Asamoah Gyan Makes African World Cup History Despite Ghana Loss.
Despite the Black Stars not advancing to the next round of the World Cup, Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan’s goal against Portugal had him making history again.
After his goal against Germany put on him on par with Cameroonian football legend Roger Milla’s World Cup goal scoring total, scoring against Portugal made Gyan the highest-scoring African player in all World Cup history with six World Cup goals to his name.
Portrait: Actress Maameyaa Boafo, 2014
"A Pakistani-born Ghanaian girl"
Photo by Charles Lawson (s_tage)
A Ghanaian woman carries a ceremonial bowl on her head.
by Sergio Pessolano
SlamPow! Ghana | Episode 1 “Fashion in Accra” Join Slam and Pow as they discover Ghana in the all new web series” SlamPow! on the GO: GHANA” In this episode …
Have you ever wondered why Ghanaians or Africans dress the way we do? If yes, then watch this video! If no, you still have to watch this video. Find out what the people in Accra like to wear see what you can learn from it.
PS: Just so you know, folks in Accra do most of their clothes themselves. Enjoy it!
YEVU Clothing is a brand that was inspired by and developed in Ghana with handpicked fabrics from the markets of Accra and Kumasi in Ghana, as well as cloths from Cote D’Ivoire and Togo.
'Yevu' is the name for a white person or a foreigner in Ewe, relating to the creator and designer behind the line, Australian Anna Roberston.
All Africa, All the time.
AT THE EXHIBITION…
Broken Thoughts Exhibition at Takoradi, Ghana.
African Lens is a visual collective from African photographers both in the motherland and the diaspora.The project aims at showcasing and sharing Africa as we know it using photography thus, an open window into the world of Africans via the lens of African Photographers.
The photographers featured are:
Stay tuned for more updates!
The world is talking about Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama
This is the work of Ibrahim Mahama, the young Ghanaian artist creating radical public artworks from an everyday material - old jute cloth sacks. Many of these bags were initially used to transport cocoa. They are covered in markings that tell the story of what they once contained and where they’ve been.
Writer Asha Hai had this to say about Ibrahim’s work.
"Like the flayed skin of some doomed, giant creature, Ibrahim Mahama’s stitched-together coal sacks drape over the gallery walls, spilling on to the floor. The 27-year-old Ghanaian artist recycles simple jute sacks, imported by Ghana Cocoa Board and later used by charcoal sellers, to make sombre, viscerally powerful environments, which are usually displayed outdoors – in market places and public squares. There’s a palbable sense of wear-and-tear in Mahama’s patched-up and grubby surfaces. These are the battle-worn scars of supply and demand writ large. It’s hard-knocks installation art at its very best."
This installation was also exhibited at last year’s CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL in Accra .His work is currently on exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Two students explore the amazing Fashion scene at the Accra Mall.
Dear anonymous, your conscious effort to gain cultural knowledge and respect is already a step away from the territory of appropriation. I assume you’re talking about a piece of clothing with the pattern on it, and not the heavy handwoven ceremonial cloth that is wrapped around the body. Kente has proliferated in the market and in fashion shows, and is part of Ghanaian everyday wear today. It is not restricted to traditional-religious ceremonies alone, neither is it connected to a colonial experience that disparages Ghanaians. In my view, you can wear pieces of clothing with kente design.
As part of her first public mural, incredibly talented artist, Kenturah Davis made a drawing of my portrait at Alliance Française in Accra. In her words,
"The drawing is of four different women, living in Accra. The text used to render the image is an Audre Lorde quote, “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”
I am facing so many obstacles with getting the Rex Cinema off the ground in Ghana. Reviving the Rex is part of a larger vision to stimulate a creative culture that appreciates Ghanaian perspectives and fosters cultural exchange.
Kenturah’s drawing at one of Ghana’s leading cultural institutions gives me so much hope. Despite the challenges, I believe the Rex as Ghana’s own cinema space will soon come into fruition
Earlier this year I did a concept shoot for Ghana based clothing label Osei Duro (www.oseiduro.com). It was shot at Labadi Beach in Accra by amazing artist and photographer Kenturah Davis. The concept idea came from Marion Payen, a French visual artist, who wanted the shoot to have a “nomadic feeling with an outer space vibe.”
I had a great time and we had lots of spectators who were fully intrigued with our use of flour and Tang ( yes the drink Tang) at the beach. Without the camera i’m sure they would have easily assumed there was some ancestral ritual going on.
I support my friend Maame Adjei on her artistic journey. Wherever that may lead her to. Its always fun to talk to her, and share insightful comments from one artist to another. Most times however, are spent talking about how we can create new photographs.
We are all artists.
Is the Rex Cinema Saved?
An open letter to Save the Rex supporters
First of all, please accept my apologies for the recent delays regarding updates for our project “Save the Rex”. I have been hard at work in fulfilling the goals you so generously supported last year. I am happy to announce we have made substantial progress in saving the Rex, but I have also encountered some important setbacks.
When I set out to reclaim the Rex Cinema in Accra as a space for the creative arts, it was in a dilapidated state, and occupied by squatters. Enquires about the Rex pointed me to its supposed caretakers.
During our initial meeting, the caretakers agreed to participate in the Save the Rex campaign. I was given permission to restore the building, and in turn I agreed to pay a rental fee to screen Kwaku Ananse, granting them a percentage of the proceeds as well.
After our successful Kickstarter campaign, I began to refurbish the Rex, painting and patching portions in serious need of repair. These were important first steps towards making the Rex the space for the creative arts all of us want it to be. The caretakers were witness of this process throughout.
Unfortunately, they misrepresented themselves as caretakers of the Rex Cinema. They turned on me as I was about to start the final round of repairs on the ceilings and bathrooms with contractors, reporting me to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Creative Arts for trespassing. It is apparent now that they have limited, if any, authority over the Rex, and took advantage of our intention to restore it. Squatters have returned to the space, setting up a Church that refuses to allow further repairs, or to share the Rex with cultural initiatives.
I am fighting this battle alone so, I am deeply sorry for this setback. Unfortunately, things are not quite as clear-cut in Ghana as they are elsewhere. It is much easier for people to misrepresent themselves here, and harder for the affected party to sue for breach of contract. While I was aware of the difficulties, I never imagined that people would resist the renovations that are ultimately for the good of the building, much less when we were already halfway done.
This is by no means the end of our project. I am working relentlessly with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts to determine who is truly responsible for the Rex so we can resume the revival and restoration effort. I made my case to the Minister that saving the Rex would be an important first step in reclaiming spaces for Ghanaian cinema and culture.
I told the Minister that it is my hope, and that of the people who supported the restoration effort, that these spaces can host workshops, Pan-African film festivals, and concerts that support unique voices from the continent. Our everyday reality is often depicted or determined by foreigners. It is time that we embrace projects that restore our right to have a voice, and a space to present our vision of reality in Africa itself. I am fully confident that I have her support to overcome all of the existing obstacles to complete our project of saving the Rex.
Rest assured that we will overcome this unfortunate setback, and will finally see our dream of saving the Rex fully realized. I have an unfailing commitment to our cause, and will work tirelessly to see it through. I will honor your commitment, and fulfill all of my obligations with you. All I ask is that you do not lose your faith in my saving the Rex, because its what made a difference at the beginning, and its what will see it through.
Save the Rex,
Akosua Adoma Owusu
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