Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Slavery and Child Trafficking in Ghana’s Fishing Community

I'm incensed! I was under the impression that the Ghanaian government has made it illegal for adults to traffic children? But are they (the government) making sure that this law is implemented? Also, have these fishermen been told that they can be imprisoned for up to 25 years for Child Trafficking in Ghana? I am sick of this issue –and thought that since Oprah Winfrey exposure this matter on her show many moons ago -that we were making some headways, I guess not! You can read all about the estimated 7’000 children forced to work as modern day slaves in Ghana, -especially in Kete-Krachi in the Volta region, in the latest issue of Essence magazine (the August 2010 issue) –out now.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Fashion: Edward Enninful

Not only has Ghanaian born, Edward Enninful styled: Mulberry A/W 10, Shiseido A/W 10, Aquascutum A/W 10, Emporio Armani A/W 10, Dior A/W 10 campaigns but he is the stylist responsible for one of the most talked about shoots this year, -the ‘We are The World’ editorial for American Vogue’s (big) September Issue. Its causing a fashion stir as not only is it shot by uber photographer Steven Meisel; or has the fabulous Pat McGrath’s doing her makeup thing but it features Brit model, Jourdan Dunn –who is back after a well deserved break looking after her new baby. I can’t find Edward Enninful website right-now but he is represented by Maxim Fashion Agents at: http://www.maximfma.com/

Fashion: A Sauvage

2 Black and White Photographs: Photographed at ShowStudio
Wearing 000-6 from 000-1- 000-11

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
Black and White Photographs by Adrien Sauvage
Wearing 000-11 from 000-1- 000-11
If you love fashion and are anything like me then you’d have heard lots about the latest ‘It’ designer called Adrien Sauvage. From glossy magazines to blogs –the air is full to bursting with buzz about designer Adrien Sauvage and his business partner, TV presenter George Lamb launching their first non-seasonal collection of radical and elegant menswear aptly named, A Sauvage.

I must confess, I’m pretty impressed and love the suave, sharpness of the A Sauvage menswear collection –and have been inspired by the glossy black & white images of ‘of-the-minute’ people like artist Richie Culver, actor Bill Nighy, rock’n’roller Coco Sumner and music guru Mark Ronson –above, wearing A Sauvage –shot by Adrien Sauvage himself for a project, called "This is Not a Suit," -But mostly, I’m really pleased to discover (via my mate from big PR guru firm: STARWORKS), that Adrien Sauvage is of Ghanaian origin. For more information about the A Sauvage collection visit: http://www.adriensauvage.com/

** A Sauvage prices starts from £65 for Ties. Shirts from £165. Suits from £895 –and are available from Matches (http://www.matchesfashion.com/) and Harrods (http://www.harrods.com/harrodsstore/).

Beauty: Benedicta Tweneboa-Kodua a future star...

**Ever since Ghana's beautiful Kate Tachie-Menson won, I’ve kept an eye on the M-Net Face of Africa website, –and even though I feel that Zambia's Lukando Nalungwe was the rightful winner (the finale took place in February 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria), I truly feel that Ghana’s Benedicta Tweneboa-Kodua is very special and should continue to pursue a modelling career (I would be happy to book her for fashion shoots). Does any one know what she's up to right-now? For more information about M-Net Face of Africa visit: http://beta.mnetafrica.com/FaceOfAfrica/

The winner of the 2010 Face Of Africa title is Zambia's Lukando.....

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Sam Sarpong Hosts 2010 BET Awards Pre Show

It was wonderful to see Sam Sarpong hosting 2010 BET Awards Pre Show (Behind the Scenes All Access) –he is fabulous.....

A Must Watch: Dizzee Rascal is a judge on Sky1's Must Be The Music....

Catch Dizzee Rascal alongside Jazz musician, Jamie Cullen and Sharleen Spiteri of Texas every Sunday on Sky1and Sky1 HD at 7pm, -judging the latest talents (from Britain and Ireland), –trying to impress and win a coveted career-boosting £100,000 cash fund and the chance to perform in front of a massive audience at one of the UK’s biggest and most famous music venue, Wembley Arena -in Sky1's Must Be The Music. For more information visit: http://sky1.sky.com/about-the-show-3

