THE COURAGE TO BE DIFFERENT
Some days ago, I was teaching a class and a student who had probably been held up in a lecture in another faculty came in. As she was walking to a seat, I noticed she had this retro look. Her hair was plaited in one of those styles women did in the 1970s. The only difference was she used wool, which is in vogue now, while cotton thread was used back then.
Once in a while you see something like that. Someone who is brave enough to go against the norm and stand out from the crowd. I mean that in a positive way, of course. I would never endorse deviance that tends towards illegal or immoral conduct. But it’s refreshing to see someone do something in a unique way or remind us of pleasant long-forgotten stuff as the young lady in question did. Right there in the room full of ladies with all kinds of wigs and weave-ons, some might say she looked odd but I say she had the courage to be different.
She kindly sent me some pix she took with that hairstyle and a chic getup. I’ve added a few of those here. Lovely, don’t you think? It’s to be expected, though, as Chisolum Ugezu (her name) loves fashion and posing for shots. She is the last child of Mr & Mrs M.C. Ugezu and hails from Enugwu-Ukwu in Anambra State.
The youngest child in a family is often perceived as spoilt and lazy but this one is as hardworking as they come. Besides being a third-year student of Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, she makes beads for sale, has a budding acting career (she has been featured in the home movies Royal Banquet, Moment of Agony, Echoes of Love, etc.) and aspires to be a model and broadcast show presenter. She also dreams of becoming a fashion designer and a Nollywood superstar. Hmmm… lots of dreams, but all achievable by God’s grace!
We wish her success in her studies and other pursuits in Jesus’ name.
Do you ever do that, I mean, strike out on a unique path? Or are you content to be like others? I ask this without judgment. Just curious. Have a beautiful weekend and be richly blessed of the Lord in Jesus’ name.
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