I am in control. Everything is according to plan. I know what to do next. I have a solid well-thought out strategy. In emergencies, I have contingency plans for my contingency plans. Nothing can go wrong. Not a second is left unaccounted for. I am in the only place on earth where my power is absolute. My eyes are closed but I am safe. I say what I want, however, whenever. I smile to myself and think defiant thoughts. I am in control. I am alone. I am in my head.

I step out of my comfort zone, my power space. I open my eyes and see the digits on my phone. My limbs kick into gear. I am still in control. Then I have to do the bidding of others. I work. I take classes. I follow rules. I do things that are predetermined and dictated to me. My thoughts and words are valued at times. I am not in control. My dominion is limited. I listen. I interpret. I react. I am in control. Events occur. People change. Words are exchanged. Intentions are misread. I am caught off guard. I am not in control.

I close my eyes. If even for a minute or two. I am not in control. I think thoughts and speak words. I express my gratitude and share my thoughts. I detail my experiences and ask for understanding. I lay out my plans and contingencies. They may be foolproof but not perfect. I admit my imperfection. I share my power space and comfort zone. I pray; God hears. God is in control.

It is daunting yet I do not need to always be in control.

I relinquish.

Nana Darkoa: A personal brand

Nana Darkoa is a writer, content creator, educator and aspiring international relations consultant. She wanted a unique identifier that represents what she stands for as a creative and assertive person in her fields of interest. This personal brand logo would be used on her content, print material and complimentary card.

To brainstorm, I reflected on the qualities of Nana Darkoa that set her apart from others. It was an interesting challenge coming up with symbols, colour and typography that illustrated her personal traits and professional aspirations – calm and encouraging yet strong, brilliant and vibrant, caring and assertive. Being my first personal branding project, I didn’t really know where to start from.

Art & Symbols: These were some ideas for symbols I sketched for starters – vines, crowns, curves, I didn’t really have a goal in mind.

Typography options that I felt represented the green and orange personality energy mix that Nana Darkoa aligns to.

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Colour palettes I played around with:

Some logo options (a little too many): These were the options I showed to the client, Nana Darkoa, while cringing through the wait for a response.

Nana Darkoa’s Choice

My personal favourite is the minimalist logo with the symbol with four tiles and this was her favourite option and final choice too!

Logo Art: It has two symbols diagonally opposite of each other: sunshine in an orange square – unapologetically happy with a radiant effect and a crown in a green square – a calm, encouraging and friendly royal. The two remaining squares, in dark grey, house the initials “n” and “d”.

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Colour Palette: 

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Typography: Montserrat Alternates, Extralight weight, lower case letters

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This was a fun project! I hope to build more confidence to be able to post my other projects that are yet to see the light of day.

Why Design.

When I walk into a room for the first few times, my eyes are quick to locate the patterns, or lack of any, on the floor. I make judgments about the ceiling and its simplicity or complexity. I notice the cracks and crevices on the walls, the colors used and textures too. I notice the kind of materials, objects, and spaces in the room and the purposes they serve for that matter. Are they thoughtfully selected or thrown into the space to fill up the void?

Were the sharp edges of the table carelessly positioned without considering the potential harm it could cause to exposed human skin? Probably, no one thought about the possibility of the metallic legs of the chairs tearing up the carpets or the darkened spots and streaks on the wall caused by heads being supported on the walls while leaning back in chairs.

The thought of fixing irregularities in living spaces and my small attempts at this, using an understanding of the needs of inhabitants, delights me in ways I find difficult to express. For a very long period in my life, this is how I translated this: I want to be an architect. That wasn’t the end of it, however. I also had and still have a vested interest in re-creating objects and developing product ideas that are purposeful as well as pleasing to the eye. In spite of this and being at the mercy of circumstances, my curious mind led me to explore business economics, music, writing and computer science not only in school but as hobbies, which I soon discovered were not new interests but relatives of my true calling — design.

Design, to me, is the process and result of improving the lives of people through intuitive products, services, systems, and spaces. Design is bigger than the architecture of buildings and spaces. Design involves effective communication, a great user experience of a product or service, a well-crafted space among other thoughtful creations that spawn from the needs of the end user(s).

I believe that achieving this ability to create requires perfect practice and, depending on interest, experience in different aspects of design. I am an avid industrial design enthusiast and an appreciator of UI design, UX design, and IxD. From a computer science and business administration background and with a start as the Design Making Coordinator at the Ashesi Design Lab, I am eager to grow the skills and expertise I need to establish and pursue this passion of mine and especially become a skilled creator in this field.



Your expenses outweigh your income—not all your fault. A huge percentage of your day is spent commuting which is uncomfortable mainly because 90% of the time in the mornings, you’re hoping you reach the bus stops on time to catch your means of transport. And at night, you’re praying that desperate hustlers don’t realize you’re a carrier of a vegetable laptop. When you get down to business, your laptop is so slow and worn out that you can literally hear the strained sound of your hard disk and fan spinning in distress to keep it alive.

Your phone? Oh yes, the only thing that makes sense in your life in terms of efficiency. You received it as a gift barely 2 months ago. You’re getting a better grip of your affairs with your improved self-management, communication and even entertainment—the result of over-reliance on technology… good technology. This feeling is yet still a fleeting one. Your One Plus One takes a dive into a pool of water (might have made Kendrick proud if it was liquor at least) and never lives again. Did I leave out that the slightly used replacement you got was only recently stolen while you were among a supposedly holy congregation, and that you spent way more than what could have been your tithe on reviving your dead laptop? Well, we’re all caught up on the highlights now so let’s ignore the nitty gritty.

I wouldn’t be quick to conclude that you’re back to the starting point. Rather, I’ll spare you a complimentary tap on the back and say you’re a true survivor! Maybe you are, or were this person at the beginning of this year, and may be wondering how in this world you had these numerous series of unfortunate events—especially when last year’s stories were comparably worse. The ideas you might be struggling with probably are that

  1. good stuff is not good for you, get some cheap ones
  2. life isn’t fair, let go of the lost opportunities and be satisfied with the little you don’t have, and
  3. quit making a big deal out of the crappy so-called “efficiency tools” whose absence take a toll on your productivity.

There it is again, the golden 6-letter question: settle? Maybe you should. Maybe you should forget about the days of fasting you’ve strategically planned for, when your stomach and weight would make sacrifices for the next One Plus flagship phone (“whose tagline, by the way, is “never settle”) that you hope to purchase. You probably should forget about saving up your coins for furthering your education and possibly move to a larger apartment with 24/7 running water and a standby generator. Yeah, and remember to keep that laughter rolling whenever your PC takes a cue from the daily power cuts to dispose of your unsaved work. Maybe you would find solace in a simple life without much to look forward to.

Yup. And on top of that, I dare say you settle on this as a concluding statement for this piece as I settle for this unsettling feeling I have to deal with. You’ll never know… things might just start to suck less than they normally would.