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Musician Adomaa (Joy Onyinyechukwu Adomaa Serwaa Adjeman) cuts a deep look in a new set of images. Shared on Behance, the images are Adomaa when she wants to be her charming self.

The images are adorned with so much beauty, her eyes providing a starry environment.

The shots were taken by Ben Bond for OAB Photography.

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Ghanaian Fashion Designer & Brain Behind Benash Jeans Talks Fashion Entrepreneurship    

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From my engagement with several personalities within the fashion space across the continent, it appears fashion designing is a profession that tends to attract people at an early age. However, there are several elements of the profession and knowledge to be acquired about the trade which will lead a person to having a successful career in the field.

To be a fashion designer, particularly a successful fashion designer, there are a lot of things to do in addition to just having a good eye for color and shape or drawing skills. You will need to consolidate many skills like pattern cutting, sewing as well as your ability to be able to spot trends as and when effortlessly.  

I caught up with one of Africa’s most talented fashion designers earlier this week to talk about factors that contribute to becoming a successful fashion designer and tips for all entrepreneurs and investors hoping to start businesses in the fashion industry. We also spoke about the current state of the Ghanaian fashion industry. 

Born Benjamine Toklo in one of the famous suburbs of the nation’s capital, Nima, he has become a household name within the Ghanaian fashion space. Popularly referred to as Benash, he needs no introduction. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Benash Jeans and Clothing and has his workshop and showroom located at Nima.  Currently the official designer and apparel supplier of Ghana’s biggest musician and the King of African Dancehall, Shatta Wale, Benash also works with several celebrated personalities from the creative arts industry, the corporate world, politicians, opinion leaders and other highly placed persons in society. Other celebrities he has worked with from 2001, a year after he successfully completed his apprenticeship to set up Benash Jeans are VIP, Buk Bak, Obrafuo, Reggi Rockston, Samini and Edem. Others are Guru, 4×4, Gasmilla and Eno.

Describing himself and what he does, Benash said “I’m a creative thinker, a determined and highly motivated person when it comes to my work. I am on a journey to reach to the top of my career and then continue to the next level. At Benash Jeans and Clothing, we specialize in sewing jeans and khakis for both sexes as well as adults and children”

From the Nima cluster of schools where he had his elementary education, Benash started working with his father who was also a fashion designer for his apprenticeship before proceeding to the Ghanata School of Arts and Fashion to deepen his knowledge about the trade.  

Responding to my question on how to become a successful fashion designer, he revealed his six point plan which he termed as the road to success. “It is one thing becoming a fashion designer or starting a fashion design business and another thing becoming successful at it. First, 

I will suggest you get the needed education about the profession then have an internship or apprenticeship”. He further stated that “Once you are on your game, you create an impressive portfolio and expand your horizon. You should never stay in your comfort zone and choose a strategy to have styles or designs to be known for. To expand and move the brand to the next level requires financial strength and that is something you need to look at and how to raise the needed funds to achieve this”.  

About the challenges he encounters, Benash said “most of the challenges I encountered occurred when I started my business. I started this business some fifteen years ago and the major challenge was with distribution and acceptance of the brand. Most clothing stores and boutiques were reluctant in accepting made in Ghana goods because they weren’t certain about the prospects. It was until I got a name and also found what they were looking at then they started stocking my things”At the moment, we need to get many manufacturing companies in the fashion industry to help the local designers”. 


About his plan for the business, Benash revealed that he wishes to own one of the biggest garment companies in the fashion industry in order to assist the local designers to be able to produce more.

“At that point, I will be in the position to employ over five hundred workers and also contribute to the government’s drive to reduce unemployment in the country. In the next five years to a decade, I am looking at seeing my brand at the top, taking Ghana to the globe”, he added. 

 

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50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians of 2017 announced – SEE FULL LIST!

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Winners of Avance Media’s  50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians of 2017 has been announced. Comprising winners across the fields of business, entertainment, media, sports, leadership, lifestyle among others.

