Honing your writing skills

How much time do you give yourself, To fashion and hone your language skills? Do you spend enough time to master The delicate craft of writing? An important matter to think about If you want to articulate with dexterity; To be a great writer is a worthwhile exercise; But not a bed of roses, nor a day’s job; See how beautifully the great writers do it; Like they were savoring a delicious meal, Take a look at the crisp lines of La Belle Vie; See how charmingly the writer writes; It is eloquent and flowery; And once you start to read, You have no desire to come to a stop; You become so engrossed; You want it to bury yourself in it forever; You wish it had not come to an end; It flows like a spring on a hillside, Sweet like the product of bees called honey; When you finally turn the last page, You hate that it has come to an end; So well the writer has fine tuned her skill, A thing to everyone I strongly recommend; Language has such amazing power; The more you master it, The more power you wield; Reason you must take time and master Your writing skills; So that you may write like the masters And hold the world in your palms. I got inspiration for this post from the blog La Belle Vie by Sarah. This brilliant blogger has impressed me with her writing style. Reading Immigration Brouhaha and Budget trip to the French Riviera (Nice), l was moved to write on writing.

Stunning Festive Indian Outfit Ideas: Look #1 Of The Series.

For this Festive Season, we will be bringing you 9 different Festive Looks for these coming nine days. So here presenting the Look #1 that is our ‘Classic Regal Look’ with fashion forever Anarkalis for women and Kurta Pyjamas for men.

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The little ‘ol tribal box

“The runway is set, the models are clothed in animal print and bright colors with their faces painted with bold streaks. The world was ready to receive this Italian designer’s “Africa Collection”. He believed he had successfully brought African culture to life. The world wouldn’t know what hit it when those models got on that runway…”

WRONG.

For a long time, people outside the continent have limited their view of what fashion is like in Africa. They usually use words like ethnic and tribal to describe what they think is fashion from Africa. I sometimes just cringe when people use these words because they limit the reality of our fashion and style. First of all, there isn’t one African culture or style (There are 54 countries with different cultures, sub-cultures and as many as 2000 languages for crying out loud!). Secondly, a lot of the things that they describe with these words ARE NOT EVEN AFRICAN.

I always knew that there was a certain perception about Africa or what our “attempt at fashion” was like, but this truth hit me so hard when I arrived in the States. Honestly, most people just think of masks and animal print and/or very bright Ankara fabric when they hear “African fashion”. Let’s not even mention the people that think we are so poor and untalented that we cannot make our own clothes (yes someone, a supposedly very educated man might I add, actually asked me if I knew what I was saying when I said that fashion from Africa does well on the international market. He said that on TV he never even sees us wear our clothes. We just wear hand-me-down Laker’s jerseys from 5 years ago. *Sigh* Some people try my life on the daily over here, help me Jesus! 😑).

So back to what I was saying. In general, most people outside the continent limit their thoughts to the very traditional things like this:

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Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional wear. Being the full blooded Ghanaian that I am, I absolutely love all the traditional prints and designs, and I am sure other Africans love theirs too. But my problem is this: That is not all we have to offer.

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Neckpiece by Christie Brown – Ghana

I may not be able to speak for all African countries, but I can say that in Ghana, a couple of decades ago, people thought of small-scale seamstresses and tailors when they heard the term fashion design. But now the industry is so much bigger than that.

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Taibo Bacar – Mozambique

It consists of design that is a mix of several different cultures and sewing techniques from all over the world. And come to think of it, I don’t think there were fashion stylists back then that could actually make a decent living; Now there are several!

The whole fashion industry is rapidly growing and evolving and I think it’s time other parts of the world understand and recognize this. Oh and when I say its growing, I really mean it. According to the Euromonitor report, the apparel and textile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is already $31 billion. It definitely was not worth this much a few decades ago!

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Celine Dress – Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria)

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Dress by April Rust – Ghana

The fashion landscape in Africa is changing and I applaud those that are taking it by the horns and running with it to the rest of the world. However, let’s not forget to make sure that we are actually telling our own style story instead of letting others interpret and tell it for us.

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Blazer by Abrantie – Ghana

See this picture below? It’s by Michael Tompsett and I absolutely love it…I don’t know what it means to you, but to me I see the diversity on the continent and the fact that we each have different parts to play in telling our African story. The future is ours for the taking if we choose to believe it, but most importantly, if we show the world that fashion from Africa can’t be placed in a box and just labelled as “ethnic”. Style is just style. And we certainly do have that on the continent.

 

Written by Elorm Sika Yankah

Style Summit Africa (Founder and Content Lead)

www.stylesummitafrica.com

This article was extracted from her blog and can be found at the link above.

I never was in it

Fashion!
It has never been my thing;
I liked to see people
Dressed in fashion
And looking cute;
But it never mattered to me
To wear such fashion stuff myself;
And many they were:
Tana, patte d’elephant;
And salamanda for shoes;
For hairstyle, afro.
Gone are many of them
As times change
And people as well.

DAILY PROMPT
New Sensation
Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.

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My lovely teacher

Teacher!
My lovely teacher!
What a great soul you are!
None can say what I would have been
Without you;
God created me as raw material
And like a goldsmith,
You fashioned me
Into luminous metal;
Precious gold;
You are my architect;
The architect of humans;
The architect of the world;
Eternity you influence.
So who says you aren’t great?