Black Star Nation - where rocking Black & White is not a seasonal trend but the cultural fabric of our life -steeped in tradition & honor! #BlackAndWhite #AdinkraSymbols #Ghana #BlackStarNation … Photo from 1960’s Ghana
It is more important than ever to preserve & honor our history & historians who told our stories through beautiful images. Photography as an art is at an all time demand & will be the art of choice for the future with photo sharing in the digital era. Many of us do not know that this medium of art has been part of our history for generations & we should not wait until our icons die before we recognize their greatness. Seydou Keita, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Malick Sidibé & James Barnor are West Africa’s best known photographers & the most celebrated globally. Now there is only 1 of them still living without the #BlackStarNation recognizing how important it is to the education of the nation & Tourism to declare his 'Ever Young’ studio a national landmark, to make sure that his works are preserved & appreciated in his homeland while he is still alive to see it & to have input in the accuracy of the story being told! “It’s easy to take a photo, but what really made a difference was that I always knew how to find the right position, and I never was wrong. I was capable of making someone look really good. The photos were always good. That’s why I always say that it’s a real art”- Seydou Keita -Mali (b.1921-November 21,2001)
“To watch a hair artist going through these precise gestures, like an artist making a sculpture, is fascinating. Hairstyles are an art firm. All these hairstyles are ephemeral. I want my photographs to be more worthy traces of them. I always wanted to record moments of beauty, moments of knowledge. Art is life. Without art, life would be frozen”- J.D. Ojeikere -Nigeria(b. 1930- February 4,2014)
“I believe with my heart and soul in the power of image, but you also have to be sociable. I’m lucky it’s in my nature”-Malick Sidibé-Mali( b.1936-April 15,2016)
“I was lucky to be alive when things were happening. When Ghana was going to be independent and Ghana became independent, and when I came to England the Beatles were around. Things were happening in the 60’s so I call myself Lucky Jim…A civilization develops when people plant trees under which they will never sit”-James Barnor-Ghana (Born June 6,1929)
#MotivationMonday #KnowYourWorth #BuildYourValue
15 year old Shining Ghanaian star, Abraham Attah, wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit with Toms shoes in a collaboration by which Toms will donate 10,000 shoes to the people of Ghana.
In order to build a notable fashion industry, Ghanaian designers must understand their worth in branding and marketing both nationally and internationally. After missing a major press opportunity to dress America’s first family in their first visit to Ghana in 2009, Ghanaian designers continue to miss out on great opportunities to get international recognition at home and abroad for their work, even with their very own homegrown superstars. They didn’t only miss out on the Oscars, where young Attah was a presenter, but they have also missed out on all of his major press junkets and award shows where he was declared the winner both in Europe and America for ‘Beast of No Nation’ - filmed in Ghana for the most part.
How serious are Ghanaians in building a fashion industry that can compete with the rest of the world? Government can’t do everything for you! But then again we can’t even do the necessary due diligence of a spell check when we are writing articles about our own. The 15 year old actor’s name is Abraham Attah not Attoh! Even our journalist need to raise their bar in their worth and value to the nation in telling our stories!
#BlackStarNation #GhanaFashion #OurGlobalFusion
Sometimes when you have too many options in outings, you end up overwhelmed and choose none when it’s too hard to decide on 1. Sorry BK - See you for the Labor Day Fete!!
Everything seems to be coming up #Ghana so until the final decisions are made- we chop for #BlackStarNation cravings: Kenkey/Komi/Dorkunu (cornmeal sourdough style ball or dumpling), Slightly fried and baked porgie, tomato and onion pepper sauce, Shito ( Palm oil, dried shrimp based pepper sauce) and sliced avocado… #EatWell #TravelOften #EatHowYouTravel #EatColorfully #OurGlobalFusion