Tomorrow I am leaving to travel to Abuja, Nigeria to attend the Global Shea Alliance. I am attending the conference with Shea Radiance. A company that produces natural hair and body care products made with shea butter. I started working with Shea Radiance as a contract photographer and videographer about 10 months ago, photographing products, events, and creating multimedia pieces.
Shea Radiance works closely with women’s shea producing cooperatives in Northern Nigeria. By sourcing shea from the cooperatives the company is helping to empower the local economy and lives of the women that work at the cooperatives.
When arriving in Abuja we will first attend the Global Shea Alliance conference for three days. The focus on the conference is to enhance a sustainable and competitive Shea industry that is environmentally and socially responsible. Shea Radiance is conducting a workshop at the conference to teach business owners from 17 west African countries how to produce body care products from locally sourced ingredients like shea. After the training, we will be heading to the cooperatives to a much more rural part of the country North of Abuja.