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Strugz all White & Barefoot Event holds today

By Chuks Nwanne   |   02 October 2016   |   4:37 am
Strugz founder Amaka Orakwe (middle) and her team.

Strugz founder Amaka Orakwe (middle) and her team.

After weeks of intense planning, all is now set for the Strugz All White Barefoot Event holding today at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. Conceived as a platform to enable individuals let go of their inhibitions in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, relationship and marriage, guest speakers for the event are coach/mentor Victor Okigbo and Dolapo Kukoyi of Detail Solicitors.

The strictly by invitation event, which starts at 12pm, will see the speakers share their experiences and daily habits that hinder and restrict self growth, while guests will also have the opportunity of seeking solutions to their inhibitions. There will also be networking and interactive sessions, with a variety of finger food, delicious deserts, refreshing drinks and great music.

Speaking on the event, the founder of Strugz Safe Haven ( and the initiator of the event Amaka Orakwe said the event was conceived to help people to ease off the everyday stress, whether in terms of business, carrier, marriage, relationship and everyday living.

“We already live in a very hash world and challenging environment, so the main reason was founded was a way for people to ease off the everyday stress. This is a place to come to speak about anything; you share, and nobody will judge you. We have a lot of members that are willing to share their own experiences, talk about their own testimonies, which will be done at this event.”

Aside from the guest speakers, Orakwe, a lawyer by profession, noted that guests would also have the opportunity of sharing their own experiences at the event.

“A lot of people are coming to share their own journey and success stories, in terms of their marriages, carrier, how they were able to balance carrier and family or how they were able to form their companies and balance it with marriage life,” she said.

On how prepared the team is to host guests, Orakwe said, “I’ve been working with a wonderful team with people like Oge Eniochu; she is a make-up artist. There’s Delphine Offor of Dur Events, Chieloka Okekearu, a partner for other projects that we are doing and the IT person, as well as Chuks Uketui, who is the MC of the event and the main facilitator of the event. Enemnoh Ada is singer/ songwriter; we are launching her and her video on that day. Everyone here is very fundamental to because they have individual businesses, experiences. So, I’m sure that as they talk about what the event is all about, they tell you what they do as well and why this project is import to the entire process. That is Vivian Obasuyi, Vivis Collections CEO and Theodora; she will be in-charge of the media for event,” she said.

On the set up for the all white event, Delphine Offor, an event planner said, “I’m planning this event with Amaka; she also has an event arm to her blog; she called upon me to assist her do this. When I listened to her, I found out it was a good idea because not a lot of people are doing it in Nigeria presently; this will help a lot of people ease their stress. What she wants is an outdoor stuff; she wants people to be free, not the regular indoor thing that people come all dressed up and stocked up,” she said.

On the idea of coming barefooted, she explained that, “look at the theme of the event, it tells you bare out all that you have because, everybody is going to be barefooted at the event; it’s part of the theme. It’s an all white thing because you are supposed to come and interact. We believe that when people are all dressed up with shoes and all that, they feel tight and cannot easily interact with people. I believe this is the birth of other bigger ones to come, is actually a good one. She has actually done one before on a very low key, a lot of people will get to hear it and will want other one edition to take place,” she said.

“White is a beautiful colour; a virgin colour. Being an outdoor event, we wanted something that will blend with the green, with the grass. So, we chose white because is like a uniform. White is not a random colour, but safe haven is something we sat down and deliberated on. That’s why we wanted it to be barefooted, to let everybody feel free and let go and assimilate, interact, learn and share,” Orakwe said.

For the host of the event Chuks, “I was privileged to be at the other event; it was actually a nice experience. You can actually feel the safe part of the programme, the safe haven thing. People were free telling their personal stories; I took a lot home from personal experience stories that a lot of people shared which can be a kind of lecture to you. It was a wonderful experience and the idea of barefoot is just freeing yourselves, letting it go. We are in a period where people are losing their minds, so, after the event, the conversation go on the blog so that people can bare their minds and we learn from others,” he said.

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  • Kiki Okonkwo

    Nice job Makus baby! It was a great turn out. We had loads of fun and learned a lot as well.. Waiting for the next one!

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