Dedicating this article to : Dotun , Nos Jnr , Peter , Yemi , and Ezugo . May the soil you treaded on this earth always remember you for good. ❣️
Content , grateful and hopeful. is just a sprinkle of what I am now. Like “Ekab” has finally launched her brand — she has been consistent with building herself and her brand , and she is already anticipating what’s ahead. Whew.
- Preliminary Stage
If my life was a tv series , I’ll literally be on-edge on every episode. Since I can remember being an adult , I can’t remember when last I went for one week without overthinking, being anxious or being worried. Especially as a full blown adult being in these streets.
This month so far has been interesting — it’s one of those periods where it seems like everything I’ve learnt so far is automatically working to guide me to the next chapter of my life’s journey.
- Second Stage
I dunno when or how exactly it’s going to happen but I’m building a world class “upcycle/recycle design” brand and I’m putting it out in the world so that at the end of my days — when my works are being complied , there’ll be a clear writing on my tombstone “herein lies a woman that lived purposefully for Christ and others , and died empty”.
Usually I’m someone that’s really private with my life — and only give out information that I know that I want people to have — but this — this one is a challenge to the universe . And guess what ? I already have someone that asked that I rope him in wherever I’m ready. This was a few months ago , when I tweeted about it — on one of those days my passion burned bright.
- Third Stage
Anyone that knows me really well would know that I love art and design , and I die on the line when it comes to creativity — but for a very long time I was living the dream I created based on what I believed was meant to be my life.
A painter ? Nope , an illustrator? No no no. An “upcycle designer” — yessssss please!
I’ve sat with this title for a while now — maybe close to three years , and now I think I’m ready to wear it like a badge. The joy I feel when I recreate things out of “trash” or “unworthy” items , or the voice I hear within myself when I walk by “upcycle worthy” items has gripped me so tight and won’t let go.
- Realization stage
For most of my career , I’ve spent a lot of my time staring into screens , either designing , illustrating , editing or writing — and tbh I’ll be lying if I say that I had a hard time accepting the fact that it was time to look away from the screens and look somewhere else.
For a while , my mind battled with the finality of choosing to detach completely from staring into screens to jumping into “upcycle design” — but hey ! It is what it is.
- Acceptance Stage
Ever since I did it and the storms in my mind calmed down , I feel calmer , at peace. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what I do — because most people can’t relate until you show them something they think would be familiar with .
A few times I get amazing responses , sometimes I get amused reactions , sometimes I get nothing . The silence is mostly too loud , and within that season, anxiety and doubt try to sneak in.
This week I got this woman that gushed over my work — I was so humbled because that morning my dad had called me to encourage me and also slightly sing my praises. That day I noticed that I was very comfortable with the compliments — they didn’t seem surprising or overwhelming.
It was obvious I already knew that “upcycle design” is here to stay . That I’m now “Ekab the upcycle designer” .
- Pre-final Stage
I’m currently working on a couple of documents that’ll help me introduce my ideas — in case I get asked or have an investor that’ll like to chip in. Anxiety really took its briefcase way in shame and I allowed myself to let it go.
- Final Stage
This is me gradually turning my confusion x imaginations into a dream. From the girl that was overwhelmed with all these talents to the girl that’s building a multi-billion dollar upcycle design brand.
I’m not just saving the earth , I also telling you , and the generations after that are going to read this article that you are on this earth for a purpose — and that anxiety , fear , etc etc would try to hold you down.
But you can’t allow the world to go on without your contribution — the world needs you to function proper ly— so start speaking and making tiny moves.
Your dreams will never be cut short if you keep pushing — trust me I mean it — and this is coming from a girl that was once bent on ending her own existence more than once.
This is where I end this article,
See you at the top , on my next article or both.
Till next time , allow the dreams to flow.