The Declaration of Equality – Teamebonyte – 1

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“Do not call for black, white or green power. Call for brain power.” –Barbara Jordan (an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate).

Till today most of our peers and acquaintances feel its far-fetched to have taken “Equality” as our main driving force, at some point it does feel like we cant make an impact as vast as we expected, we cant touch as many lives as we hoped to, but it starts somewhere, the ills of stereotype and classification based on color or religion still plagues us till today, its not gone away and it doesn’t seem like it will soon. But, since we approached it through apparel (since fashion trends cut across dividing lines) that appeals to the age group we intend to enlighten, its a much wiser approach to a problem that seems to stem from parenting and influences.

A vivid reminder is the murder of drummer Lee Rigby, in broad daylight in the busy Woolwich area of London. The 2 men that committed the murder felt it was justified “under their own version of the Islamic religion” to kill. One said “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. Your people will never be safe. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.” , But there are British soldiers as well losing their lives in efforts to restore peace in these areas, and still reinforcements get called in and casualties keep piling up. Who avenges these murders then?.

“An eye for an eye” he said after he had committed the murder, In acknowledgement that he had avenged on behalf of the Muslim religion but Khaled M. Abou El Fadl (the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law ) asserts that “There is not a single verse in the Quran that calls for an unmitigated, unqualified, or unreserved obligation to fight the unbelievers.” According to Esposito and Mogahed, the Quran balances permission to fight the enemy with a strong mandate for making peace: “If your enemy inclines toward peace, then you too should seek peace and put your trust in God” (Quran 8:61).

Further, Muslims are commanded not to be aggressive: “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors” (2:190) In addition, when the enemy inclines toward peace, Muslims are commanded to cease hostilities: “But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace” (8:61). The guiding principle of Islam with respect to non-Muslims is one of tolerance and mutual respect, plain and simple: “God does not forbid you from dealing kindly and justly with those who do not fight you for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes: for God loveth those who are just.” (60:8)

“We must call for brain power” to understand that at the days end we really are just a grain of sand on a seashore, a live lost is a live lost, Christian, Muslim or Hindu, to someone, that’s a brother/sister/son/dad/husband or wife they’ll never meet again. “We must call for brain power” to understand that at the days end we really are all … equal.

KTS-TV freestyle

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We grew up listening to hip hop, its in almost every street and every home, so is freestlyling. It is art and thought combined into lyrics, From Manchester, England – Devaughn Trey drops hard lyrics on this cipher, and he does it in his custom fit Ebonyte tee. Hope you guys enjoy and replay it as much as we did.
Representing Equality Allday.

Proud to announce

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“It’s time for people to recognize that in diversity there is strength” – Anonymous

Teamebonyte has become a melting pot collectively speaking, but in terms of the council we’ve diversified even more after appointing Usman Abdullahi, Operations manager, the Hausa Nigerian brings in a lot of depth and coordination towards work ethics and experience. After getting registered in the United Kingdom, teamebonyte needed a strategist to oversee tactical / business operations and the 20 year old Undergraduate of Sharda  University was the most befitting to take charge.

” What does Ebonyte mean? Standing out, and being yourself. this is what has taken us this far, on solely our ideas. They said we were too young, 2 years after we’re registered and operational from India and the United Kingdom, and we’re just getting started . Mumbai, Manchester, London, Lagos, now Delhi, With God the possibilities are endless.                                                                                                                Allday, Everyday “

– @teamebonyte

They thought we couldnt, now It’s all US

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I remember the first day I saw a plane, the first time I got kissed and the first time I got a pay check in my companies name, i remember a lot but amongst them, these stood out.

There’s are some snapshots of life that remain forever in your memory, feeding you with content when you feel low, silently reminding me that in every disappointment is a hint of hope.

As a kid, even though my dad travelled a lot, it never crossed my mind that I’d see the inside of a plane or get to live in another country…
Sitting here in my hostel room 4 years after, talking to my friends and business partners ( Ebonyte clothing co ) conversing about hard times and the hope of more to come…I’m grateful, most importantly for life, because with every turn I was never alone, God fought my battles and made me what I am today, and even though we aren’t there yet, every new day is a assurance that we will get there … soon enough #teamebonyte all day.

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…And Electro Swag was born.

