ONLY JUST A BOY ANNOUNCEMENT

Finally !!!! The wait is over.

I will be releasing a collection of poetry that is very dear to my heart in the following weeks. To be one of the first 100 people to get their hands on the book and get the first scoop on all things ONLY JUST A BOY . Submit your email address below

LIPTON AND LITERATURE PARTY

Kolade Pelumi posing at his exhibition stand during the Lipton tea party,

 

October 7,  2018 will always hold fun memories for me.  It was a big honor to be recognized among Nigeria’s bold creatives currently shaping the creative space in Nigeria. Lipton Nigeria teamed up with the African Artists’s foundation with further support from The Yellow of Lagos to produce a truly special evening  filled with delicacies of literature and exciting cocktails from Lipton Nigeria.

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The Right Watch

I have had it on my mind to buy myself a proper gentleman’s watch for a while now, but I had to wait for funds to be complete. As I have not yet become “Otedola with the money” 😂.

After I had saved the right amount to spare for what I considered a decent watch, I then faced the problem that haunts every gentleman on a budget, whether to buy a brown strapped watch or a black strapped watch.

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SVELTE – A fashion Editorial

Hi guys.

I have always had plans of writing fashion editorials to bring some sort of variety to the site.

After my most recent photo shoot for grandeurtailors , I decided to write a fashion editorial about it. But I struggled  to find what to call it or what theme it would revolve around.

I allowed this thought stay with me in my sub-conscious after the shoot.  About a week later, during one of the lectures I take weekly ( It’s an NYSC thing), a fashion inclined speaker used the word svelte! Once the word dropped from her lips , I was immediately fascinated. I quickly sort to learn its meaning !

svelte

(svelt  sfelt)

adjective

Someone who is svelte is slim and looks attractive and elegant.

[approval]

Synonyms: slenderlithewillowygraceful
Source : Collins online dictionary

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Alas ! The word was describing me 🙂 . (haha. If I do not feel myself on my own blog post , where else will I) ?

But really this word reminded me about several instances while growing up , where a lot of people regularly made comments like “eat more”, “add some more flesh” and the likes.

I started wishing to grow a bit bigger, but it was never within my control 🙂 .

My dad had always maintained that I should not in anyway look forward to adding any extra flesh ! :).

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The long story is that we should all be happy in our own skin. Try your best to get in a shape that makes you happy, but never live your life trying to please others.

Try your best to get in a shape that makes you happy, but never live your life trying to please others.

I have grown to love myself , and how I Iook, and will do na-da to change it !

The pictures in this post depict how to slay in a slender structure ! some Slim Daddy shiiii :).

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But please note : You can only slay like this if you wear very good bespoke tailoring  just like @grandeurtailors (IG) . You can engage their services online
via the DM, visit grandeurtailors.com  for more information.

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I will go deeper into the intricacies of my styling in subsequent posts !
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DROP OUTS by Kolade Pelumi

Drop outs

In a typical Nigerian home, the importance of making  good grades in school is a song that would be sung into your hearing as soon as your ears are mature enough to make out sounds. You would be beat out of shape when you come home from school with bad grades. This is because it is widely believed that going to school increases your chances of becoming successful in life, and which parent doesn’t want this for their child?

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One score and two years

Time

Regularly, I still put on the uniform of scholars belonging to Albert Einstein’s school of thought,  who believe time is only an illusion.

We all have our various theories and reasons, and here is mine.

We currently, measure time by seconds, which run into minutes , minutes become hours, and hours finally make up  days. A day – which is defined by dawn and dusk.

But then,  the concept of dawn and dusk is simply a make believe. Sun rises and Sun sets are a beautiful illusion created by the rotation of the earth around it’s axis,  so if the earth decided to stop rotating or slow down a little,  our entire idea of time comes crumbling.

I therefore see time as a GIFT that was created  for us to make sense out of our world.  Imagine if we did not have sun rises and Sun sets,  how would we measure time?  the entire world would not even make sense.

When I think about time,  and think about sun sets and Sun rises,  it only affirms by believe that there is a God – The creator of and master mind of sun rises and sunsets,  the creator of time.

Time is a gift from God. A gift that allows us to count our moments here on earth and give our lives meaning. (I would share a complete exposè on my theories about time and all in a future article.)

Today , I want to reflect on God’s gift in my life – time.

I’m one score and two years old (Twenty and two years). Yesterday,  I turned 22.
This means our earth has revolved around our sun 22 times since I was birthed. 😃

I love birthdays,  not because I feel they are “special” compared to other days , (  my understanding of time doesn’t help much ) but because they help me appreciate the gift of time, and reflect on moments in the last revolution of the sun.