Musicians Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, and Sarkodie, Asamoah Gyan, GH One’s Berla Mundi, Peace Hyde are among personalities named on the list.

The scheme is put together in partnership with Goal.com, ReputationPoll.com, Abjel Communications, WatsUp TV, TANOEBusiness.com, My Naija Naira, The YCEO, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, CliqAfrica, Pulse Ghana, Africa Feeds, News Africa and CELBMD Africa.

See winners in the various categories below:

  • Business – Nana Appiah Mensah, Zylofon Media & MenzGold Ghana
  • Entertainment – Stonebwoy, Musician
  • Law & Governance – Kow Essuman, Lawyer & Office of the President of Ghana
  • Leadership & Civil Society – Gideon Danso, Empowerment Worship Center
  • Lifestyle – Ameyaw Debrah, Blogger
  • Media – Nana Aba Anamoah, GhOne TV
  • Personal Development & Academia – Brian Amoateng– Brian Amoateng Outreach Ministries
  • Science & Technology – Godwin Martey– Websoft Solutions
  • Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Ama Duncan, The Fabulous Woman Network
  • Sports – Asamoah Gyan, Kayserispor FK

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians in 2017

  • Kow Essuman (Lawyer)
  • Gideon Danso (Empowerment Worship Center)
  • Brian Amoateng (Brian Amoateng Outreach Ministries)
  • Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (MP)
  • Ameyaw Debrah (Blogger)
  • Nana Appiah Mensah (Zylofon Media)
  • Nana Aba Anamoah (GhOne TV)
  • Godwin Martey (Websoft Solutions)
  • Stonebwoy (Musician)
  • Ibrahim Mustapha (Public Speaking Institute)
  • Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor FK)
  • David Asare Asiamah (Agro Mindset Ltd)
  • Ama Duncan (The Fabulous Woman Network)
  • Sarkodie (Musician)
  • Berla Mundi (GhOne TV)
  • Caritas Aryee (Tatas and Friends Foundation)
  • Jeff Bassey (Graduate Training Institute)
  • Dede Ayew (West Ham United)
  • Nii Kotei Dzani (Council of State)
  • Sesinam Dagadu (Snoocode)
  • Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (MP)
  • Elijah Amoo Addo (Food For All Africa)
  • Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)
  • Albert Kusi (LEC Foundation)
  • Seth Kwame Boateng (Multimedia Group)
  • Peace Hyde (Forbes Africa)
  • Hamamat Montia (Model)
  • Richmond Kwame Frimpong (Beige Academy)
  • Senyo Hosi (COBD)
  • Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)
  • Elorm Beenie (Blogger)
  • Shatta Wale (Musician)
  • Lydia Forson (Actress)
  • Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh (Photographer)
  • Alexander Afenyo-Markin (MP)
  • Regina Agyare (Soronko Foundation)
  • Laud Anthony Basing (Incas Diagnostic Services Limited)
  • Akwasi Frimpong (Athlete)
  • Nicholas Bortey (Liranz)
  • Philip Mensah (OmniBank Ghana)
  • Kane Mani (Origgin)
  • Abigail Ashley (UTV Ghana)
  • Kosi Yankey (NBSSI)
  • Roberta Annan (Roberta Annan Consulting)
  • Wiyaala (Musician)
  • Francisca Oteng Mensah (MP)
  • Derrydean Dadzie (DreamOval Ltd)
  • Ivy Barley (Developers in Vogue)
  • Ebenezer Nana Yaw Donkor (Blogger)
  • Peter Akai Anum (HOSA Awards)

 

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Celebrated Ghanaian designer Sima Brew joins Zylofon media as a Fashion Icon

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Celebrated Ghanaian Designer Sima Brew is known in real life as Mrs Afrifa has inked a four year deal with 360 Creative arts company Zylofon Media.

The Glitz Style Awards winner for Best Red Carpet Designer was unveiled yesterday at a brief ceremony held at the Zylofon Media Headquarters in East Legon.

