or itchy patches of skin. It’s really good for things like that.
For make-up, I use Iman foundation
because they work so well on black skin and don’t slide off your face in our hot weather. My makeup staple is black eyeliner but I’m not brand-specific with that although I have a preference for Rimmel
which is a brand popular in the UK.
I also really like Rimmel lipglosses
and L’oreal lipsticks. A lipstick brand called Island Beauty
was popular in Nigeria a few years ago. There are only a few Nigerian makeup brands, the most popular being Orekelewa
and BM Pro
Then, I head to work by car. I generally leave for work by 6.30 a.m. I drive to the office which is 30km from where I live. Because I leave home so early, my commute in the morning takes about 45 minutes but coming home can take anything between one and three hours thanks to the mad Lagos traffic!
Thanks so much for sharing, Lape! Are any of you guys currently reading this in Nigeria? What does your morning look like?