THE VOICE OF THE GHANAIAN DIASPORA

#GhanaMades50: Yaa Birago

Yaa Birago is a tech entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, mentor, Co-founder and the CEO of FemmeBnB Inc.; the first end-to-end travel solution that alleviates safety issues associated with women travel by helping them rent vacation and short-term rentals from other women. Along with ‘HerCommunity’; a unique online space powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help women …

#GhanaMades50: Izzy Obeng

Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and business coach leading Foundervine – a non-profit training consultancy connecting purpose-driven companies to impactful start-ups. Foundervine works in partnership with world-leading companies, government, and educational institutions to help diverse founders grow. Since 2018, Over 2,000 people have been supported by Foundervine programmes, with over 300 startups launched that included …

#GhanaMades50: Mimi Plange

Award winning designer, Mimi Plange launched her own ready-to-wear label in 2010, after a decade working in New York’s fashion industry.   She is a graduate of the San Francisco Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.  Plange’s designs have been sold in luxury …

#GhanaMades50: Brianna Agyemang

Billboard Women In Music 2020 Executive of the Year, Brianna Agyemang has made it her mission during her tenure in music to move with both purpose and kindness. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Brianna first started in the music industry through a string of internships including Bad Boy Records, Columbia Records, as well …

#GhanaMades50: Kimberly and Priscilla Addison

57 Chocolate is the pioneer bean to bar craft chocolate manufacturer in Ghana, producing luxury chocolate locally. It was started by two Pan-African sisters, Kimberly and Priscilla Addison.  Their vision is to drive development and self-sufficiency in Ghana and across the continent of Africa, while their mission is to add value to local resources by …

#GhanaMades50: Yvonne Bajela

Yvonne Bajela is a founding member and principal at Impact X Capital, an early-stage investment firm, where she has led various investments including Marshmallow. Her firm’s mandate is to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe and is an important contributor to promoting diversity and inclusion in this industry. In addition to this, she recently had …

#GhanaMades50: Scilla Owusu

At 24, the young music video director already counts A-list stars such as Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Burna Boy and Fuse ODG among her clients. She has also worked with global brands such as Patoranking, Mr Eazi & Davido. Scilla’s acuity, storytelling skills, creative capacity and meticulousness have transformed the music industry, rightly positioning audiovisuals as an …

#GhanaMades50: Dior Bediako

Dior Bediako is the founder of Pepper Your Talk, a phy-gital platform for young fashion creatives. Why phy-gital? Because through PYT, she aims to create as many physical experiences offline and in real life, as she does digitally. In 2017, she founded The Junior Network, fashion’s first member’s club for young professionals. With the help …

#GhanaMades50: Alexandra Ampofo

Alexandra is a Live Music Promoter at one of the UK’s leading gig promoters, Metropolis Music, part of the conglomerate of live music giants, Live Nation Entertainment. The Business Management and Leadership graduate also heads Diversity Employee Resource Group, starting EMBRACE Nation at Live Nation UK – a cultural hub striving towards racial equality in …

The Legend of the Underground 2021: Nigeria’s ‘Secret’ LGBTQ community

Nigeria has some of the strictest same-sex marriage laws throughout Africa, criminalising homosexuality. In a country that praises hyper-masculinity, Nigeria’s LGBTQ community has had to remain underground using coded language, disguises and safe-houses to survive in the country. The film The Legend of the Underground through first-person stories details the trials and tribulations of Nigeria’s underground community, from police raids to abandonment to being HIV+ the film sheds light on the experiences faced by many in the country.