She made it clear to the public that her customers and potential ones can still hire her services without contacting Zylofon Media because “nothing changes at my shop after this partnership.

Sima Brew has worked with several renowned Ghanaian celebrities like Berla Mundi, Serwaa Amihere, Becca, amongst others and Politicians like HE second lady of Ghana Samira Bawumia.

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PEOPLE’S CELEBRITY AWARDS “17: All the winners [+ exclusive images]

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Held at the Accra International Conference Centre, Saturday, December 30, the 2017 People’s Celebrity Awards saw Ghanaian music icon Shatta Wale, Ebony Reigns, Fancy Gadam, OAP Berla Mundi and a number of other popular personalities named winners in various categories.

The scheme, entirely based on public voting, looks to reward influential names and companies who continue to push the frontiers of Ghana’s entertainment industry.

Aside being named Celebrity of the year, which sees him win a Dodge Charger sedan worth $65,000, the controversial musician was also named Favorite Male Musician of the Year.

RuffTown’s Ebony Reigns picked up the laurel for Favourite Female Musician, whiles Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan was named Favourite Male Sports Personality of the Year.

Other winners on the night include northern music giants Maccasio and Fancy Gadam, actress Roselyn Ngisah, and sports broadcaster Dan Kwaku Yeboah.

In attendance were recognisable faces as Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum, Asamoah Gyan, DKB, Ahoufe Patri, Kalybos, Jacinta among others.

The 2017 People’ Celebrity Awards is put together by GN Bank.

Below is the full list of winners:

Favourite Male Musician category: 

  • Fancy Gadam
  • Flowking Stone
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • Joe Mettle
  • Maccasio
  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Shatta Wale [winner]
  • Stonebwoy

 

Favourite Female Radio Presenter category: 

  • Afia Pokua
  • Adjoa Yeboah Agyei
  • Amanda Jissih
  • Anita Erskine
  • Doreen Andoh
  • Ewurama Attoh [winner]
  • Jessica Opare Saforo
  • Ohemaa Woyeje
  • Silva Lady
  • Sokoo Hemaa

 

Favourite Female TV Presenter category:

  • Adwoa Yeboah Agyei
  • Afia Schwarzenegger
  • Akumaa Mama Zimbi
  • Amanda Jissih
  • Berla Mundi [winner]
  • Deloris Frimpong Manso
  • Maame Yeboah Asiedu
  • Nana Aba Anamoah
  • Nana Yaa Brefo
  • Soko Hemaa

Favourite Music Video category: 

  • Ayoo – Shatta Wale
  • Confession – Kofi Kinaata
  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Enku Lenu – Stonebwoy
  • Ladder – Lilwin
  • Pain Killer – Sarkodie

Sponsor – Ebony

  • Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam [winner]
  • Work In Progress – Diana Hamilton
  • Yewo Nyame – Nacee

Favourite Actress category: 

  • Benedicta Gafah
  • Emelia Brobbey
  • Lydia Forson
  • Joselyn Dumas
  • Jackie Appiah
  • Nana Ama McBrown
  • Priscilla Opoku Agyeman
  • Roselyn Ngissah [winner]
  • Yvonne Okoro
  • Zynell Zuh

Favourite Comedian category: 

  • Baba Spirit
  • Bismark The Joke
  • Derek Kobina Boney (DKB)
  • Comedian Khemical
  • Comedian OB
  • Emmanuel Nkansah (Lekzy) [winner]
  • Foster Romanus
  • Funny Face
  • Jacinta
  • Nathaniel Mensah (Ajeezay)

Favourite Female Musician category: 

  • Adina
  • Becca
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Ebony [winner]
  • Efya
  • Feli Nuna
  • Joyce Blessing
  • Mz Vee
  • Patience Nyarko
  • Sista Afia

Favourite Journalist category: 

  • Adomako Felix (Zion Felix)
  • Ameyaw Debrah
  • Attractive Mustapha [winner]
  • Dan Lartey
  • David Mawuli
  • Halifax Ansah Addo
  • Koncept Worae
  • Kwame Dadzie
  • Nana Yaw Donkor (NYDJ)

