I want the world to know the beauty that is Urhobo.
Jewellery is the vehicle I am using to achieve my bigger mission of creating visibility for the Urhobo people in Nigeria, of our culture, history and heritage. As well as make people feel beautiful worldwide with sustainably crafted jewellery handmade in the motherland.
With your contribution/sharing for visibility, you can:
- Help start a black-owned business led by a female founder
- Support black businesses globally. Enabling this business means empowering me, black content creators, stylists and artisans in Africa who create the jewellery.
What will the money be used for?
With your contribution, you will enable me to:
- Purchase, launch and ship orders for the pieces from the first collection, feedback from the sample pieces have been positive.
- Buy premium packaging and mailers to ensure the unboxing experience is as wonderful as our pieces
- Pay myself a decent wage for my work (black women deserve to be paid for their labour)
- Pay for the Research & Development process for future pieces
- Invest in a temporary assistant to help with social media, content creation and research on Urhobo culture
I am not an expert but I am reading, researching and connecting the dots where I can, trying to understand my history and heritage. I am working with my seniors and juniors in the community to learn about our history, culture and cosmetology. Oral history like many African cultures holds most of our stories. I am dreaming big of projects that can help document these stories for my tribe and inspire others to do so too. This fund will enable me to continue this research and grow my business so I can invest more time into talking to people, in addition to investing in ideas that create visibility.
I love connecting with people. This is my biggest personal and professional journey of connection ever. Finding my siblings amongst the Nigerian Diaspora and connecting them with their culture in a way that has not been done before is such an exciting project.
Colonization was about drawing new fake lines, pushing together and erasure. I am here to reclaim the individuality and beauty of my tribe as well as celebrate Nigeria in all its beauty and collective power and nuance.
My long term dream is to have the pieces made in my home town In UrhoboLand (Present-day Warri) but that will take infrastructure, money and time. This fund will allow me to start a business that will grow with time. The revenue will be invested in infrastructure that will enable me to empower local crafters and artisans.
Oyivwi means boldness in Urhobo language. I want people wearing this piece to feel bold and proud. The earring embodies the boldness of our people, we no dey carry last, when we walk into the room peoples heads will turn. This statement piece is timeless, fashionable and simple with a little twist.
Isio This means star. Inspired by Nigerian Nights whether it be the stars sprawling across the night sky or the glow of bars and clubs beckoning you, this pair is an artistic representation of the stars that surround you wherever you go. I want you to shine bright!
AME means water and this piece is inspired by the streams of beautiful water that surround Urhobo people and underpins much of our history and culture. Like the Niger river and River Ethiope. Size inclusive of adjustable 24k Gold plated cuff.
I want to go global. Working with black stylists to get my pieces seen and my message heard. I want to engage digitally via our social media channels to grow our community and with time find ways of gathering in-person to learn, inspire and grow our network. I want all buyers of our jewellery to feel beautiful and seen and want to incorporate user-generated content wherever possible into our channels.
High quality and ethical craftsmanship are important for OKE and always will be. We want to encourage slow fashion and consumption and promise that each piece is thoughtfully designed and considered.
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