Women Who Inspire: Jamyla Bennu
(Photo Courtesy Jamyla Bennu)
NAME: Jamyla Bennu
OCCUPATION: Mixtress, creator and CEO of Oyin Handmade
WHO SHE IS: Jamyla Bennu is like Wonder Woman, if Wonder Woman also ran a successful personal care business and was an incredible wife and mother in addition to being a superhero. She’s the kind of woman that the media insists doesn’t exist – the woman who truly has it all. Jamyla and her husband Pierre are the creators of Oyin Handmade, a beloved line of hair and body care products for men and women, primarily people blessed with naturally curly and highly-textured hair. Oyin is the Yoruba word for honey, and legions of natural-haired women have been sweet on their products for the past decade. Now Target has gotten hip to the honey and Oyin products will be found on store shelves at everyone’s favorite retail store, nationwide. In addition to running Oyin, Jamyla is a mother of two adorable boys. Ebony Magazine recently named the Bennu’s one of the Coolest Black Families in America, with good reason. When the Bennu’s aren’t making amazing products or spending quality time with the kids, they’re self-publishing books, designing covetable tee shirts, making funny and meaningful art films and teaching others how to improve their relationships with their cute, quirky and honest Ebony video series, Love Works. They are a couple that lives and loves to create and inspire. Jamyla Bennu is a woman who found a balance between life, love, family and career that works for her.
WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Jamyla Bennu has the same 24 hours in her day as I do, but somehow she accomplishes so much more in the same amount of time. She inspires me to be my best self, to always exercise my right to create, to put my ideas out there in whatever medium I can and to find delight and joy in the everyday aspects of life.
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