AFR Celebrates 4 Years!!

Antonia Obeta
Me @ friend’s birthday party

It’s crazy to think that 4 years ago I had the idea for a blog that showcased African culture. I started out with fashion and wanted to showcase all the wonderful designers coming out of the continent. The work itself took me to the next level as I wanted to showcase other parts of our culture. The blog evolved from a WordPress domain to a dot-com with my actual domain. I remember coming up with the very first logo on my computer and it was actually not bad. Last year I paid a graphic designer for a logo, we cashed our first google check and revamped the website. I keep writing we, because Afroriche has been my dream but it has been a collaborative effort with between my husband and I. I have the grand ideas and he helps with the nitty-gritty, like making sure we have enough content. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life and with fulfilling my dream. I have never shared my photos on this blog, but it’s time for a change!

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Me @ Lasgidi Lounge OKC

I first started this as a way of therapy for myself, as I was in one of the darkest times in my life. I needed something that I could look at every day and remind myself that I come from a long line of great people. I never even thought someone would ever read my blog. In fact, very few people even knew I had a blog! Today and we are pulling in over a quarter million readers a year! That’s mind boggling to me! I get so excited when I meet someone who actually knows my website. The website can be so much more than it is if I was actually able to focus on it 24/7. YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and many other platforms take time, which I don’t seem to have a lot of these days. I am married, with two kids under 4, enrolled in a Master’s program and oh yeah I work a full-time job. The only way to make more time these days is to not sleep. So to honor this anniversary I took a grand leap and created a GoFundMe campaign.

 

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S-I-L & Me – downtown OKC

 

If  I raise enough money, I pledge to quit my job and focus on my blog full-time. It is a much-needed part of the culture and I want to truly give all of myself to it. I am asking for $100,000 which will cover what I would have made at my job in those two years. I will then be able to inject funds into the blog, get some more staff and stop using my husband for free labor, on second thought, I will still use his free labor. Lol! I have so many big ideas which take capital, the money will give me the freedom I now need at this stage of my blog. I have to believe that my labor of love is worth this much. So if you have enjoyed this blog over the years, please consider making a donation, no matter how small. Pass it on to your family and friends. Tweet it out to whomever, and let’s bring Afroriche to the world! Click on link below and share!

Campaign: Funds 4 AFR

 

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