Tinchy Stryder in i-D Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue

[Courtesy of SHOWstudio.com]

i-D magazine celebrated their 30th anniversary with a 200 Portraits collection of, ‘of-the-minute’ celebrities shot by uber photographer, Nick Knight including: Carri Mundane, Leona Lewis, Milly McMahon, Beharti Prinsloo, Giles Deacon, Tafari Hinds, S.C.U.M, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and our very own Tinchy Stryder. You can check out Tinchy Stryder being shot by Nick Knight via SHOWstudio.com at: http://showstudio.com/project/200_portraits/portrait/tinchy_stryder
**To keep up with Tinchy Stryder‘s goings-on visit his Blog at: http://www.starinthehood.net/blog.php

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Hair and Beauty: My HairLUXE

(Photos: courtesy of My HairLUXE)

If you are anything like me, -the beautiful images of soft, fabulous hair above will have you calling the good people of My HairLUXE for their Organic, 100% tangle free, 'Real Luxurious Human Hair Extensions' (Remy hair from South America and India) right-now. Based at NO 5 Labone Crescent, Labone, Accra (down the road from Wangara hotel) -My HairLUXE is a must visit for all quality hair extension lovers. For more information please kindly email the lovely ladies of My HairLUXE at: info@myhairluxe.com or call (233) 20 5664013. You can visit their Facebook page for further information at: http://www.facebook.com/myhairluxe

**Please keep an eye on the My HairLUXE website, -it is under construction -right now:

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Blitz the Ambassador and Ishmael Osekre play at -@ GHANA PARADE at Crotona Park in the Bronx, NY on Saturday, August 21st 2010

I would truly love to be at this year’s GHANA PARADE. I heard all about this wonderful celebratory, cultural event, –founded by Mr. Sam Aboah from friends last year –and it sounded fantastic. Similar to our Ghana in the Park (UK), NYC comes alive to the sound of hot hip-life, our culture, our food and our people –in a sea of ‘Red-Gold-Green and Kente in Crotona Park, Bronx NY. .....To find out more about GHANA PARADE please visit: http://www.ghanaparadecouncil.org./

National Ghana Parade Council
P.O. Box 1304
Bronx, NY 10462

In the mean time check out Blitz the Ambassador’s latest ‘Something to Believe’

“Directed by Terence Nance, the film addresses the detachment we all battle, when faced with the the world's overwhelming issues. "It's hard to think about all the problems in the world without getting a little overwhelmed. So, a lot of times we just ignore things. I think Africa has suffered a lot because people choose to remain ignorant, rather than address the issues that are right in front of our faces." Blitz the Ambassador

To download ‘Something to Believe’ and for more information about Blitz the Ambassador visit: http://embassy.mvmt.com/ or

Doing Business in Africa - Ghana

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Nana Boroo live @ Guvnor Bar on Friday 6th August 2010 (10pm-4am)

To get on the guest list for free -text your name to 07984749255 before 11pm tonight...  For more information visit Deejay Levi (Famous Ghanaians)’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1008933988&v=info

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Events & Promotions: Ghanaian Divas

For more information visit: http://www.facebook.com/warren.gizzle1

Teachers Without Borders’ West Africa Teachers' Conference 2010 [August 13-15] in Accra

In August 2010, Teachers Without Borders and the National Africa Foundation will be hosting the West Africa Teachers' Conference in Accra, Ghana. This conference is open to all educators from West Africa and beyond who are connected by their common interest in the theme of the conference: Teacher Professional Development in the 21st Century.

The conference will take place on August 13-15, 2010 at the Teachers' Hall Complex of the Ghana National Association of Teachers Secretariat in Accra, Ghana. It will be followed by a series of post-conference workshops (August 16-20) on teaching mastery. Teachers Without Borders will offer workshops on two flagship programs: The Certificate of Teaching Mastery and the Millennium Development Ambassadors program.

This gathering will bring together an international mix of educators from West Africa, including Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Benin.

Registration Fee
Participants from the African Continent: GHC100
Overseas Participants: USD$300
Information about submitting your conference registration payments will be published soon.

Transportation from Kotoka International Airport in Accra to the Teachers Hall Complex in Accra will be arranged by the Teacher Education Division of the Ghana Education Service (GES). Detailed information will be provided to all registered participants at least two weeks before the conference.

Accommodation for all resident participants is being provided by the Ghana National Association of Teachers at their Teachers Hostel of the Teachers Hall Complex, Accra. Arrangements are also being made with several hotels around the conference venue including the Avenida Hotel. Details of costs of accommodation at the hostels and hotels shall be provided soon. However, all hotels and hostels are providing discounts to participants who confirm their participation and reservation interest before August 6, 2010.

***We invite all interested teachers to register to attend the conference and consider submitting a proposal. For more information visit: http://www.teacherswithoutborders.org/blog/west-africa-teachers-conference-2010