The vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria, had a special sparkle in September 2023 as the ELLA Global Community’s Wellness Event took center stage. Against a backdrop of rich culture and a growing wave of self awareness, the event became a powerful celebration of well-being and unity among women.
by Danielle Siqueira and Eniola Falade
At 12:30 p.m. 15 enthusiastic participants, all with hearts wide open, were ready to embark on a transformative journey of self-care and well-being. The dedicated Country Director, Eniola, set the stage with a warm welcome, and engaging ice-breaker activities created an atmosphere of support and understanding. The air was filled with electric energy as the participants began to connect on a deeper level.
Ubuntu Healing Circle: A Symbol of Inclusivity
Dr. Toyin, a beacon of wisdom and compassion, took the reins for the first session, known as the “Ubuntu Healing Circle.” In this mesmerising display of unity, participants formed a circle, guided by gentle, rhythmic movements and soothing music. The Ubuntu Healing Circle transcended language, offering solace and rejuvenation to all attendees, uniting them through the universal language of movement, music, and shared experience.
A Cathartic Release – The Rant HQ Session
After the calming effects of the Ubuntu Healing Circle, Dr. Toyin introduced the “Rant HQ Session.” Participants took hold of a symbolic baton, granting them a platform to express their deepest feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This session became a profound and cathartic release, forging deep connections and shared understanding among all who participated. It was a space where voices were heard and stories were told, a step towards healing and liberation.
The event’s momentum continued to soar with the “Mindful Self-Care Practices Through Holistic Strategies and Tools” session, attracting 22 eager participants. Dr. Toyin guided attendees through holistic techniques aimed at enhancing self-awareness and well-being. Her session concluded with an engaging Q&A, allowing attendees to seek further guidance on self-care practices, fostering a sense of empowerment that would resonate beyond the event’s boundaries.
‘Healing from Toxic Relationships’ – An Empowering WorkshopA potent interactive workshop titled “Healing from Toxic Relationships,” led by Blaze, where 24 participants gathered to explore strategies and tools for recovering from harmful relationships and nurturing self-worth. Blaze’s expertise provided attendees with invaluable insights and empowerment, a testament to the event’s commitment to holistic well-being.
Towards a Brighter Future
ELLA Nigeria continues to lead the way in creating visibility and fostering well-being, a mission that transcends borders and resonates with every heart. As Lagos basks in the warmth its sunny history, ELLA Nigeria shines commitment and hope, guiding the way towards a more inclusive and compassionate future.
Support and Community at the Core
The ELLA Global Community’s mission is to advocate for the rights and well-being of women and non-binary people all over the world. Their work is a testament to the belief that even in countries privileged with acceptance and inclusivity, we must not forget those who are not safe. This message reverberated through every corner of the Wellness Event, demonstrating that every bit of help is a step toward making the world a more inclusive place.