Trina Diakabanzila
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Trina Diakabanzila?

Trina Diakabanzila is a United States Air Force veteran. She currently lives in Washington D.C. working as a Management and Program Analyst with the Federal Government.

Also a new entrepreneur, she recently teamed up with her best friend to open up a phone store, Connection Wireless, where customers can both buy and sell cellular phones, pay their bills, etc. The store is located in Downtown Rocky Mount, N.C., which although a ghost town, the pair hopes is an opportunity to restore the town to its original glory. They spotted a building that had been empty for over a year, negotiated the price, and now it’s theirs. “Starting a business is very difficult because you never know what may arise, but with positive attitude, and trust in God, everything else will work itself out,” says Trina.

While she was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she spent most of her life in NC prior to joining the military. Trina is  from a very tight- knit, hard-working, loving family. She has one older sister who is currently in the military.

Since leaving the military, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration this year.

During the past two years, she moved around a lot trying to “find herself in the civilian world” by donating her time through various charitable endeavors. She volunteered as the blood drive coordinator in collaboration with American Red Cross and other military installations, became the Pretty Brown Girl club leader for the Charlotte, NC area, served at soup kitchens, and gave tours to high school students. Her latest volunteer effort has been helping co-workers with their resume writing.

As a short, African (American) female officer, Trina claims the greatest feeling is knowing that she will forever be part of the 1 percent of Americans who didn’t mind answering the nation’s call. According to her Congolese uncle, “sala ngolo, dia ngolo,” which means work hard and eat hard.

How long have you been natural?

The very FIRST time I went natural was in November of 2007. I have had few big chops since then, and my last one was May 27, 2014.

Why did you decide to go natural?

Going natural was a personal choice. I can be daring at times. I also would always look at my pictures when I was younger with my HEALTHY, THICK natural hair. As I got older, I was able to make my own choices and live for ME.

What is your fave styling product?

I like to keep it simple and as natural as possible. For my moisturizer, I mix African shea butter and coconut oil. To wash my hair, I mostly use vinegar and baking soda, sometimes I use conditioner only and don’t apply any heat to my hair. And how can I forget my Jamaican Castor Oil.

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

Since I just big chopped 2 months ago, my favorite style is the wash and go! When my hair was longer, I did my own Havana twists or the two strand twists (outs). CLICK HERE for more pictures on my natural hair journey.

- Week of July 27, 2014

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