AN Team

Welcome to African Naturalistas. This blog was created on 16 August 2011, in order to assist black women and men who have chosen to wear their natural hair, with special emphasis on Africans, because of the challenges they face in carrying natural hair, though the site is of great benefit to naturalistas all over the world.

African Naturalistas is run by a group natural hair lovers, who have decided to help other naturalistas scale the hurdles they may come across in their hair journey. We also manufacture our range of hair care products, which you can purchase here.

The African Naturalistas Team

1. Atilola Moronfolu (HPT) - Founder/Contributor

@ilola is a Trichology Practitioner, Certified Cosmetic Formulator, Writer, Editor, and Spoken Word Artist. She 
is a certified hair care expert and a Holistic Practitioner of Trichology certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is currently one of the leading female faces in the Spoken Word sector in Nigeria. She is also an author of two book, Antonyms of a Mirage and For Laff's Sake, and greatly in love with natural hair, and everything that has to do with it. She blogs as African Naturalistas on this site. You can check out her blog on and Spoken Word website at wordsbyatilola.comFor bookings to talk about natural hair related topics, send an email to

2. Berry Dakara - Contributor

Berry Dakara is a Jane-of-all-trades. From her day job as a Data Performance Analyst, an at-large job in Social Media Marketing to sprinkles of acting, she began blogging in 2011 (Aje-Butter's Guide to NYSC and Berry Dakara). She went natural in late 2006 and hasn't looked back since. She currently lives in Nigeria, after 14 years of living in the US and considers herself a citizen of the world. 

3. Irene Loderick - Style Expert

Irene Odipo Loderick is a 36 year old Kenyan naturalista who went natural four years ago, and has no intention of looking back! She currently resides in London with her husband and three year old bundle of hyper energy, her son JJ. She worked as an Air Hostess before settling down to take care of her son full time. She enjoy natural Hair Care and Styling, and started her YouTube Channel in 2012. She is sure an entertaining host, as natural hair styling is her passion, Her passion is to see the natural hair movement continue to grow in Africa. You can find her on youtube here

4.   Ebun Oluwole - Contributor

Ebun Oluwole is a Creative/Freelance Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and student of French and International studies residing in Lagos, Nigeria. Her interests spread across Photography, Creative Writing, Makeup Artistry and very recently Natural hair and Organic Living. On her quest for healthy hair care, she stumbled on Natural Hair and has looked back ever since.She bares her thoughts at

5. @DiscoveringNatural - Kids Natural Hair care expert

@DiscoveringNatural is blogger/vlogger who resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and her two daughters. Teaching her children and other people about natural hair care and loving their natural hair is her passion. Her blog, DiscoveringNatural ( is where she shares her transitioning journey and also her natural hair journey. You can find her on her YouTube Channel, DiscoveringNatural ( Her channel consists of Natural Hair styles, Transitioning to Natural Help, Natural Hair Maintenance Help, DIY Homemade Recipes, Kids Haircare, Vlogs to different Natural Hair events and so much more.

6. I’m Elizabeth Adeniji - Contributor

Elizabeth is a Mass Communication graduate of Babcock University, residing in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a lifestyle blogger and a natural hair lover. She embraced natural hair in 2012 and has not looked back since then. She is passionate about photography and cinematography, baking and all things natural. She blogs at where she shares details about her hair journey. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @leeznijis. She handles the interview segments. To be interviewed by her, send an email to

7. Beenzu Mapani - Contributor

Bee a.k.a. Beenzu Mapani is a law school graduate who hails all the way from Zambia; with a passion for books, laughter, the internet and most especially healthy hair. In 2011 she returned to natural and has been having fun with it ever since. When she is not attending to legal matters, you can catch her on her blog or facebook page

8. Tomi Olatunde - Contributor

Tomi embraced the challenge of getting healthy hair in 2012, without questions, and its been amazing. She loves art in all the forms it comes, writing, photography, music, painting. She documents her life journey at

As with every good thing, the site will keep evolving as the years go by, so get ready to see the best of it. To feature on as a naturalista on Mane Matters, please, send an email to To send your hair journey story to African Naturalistas, please click here, and follow the directions. We hope to hear from you. Thanks for visiting


  1. Atilola please change the picture of you on here. Lets see a smile *grin*

    1. Your wish is my command. I've done as you commanded ma'am

  2. Hello there.... Its good to be finally on here. I saw your card Atilola and decided to check on naturalista. Keep the good work going.


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