Building Africa through Art

Ever felt like having a custom-made African artifact to decorate your home? Or maybe you had that one friend who is in love with African culture and wanted to get them a gift that is unique and that they would probably never expect and at the same time economically improving the lives of African artisans who have numerous daily challenges brought about by poverty, high cost of living and unemployment in Africa.

Well, Let me introduce you to Urban Change Lab GmbH. It is a German-based company that was created as a Fairtrade company that connects talented African craftsmen from Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria to customers all over the world who want custom made African artifacts. The process is very transparent as the customer is in direct communication with the craftsman and at any point would call the craftsman to find out how their request is going.

Urban Change Lab then takes care of all the important details including, worldwide shipping, quality checks before items are shipped, logistics, payment and everything else to ensure that the customer gets the full value of their money. Get to know how it works in this  1-minute video.

The whole idea of ordering African artifacts through Urban Change Lab is to support craftsmen based in Africa in their work while at the same time getting amazing and high-quality products delivered to you at the comfort of your home.

Take a minute to go through the website and view some of the items that have been done and if they impress you enough, you can request a price estimate for an item you would like for yourself and join in the Journey of building Africa through Art

Below are some pictures of artifacts that have been custom made by craftsmen from Urban Change Lab.

Buddha sculpture (female and African)
African Designer Bag


A bedside Lamp


Personal Note Book
African Wall Art

Life and Relationships

The basic thing about life is that, it is determined by the relationships we have, this means that the key of making your life interesting or dull is by creating certain relationships. If u want to do it right, then u have to know which ones to make, which ones to avoid and how to maintain the ones that are most important to you.

The relationships we create should be the ones that build a certain aspect of our lives. One thing i have come to notice is that, usually the type of friends you have around you will affect you with a personality trait they have; something that we rarely notice. Lemme give an example, if you have these successful friends who are hardworking, neat and exceptional in what they do and you spend time with them then most likely you will tend to behave and act like them.

Then stick around another group of friends who spend the whole day watching movies, playing video games and just having a “a great time” and see the difference.

dscn4602Then there are relationships where they either make us happy or they kill our happiness, so slowly we tend even not to notice. If you are lucky and find those friends who; it feels amazing when u are with them. They can be hardworking, dedicated type but when they are in their fun place, then u’ll all have the time of your lives, even if all you do is talk about stupid meaningless stuff.These relationships are the best to have, if u want to enjoy your life.

Then there is the opposite. People who are you’re friends but being with them is effort consuming and strenuous. They drown you without even you knowing it.My advise, cut them off. It may hurt for sometime though it will fade away but continuing with them will make your life miserable.

A point to note is that; Please people don’t confuse the relationships that make you sad with the friends who have depression and anxiety issues please please please. Personally i have a friend like that and she has gone through a lot but i love her and will always be there for her. If u know how depression is then u know being alone through it is not pretty.

Then there are a few exceptions which are the best friends relationships. Those that Keep your stuff so long they forget it’s yours, those that are the reason your fridge is empty most of the time but are really there for you and are true friends for life.

Basically all relationships in your life fall in those categories and the determine how your life will turn out and it is only you who can choose which to keep and who to let go.

Wise words on life in general


1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return.

But what is more painful is to love someone and never

find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who

means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was

never meant to be and you just have to let go.

3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a

porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away

feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

4. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose

it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been

missing until it arrives.

5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an

hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it

takes a lifetime to forget someone.

6. Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth,

even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you

smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day

seem bright.

7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go,

be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and

one chance to do all the things you want to do.

8. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it

hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.

9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck

a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may

heal and bless.

10. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best

of everything they just make the most of everything that comes

along their way.

11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with

a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone

around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die,

you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying

I read this online some time back and I saved it, today when I was clearing some files I found it and read it again. I don’t know why but I was inspired to post it, so I hope reading this has given u some knowledge on life in general.

Letter to those suffering from Depresion


Hi, am  Herman. I don’t know you and I don’t get what you are going through, chances are your condition may be different from the millions of people out there and chances are that you’d probably say, since I don’t know you,  I can’t really help you. If that is the case I want to ask you a simple question. Do you know yourself?

The reason why am writing this letter to you is because I have gone through severe depression. I have been so deep in it that I lost my personality,  joy, my friends, my family, my outlook on life and basically my life in general. I might not know what you are going through but I know the feeling.

leeThat feeling that everything is worthless, that nothing seems to satisfy what you are looking for, that feeling of not wanting to face the world because of its judging eyes, that feeling of wishing to sleep away the day of locking yourself away, The thoughts of just simply ending it.

So now let me ask you this, if everything is worthless then why are you still here? If you have an answer then it means that you have something worth living for. If you don’t want to face the world, you have to force yourself to find your own way of doing it, cause the world is there and you’ll eventually have to deal, whether you like it or not. One of the worst mistakes I have made is to think I can run away from my life, but the thing is you run so fast and so hard and after a while when you turn back, life is not there, thinking you have succeeded a smile comes to your face only to look by your side and find it there.

If your reading this I want to tell you that running away from your problems will never never be a solution. Yes you lrg-31-kyler_running_awaymight avoid them now, yes, you may delay them now but the reality will eventually set in and the things you are running from will hit you twice as hard.

