3 Things Acquelline Is Grateful For This Year

I cannot believe that the month of November is lurking around the corner. I went shopping the other day, and I noticed that Christmas items are already up for sale. This led me to ask myself, ‘Where did the time go?’

No really, it feels like we have skipped a few months of this year.

It feels like it was just yesterday I was manifesting 2017 to be my year of growth, prosperity, and progression. You see, 2016 was not a good year for me. Almost nothing went right. I was certain that it could not get any worse than it was. When I say I walked into this year with a lot of hope for the future, I mean it!

As hopeful as I was, there was no way I could have predicted the blessings to come from this year. Sure, it did not go without a few bad moments. But I am grateful for the good and the bad. Here is what I am most grateful for:

I am grateful for the transition and shift

It has been my year of transitioning into a healthier physical and mental space. First, I have gone from feeling compelled to straighten my hair on a regular basis to not using heat at all. I have gone from loathing my kinks and curls to writing odes about the beauty that is my hair. I have gone from not having a single clue on what to do with my mane to telling myself, ‘I got this’.

I am grateful for learning to let go

This year I have seen myself learn the ‘oh so hard’ life lesson of letting go. As much as I have had to learn to let go of my dead, split ends by trimming them off. I have also had to learn to do the same in my personal life. I let go of my job of five years. I let go of my bad habits. And most importantly, I let go of any and all toxic connections.

3 Things Acquelline Is Grateful For This Year
Acquelline Kingori (left) and Manuela Shampemba (right) at Good Hair Day Finland 2017.
Photo Credit: Halima Abokor

I am grateful for a sense of community

This year I managed to go to my first afro-textured hair event, Good Hair Day Finland. It was phenomenal. I am not going to lie. It was intimidating at first. But I am glad I attended. I met like-minded women who are killing it in their field of expertise. Be it in their businesses, social ventures, and more!

I am grateful for the growth and immense opportunities

Over the course of this year, I have seen myself grow as a writer and poet. It is all because of the array of opportunities I have been offered. Funnily enough, it has been because of my hair. In January I had one of my feature articles about afro-textured hair published on Face2Face Africa. To my shock, it went viral. On top of that, I landed my first brand collaboration with ARIDEONNE and I have gotten the chance to interview big names in the Natural Hair world, CEOs included. Finally, I am now a contributor on two platforms that aim to highlight and normalize afro-textured hair in mainstream media.

Acquelline Wanjiru


Acquelline is a Kenyan-born performing artist, poet, and writer. She made her debut at For Harriet Publications with her celebratory poem titled ‘To Girls With Hair Like That Of a Wild Forest’. The ode, which was crafted to encourage girls to embrace and love their beautiful, unique afro-textured hair, went on to touch over a thousand souls. She then went on to write several feature articles for Face2Face Africa. Her aim on DCF is to share her journey with other curl friends. In the process, she hopes to educate and enlighten them on the importance of nurturing thy wild forest. Connect with Acquelline on Instagram and Pinterest as well.

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