By Temitope Ojo
Nollywood actress, Dakore Akande nee Egbuson has revealed the struggles she went through during the course of wearing dreadlocks.
Akande, who wore long dreadlocks for 13 years until 2011, opened up during the third edition of the African Hair Summit held in Abuja at the weekend.
The actress who is an envoy of the summit, came into limelight with the 2002 film ‘She Devil’ and currently plays one of the lead characters in hit TV series ‘Fifty’.
She revealed that at the time she had the hairstyle, only few other people had the courage to do same, adding that people thought she had mental issues or was possessed with a marine spirit, which were stereotypical for people with dreadlocks.
She added that she still went on to carry the hairstyle because she was influenced by the length and beauty of late reggae legend Bob Marley’s hair.
“People were wondering all sorts of things and wondered if my hair wasn’t dirty. I made sure that I kept it neat and with a nice smell and soon people started warming up to the hair. Soon, other people started to try it and now natural hair lifestyle is a movement.” she said.
Akande, encouraged participants, especially women, to accept themselves and the uniqueness in being African with the hair textures and skin tones as everyone has the power to influence.
You are an influencer, you influence people. When you do your natural hair, it can inspire the next person. I didn’t know I could inspire anybody to do anything.
“I just liked locks and decided to do it. I became the woman who had locks and it made it identified. It differentiated me from everybody else.
“When you follow your inner spirit, it’s God pushing you down your path, ” she said.