Work It. Wear It.

It’s the era of streetwear, That’s what all the blogs and stylists say. Couture climbs a rung down the ladder, and it’s Hip making the trends at the moment.

Fashion runways and bazaar shows – it’s the season of bomber jackets and high-soled sneakers, bike pants and saddle bags. Hell! Vigil Abloh is the poster designer of Louis Vuitton.

On the streets of Paris, men wear bucket hats and in London, girls wear hoodies of bold and various patterns.

Fashion comes, and she goes. Seasons are like the moon, it waxes and soon after wanes. Not back home though.

Streetwear has always been the fashion. Afro is street; it is unsaid, but principled in our rough jeans and combat shots, in the maxi vests and military-style sneakers.

Now the fashion shows and vogue critics have caught on. And beige is the new red. Bold patterns are the new tailoring. And Off-white becomes the new Chanel.

But the best part of this season: Reinvention. Streets change and morph, what once was is made even better. Through it all, the streets are about being bold. If you can work it, wear it.

That’s Streetwear, and it has been a long time in coming. Heaven knows that for a fact. The Runways are just catching on though.

But still don’t believe me? Here’s the expert at Fashion Beans:

Right now, streetwear is a certified menswear phenomenon, mainstream fashion and haute couture, price-tag depend.

Here’s a Few ways to Work it this Season, courtesy of Fashionbeans (weird name right?) The 8 Biggest Men’s Streetwear Trends For Autumn Winter :

Extreme Layering

Nailing the look isn’t so much a case of exact science, it’s more a game of intuition, bravery and a dollop of good luck. Ease into it by layering an overcoat over a hoodie and sports jacket, or go one further by letting a roll neck creep out from under a crew or V-neck jumper. If the overall ‘fit looks like something that’d cause pub punters to spit out their pints, you’re probably doing it right.

Semi-Bulky Trainers

Match with loose-fitting trousers and a logo hoodie; or pair with a tracksuit, dad cap and cross-body bag for best results.

Warcore

Nailing this trend is all about getting your colours and styles right. Think dark, moody tones, aerodynamic cuts and plenty of technical materials and features. Or, to pull it off with little investment, dig out some camouflage pieces that have been knocking around for seasons and layering them up in new ways.

Happy Styling. #gostreet2019

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent In Nigeria – an opinion

Among the BBC’s Letters From Africa, an article reads: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent In Nigeria.”

It’s writer: a Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Her mission: to tackle the culture of naming, shaming and public parading of suspects in Nigeria before taking them to court.

She writes:

…Typically, the suspect makes a full confession before the cameras, the bruises on their faces and the presence of stern security personnel leading you to wonder exactly what might have inspired the so-called admission of guilt.

For years, Nigerians have been treated to one such show after another, but this is hardly ever followed up by news of actual convictions.

The security agents appear more keen to be perceived as having done a good job, even when they may have little evidence to convict.

My Verdict: True. Ms. Nwaubani tells the truth of one of the indignities Nigerians suffer.

My Evidence:

  1. I am Nigerian.
  2. I live in a Country – a culture where all judge and condemn without knowing. Fact is servant to opinions in the street outside my home.
  3. Power is like a baton. Those who have wield it. Those who don’t, suffer it.
  4. Outside, in the streets that encircle my home, power protects few. It burns so much more. Poor and unfortunate are scarred. The irony: these fires warm the homes and cook the food of the Fortunate.

The Fable of Armida and Rinaldo

Armida. She sprouted from the imagination of the renaissant Torquato Tasso. Fair Armida, a Saracen sorceress.

Once upon a time, in the Gerusalemme liberata, we meet Rinaldo. The youth is a fierce and determined warrior, who is also honorable and handsome, not unlike Heracles of the Greek myth.

It is the age of the Crusades; the errant Knights of Europe joust with the Mohammedans, the price – the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Fair Armida is sent to stop the Christians from completing their mission. She meets brave Rinaldo, and seeking to murder the sleeping soldier, like a true love story, she falls in love with the knight.

Seeking to preserve this censored romance, Armida creates an enchanted garden where she keeps Brave Rinaldo a lovesick prisoner.

But as love stories find, conflicts come in the persons of Rinaldo’s crusading friends. Charles and Ubaldo hold a shield to the face of Rinaldo. He sees his image and he remembers who he once was, and now is.

But Rinaldo can’t resist Armida’s love-wrought pleadings. The famed warrior does not want to. But his duties calls him, the Christian and Crusader.

Now our tale hastens to an end; the pagans have lost the final battle. Rinaldo remembers an oath to Armida. He rushes to her and at he prevents her from giving way to her suicidal impulses. He offers Fair Armida her lost throne.

As all biased and misogynistic stories end, Armida gives in to Warrior Rinaldo, and like Fabled Clorinda, Armida becomes a Christian and a Crusader’s “handmaid”.

The Fable of Armida and Rinaldo

Armida. She sprouted from the imagination of the renaissant Torquato Tasso. Fair Armida, a Saracen sorceress.

Once upon a time, in the Gerusalemme liberata, we meet Rinaldo. The youth is a fierce and determined warrior, who is also honorable and handsome, not unlike Heracles of the Greek myth.

It is the age of the Crusades; the errant Knights of Europe joust with the Mohammedans, the price – the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Fair Armida is sent to stop the Christians from completing their mission. She meets brave Rinaldo, and seeking to murder the sleeping soldier, like a true love story, she falls in love with the knight.

Seeking to preserve this censored romance, Armida creates an enchanted garden where she keeps Brave Rinaldo a lovesick prisoner.

But as love stories find, conflicts come in the persons of Rinaldo’s crusading friends. Charles and Ubaldo hold a shield to the face of Rinaldo. He sees his image and he remembers who he once was, and now is.

