Can you believe it’s been a little over a month since the National Folk Festival (NFF) was here in Greensboro? It’s amazing how time flies. Well, as promised I wanted to share with you the experience I had meeting with all of you at the NFF and I also wanted to share an experience of meeting little ones fascinated by the art of soap making. From the process, to the herbs and then the smells, oh what fun we had.
At the NFF I saw some familiar faces from around Greensboro as well as many new faces. Among these faces were families that were traveling from all across the US to spend the weekend in town enjoying the festivities that the NFF had to offer. Greensboro, being home to several colleges and universities, meant many college students visited our booth at the NFF. One young lady in particular that stopped by was a student originally from New Zealand. She was very interested in working in rural Uganda with needy children and families and I’ll always remember her determination and selflessness. Wishing her all the best!
Check out the picture below of a familiar face you may have seen around town too.
This is off topic a bit but I just have to tell you. Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to share the art of soap making with some elementary school kids (500 of them).
The school celebrated their own "State Fair" and I was asked to be an exhibitor. Of course I couldn't make soap for all of them. However, I shared the process of soap making with them. The children were ecstatic! They enjoyed hearing about the process and smelling the herbs that I brought with me (rosemary, mint leaves, lemongrass, and lavender). They learned about Shea Butter and where the Shea nut comes from. The children had the opportunity to touch and use the Shea Butter. They held a real coconut! They also left with a piece of soap from a soap maker. LOL :-)
I couldn't stop smiling after I was given “Thank You” cards from the students. Just reading them made me feel so happy that I had the opportunity to spend the day with them and share with them my passion.
Scroll down to see the cards that they created for me.
What's your passion? Share your thoughts below.
What is the National Folk Festival? The National Folk Festival (NFF) is a national festival that has been taking place in Greensboro, North Carolina for the past 2 years with plans to be in our state for years to come. Sponsored by the Arts of Greensboro and a host of other co-sponsors the NFF has been anticipated since the beginning of the year. Check out the pictures below of the opening parade.
Did you know that Guilford County is home to North Carolina’s largest refugee population? Moreover, the diversity of the population is truly astonishing. In Guilford County you can find individuals from more than 141 countries. Wow, how diverse is that?! All of this diversity is manifested at the NFF every year. We enjoyed performers of music and dance from across America with ties to North Carolina. The NC Folk Life Area celebrated and showcased the living traditions of North Carolinians embracing the theme, One State, Many Worlds. Have you ever heard of the Bahamas Junkanoo Revuew? Check them out below.
The NC Arts Marketplace, (where you could find us), featured hand-crafted creations from the finest artists and craftsmen in NC. If you had a chance to stop by our booth you were able to not only catch a whiff of how divine our area smelled with our natural essential oils looming in the air, but you were also attracted to our art, handmade jewelry and accessories that embraced our booth. It was as if you stepped into a little piece of me. :-)
Speaking of me, my name is Camilia Zuleikha Majette and I am the Founder and CEO of Nailah’s Shea, LLC. I was born in Washington, DC and raised in a small town in NC called Ahoskie, I journeyed to Greensboro, NC when I was 18 years old to pursue my undergraduate degree at NC A&T State University in Journalism and Mass Communications, I have since graduated with a Master’s in Health Services Administration and I now call Greensboro my home for 16 years.
My diverse and multicultural background starts with my father’s love for travel and humanitarian work. He is African American with Tuscarora Native American decent and originally from a small village in North Carolina called Rich Square. My mother is an American citizen of Zanzibari descent whose origins and ancestry can be traced back to Zanzibar Island, Tanzania (East Africa), Oman, Baluchistan and Pakistan. I've had the opportunity to travel to several African countries as well as the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. I have met with the finest crafters and artist in these regions. I take pride in learning from them and sharing their work with you.
Our next entry will be about “Meeting you at the National Folk Festival.” Take the journey with me! I look forward to your thoughts and comments ~ Camilia
Camilia Z. Majette, MHSA
Camilia, Founder and CEO of Nailah's Shea, LLC is a mom, wife, global traveler, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. She loves to share her knowledge and passion about natural living and wellness with everyone she meets.