SAP 013 - Emma Ako aka Mama Luna; using creativity to facilitate open and productive conversations about womb health

Mama Luna on the #socialAfricanshow

Emma Ako is a London based creative. She is a natural health devotee and an avid Yoni Steamer.

Emma is also known as Mama Luna; a personal brand she has built as a channel for women to have open and honest conversations about their womb health.

Personal life

"I’m from Cameroon, my dad is from the Northern part of Cameroon and my Mum is from Central-Southern Cameroon. I was born and raised here in London. I call myself Cameroonian. I have five older sisters and two younger brothers."

Area of focus and expertise

"Building the brand which is Mama Luna. I make and sell Yoni Steam-seats. Basically, spreading the word about yoni steaming. I really want to get women to have healthy and productive conversations when it comes to womb health."

What is Yoni Steaming?

"Yoni is an ancient Hindu word for temple or sacred portal. Yoni steaming is really simple, it’s like a steam for the face but for the womb area instead."

"Yoni steaming benefits:

  • Women on their periods, but you don’t actually do it during your period. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle to alleviate pain and reduce flow.

  • Great for post-pregnancy.

  • Menopause and post-menopause.

  • Women who experience anxiety and panic attacks.

  • And, women who experience a miscarriage."

Yoni Steaming process:

"Put a bowl of hot water and herbs underneath the seat and then you just sit on it. Steaming the vagina directly."

A low point in your journey so far

"When it comes to shipping abroad, some of the shipping companies that you use can really let you down. So, maybe 2 months ago, someone from Brooklyn ordered a seat from me and for some reason, they didn’t get it. To have an angry customer so early into the journey was quite a hit."

Lightbulb moment

"With Mama Luna, there weren't any Yoni Steam-seats available in the UK at a cheap price, so I thought, screw it, I am going to make my own. And, I did."

What got you buzzing right now?

Radio. It's got me buzzing because I’m able to learn from other women that I have coming on the show and all these women who tune in to the show. My show is called Mama Luna Speaks on Urban Jazz Radio every Tuesday.

Lion’s Den

  • What is your favourite African saying?

"I've got two, one is:

No matter how long the night is, day will surely come.

And, the other (not quite sure it's a proverb but it should be):

Is it your business?"

  • What was holding you back from building your brand?

"I just didn’t really believe that it was something I could do, especially when it comes to being able to make a living from it."

  • Which is your social media platform of choice and why?

"Instagram. I do post a few visuals there. Most of my customers in America heard about me through Instagram."

  • Share one daily routine that contributes to your success.

I wake up, every day and first of all, I give thanks to my ancestors and to the women that have come before me."

  • Recommend a book for the tribe to check out

"The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships by Sobonfu Some"

  • If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

"I’ll go off and travel; book a plane ticket to go to the northern part of Cameroon and just experience the nature. Then I’ll go to the African-Colombian part of Colombia. I’ll go there for the music."

Words of wisdom

“Listen to your intuition, no matter what. Listen to it, follow it, and trust it.”

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