Keep your Coins, What I want is Change

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*****A man cannot change unless he is willing to change*****

The greatest battle that mankind has ever faced is the battle of the mind. Empires, Nations and Terrific Leaders have all been made and broken by this power element. The first step required by someone who is on a quest to greatness and success in life is the reorientation of the mind. You cannot change an individual by changing his externals or his environment only, as the greatest change occurs when the mind of that person is reorientated. Once this battle is won, there is no limit to what that individual can achieve.

I have heard several times from citizens of my country and citizens of other countries likewise about their rage and discouragement in the government, wherein they complain that the government is not doing enough. When I try to find out from them what they think the solution is, they simply say the government should give a certain amount of money to the citizens like a million Naira each or say sixty thousand Rand, claiming that this will solve the problem of poverty. There is nothing as totally absurd by this blatant ignorant solution of these feeble minds. May I state it to you that the problem we are facing as a Nation is not as a result of poverty, yes damn right nor is it even that of corruption (this is where it gets interesting as I can sense all the political activists and analysts in the house gradually rise to defend their beliefs and convictions, cool down and relax your mind, haha, lol). Now back to the matter, the main problem we are encountering as a Nation such as the likes of corruption and poverty are actually products of a non-oriented and unchallenged mind. They are products of the power element otherwise known as ‘The Feeble Mind’. Martin Luther King Jr, whom I consider one of the greatest Reformers in the history of mankind once said “A Nation that continues to produce soft minded citizens has already sentenced her own citizens to death”.

We are a product of our mindset and only portray that which we are actually made up of. That is the reason we have Leaders who mess up so much and have brought the country down into a dark abyss. All these so called ‘bad leaders’ are all products of their own mindset which is their power element.
Let me briefly share with you a story of a certain 19 years old garbage man. He was homeless and stricken by poverty, fortunately for him he won 15 million dollars from a lottery. Some years later, this man became broke and homeless again after spending the money on booze, drugs, gambling and women. So my question to you is; how come the man ended up broke and homeless again? The answer is simple. The money only changed his externals and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle for only a deceitful period of time. The man himself wasn’t changed and the money certainly didn’t change who he really is, a man who lacks purpose, a feeble minded person whose mind hasn’t been challenged and reoriented.

The first step to actually solving a problem is knowing that there is one. Once you acknowledge that you really need a change, I want you to know the change has already started. Get appropriate books which are educative, enlightening and entertaining at the same time. These kind of books really expose you to the world of knowledge beyond that which the ‘classroom’ can cater for. For some people it might require you to watch inspirational movies which is going to challenge your mindset and thus inspire you to be a better person in whatever you want to achieve. Also try to associate yourself with purpose minded individuals as the change you really desire can be ignited fast through this medium. The legendary wise man was totally right when he quoted that ‘A man who walks with the wise shall become wise’.

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Who is Bolaji Sparks?

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     fashion is the most beautiful thing after nature

–  Bolaji Olumoh (a.k.a Bolaji Sparks)

The name Bolaji Sparks which is linked to the now popular fashion brand known as Sparks Classic Gears has been on the trend for some time now. Many wonder who Bolaji Sparks really is or what Sparks Classic Gear really is all about, as you might have seen the tag on their branded cloth somewhere or with someone close to you.

Bolaji Sparks is the fashion genius and entrepreneur behind the popular fashion brand known as Sparks Classic Gear. A lot of his brand aficionados know of the brand name but don’t really know the genius behind it. I’m about to reveal it to you and quench all the suspense that has been built up. Bolaji Sparks as the nickname goes is actually Habib Bolaji Olumoh,  a 23year old(come this April)  fashion entrepreneur and genius, who happens to be  the C.E.O and mastermind behind the brand Sparks Classic Gear. I have had opportunities to meet with this rising business man and fashion aficionado several times and even had an interview with him recently which  led to the birth of this blog.

He started his early schooling in Ilorin but later moved to Lagos while he was still in Primary 3. In his own words; ”Growing up in Lag was kind of cool but not much fun as I had to stay indoor most of the time even though I had the Lagos orientation in me”. He then attended Home Science Primary School to complete his primary education and coincidentally, one of his favorite artist, Olubankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W to be specific, also attended the secondary school but at different times. Upon completion of his primary school, he proceeded to Ronik Comprehensive School for his secondary school education, but as an unintentional routine and habit that he took up, he changed his secondary school as he relocated back to Ilorin and then completed his schooling in Sapati International School. He told me during the interview; ” that was at first the worst thing that I felt ever happened to me, but God blessed me with that move as Sapati International School became my then new home”. He went on to tell me that Ilorin wasn’t bubbling like Lag but it was like everybody was one big family.

On asking him if Sparks Classic Gear had always being on his mind or he accidentally stumbled upon this idea in his university days as the like of Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O of Facebook did in his own university days at Harvard. He was quick to dismiss this and said that it had been his long time dream even though he had not come up with the brand name then. He said in his own expression ” I’m a big fan of Sean Combs a.k.a Diddy who owns Sean John and Jay-Z owner and C.E.O of Roca Wears. I used to dream of wearing my own brand” .

Bolaji Sparks is a fashion enthusiast who loves the glamour of the fashion world and quoted; ”Fashion is the most beautiful thing after nature”. Starting up with the fashion brand wasn’t easy at the initial stage as he did not get all the required support that he needed then. He had to sacrifice his time, his personal savings and allowances to make wears. He also had to deal with school timetable and his parents. When I inquired about what or who kept him going during this trial period, he commented; ”God kept me going from day one”. This reminds me of a particular personal expression I left on twitter some days back quoting that the period before success emerges are usually the most trying and difficult ones. He said then he had few people who believed in him,but the brand name was spreading in Unilorin and even Ilorin as a whole. The strong phrase of ‘winners don’t quit no matter what’ erupted from his lips strongly and this phrase also lies in concordance with General Pype’s song Victorious Man.

People who have inspired him and who he sees as role model include Dbanj and Aliko Dangote and above all, he honours God and sees Him as his source of inspiration and motivation. When I asked about where he sees himself in like ten years, he replied by saying he sees himself in a better position than he currently is. He has only one regret in life which is him not having started the fashion brand earlier but still acknowledges that God’s time is the best.

He hopes to combine his law practice together with his fashion biz and is a believer of having multiple streams of income. During his free time, he spends it with his family, plays soccer with his guys, listens to music and also thinks of more innovations to bring to the fashion world. He is a fashion tycoon in the rising and he’s a must-to-meet person as you will love his personality.

To personally get in contact with him, hit him up on his twitter account @iam_sparks

Balogun Femi (@Balogs5)

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