Delectable Affiong Ene-Obong is a lawyer, author and poet. She is also a certified screenwriter and essayist.
She has a degree in Law from Babcock University and B.L from the Nigerian Law School Abuja. She is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Port Harcourt (Rivers State chapter), Poets in Nigeria (PIN), Seaview Poetry Club PortHarcourt (Rivers State chapter) and Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA) – International Federation of Women Lawyers Nigeria (Rivers State chapter).
Affiong is passionate about the rights of women and children, particularly those with special needs.
Her drive, passion and excellence motivate others to become influencers, to grow their brands and become the most sought after in their fields of endeavour. She also strives to help people build their confidence and pursue their dreams.
Affiong is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Yellow People, a lifestyle magazine to celebrate, encourage and support persons with special needs.
Her anthology A Life Called Forever was published to woo hearts and stir souls to achieve the impossible.
Please meet the delectable lady who has been described as the embodiment of Inspiration, Affiong Ene-Obong.
A Life Called Forever was published to woo hearts and stir souls to achieve the impossible. @Affiong_ETweet
Tell us a bit about your growing up years
Affiong: Growing up was a time to learn, unlearn and relearn. It was typically a phase of self discovery. This involved ‘present’ parents (present in every sense of the word). Many don’t understand that parenting is a lifestyle and not a habit.
The self discovery phase begets every other phase and guides us through life.
Growing up years had its share of ups and downs: people staring at parties, shopping malls, etc. being on a wheelchair. I had to outgrow that at some point in my life.
Inaccessibility to locations of interest got my dad to survey and get people to assist from time to time.
My educational experience has been amazing. It takes an indomitable will, resilient spirit and focused heart to achieve excellence. Every educational experience had lessons and gave room for blessings.
How was your experience schooling in Nigeria?
Affiong: Schooling in Nigeria can be likened to a roller-coaster ride. There are many laws and structures that need to be worked on to ensure that schooling is convenient for people, particularly those with special needs.
The facilities weren’t not wheelchair accessible, but teachers, caregivers, students and well-meaning persons gave their support. Throughout my schooling years, I had females friends assisting me.
Life is challenging, but perseverance has always been paramount. Schooling in Nigeria involved perseverance, patience and prayers
Schooling in Nigeria involved perseverance, patience and prayers @Affiong_ETweet
Tell us a bit about your latest title, and the attention it has received since it got published.
Affiong: After the Storm is a true story based on love, courage and hope. It tells the story of love and life gone sour, and the challenges of filial loyalty and responsibility. The book aims to address issues, which serve as a tool for activism towards spurring principal actors, families and the society to act swiftly to the increasing spate of discrimination, dejection and disregard for persons with special needs by advocacy, affirmation and affection.
It aims to address issues which serve as a tool for activism and change.
The book was birthed from a place of resilience, restlessness and quest for change nationally and globally.
Many need to be enlightened on giving a voice to those with special needs.
What is your vision for the project?
Affiong: This isn’t just a vision but a legacy. The world needs to embrace inclusiveness. By this, we promote oneness and accept the idea of sharing our stories with one another.
By accepting to share our stories, affection, attention and affirmation become our mantra and not mere words.
This project seeks to amplify voices and increase the visibility of persons with special needs.
This project seeks to amplify voices and increase the visibility of persons with special needs. @Affiong_ETweet
Launch campaigns will foster connectivity, consultation and counseling for parents of children with special needs.
So we heard you have a flare for good fragrances and you have a business to that effect. Please tell us about it.
Affiong: One’s sense of smell has a direct connection with the brain. Therefore, whatever is perceived whether good or offensive affects a person positively or adversely. It affects mentally, physically, emotionally and more.
Nice scents appeal to our senses of smell and make us feel fresh, fabulous and full of life.
I decided to start a fragrance brand to enlighten others on the need to smell nice, proffer solutions, answer questions and give insights on beauty, personal and health care, fashion and style
By accepting to share our stories, affection, attention and affirmation become our mantra and not mere words. @Affiong_ETweet
What inspired Fifi’s Finesse?
Affiong: ‘Fifi’s Finesse’ was birthed from a place of resilience, restlessness and quest for change.
One’s perception about himself can make such a person live well or drown in his fear. If one has a good perception about himself, it reflects in his posture, etiquette and self-care.
If one is particular about self-care, smelling nice shouldn’t be an option but a lifestyle.
‘Fifi’s Finesse’ has been created to groom dapper men and gorgeous women to feel fresh and fabulous unapologetically.
If one is particular about self-care, smelling nice shouldn’t be an option but a lifestyle. @Affiong_ETweet
What are your product lines?
Affiong: The product line of Fifi’s Finesse include:
– Health, personal and beauty products
– Fashion accessories
– Gift set and souvenirs for all occasions
– Home and interior designs
– Product design for art events, exhibitions and tours. etc.
Awesome. So, how can we patronise Fifi’s Finesse?
Affiong: For inquiries and purchases, kindly follow on
Facebook: Fifi’s Finesse Brand
Tell us more about the YELLOW PEOPLE Magazine project. What inspired the Magazine?
Affiong: YELLOW PEOPLE magazine was birthed from a place of unrest and quest for answers to questions throbbing my heart and hearts of others with special needs. We hope to build a brand that strikes a chord in the hearts of many around the world.
YELLOW PEOPLE magazine was birthed from… quest for answers to questions throbbing my heart and hearts of others with special needs. @Affiong_ETweet
Affiong: YELLOW PEOPLE magazine is visually appealing, offers a unique voice and addresses subjects of individual interest.
People can read our magazine and get information on how to care for those with special needs and be inspired to live fully no matter the challenges.
Kudos! So, how can we get to read YELLOW PEOPLE Magazine?
Affiong: Follow on Instagram @yellowpeoplemagazine Twitter @YellowPeopleMagFacebook @YellowPeopleMagazine
What should we expect from you in the future?
Affiong: Nobel Laureate award, recognition and award for championing causes on special needs advocacy.
Awesome! Tell us one thing /person that has kept you going?
Affiong: Faith, trust and believe in God
YELLOW PEOPLE magazine gives information on how to care for those with special needs, and be inspired to live fully no matter the challenges. @Affiong_ETweet
Tell us the best word of advice / inspiration you’ve ever received.
Affiong: Believe in yourself and everyone would believe you.
Final word for your friends colleagues and readers?
Affiong: Everyone has a story, share it. The world would be a better place if we live, love and share our stories.
The world would be a better place if we live, love and share our stories. @Affiong_ETweet