The narrative about the good life is changing, gone are the days when people believed having enough money in the bank and going off on expensive holidays- were symbols of a great life. Health is the new wealth as more and more people are looking to the fitness industry for help. Life today is all about being your most authentic self and doing that in good shape and form. This much we discovered from our chat with the beautiful movie and TV personality, Musician, performing artist, wife and mother of two Dakore Akande.
When one thinks about wellness warriors, Dakore Akande’s examples shines bright. Her wellness journey is an inspiring testimony, driven by realistic and level headed approaches. She Attributes motivation and determination as elements that fuelled her ability to shed all her baby weight and get right back into her filming business- doing what she knows how to do best- Act! She continues to shatter stereotypical ideologies, proving that age is a mere state of mind as she tells us a lot about her body recovery techniques postpartum; getting back her acting groove and more.
“I used to be very self-conscious but I’m more accepting of myself and my body in general now that I’m older. She says “I will also add that I have more confidence now, simply because I chose to work on the areas of my body I wasn’t happy about; which is something I would always tell anyone who cares to listen. Do you! Right now, I do very little work these days; it’s all about maintaining it and living my best and healthier life”.
Her confidence in front of the camera was mind blowing as she twisted, turned and swayed to the surprise but then admiration of the team members- people who feared that she may be too conservative and wouldn’t want to bare too much for the shoot. Talking about exuding such confidence for her very first ‘nearly bare shoot, she says “Knowing I was going to be on the cover and sharing my fitness experience gave me the extra motivation so thank you! I also loved the theme of the shoot and the opportunity I have to show people that becoming a mother and a wife doesn’t mean you should lose touch with your body image especially if it’s important to you as a person”.
Talking banging bods and keeping a relationship going, she takes it to school- while she believes that, working hard to achieve your desired body goal is important, she also tells us for free that skinny doesn’t mean fit and having the best body is not a criterion for keeping a man. “you could have a banging body and a terrible personality. Your banging bods may help you get a man but won’t necessarily keep him. I want to believe that the general driver to look your best is usually for yourself; all other reasons are secondary.
On doing this for herself and what she likes most about her body now, she continues “I love the fact that by God’s grace I have come to appreciate the strength of a woman. Being pregnant and bringing two precious angels into this world is not an easy task. After my first child I wasn’t happy with the weight I gained but I was determined and I did it! So to see myself go through those changes and come back fitter and stronger is something that makes me marvel at our capacity as women. Without sounding totally vain I love my arms and bum but I wish I had slightly bigger boobs.” She is as real as it gets and shares the same struggle majority of women go through, when she talks about her biggest fitness challenges “sticking to eating right is incredibly hard because I have a chronic sweet tooth. Why does everything that tastes good have to be bad? However, I stay very mindful of what I eat. Lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains for sure and when I do fall off the wagon by succumbing to my said sweet tooth I cut back on other days so it’s definitely a struggle. I would also chip in that I’m a Yoga addict. Mainly because it not only strengthens the body but the mind”.
This issue also features interesting articles and interviews you’ll love!
Interview by Rae Ogbu
Story by Franka Chiedu
photographed by Natalie Welbeck
Make Up by NeonVelvet
Styled by Ihunna Eberendu
Creative Direction by Franka Chiedu
Photography Assistant – Charlene Hesson