We had the good fortune of connecting with Boluwasefe Adelugba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Boluwasefe, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“There is nothing like you, there was nothing like you, and there shall be nothing like you.” Comparison is such a big thing in today’s society that you can’t escape, whether socially or academically. Someone is always trying to be like, the next person, so this quote reminds me of who I am. It reminds me that comparison is a useless tactic because I am me, and there is no better person than I could be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my brand in May 2020 during quarantine which much reluctance. I didn’t have the longest or healthiest natural hair, but my natural hair journey is relatable and realistic. When I started to create content for natural hair on Instagram, it allowed me to start my lifestyle Youtube channel in August of 2020. I wanted my brand to represent me as a relatable Nigerian-American natural hair enthusiast high schooler. I want people to know I wasn’t always confident in my natural hair, and it took well over three years for me to be happy and comfortable with hair that grows out of my head. So far, the biggest challenge has been trying to unlearn comparison. It’s like an instinct for me to compare myself to others who have better views or content, but the lesson out of it is I will never be them, and they will never be like me, and what works for them may not for me because we two different individuals on two different paths. With that said, my brand, Boluwasefe, is me, a 15-year-old girl navigating her life through beauty, natural hair, and of course, some laughs in between.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
While I live in the surburbs of metro Atlanta, I would take my friend to the city. Atlanta has it all, so I would try to take them around to see tourist places and not-so-famous stops. Once they touch down in the airport on Monday, I would take them to their penthouse rooftop Airbnb in midtown with nice views. We could do a little stroll around downtown ATL, including MLK sites. Later, we could eat at the Hive Restaurant in Buckhead. On Tuesday, we could go to the GA Aquarium and have a little picnic in the piedmont park for brunch. Since we are in the South, we have to eat some chicken at Hattie B’S Hot Chicken. On Wednesday, we can go to Ponce City Market and explore trying new foods and shopping. On Thursday, we go to the beltline and explore midtown ATL and eat at Slim+ Husky, a pizza spot. On Friday, we could go to a fitness class by one of Atlanta’s famous trainers and later in the night go to Topgolf and end the night with a seafood bag from Juicy Crab. Before they leave the following day, they have to eat the All-star meal at our infamous Waffle Houses.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My sisters, Adeola and Ope, deserve more credit than I am willing to give. All my life, if I had or a goal or a dream, they were never there to put them down but to push me to achieve them. When I mentioned starting a youtube, they were right there to help me—from Adeola, becoming a mini-manager to create my youtube banner or deciding which thumbnail is cuter. From Ope always down to be in my youtube video while also being my biggest hater, critic, and motivator. Thank you, guys, for always supporting my dreams!