GhanaMade Founder’s Journey : The Perfit Shop

“Be about it and let everybody see” was Akosua Opokua-Achampong’s advice as we spoke about the challenges of launching a brand during the pandemic and the chaos of the previous year. Akosua O. Achampong and Araba Mantey are first-generation Ghanaian-Americans who launched their brand: The Perfit Shop in November 2020 in New York City. The …

Restaurant Review: Lagos Restaurant

In midtown Manhattan on a rather residential block, lies a hidden gem. The owners of Lagos took time not only with their menu but with the venue itself. You’re introduced with gold bottles of Ace of Spade covering the bar wall, the space is fitted with a DJ booth, snaked-skin printed walls, and authentically made artwork hung on the walls throughout the space – attention to detail was made!

Covid-19 vaccines finally arrive in Africa: challenges in ensuring global access

The year 2020 was undoubtedly arduous for many across the globe. No one could have ever predicted the amount of damage that COVID-19 would inflict on our lives. Vast amounts of lives were lost, livelihoods were destroyed and health systems battered. Just over a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, Africa has finally received its first batch of Covid-19 COVAX vaccines. Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire were the first recipients of this vaccine with their primary targets being health and essential works as well as other high-risk groups, anticipating to maximize the public benefit of the vaccine.

LGBTQ+ Community in Africa in 2021: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

An LGBTQ+ centre in Ghana shut its doors at the close of February 2021 after succumbing to pressure and blackmail from religious groups and state organisations. The Ghanaian national police raided the centre soon after its leaders were forced to flee from their office and hide themselves. Enraged citizens and supporters of this community took to social media to express their disgruntlement on the unjust treatment that the LGBTQ+ community has to endure on a daily basis not only in Ghana but across the entire continent.

Akufo-Addo and Mahama face off in Ghana’s 2020 General Election

Ghana’s 2020 general elections takes place today, 7th December 2020, where the New Patriotic Party (NPP) faces off with the National Democratic Congress (NDC). If you are not familiar with Ghanaian national politics, you may ask what is the NPP and NDC? Together they are the major political parties that control a great influence over the country’s political landscape. Both parties were established on the eve of the transition of power from a military government to a democratically elected leadership in 1993.

What’s Happening in Congo?

About Congo The country of the Democratic Republic of Congo has 14.57 million people in 2020. More than 200 ethnic groups constitute the people of the DRC, with nearly 205 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. The capital of the Congo, Kinshasa, which is the second-largest country in Africa, has nine bordering countries including …

DJ Neizer debuts summer 2020 ‘tape – Breathe

This past weekend the Accra music scene was taken by surprise by DJ Neizer as he released his eighth mixtape, Breathe. The mixtape is a step away from the disk jockey’s usual uplifting party vibe renditions. He is noted to have found inspiration to create this particular release because of the trialling times due to the global pandemic and the multi-national movement towards racial equality.

#GhanaMades50: Vanessa Gyimah

Vanessa Gyimah is a professional makeup artist and beauty influencer who has been featured in Buzzfeed, Essence Magazine and makeup campaigns displayed in Ulta Beauty across the country. The former MAC cosmetics artist has quickly become a social media star with her fun and empowering makeup videos. She grew in popularity based on her “365” …

#GhanaMades50: Tia Maria Nelson

Tia Maria Nelson is a Manchester based Content Creator. This journey for her started back in 2016 where she began on youtube, doing various fashion hauls for Brands such as ASOS, Missguided. Her YouTube page also consisted of “How to” style videos. Tia describes herself as a communicative person, which resulted in her using her …

#GhanaMades50: Sarah Owusu

Sarah Owusu was born in London, United Kingdom in 1991. She studied at the University of Essex, earning a BSc (Hons) Psychology. Owusu is a self-taught Ghanaian British artist. After years of painting, she soon identified her own unique style. Using acrylic and mixed media, at the base of Sarah’s work lies very striking, colourful …