THE BEAUTY OF AFRICAN FASHION

THE BEAUTY OF AFRICAN FASHION

 

Fashion all over the world is beautiful. But the uniqueness of it is making use of what you know with what you have to create more awesome styles. Africa is growing by the day, and what they know have made them to utilize what they have. Take for instance, the use of our local fabrics (Ankara) for making of eye-catching things that is making waves in the world. Great things like these don’t just happen; there are also great people with great minds that are behind these. I will be specific with one of these great minds that has fashioned what they fancy, Irene Oge Kenneth– CEO of Deramau Designs.

 

Deramau Designs has shown the real beauty of fashion making use of Ankara. This fashion style by this African daughter is extending from the ordinary styles that were seen in Africa, to the extraordinary styles that are not seen. One wouldn’t go for a taste he or she detests, but Deramau Designs is definitely an answer to some unanswered question of the African fashion most people had seen as ‘WHACKED’. Just hope the world is ready for this new African Fashion that wouldn’t just be worn in farms and market places, but also in award nights and in the world of entertainment, and in everywhere.

 

This would be achieved not just by one effort, but all efforts. African brothers and sisters can help grow this new African fashion by wearing what we produce. Deramau Designs can give the best which would make one ask for the rest. Go for the best.

 

It’s Africa, it’s unique, It’s extraordinary, it’s creative styles, it’s fashion, its Deramau Designs.

THE SECRET BEHIND PASSION

 

Passion isn’t just being creative; it involves doing what you love. I’m a witness because I’m one of those who love what they do. I’ve being writing ever since I was nine, but it didn’t occur to me what I was doing until I grew up to understand why I would choose it over most things. Do you know what you want most or what you like doing best without regret? It’s called passion. It is the act of being fully involved in a talent.

 

 WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

 

Some people have lots of talents, but the one they fancy and practice most is their passion. You don’t need to be paid in order to pursue it, you pursue it because you love it, and it gives you an innermost happiness. Passion doesn’t let one rest until he/she gets an accomplishment. It hungers for more accomplishment even when you’ve accomplished a lot; that means being passionate is being hungry- literally. The hunger to chase and catch a target, the hunger to search and find, the hunger to start and finish, the hunger to strive till you win.

 

THE TRUTH

 

Have you ever wondered what you are, and what you would be? There can’t be answers to these questions if you don’t know what you are good at. Sometimes the problem is not just the problem, sometimes the problem is you; because you restrict yourself. In all, the only one to make all of these possible is you. You are the secret behind passion.

I’M AN AFRICAN WOMAN

    

 

I’m a woman

Yes! An African woman

Who knows her wants

And respects her deeds

 

I’m taught to respect

But I also deserve respect

To maintain my essence

And be the best me

 

I’m a reason

For multiplication

No woman

No generation

 

I make meals

To make it real

If they think it’s a deal

Then I do have a choice

 

I’m born and will reborn

It’s a beautiful thing

It’s not just a story

It’s my glory

 

 

Call me a woman

An adorable woman

An African adorable woman

A super African adorable woman!

 

 

 

 

SOWING

 

 

Good morning sir!

I see your handwork

I salute your fat muscles

 

Don’t pretend you don’t hear anything

The tears that runs down her cheeks

So innocent but you didn’t take cognizance

 

The liar and cheat you call her

Is your real name

But you keep pretending

 

I hear you preach on the pulpit

Forgive and learn to love

Yet you punch her like a slave

 

She dare not speak

Because she doesn’t know

Whether to leave or stay

 

She planted love

But you let it die

While she bleeds you fed

 

She once had a heart

But you made it a stone

So enjoy the meal.

 

Art credit: charlse mbeharts

Poem: Maureen Onyinye Kenneth

TO MY IGBO ANCIENT QUEEN (ACHALAUGO NWANYI)

 

 

When I speak of beauty

I see my Igbo ancient queen.

She doesn’t need to be beautified

For she is the goddess

of beauty.

 

She stopped a four year war

With her smile’s.

Nne! Iya egbu ha!

Biko jiri ya nwayoo!

 

Her skin glitz like the stars

Her eyeballs are like the sun

So shinny that

I can’t even look deep

In her eyes.

Her palms are so soft

That I wish for her touch

Every passing moment

Her hug made me sell all my properties

Just to purchase a castle on air

Where we could live forever

If permitted by the gods.

But, is it possible?

 

Oh! It’s only a dream.

I should better start going

Before my imagination

Cost me my fortune.

 

Art credit: Dora Alis

Poem: Maureen Onyinye Kenneth

 

 

WHAT LEADS TO SUICIDE?

WHAT LEADS TO SUICIDE

IS IT DEPRESSION OR REJECTION?

The question of suicide can’t be answered without accepting that depression is real. Some people say depression doesn’t exist, some say it’s spiritual, some say it’s the matter of time before things get to normal. But, if depression doesn’t exist, what then leads to Suicide?

Yes, spiritual problem does exist; but no, spiritual problem isn’t everything. In our societies today, lots of people go through mental torments which they need someone to help talk them out of it, but people who are supposed to help are too busy condemning and criticizing.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION?

  • Could it be as a result of financial set back?
  • Could it be emotional break down?
  • Could it be continuous failure in exams and other challenges?
  • Could it be rejection from those you love?

HOW DOES DEPRESSION RELATE TO SUICIDE?

From the causes listed above, you will come to the realization that when victims are not being paid attention to, when they don’t meet up with their targets, they might end up taking their own lives; because they feel miserable and lack affection and attention from people who might solve their problems.