But Rinaldo can’t resist Armida’s love-wrought pleadings. The famed warrior does not want to. But his duties calls him, the Christian and Crusader.

Now our tale hastens to an end; the pagans have lost the final battle. Rinaldo remembers an oath to Armida. He rushes to her and at he prevents her from giving way to her suicidal impulses. He offers Fair Armida her lost throne.

As all biased and misogynistic stories end, Armida gives in to Warrior Rinaldo, and like Fabled Clorinda, Armida becomes a Christian and a Crusader’s “handmaid”.

Your New Year Resolution Is Toast – and it’s not even day 10

Did you make a new year resolution to ‘Be Healthy’ in 2019. Well I am the bearer of bad news. You won’t make it. Why? Because there are five sinfully good fast food meals that long to tempt you. And they’ll win; they’re that good.

In New York, hundreds are queuing up at salad lines during their lunch breaks to “eat healthy” and fulfill New Year’s Resolutions.

They’re in bad luck. It’s not 10 days into the new year (that’s when we’re supposed to fall of the new year resolution bandwagon right?) and a clique of delectable foods are hitting menus at fast food and fast casual joints.

Here are five you won’t pass up ie five reasons your New Year’s Resolution is totally screwed.

A New Girl Scout Cookie

It’s Girl Scout Cookie ordering season. Joining Thin Mints, Samoas, and more on the list this year is a new cookie called Caramel Chocolate Chip, made with caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt. It also happens to be gluten-free. Ouch!

Naked Chicken Chalupa at Taco Bell

Taco Bell offers Naked Chicken Chalupas on its menu once again, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and avocado ranch sauce wrapped in a fried chicken taco shell. The Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa, which is a little spicier, is back too. Now about that resolution.. *Toasted*

Donut Sticks at McDonald’s

Described as strips of sweet dough deep fried and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, McDonald is going to offer this in its breakfast menu. What’s better? It will be available in six- or 12-packs, keeping you jolted and awake on your way to work. I told you, bad news.

Double Protein Bowl at Chipotle

Maybe this isn’t so bad *bummer* but If you’re still a Chipotle loyalist, and you still think Chipotle counts as health food, then Chipotle’s new Double Protein Bowl is right up your alley. It’s white rice topped with a full serving of chicken, a full serving of steak, and the other fixings – an awesome bowl for anyone trying to get stacked at the gym in 2019. It’s also great for anyone who bought a new gym membership, has yet to set foot on the premises, and still wants to eat a pile of meat. So, go eat meat?

Beyond Burgers at Carl’s Jr.

Ah! Here’s the restaurant chain whose popularity used to hinge on videos of busty ladies eating beef patties and playing volleyball in swimsuits. Guess what? They now offer plant-based burgers.
Selling at 1,000 locations around the U.S., Carl’s Jr. is offering Beyond Famous Star burgers made with Beyond Burgers, which are fake-meat patties that mimic beef. Beyond claims to be better for the environment, and its burgers don’t contain cholesterol, but they aren’t exactly healthy.
These burgers taste supremely good (I haven’t had one though – ever) and are topped, especially, with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, special sauce, and mayo. like Carl’s Jr. Go ahead and order seconds. Then maybe thirds. Then just don’t stop eating. You will regret it, I promise.

Article adapted from “Hate to Tell You, But Your New Year’s Resolution to ‘Be Healthy’ Is Toast” by Sarah Rense (Esquire article, January 4, 2019).

In Afghanistan People Died.

January 6, 2019.

In Northeastern Afghanistan, at least 30 killed as a Gold Mine collapsed on Sunday. Another tragedy to afflict a nation torn by war for most of the decade.

The area was Kohistan district, of Badakhshan province. The villagers had dug a shaft, 60-metre (200-feet) deep in length into a riverbed. They searched for gold. The walls of the cave fell in on them as they suffered within the mine. At least 30 killed, and seven wounded.

None could tell why the shaft fell. The miners were not professionals they were villagers.
But these villagers were no novice. Decades long, they had worked these mines, independent, with no government control on their efforts.

Cash had gone to the family, a government official said, a smear of balm for their grief. The wounded have been airlifted to hospitals. Families keep their fingers crossed.
30 dead. But ah, these figures could change. Their families pray not though.

And what of the area Badakhshan? It is a remote, mountainous province in northeast Afghanistan. An impoverished region, it borders neighboring Tajikistan, China and Pakistan. Here, its locals fear for the landslides that plague the corridors of their homes, more menacing in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province.

Illegal mining is no new event in resource-rich Afghanistan, and a majority of the government of the Taliban rely on the sector for much of its revenue.

But as conflicts rage harder through its streets, and a lack of regulation deter international miners from exploiting such huge reserves, the country’s minerals remain untapped. Waiting, for more rural miners?

Photo courtesy of the BBC. News adapted from ChannelsTv.

The Man Drowned

Still on an exercise in writing a story in ten (10) different forms. I came up with this :

Form : Bullet Point.

– James Doe is an author.
– He stands on the beach one early morning watching the waves.
– A few weeks ago, his wife or three years had drowned in a boat accident on the sea.
– Her body had washed up on the beach.
– James was sad and lonely.
– He walked into the sea, hoping Join his wife.
– James drowned.

And here’s another :

Form: Story told in Passive Tense

Brother said his name was James Doe. They said there was book written by a James Doe, so the man must’ve been an author. It was just after dawn that the joggers said they saw him standing on the sand. The water was reaching his feet, and they said his eyes was looking into the sea. The neighbors had said his wife had died some weeks ago, and her swollen body was seen on that beach. Then they said the man had gone to meet the early surfs. Mother said he drowned. They said his body washed on the beach also.