September 2013


Ghanaian Fashion: Presenting Sika Designs

With  London Fashion week gone I thought it would be more than relevant to showcase the talented Sika designs. Ghanaians have managed to create a presence in the fashion industry thanks to the likes of Ozwald Boateng , N’kya designs, Adjoa Osei and many more designers, but now Me FiRi Ghana Introduces Sika Designs to you…

Profile: Sika Designs

It all started in 2006 when the 33 year old Phyllis Taylor born in the UK to Ghanaian parents birthed Sika desings. From an early age, she adored colors, prints and anything that stood out especially from Ghana Phyllis loved the colourful prints of West African clothing; especially from her native Ghana. She originally studied performing arts and music but she dreamed of seeing the excitement and life in traditional dresses and garments. She studied a course in dressmaking and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion from where a trip to Ghana ensued and the rest as they say is history.

The fashion Line is based in the UK with 12 working in Ghana and 3 in the UK. A great aspect I love about Sika is their interest in ethical status ensuring products and materials are sourced from local traders made in Ghana (Amazing!). This helps the growth of business back home ensuring stability for businesses. We would like to say congratulations to Skia Designs for being awarded the Ethical fashion forum (EFF) innovation project award.

A Snippet of some of her collections:

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Where you can Find Sika Designs

Facebook: Sika designs

Twitter: @sikadesigns1

We Promote young talented individuals, giving you the platform to showcase your skills to the world. If you are between the  ages 18- 25 and you’re a young fashion designer or starting your fashion own business let us know how it’s going.

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Prof Kofi Awoonor killed in Westgate: Ghana lose a literary giant!

Prof Kofi Awoonor killed in Westgate Terror Attack

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Ghana is in shock after it was announced the poet and author Professor Kofi Awonoor was among those shot dead by terrorists in the Westgate Mall siege in Kenya on Saturday. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama  said in a statement: “I am shocked to hear the death of Professor Kofi Awoonor in the Nairobi mall terrorist attack. Such a sad twist of fate.”

Awoonor, 78, was killed and his son wounded at the Westgate mall, Ghana’s Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu later confirmed that Awoonor’s son has been discharged from the hospital. Awoonor had been due to appear at the Storymoja Hay literary festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

His work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. He started writing under the name George Awoonor-Williams. He went on to teach African literature at the University of Ghana. While at the University of Ghana he wrote his first poetry book, Rediscovery, published in 1964. Like the rest of his work, Rediscovery is based on African oral poetry. In Ghana he managed the Ghana Film Corporation and founded the Ghana Play House. His early works were inspired by the singing and verse of his native Ewe people. He then studied literature at the University of London, and while in England he wrote several radio plays for the BBC. He spent the early 1970s in the United States, studying and teaching at universities. While in the USA he wrote This Earth, My Brother, and My Blood. Awoonor returned to Ghana in 1975 as head of the English department at the University of Cape Coast.

Awoonor served as Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil and Cuba in the 1980s, and was Ghana’s representative to the United Nations under the presidency of Jerry Rawlings from 1990 to 1994.He was also president of the Council of State, an advisory body to the president, but stepped down from that role earlier this year. A distinguished diplomat and revered statesman Awoonor was highly respected in Ghanaian and wider African circles.

This was a view that was endorsed by his cousin Kwame Dawes who said; ” Kofi Awoonor is easily one of the great poets of Africa and has been for many years,”there’s a great deal of respect for him and admiration of his work. This has been a big blow and a major loss.”

NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo was quoted as saying; “I shall forever remember him with fondness for his wit and courtesy. The Ghanaian nation has lost a distinguished son”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kofi Awoonor’s family and all the other victims of the Westgate attack at this sad time.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghana Blackstars must overcome Egypt to reach Brazil 2014

Black Stars drawn against Pharaohs in World Cup Play-off

 

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The Black Stars now know they must overcome the Pharaohs of Egypt if they are to reach a third successive World Cup finals.  Egypt, the only side on the continent to have a 100% record in qualifying, were the one non-seeded team all the seeds would have hoped to avoid. However Ghana must do battle with them in a two legged play off in October and November to decide one of the five African finalists to go to Brazil next year.

The first legs of the ties will played between 11 and 15 October, with the return legs taking place between 15-19 November.Football’s world governing body Fifa has asked for the countries to nominate the day of the ties, venues and kick-offs by Friday.  Ghana will play at home in the first leg and away in the second.