Don’t say depression doesn’t exist just because you are emotionally strong and can withstand lots of set back without being depressed. Some people don’t know how to control their emotions, they don’t even know how to express how they feel in their worst situations and if no one is there to guide them, what do think would happen?

 

Dear readers, please drop your comments on this!

 

THE TRUE TREASURE

              THE TRUE TREASURE

 

Everything on earth has value; it depends on how it’s being handled. If you value what you have, you are indirectly giving other people the chance to do same. Take for instance, the traditional cloths (Ankara) we have, gradually it’s becoming something very valuable to us (Africans) and the entire world, because we have shown its value to other people by wearing and advertising it, making other products out of it such as: Ankara plate, shoes, bags, jewelries, note books, curtains, art works and so on. This is the knowledge of what we have and others have seen how we treasure what we have and they want to take part in the promotion of this creativity.

 

No one will value what you have unless you start valuing it yourself. We have capable brains and hands that can help change the story that has been told about us. The problem we have is, we fail to give these capable hands our full support and that is why we are still under developed. Let’s take one of our African countries as an example, Rwanda faced serious genocide years ago which finally took its end in the year 1994. But today, Kigali, its capital is one of the neatest and well developed in the whole of Africa. They have countless investments and continuous increase in the countries income. This is because; they gave no excuse for development. Any nation in Africa can do better if we stopped giving excuses and start taking responsibilities.

 

It’s a wake up time for we Africans to put our heads together and create things from what we are blessed with (natural resources), to prove to the outside world that we are capable of building a tall mountain of development that can hold firm our sense of continuous recreation. We can’t do that by focusing on one source (oil), we can achieve this, by making wise use of every resource given to us by God Almighty. Stop tying your opportunities down with complaint, learn to make wise use of your talents and the resources around to improve your country. The time is now.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS AN AFRICAN?

 WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE

AS AN AFRICAN?

Often, I have heard most African brothers and sisters complain about who they are; it shouldn’t be that way, it should be the other way, ‘what they are’. If the color of your skin keeps you up all night, then you are on the wrong track. Changing your skin color doesn’t change who you are, because who you are is internal. You have to know you can’t take out your true person as an African; it’s either you accept your true person or you forget your true person. The only thing you can change is what you are because it’s external.

When you are in the midst of people that classify you as timid, the only way to prove them wrong is not by taking it personal or being bitter about it. Rather, you should try overcoming timidity and showing them how great you are, by doing what you do best when given any task to handle.

What you are; is the self confidence you build in you that will yield high self esteem:  ‘what you are’ is that commitment you put in, whenever a responsibility is being given to you:  ‘what you are’ is doing the right thing always, with or without being watched. Don’t mistake what you are to who you are; who you are, is nature but what you are, is nurture. Self discipline can promote high self esteem.

Your biggest challenge as an African shouldn’t be what people say about you, it should be how you accept your heritage and preach about what you truly stand for, without being intimidated by racial discrimination or class discrimination. It should be all about what you have to offer to the world, which would place a bigger picture of you and the image of your continent. Speak the word and heal the world, preach Africa.

 

THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR

 THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR

 

How many have to go through it over and over before we see to it? How many will be destroyed before we come up with a safe plan? How far will it go before the world hears and take serious note? When are we ready to give a listening ear to what is more important rather than what doesn’t make much sense? How much time do we have left to treat this mess? It isn’t a joke; it has to be looked into.

There is no point covering a crime that has to be known, so justice won’t be given to it. It makes more sense to see what most children go through in our society and we pay much attention to either change or promote it. Silence towards evil is giving permission to more evil. We need to help save children who can’t speak for themselves. There needs to be an end to child abuse. There needs to be a correction to wrong impressions. Every child deserves to be happy, every child deserves to be free from early sex, every child deserves a chance to air their view, every child deserve to be given attention, every child deserves to be heard.

It’s time we stopped hiding the truth of what most kids go through: it’s time justice takes charge for their redemption: it’s time we checked the environments our kids dwell in, to know if it’s suitable or not: it’s time we gave their feelings a reborn.

We can’t do this by just watching and ignoring; we can achieve this by saying no to child Abuse, by saving kids going through this around us, by seeking justice for any victim of child Abuse. The world can be a better place for them if we make it to be. They look up to us, because we are bigger in thoughts and in actions. Support them in any way you can, to see that the perpetrators of this evil act (Child Abuse) are brought to book. Lets help this kids feel normal again. Let’s put smiles on their faces.

YOUR LIFE STYLE IS YOUR UNIFORM!

       YOUR LIFE STYLE IS YOUR UNIFORM!

 

The wonderful picture of yourself is the image you make for yourself. Being who you are, takes more than just the name you bear. Special people are special for the difference they show. The way you handle things around you adds to the recipe of your everyday activities. You were made for a reason to capture something that has being missing in the whole world. The universe owes you chances which are given to you every moment you breathe, but you also owe them the utilization of the chances given to you. The question that should keep you cooking is; how do you want to be remembered?

When you act the way you feel, place it at the back of your mind that you are responsible for the outcomes, be it negative or positive. Your life style evolves in the outcome of your every day activity; this is the uniform you wear.

Work for something that will remain even when you are gone.  Something no one has achieved. It could be the people you nurtured their mindset to function positively, it could be the goal you achieved that was termed ‘IMPOSSIBLE’; this is how you would be remembered.

 

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