Favourite Male Radio Presenter category: 

  • Abeiku Santana
  • Agyemang Prempeh
  • Christian Adjei Frimpong [winner]
  • David Anann Barima
  • Enoch Asare
  • Giovani Caleb
  • Lexis Bill
  • Londona Nie
  • Prince Benjamin
  • Sammy Forson

Favourite Male Sports Personality category: 

  • Asamoah Gyan [winner]
  • Dede Ayew
  • Duke Micah
  • Isaac Dogbe
  • Richard Commey
  • Sadiq Adams
  • Thomas Partey
  • Winful Cobbina

Favourite Female Sports category: 

  • Alberta Ampomah
  • Adu Agyemang Kate
  • Belinda Anane
  • Mercy Tagoe
  • Nadia Eke
  • Nafisatu Umaru
  • Sandra Owusu
  • Priscilla Adubea[winner]

Favourite Male TV Presenter category: 

  • Andrew Adote Tandoh
  • Bola Ray
  • Dan Kwaku Yeboah [winner]
  • David Dontoh
  • George Quaye
  • Ibrahim Ben Bako
  • Johnnie Hughes
  • Patrick Osei Agyemang
  • Sammy Flex

Favourite Religious Personality category: 

  • Apostle Kwadwo Safo [winner]
  • Bishop Daniel Obinim
  • Pastor Mensa Otabil
  • Rev. Eastwood Anaba
  • Counselor Lutterodt
  • Imam Rashid

*Archbishop Duncan Williams

*Nana Kwaku Bonsam

*Apostle Kpegah Tamakloe

*Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

 

Favourite Movie category :

  • Adanfo Bone
  • Ghana Galamsey[winner]
  • John & John
  • Keteke
  • Piele

People’s Celebrity Awards Social Media category: 

  • Stonebwoy
  • Sarkodie

*Fancy Gadam

  • Lydia Forson
  • Moesha Boudong
  • Mona (Hajia4Real)
  • Medikal
  • Shatta Wale
  • Macassio [winner]
  • Nana Ama McBrown

Favourite Song category: 

  • My Own – Samini
  • Too Risky – Medikal
  • Pain Killer – Sarkodie
  • My Name – Samini
  • Taking Over – Shatta Wale[winner]
  • Too Big – Macassio
  • Confession – Kofi Kinaata
  • Onwawani – Joe Mettle

 

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Finalists for Avance Media’s 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians announced – SEE FULL LIST!

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Finalists for Avance Media’s 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians of 2017, honouring distinguished young Ghanaians, have been announced.

The 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians ranking recognises distinctive service across 10 different categories: Business, Entertainment, Law and Governance, Leadership and Civil Society, Lifestyle, Media, Personal Development and Academia, Science and Technology, Sports and Social Enterprise and Philantrophy.

Winners will be announced on 8th January, 2018.

Hailed as one of the most credible, Avance Media’s Most Influential Young Ghanaian rankings is the most respected system that honours youth excellence in Ghana. The 2017 Ghana ranking is the third in the series.

Previous editions have ranked investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas as the Most Influential Young Ghanaian for 2015 and 2016.

CEO of Avance Media, Prince Akpah explains that “This year’s influential young Ghanaian is someone whose work has undoubtedly had a positive impact in Ghanaian life. The nominees have all excelled in their various endeavors, working to improve the lives of others, through hardwork, personal sacrifice and in most instances, made bold and brave commitments.”

Public voting has officially opened on gh.avancemedia.org to determine the overall 2017 Most Influential Young Ghanaian, and winners for the 10 categories.

Similar rankings by Avance Media and partners are currently ongoing in Cameroon, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, DR Congo and Kenya.