If you were given one chance of doing something great, one opportunity with all the resources you’d ever need and that which will make you smile, what would you do? Well, the thing is, that chance is life and you have two choices. Choice one, waste it. Choice two, live it to your best.

No one can make that choice for you. It will not be easy and it will never be. It’s all about cause and effect. I apologize if am harsh but that’s reality.  The choice is yours.

Society is funny. They ask you to be yourself and yet they judge you


I am tired of the society, am tired of the judgmental eyes of the society. What does it want with me and why can’t it just leave me alone to live my life. Am certain am not the only one who feels this way cause my friends to have had some awkward experience where they are judged wrongly by the society.

The first case is probably put best by the statement, “Society is funny. They ask you to be yourself and yet they judge you.” How manyi times have people around you told you that, be yourself, be original, don’t be afraid to be? Then when you follow their advice they are the first on the scene pointing fingers. Just because the people there have always done something in a particular way, doesn’t make it the best way to do it nor does it make them normal, cause if you are acting normally, are you being normal or are you just acting?

Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface, always doing its best to keep us in “check”, but if I may be so bold to quote the Bible, ‘God created each man unique and no two people are equal in all aspects.’ Why then does society say different? It’s these things that limit the ability we have inside. Ask yourself this question, why is the society so afraid of people moving away from the ‘normal’? OK, I have to admit that statement also scares me a bit, I really don’t know why I just wrote that, but it’s worth a thought.

stoneThen there are these standards that society has put on people, standards that we have to reach so as to be considered normal. Sorry for the language but that is BS, you were created to be different, why then do you try so hard to be normal? If we live according to others conditions, does it mean we are living our life or we are living their life? She needs make-up to cover up because society taught her who she is, isn’t enough. Am sorry if I sound to direct but that’s the truth. Dear insecure girls everywhere, you’re not ugly, society is. Sincerely, The truth.

Then there is this popular concept about the cycle of life. It goes like, go to school, get a good education, go to college, get a good-paying job and guide the next generation in the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I think, no, I know education is really, really important but the type of education is the key. I once read a quote that said, “Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income – which he then spends sending his son to college.” You have to admit it does have a strong point to it though it’s not entirely true. I know guys who are retiring at 19 and making it big in online marketing. A majority of the great men in history never graduated, bills gate, Steve jobs, and the list goes on, Einstein was considered slow in learning at a young age yet became one of the greatest minds to date.

Finally, we say society is messed up but we are society, so let the change begin with you, Society exists only as a mental concept; in thetumblr_m1zlzeF1qF1qf08qjo1_500 real world, there are only individuals. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. I conclude with the word from Robert Frost; “I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.”

The choice is yours!!


Life comes with challenges, hurdles, and curve balls which sometimes seem too much to handle. You walk down the street smiling at strangers yet deep inside you are crying; tears fall but no one sees what is really happening. People might know you but have no clue who you really are. Sometimes you are in a crowd yet you feel so alone, forcing yourself to talk to others maybe cause you’re just expected to; but not really talking. Feelings of uncertainty, confusion, and fear of the unknown cloud your mind.

Well sometimes life is crap, I have been there and I even wrote part of it in my lowest point in life. But I got to know that the beautiful thing about life is that you have a choice. You might choose to stay in that dark place and just live that way or you might choose to wanna be better. The choice is never easy, trust me, especially if you have been in a really deep depression cause I have been there and maybe am still there I really don’t know but I know am becoming better.

If you want your life to mean something then you want to be better, you can do this by practicing the following of which has helped me see things in a new light.

 Look at your problem in the context of your entire life.  Ask yourself:  How important is this difficulty in the overall scheme of things?  What will this matter ten years from now?   Ok so you got diagnosed with depression, It won’t significantly affect the rest of your life but then that’s according to you. The key is to see the problem for what it is. Think often about how you fit into the “big picture.”  Ask yourself:  Why am I here?  What is my mission in life?  Am I following my purpose?  I’ll be the first to admit that I never used to think about such issues.  But I do now.

uniWake up to the miracles all around you.  Whether you realize it or not, you are part of an extraordinary universe.  Spectacular, mind-boggling things are happening every second.  For instance, you breathe, your heart beats and you digest food all without any conscious effort.  Tulips know when to pop up through the ground at precisely the right time each and every year. So, shake your ho-hum attitude and begin to appreciate the amazing intelligence guiding the universe!

Extend yourself to others.  We tend to get mired in our own problems, turning inward and growing depressed and frustrated.  Finding ways to serve and help others will make you feel better and broaden your understanding of the interconnectedness of all human beings.  Even something as simple as offering a few encouraging words to someone else can make a world of difference–to them and to you.

Redirect your focus to the many blessings in your life.  Are you in reasonably good health?  Do you have your eyesight and mobility?  Is there a roof over your head and enough food in the refrigerator?  There are many people who do not enjoy these gifts and who would gladly trade places with you.  So, focus on the many things for which you are grateful for.

View every problem as an opportunity for growth.  Too often, we see our difficulties as negative experiences which aresilver there to punish us and cause pain.  As you look back on your life, you’ll find that many problems and painful situations led to personal growth and improved conditions.   So, develop a strong belief that the “bad” experience is there to help you in some way.  Don’t curse your challenge; instead, look for the lessons or opportunities which your problems are showing you.  Life is much more remember that.