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7 Nigerian Natural Hair Entrepreneurs To Watch

These Nigerian entrepreneurs have launched innovative hair extension companies and products geared towards empowering natural hair wearers.


Photo: Abby & Ivie Omoruyi (Courtesy of Abby Omoruyi)

Boasting an estimated $500 million-plus price tag, the Black haircare market is big business. Yet, Black entrepreneurs own only a small sliver of this lucrative pie. According to a New York Times article, Black-owned beauty stores constitute only a few hundred of the roughly 10,000 U.S. stores that sell hair products like relaxers, curl creams, wigs and hair weaves to black women. The tide seems to gradually be turning, though, thanks to the Internet and its democratizing capabilities. With a simple click, one can launch an own online retail shop and build a loyal customer base. We've rounded up a group of enterprising Nigerians whose passions for natural hair care and its devoted community are innovating the multibillion dollar industry one curl at a time.

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Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

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