Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


Week Three – The Holiday Season is fast approaching: This week was a mixed one. The first lesson was having a staff take ownership of a store that needed ownership. Sometimes it takes a person a while to get there – I typically see it in less than three months, and it happened this week inContinue reading “Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?


I loved paper dolls when I was a child and I know most girls did. When I found this online, I thought it was the beginning of an idea I was working on so, I decided to add it to my blog for others to play with dolls – except – digitally. Enjoy! Click below:Continue reading “African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?”

The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.


by Atim Annette Oton First published in Calabar Magazine. Every other day, I have the same discussion with someone: an African, a Caribbean or an African-American person. It goes like this: When will we get it together? They complain about how little progress has been made and how we as black people are not ready andContinue reading “The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.”

Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series


Some days, posting what I think is hard but I know it is important. Three Lessons today to read: Time, Lists and Numbers Time waits for no man/woman. That sure is the statement of the century. I have been at Calabar imports for 10-1/2 years, December will make it 11, and one thing I haveContinue reading “Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series”

African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria


by Atim Annette Oton I was born in Calabar, the capital of the once called, South Eastern State, the child and only daughter of an Ibibio man from Eket which is now in Akwa Ibom State in Southeastern Nigeria. I grew up knowing my village and my culture, my father, who helped create the state knew the importance of familyContinue reading “African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria”

Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts


Last month, I returned to my role as a curator – exploring Africans in the Bronx. This blog will explore my process from inception to the role of programming and community engagement. I will join LeRonn Brooks as we explore Africa in the Bronx. Here is my first draft of my curatorial concept: BRONX /Continue reading “Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts”

Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods


by Atim Annette Oton My friend Imari DuSuazay calls herself a Brooklyn Girl. I know how that feels, except I am more a Global African Woman living in Brooklyn. Last week, in talking to a reporter, I spoke of how I listen to or read the news, it sounded simple enough. I said that IContinue reading “Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods”

Calabar Imports Bed Stuy PopUp, bringing Africa into the heart of Bed Stuy


This week, I complete the design and installation of our new store just for the holiday. Inspired by Africa, I bring the Global African Redux to Brooklyn in the heart of Bed Stuy. Using color, objects and textiles, I energize a bland space and give it some pop. Here are a few vignettes, more toContinue reading “Calabar Imports Bed Stuy PopUp, bringing Africa into the heart of Bed Stuy”

Schomburg Houses: Affordable Apartment Home Staging in the heart of Harlem


October 6: Beginning the design of the Apartment Staging the Schomburg Houses, a project by West Harlem Group Assistance, an established affordable housing provider. We decided on the first floor back apartment to be the space I stage and the front studio to also serve as a gallery. Sent off colors of accent walls, nextContinue reading “Schomburg Houses: Affordable Apartment Home Staging in the heart of Harlem”