The year gone past consisted of several beautiful HIGHs and also a few lows to remind me that this is Life and it’s not a bed of roses.

I met several amazing people during the course of the year,  I also strengthened a lot my past relationships , but some them also waned (well life 🙁 ) .

I made amazing new friendships. I graduated from school,  published an online anthology ,  travelled out of the country, it was wonderful.

One of the highs  would definitely include my experience with the Unilever Africa idea Trophy, which offered  me the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people and have such a wonderful time , it offered a lot of learning  and it would be really difficult  to have me trade this experience for anything.

Let me use this opportunity to also talk about the Global finals I mentioned we were to attend in a previous post.

We eventually couldn’t go in person or rather,  in “people” 🙂 ,  because our visas were denied,  we however tried competing virtually,  and left a remarkable impression on our judges.

I am immensely grateful to all the stakeholders  and everyone who supported us and tried to ensure our success at the competition. My only wish was that  we had the opportunity to deliver our best and to have seen it’s results, however, be assured that we did Nigeria proud. 🙂

I am also thankful to my team mates for such a wonderful experience together.  We entered the contest as friends,  but came out brothers.

Also, during the last revolution of the earth around our sun, I put out my debut collection of poems (Love diary) . It was a promotional collection, and it’s results amazed and really encouraged me.

I was really thankful for the support I received from everyone around me. I was even pressed to release it in paperback,  which I plan to do in earnest,  God willing.  🙂

During the past year,  I also bagged my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering :). It marked an end to five years of University life, five years that helped shape the person I am today.

Somewhere between my freshman and sophomore year,  I set a slightly ambitious target CGPA, in the end,  I came as close as one could ever come and ended up with an excellent result. which reminds me of a quote from my physics teacher in secondary school,  he always said,  “aim for the stars,  maybe you will land on the moon”. By the way, the moon, is a pretty nice place to land.

So guys,  if you have any construction works to be done,  a qualified engineer is just a dial away 😊.

The University also offered me an avenue to make awesome friendships, friendships I would deeply miss and forever cherish!

During the course of the year,  my laptop and phone also got stolen. If you have been following me for a while , you would already be familiar with this sort of happenings, I’m praying for it to stop however. ( When it’s not that I’m some magnet that is always attracting thieves 😀.

This was going to set me back, as I lost a lot of important stuff on my devices,  I lost my documents,  pictures,  short stories,  poems,  CAD designs, vexscheworld related docs etc.

But I have decided to use it as a spring board . I have made a commitment to bounce back stronger. Turn the bad vibes to good ones,  and so far,  that’s been working out fiiine.

All in all,  this year gone past has been a great year.

Moving forward,  I look forward to an exciting period serving my country,NIGERIA on the National youth service Corps (NYSC)  scheme, Concentrate on writing more beautiful stuff, grow the @vexscheworld brand,  experiment more with my music, plan for the future etc.

I am forever thankful for the kind of friends and family God has blessed me with.  They always make me feel like a rockstar everytime it’s my birthday and did just that this time around.  God bless.

Bye… Till my next post,  which would be soon (hopefully) .

Kolade Pelumi.

The story behind this sonic drawing

I still fondly recall an incident that occurred while I was growing up. I think I was in primary 2 or 3. A boy in my class brought a beautiful drawing and said his big brother drew it for him, it was a picture showing a basketball player  slam dunking into a net (I think it was the picture that used to be on the milo tin )I don’t know if it still there.

This picture was so fine and everyone in the class gathered round to admire his big brothers artwork, and I wished my big brother could draw one for me. But I did not have a big brother, as I am a first child and I longed to show off a drawing to my friends too. I then remembered I had an uncle who was an architect, so I decided to ask him to draw me a basketball player slam dunking.

Being an architect, and obviously oblivious of the gravity of my plight, he just took a few seconds to sketch me a line drawing of a boy throwing hoops. I was not satisfied in any way , but I appreciated his effort. I did not show my friends in school though, because really it was just a quick sketch.

Fast forward to almost  a decade plus half a dozen years later,  my nephew (not blood relative –  a family friend ,but he calls me uncle) asks me  to draw him a sonic drawing  he had seen on my phone saying he wanted to show his friends. Nostalgia floods my head as I quickly recall when I was around his age and I longed for a similar thing. I painstakingly took my time to draw the beautiful piece you see above.

What makes this story special is that even if my uncle did not totally understand my plight some 16 , 17 years ago, I had the experience to understand my nephew’s plight.

Morale : Do to others what you would have loved to be done to you, and sometimes when people don’t meet your expectations still appreciate their effort 😊 .

I hope you enjoyed my story! Drop your comments below