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It was just another afternoon, college was over, we’d gone over to the bakery to get food, and in mumbai trust me these things take time :D, but since i’d gotten this new app on my ipod called “Djay”  and  we were a bit buzzy,  the music was on, so we gave it a swing while we waited.

It didnt come out too bad though, Its funny how people started to think we were trying to turn dj’s after listening *laughs*

The song is Electro stab by Document one. we stepped on it on a few times, sent it around, got a few listen’s in and there you have it – Electro swag (LOL).

Hope you guys like it – Electro S.W.A.G.

Ps :- You might want to turn down the volume. 😀

Meet The Council

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Hello, im Chukkie Ezeoke

… add Dilip Suthar, Assad Saeed and Nathan Fajebe and you’ve got – Teamebonyte – The council (Founding Members).

Im an Ibo Nigerian, Dilip  is a Marwadi Indian, Assad is a Muslim Pakistani and Nathan is a Yoruba Nigerian.

All in our early twenties, We founded The clothing brand  – Ebonyte. ( www.ebonyte.com    ebonyte.co.uk  )

Ebonyte is used to mean Self esteem beyond classification, what led up to “ebonyte” were the issues we faced individually – always being classified as not enough. This is an issue that still goes on today among people – stereotypes/classification. As most Nigerians, Pakistanis or Indians would tell you this – the dividing line between peoples keeps getting bigger everyday, We aim to use our  ideas, implementation and apparel to correct that impression, this is the core idea behind everything that bears the name  – “EBONYTE”.

swag means “something we’ve all got”

“represent”  is the way we identify ourselves, if u were to see the next man wearing an Ebonyte tee :- He’s representing where his from and His mindset about classification.

We are a clothing company with purpose and intention, if  our apparel isn’t your style, keep faith we’ve got so much to offer or you can always support or learn about, contribute to and enlighten more about – the cause, which is EQUALITY. 

Proud to announce

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REPRESENTING MANCHESTER
WITH SWAG – ASSAD_EBONYTE.

Teamebonyte has over the time, formed in a very distinct way, from inception till date, and with a final word in favor from its 3 previous member, we’re proud to announce officially – Assad Saeed – As the final addition to The Council ( Founding Members ).

Pakistani National, Manchester Representing :- An Electronic and Communication Engineering undergraduate from the University of Kent ; 21 year old Assad Saeed (assad_ebonyte) , is the new in charge of concepts and trends for Ebonyte clothing Company. Assad already own his private owned fast food chain – YOLO, which has gained momentum over time in prominent areas of the United Kingdom and has led to the emergence of various branches. He brings in a lot of experience, depth to the team and shares the same motivation, with a mindset to correct societies impression through our apparel and implementation.

” I think he’s a great addition for us, Why would i say no to progress?, assad is more than welcome”

Dilip Suthar (dilip_ebonyte) – Management.

” He’s a team player, always brimming with ideas and can connect with what we are about. He’s certified Ebonyte”

Nathan Fajebe (nathan_ebonyte) – Outsourcing.

” You might never really find a mixture of so much ethnicity, diversity and ideas. Im looking forward to working with him”

Chukkie Ezeoke (chukkie_ebonyte) – Graphics.

ebonyte.com / uk.ebonyte.com.

What is Ebonyte please?

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Ebonyte clothing co blog diaries By TeamEbonyte. follow them on the journey to success.

Where better to start than at the very beginning?

Ebonyte is a word that we coined to mean – self-esteem, it’s simply a  feeling of content in one’s own-self, against classification. that’s practically the simplest way to put it, although its meaning has changed over time to signify a melting pot of similar people from all over the world with the same beliefs.

Ebonyte is Anti-stereotype? Yes, but not vulgar or aggressive (check out the full details at ebonyte.com/aboutus) instead we “represent” ( individually always have a sense of pride in our origins, nationalities etc. )  through our apparel, and as such unify through SWAG (something we’ve all got)  that’s what breaks the boundaries of stereotype. It takes times to understand but the concept behind Ebonyte is really simple 🙂

Ebonyte is a clothing company too? Yes, the word is aptly used to signify our style of apparel and our approach to unifying trends from people just like ourselves (republicans) all over the world, and as such every Ebonyte apparel has a story to it.

Who is Ebonyte? Ebonyte isn’t a she or he, it’s a noun.

— Chukkie_ebonyte