Here is the full list of the 2017 Nominees

Business (in partnership with TANOE Business)

  1. David Asare Asiamah (Agro Mindset Ltd)
  2. Derrydean Dadzie (DreamOval Ltd)
  3. Nana Appiah Mensah (Zylofon Media)
  4. Philip Mensah (OmniBank Ghana)
  5. Roberta Annan (Roberta Annan Consulting)

Entertainment (in partnership with WatsUp TV)

  1. Lydia Forson (Actress)
  2. Sarkodie (Musician)
  3. Shatta Wale (Musician)
  4. Stonebwoy (Musician)
  5. Wiyaala (Musician)

Law & Governance

  1. Francisca Oteng Mensah (MP)
  2. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (MP)
  3. Kow Essuman (Lawyer)
  4. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (MP)
  5. Alexander Afenyo-Markin (MP)

Leadership & Civil Society (in partnership with Abjel Communications)

  1. Kosi Yankey (NBSSI)
  2. Gideon Danso (EWC)
  3. Nii Kotei Dzani (Council of State)
  4. Peter Akai Anum (HOSA Awards)
  5. Senyo Hosi (COBD)

Lifestyle

  1. Ameyaw Debrah (Blogger)
  2. Ebenezer Nana Yaw Donkor (Blogger)
  3. Elorm Beenie (Blogger)
  4. Hamamat Montia (Model)
  5. Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh (Photographer)

Media

  1. Abigail Ashley (UTV Ghana)
  2. Berla Mundi (EIB Network)
  3. Nana Aba Anamoah (EIB Network)
  4. Peace Hyde (Forbes Africa)
  5. Seth Kwame Boateng (Multimedia Group)

Personal Development & Academia

  1. Albert Kusi (LEC Foundation)
  2. Brian Amoateng (Brian Amoateng Outreach Ministries)
  3. Jeff Bassey (Graduate Training Institute)
  4. Ibrahim Mustapha (Public Speaking Institute)
  5. Richmond Kwame Frimpong (Beige Academy)

Science & Technology

  1. Godwin Martey (Websoft Solutions)
  2. Kane Mani (Origgin)
  3. Laud Anthony Basing (Incas Diagnostic Services Limited)
  4. Nicholas Bortey (Liranz)
  5. Sesinam Dagadu (Snoocode)

Sports (in partnership with Goal.com)

  1. Akwasi Frimpong (Athlete)
  2. Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor FK)
  3. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)
  4. Dede Ayew (West Ham United)
  5. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)

Social Entreprise & Philanthropy

  1. Ama Duncan (The Fabulous Woman Network)
  2. Caritas Aryee (Tatas and Friends Foundation)
  3. Elijah Amoo Addo (Food For All Africa)
  4. Ivy Barley (Developers in Vogue)
  5. Regina Agyare (Soronko Foundation)

The 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians ranking is proudly organised by Avance Media in partnership with Goal.com, ReputationPoll.com, Abjel Communications, WatsUp TV, TANOEBusiness.com, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, CliqAfrica, Pulse Ghana, Africa Feeds, and CELBMD Africa.

 

 

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Accra Fashion Week CR18 Scheduled For March 29th – April 1st

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March is set to bring us another exciting set of fabulous designs from both local and foreign designers in the Chilly Rainy edition of Accra Fashion Week taking place from March 29th – April 1st. Designers will be showcasing designs catered for the cool season to follow in the few months shortly after.
The theme of the edition is titled ‘Strictly Business’, and targets a cool and classy audience that are currently intune with fashion and seeking the latest styles by African designers. Accra Fashion Week aims to continue to bridge the gap between the public and African designers via providing a professional and mind blowing creative platform to expose their designs.
The objective is to encourage and work along designers not only to prove to the public the quality and standards of fashion by our own talents are unmatcchable, but to also provide a quick and easier access to the garments and establish trends on the continent of Africa.
The Summer Harmattan edition dubbed Accra Fashion Week SH17 which took place this October made another year of ground breaking history, when it hosted over 150 fashion designers from over 20 countries, making it Africa’s most international fashion show ever, with a guest performance by Ghana’s number one songstress Ebony Reigns.
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