Essentially the most lovely factor about your favourite magnificence product may be the shade within the tube, or its vanity-worthy packaging, and even the way in which it makes you’re feeling whenever you put on it. However for Hanahana, the Glossier grant-winning line from founder Abena Boamah, its magnificence comes from care. With roots in Ghana, Boamah and her group supply shea immediately from ladies’s cooperatives there. They make some extent to pay two instances the asking value per kilo of uncooked shea, and likewise present sources for healthcare and monetary administration to make sure the sustainability and wellbeing of those communities. It is a lovely symbiosis so central to Boamah’s mission with Hanahana that she’s truly engaged on a documentary about their behind-the-scenes work much more. Within the meantime, she supplied to take ITG alongside on her most up-to-date journey to go to the cooperative in Ghana. Spend 72 hours in Boamah’s life, and you will see the methods care informs her relationships with the Katariga neighborhood, her coworkers, and her self. It is a busy three days forward—able to go?


It’s 6:30AM and I’m waking up in Tamale, Ghana, excited and barely drained from our earlier day within the scorching solar. Tamale is truthfully one of the crucial peaceable locations I’ve visited—it’s fairly rural right here, however we’re going to spend most of our day within the much more rural neighborhood of Katariga. For some context, my Social Affect Crew and I are about to host our fifth Biannual Healthcare Day for the Katariga Cooperative and neighborhood. We maintain this activation twice a yr by the Hanahana Circle of Care, and it’s one in every of my favorites. That is the primary time I get to share this expertise with Teniola Odunsi, my expensive buddy and Hanahana’s Social Affect Lead, and Nana Ama Kyeremeh, our Buyer Service lead.

Teni and I begin lathering on shea butter (Hanahana in fact) and Supergoop at 6:45, as we discuss by the plan for the day. And by 7:30 we’re leaving for Lodge Katargia, which is about 40 minutes away by automotive. Normally I can get there extra shortly, as a result of after I’m in Tamale I journey round on a motorcycle with Nat Quasion, our Healthcare and Group Coordinator. However at this time we’re 5 individuals—we even have an outreach group of 20 nurses, medical doctors, and a lead nutritionist assembly us there.

As soon as we get to Katargia we begin establishing the nursing and physician stations. It takes us about 20 minutes to arrange, so we now have a while earlier than the primary training session begins at 9:30. Anybody will get to take part within the healthcare session, after which they obtain a full verify up, a health care provider session, and a free pharmacy go to. For this healthcare day, the main target is on diet.

At 1:30 the solar is at full blast and we’re wrapping up the visits. We’ve served over 250 individuals, together with the producers, pickers, farmers, their kids, and anybody else within the neighborhood who needed a verify up. We end some manufacturing duties for the documentary we’re filming, and as we’re packing to depart, the Katargia Cooperative surprises me with a present of two reside guinea fowls. It’s a enormous honor, and an expression of gratitude. I used to be shocked and felt a lot love.


One other early morning! We’re flying to Accra on the primary flight. Earlier than our journey I’ve to verify to get kose and cocoa, my favourite breakfast in Tamale. Kose is constituted of black eye pea batter and the cocoa is like porridge. I additionally put together and freeze the guinea fowl so I can take it on the aircraft. It’s a brief flight, and earlier than 9AM we’re in Accra.

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We head again to my condominium in Chado, which is close to the seaside, for a social impression debrief assembly with Nat and Teni. To decompress from the busy four-day journey, Teni and I resolve to have some masks and skincare time. I’m all about self care day-after-day, particularly taking time for skincare. Once I’m in Ghana my skincare is fairly minimal. I normally alternate between Hanahana Magnificence’s light Exfoliating Cleanser and Klur’s Mild Matter cleanser, then use Tower 28 SOS Spray and a hemp oil. However at this time we additionally use some unreleased Hanahana skincare merchandise—I can’t say a lot about them but, however they’ll be coming to you quickly!

After our little skincare session, I season the guinea fowl. I like to prepare dinner so I’m gonna give y’all of the seasoning recipe, which you need to use for any hen or fish dish. It’s simply salt, pepper, contemporary thyme, contemporary rosemary, olive oil, contemporary ginger, suya pepper, and curry powder. Use quantities of every to your liking, combine all of it collectively, after which add chopped up onions, garlic and pineapples. After all of the substances are mixed, pour them onto your hen. Let it marinate for at the least a day—you may even freeze it for as much as two weeks and put it aside in your subsequent barbecue. Later that night Teni and I head to Bondai for drinks and dinner. In Accra you could find lots of completely different cuisines outdoors of native dishes—Thai, Jamaican, Japanese, Chinese language, Lebanese, Italian… Bondai is definitely Japanese Mediterranean fusion. It’s my buddy’s sister’s restaurant so I needed to attempt it out, and it was scrumptious!


We had initially deliberate to go to the seaside early, however the plans modified so I acquired in a morning yoga session on our rooftop as a substitute. Professional tip: should you plan to train outdoors in Ghana, I counsel you get up at round 6ish so that you get it achieved earlier than the solar comes out. I am achieved inside 45 minutes, but when your exercise is longer you would possibly even need to get up an hour earlier. Round 11AM I’ve a name with our manufacturing group. We’re working with Cozy International, a inventive studio run by Mahaneela and Sade Lawson, for a summer time product launch. A part of the marketing campaign is being shot in Ghana. We evaluate what must be prepped for the shoot, then I verify in with our producer in Ghana to choose up issues that we’d like for tomorrow’s shoot.

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Later that day I’m additionally taking part within the Each Trendy Lady Sip n Slay occasion, and talking on their panel concerning the steadiness between being an entrepreneur and focusing in your psychological well being. Each Trendy Lady is a community that connects Black and brown ladies with alternatives in media, trend, and wonder. Nana Agyemang, Each Trendy Lady’s founder, is at all times styling so I get again house round 1 to start out prepping. I’ve to get my match collectively! After an hour of showering, doing my hair, and switching outfits I’m lastly prepared. I take a couple of pictures outdoors after which hop on for the panel. I log off at four and spend a while on the roof. It’s been a busy however rewarding few days in Ghana!

—Abena Boamah

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