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Questions I must now answer:

An essay poem by Koromone Koroye:

Did you ever consider yourself loose:

  • Wild? Yes. Careless? Yes. Emotional? Yes. Loose? Never. I was never loose. I was a thread hanging, waiting to be pulled by any man with restless hands.

And the sex?

  • The sex was a way to show love; to show that I existed; to show attention; to ask for attention; to say thank you; to say “please stay”. The sex was never about me - always about them and their overwhelming needs.

Did you fall in love?

  • Too many times to count. I fell in love with how they slept; how they woke up wanting to be inside me; how they gathered their things like thieves and left in a hurry; how they never slowed down to say good bye; how they showed up at the same time every night; how they spoke about their girlfriends without looking at me. I loved them.

Did you hate?

  • Yes. I hated the one who promised me diamonds and left me a house full of rocks.

And now?

  • I don’t hate him. I still listen to the songs we played when we were together.

Are you happy?

  • No. I am filled with joy. Happiness is temporary. Joy stays through every challenge. Joy is a wonderful plague

cayra  asked:

Wonderful blog you have going, I'm admiring all the examples of solapunk art and fashionyou're collecting. I've a question though. Most of the fashion examples I've seen are for ladies, do you know any attempts at or resources for male-presenting people who want to try solarpunk style fashion? I personally am a huge fan of so-called classic fashion, but sadly waistcoats etc are rather strongly associated with steampunk, too. Accessories and details come to mind plenty, but the base clothes...??

So apparently I have a lot of thoughts about this and needed a week+ to answer and in the midst of doing so ended up with a folder of menswear inspo with 60 items in it to try to put in this ask bu t that doesn’t really seem feasible now does it? I’m thinking I might just need to do a Theme Thursday of menswear inspiration next week and fill up my queue for that day. 

But I’ll try to give you some tips now.

Okay so first off, it’s totally okay to incorporate things that are more Steampunk. Steampunk doesn’t own the rights to waistcoats. Solarpunk branched from Steampunk and Cyberpunk, and we’re still trying to feel out our look; the Art Nouveau era over laps with the Victorian Era; and Steampunk and Solarpunk are anachronistic af anyway, so we’re all going to intermingle a bit. Besides, there’s more than one way to do a waistcoat, which I’ll get to in a bit.

“So-called classic fashion” to me says something like this:

Western, a bit stiff, definitely pressed and clean.

An idea I had was to take one of the pieces and swap it out with something colorful and loose, maybe even flowy.

Warning: I’m going to include non-Western outfits and outfits inspired by cultures of Western colonized nations in here, so as always please be respectful and be sure to do some research before you try to wear anything from a culture that isn’t yours.

You could swap the jacket for something more like an Indian sherwani

Indian menswear tends to have very clean, modern lines with beautiful colors, patterns, and textures. 

A banyan coat would also be a really good swap out.

Here’s a coat from the 1920s that’s slightly inspired by a banyan:

 I guess what I’m really getting at here is “put a silk robe over a waistcoat.”

Let’s try swapping out something else. Harem/fisherman pants are definitely a Solarpunk staple.

(ETRO)

That’s hot. Try it. 

Also, I know this is very contrary to what you want to do, but skirts.

( YOHJI YAMAMOTO | 2013)

Hakama pants are kind of in between those two spectrums. 

(sou sou)

Note his kickin vest!

How about swapping the top for something sheer?

( J.W. Anderson)

(Versace) - I really love the pattern on this one.

Another good thing to do is just make sure whatever you’re wearing is really colorful.

(Funfere Koroye)

(Patryk Cielecki Wojciech Zarychta)

(Ruald Rheeder)

Yes, florals. Florals for everyone

Never overlook the women’s fashion, you could find a lot of inspiration in there.

 

(Armani)

Kind of back to the beginning, here’s a lovely Art Nouveau inspired wedding where the gentlemen wore pretty good period attire. Especially love the groom’s vest. 

Finally, the Solarpunk community has made a few really great male-presenting OCs

-Arlan by franthedragontrainer

-Sunflare by biohazardcomicbook - this is incredibly sexy, you did such a good job.

I hope this helps! 

PS I went on quite a spree on my Pinterest board tryna find you some inspiration, so go check that out too. 

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Kelvar Motors is a transportation solution to the rise in commute in the Sub Saharan African middle class. We are in the process of designing and developing cars that address issues of sustainability, terrain manoeuvrability and affordable leisure.

Currently there is no automobile made for the ever changing and long winding roads of West Africa that go from mud to gravel in seconds. Pricy premiums, Evasion of potholes and the heavy fuel prices discourage many from buying low clearance cars.

The market however doesn’t make owning a bicycle or scooter safe anymore since the introduction of cheaper low CC motorcycles have flooded the streets as substitute taxis. Furthermore its no secret that public transportation is a nightmare. So if you can’t afford an SUV, you buy a second hand car just to get by.

Kelvar Motors aims to bridge the gap between the fast growing middle class workforce, long commutes and the high heat temperatures. Our goals are simple yet complex. Create a structurally sturdy one seater, two seater and four seater vehicle. That runs partially on solar, electricity and petrol. Delivering a powerful engine, great handling and fantastic gas mileage.

- CEO & Chief Product Architect, Funfere Koroye

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FSG (Fusion Sportsgear) presents the new silhouettes of the Sub Saharan Sneaker, which is completely hand made in Nigeria. It is more than just a shoe, it is a product with a cause.

The sales from the shoes go to paying the workers and craftsmen above current minimum wages in West Africa. In addition the patterns are designed and printed by africans locally and in the diaspora, destroying the current social construct of African print.

Future goals of the brand include donating clothing to orphanages and organising sporting events for public schools. Founder of the brand, Funfere Koroye, believes in using innovation and product development to change the current state of manufacturing and product development in Nigeria.

Your time on earth is limited, don’t waste it living for someone else. Don’t be trapped by ideas you didn’t create. Don’t let the noise of the crowd drown out your own inner voice. Most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, even if you end up failing. Every journey, no matter where it leads, is still a lesson learned. Your life belongs to just you, take ownership of your actions. Think about it, when the people you are living for break you down to pieces, you will be stuck with insurmountable regrets. Wishing you had taken a risk, said enough and walked out the door. Your happiness should your primary concern, everything else is secondary.
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I have been in lagos now for over 2 months, after almost over 7 years away for education and travels. I visited often but never stayed for longer than 3 weeks, because it was usually to renew my student visas. So far i haven’t been shocked by the way the city runs but i know i can’t build a career here. Giving it a chance however to see if i can build my own business. Product development isn’t exactly Africa’s current focus due to lack of infrastructure and abject corruption but complaining isn’t the path to go on. Change starts with the Nigerian looking in the mirror. You can see more of my documentation via my Instagram.

- Funfere koroye