Make no mistake this is a heavyweight clash between the two most successful countries in African nations history. Ghana may take heart confidence from the sides’ last meeting – a 3-0 win for the Black Stars in a friendly in Abu Dhabi in January. However in their last competitive match the Egyptians were victorious in the ACN final of 2010 a game which Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamaoh & Andre Ayew will remember well and be keen to avenge. Moreover the Pharaohs won all six of their Group G matches so Ghana will be expecting a tough game from the Egyptians in both legs who have one of the most promising African talents in their mist in the shape of Mohamed Salah a tricky winger who at only 21 years old has 17 goals for his country in 24 appearances. so the Ghanaian defence will have to be on their toes against him.

There is a lot of political unrest in Egypt so no guarantees the second leg game will be played in the national stadium in Cairo. If not  it means it  could be played in El Gouna, in a stadium that has an all-seated capacity of only 12,000. If so that will be less intimidating for Ghana and importantly less inspiring for the Egyptians particularly if they need to get a result. So It will be interesting to see whether the authorities sanction the use of the Cairo International Stadium, which has an all-seated capacity of 75,00, for what is likely to be a crucial second leg – and where home advantage could be key for Egypt.

Indeed the Black Stars chances may come down to what they can do in the first leg with home advantage. Ghana’s clash with Egypt is arguably the pick of African play-off ties of which the others are as follows;

 

  • Ivory Coast v Senegal
  • Ethiopia v Nigeria
  • Tunisia v Cameroon
  • Burkina Faso v Algeria

What do you think of the Black Stars chances? Lets get talking!

In the Black Stars we trust!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

 

Brazil 2014 on the horizon for Black Stars

Asamoah rocket seals Ghana win against Zambia to advance to World Cup qualifying play –off

 

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Ghana are two games away from the World Cup finals after a win against Zambia in their final group game in which they only needed a draw. Goals from Abdul Waris and Kwadwo Asamoah were enough for the Black Stars in a fiercely competitive game and electric atmosphere in Kumasi. The match was preceded by a series of accusations by Zambia of Ghanaian gamesmanship, including delaying their arrival by refusing landing rights for their charter plane and then denying them the chance to train at the venue on the eve of the game. Ghana denied the allegations in statement on their football association website.

Thus these accusations did nothing to calm the atmosphere in what was already a vital match for both teams in the Baba Yara Stadium Kumasi.  A lot of talk before the game was whether Andre Ayew, Michael Essien & Kevin Prince Boateng would start after their return from self imposed retirement. As it was Boateng was injured but there were starting places for both Essien and Ayew.

The Zambians started the game on the stronger foot as the Black Stars’ eagerness to win the game seemed to give them early jitters leading to a free kick in a dangerous area for the Zambians early on, but Rainford Kalaba was unable to beat the wall with his kick. The Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Mayuka both had headed efforts at goal within a matter of minutes but neither managed to trouble the opposition goalkeeper though the Ghanaian’s effort had been on target.

The Black Stars nerve seemed to settle leading to first clear chance of the game in the 12th minute which fell to skipper Asamoah Gyan but the Al Ain forward’s header from an Opare cross failed to hit the target. It was persistent work from John Boye which saw the defender chase down what looked to be a lost cause before fizzing the ball across the face of goal and onto the head of Waris who opened the scoring with a stooping header.

The Zambians started the second half as they ended the first breaking through the Ghanaian defence on no less than three occasions in the first five minutes of the half. However Essien’s presence seemed to liberate Juventus midfielder Asamoah who strolled forward to put the Ghanaians firmly in the driving seat with a scorching effort from range past Mwene to double Ghana’s lead.

The Chipolopolo pulled a goal back through Nathan Sinkala but despite mounting pressure on the hosts, they failed to secure the equaliser before the full time whistle and Ghana held on to claim victory. The Black stars now progress to the final qualifying round next round where they will meet a yet  to be decided team in a two-legged play-off tie to determine one of the five teams to represent Africa in Brazil next year.

In the Black Stars we trust!

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Mista Silva up close and personal

 

Me FiRi Ghana interviews and gets behind the brand of Mista Silva

We get up close and personal and understand what makes him tick, explore some of his life thoughts and opinions and delve into his love for Afrobeats, Arsenal and Ghana

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Filmed by Me FiRi Ghana’s Creative Director Samuel Mensah
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