My theme for 2016-2017 is to push through, actualise your brilliant thoughts and all the genius ideas. Ideas that could change the world, or just change the world you live in. I am in a perpetual state of finding, absorbing doers and how they ignored the voices in their heads and conquered those around them too to bring forth what they thought they could.
In this instance, it is Celmira Amade of Tsaka (pronounced Saa-Ka, meaning Happiness in Ronga a Mozambican dialect), who I am going to follow as closely as events, social media and possible friendship would allow. When someone who’s ‘doing’ calls you out on you not doing, because they feel you but can’t grasp your reluctance, then we are going to be friends.
Celmira moved to England to study in Royal Holloway University in 2010 and everyone from a warmer climate will tell you, when the autumn winds start cooling off into the freezy winters, your skin and hair get angry. Angry that the sunrays and warmth aren’t here to bring life to your skin and hair and then there’s dryness and break outs and hair that just breaks off. It is incredible too that after years of co-existing in a society like London, remedies from top chemist shops all provide remedies for things like redness. Gurl, do you see redness in this melanin? Like how, for real? Where? It is also a pity that the most you can get from a sales assistant is just go try this, when your skin is causing you to slather on makeup to hide spots and hyperpigmentation which you are totally unfamiliar with, in a place where your issues aren’t part of the solutions thought off and we are subject to cocktails that promise to lighten it out. Hydroquinone unregulated in all its foolishness against a backdrop of racist innuendos.
But that’s not what the first product of the Tsaka range is here for. Celmira went home to Mozambique and remembered that as a child her grandma used to mix and apply her own recipes for any hair and skin issue from her environment. She asked her family to confirm what the ingredients were from what she remembered and she brought a pot with her to heal her skin. It worked, calmed her skin and gave her room to treat her hyperpigmentation. Years later, school’s finished and the only thing she noticed had changed in the chemists was that a few more shades have been added to the 2.5 shades of dark in 2016 and there was still nothing she could see that would help with her problem. So one day (I assume, lol) as she dipped her finger into her creation, she thought of you and me, with our chocolate skin, dreading the bristling brush of winter winds and decided to bring us all her magic, this pot of happiness, plant based, vegan face mask that had her out here confidently foundation free in the photo for her press release.
She sources her miracle ingredients with her local community of farmers, who know how to wildly harvest the plant, allowing it to replenish, promoting sustainability and now she is fine-tuning the formula to a face serum and natural lipstick which can be layered into varying shades of one colour.
May she do them all and so much more because after years of ‘independence’, our story is still been told for us and our ingredients are touted as miraculous and new, even though our grandmothers have been massaging them into our blood and brewing them in our tea for centuries.
Go and do what you said you would, let’s tell our own stories, work with our own communities like Tsaka is doing.
Support our friends who do. Shout it out and push through. Find Tsaka, find your happiness too