There will be a re-launch of the book ‘Black and Beautiful’ by Ayo Vaughan-Richards today at Quintessence, Lagos. ‘Black and Beautiful’ by Ayo Vaughan-Richards was first published in the UK in July, 1986 and it offers Black women practical advice on nutrition, exercise, skin and hair care, make-up, hairstyles, and African-style fashions.
It will be an afternoon of fun and refreshments.
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Venue: Quintessence, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
About the Author
Ayo Vaughan (1928-1993), was a nurse who was from a prominent Lagos family in Nigeria. On his arrival in Lagos, Alan Richards met and married Ayo Vaughan and the new couple became the Vaughan-Richards.
In an interview with Chicago Tribune in May 29, 1988, Ayo said “…I decided to retire after 25 years in nursing and go into cosmetics manufacturing and writing because I had done what I wanted to do. I found myself on a plateau and couldn`t get any higher… Another major decision I made was the choice of a life partner. At the time I was growing up in Lagos, it was quite in order for a Nigerian man to marry a white woman. No problem. But the other way around, the woman was considered a prostitute. So I was faced with this problem when I met Alan, my husband, who is white. All my life I`d been looking for a man who would let me be me. After we met, though, I had to decide whether I should go ahead with the relationship (and withstand social pressure) or say goodbye. I said to myself, “I`d be playing to the whims and caprices of society if I let him go. My life is my life, and I`ll do what I want. When I got married, my mother took Alan as her son, despite the earlier problems…” Read the full article here