July 2014


The Africa Centre’s 2nd Summer Festival 2/8/14

London’s Covent Garden to host Textile Themed festival

The Africa Centre is a London-based charity that aims to promote awareness of African cultural and developmental issues in the UK. They will be hosting their second Summer Festival on August 2nd 20141 from 2 noon – 10 pm in the East and West Piazzas of Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF
This year the theme of the event is the “African Textile Experience”
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The centrepiece of the festival will be an inspiring programme, curated by Magie Relph of the African Fabric Shop and advised by Chris Spring, Curator of the African Collection at the British Museum, showcasing the rich tapestry of African textiles in all their beauty and diversity which will engage, inspire and fascinate you. Learn how to make your own Africa-inspired textiles at our craft workshops or take home a memento from our African craft stalls in Covent Garden’s Piazza.

The day will give attendees an opportunity to see, touch, hear and taste the best that contemporary Africa has to offer. You will also be able to feel the energy of Africa through vibrant dance and acrobatic performances. Have fun for all the family with African face and mask painting. Move to the beat of Africa with live music, drummers and DJs. Savour the flavour of Africa with authentic cuisine.

So why not go along and take part in celebrating the vibrancy, creativity and sheer joy of contemporary fabrics from all over Africa, including Kente, of course.

For more information please visit the website – africacentre.org.uk

The Ama.K Abrebese Foundation…. Say No To Skin Bleaching & Skin Toning Campaign

Ama K Abrebese launches anti Skin Bleaching Campaign

 

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After reading a report on ‘Skin Bleaching’  by the former Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, and his call for an anti skin bleaching campaign to be launched. Ama K Abebrese decided to heed to that call with the Love Your Natural Skin tone… Say No to Skin bleaching and Skin Toning campaign. She has enlisted the help of fellow media personalities singer and actress Paulina Oduro, actress Nana Ama McBrown and model Hamamat Montia

Skin Bleaching is highly prevalent in Ghana and seems to be on the increase, it has over the years come to be rebranded as skin ‘toning’.  However skin toning is no difference from skin bleaching.

untitled 1The campaign brings together these personalities with different skin tones that range from darker skinned to lighter skinned.  The aim of the campaign is to encourage Ghanaians to love their natural skin tone they were born with, and resist the practice of skin bleaching. To highlight the risks and dangers of using different chemicals, lotions pills etc that are associated with decreasing the melanin in the skin by bleaching. To also get as many discussing the topic of skin bleaching/toning and incite debates about the issues regarding bleaching. This campaign is not about judgment or pointing fingers as to whom has bleached or has not bleached, but about uplifting the beauty of the  natural African skin and rejecting the notion that black skin in all its different shades is not beautiful.

The campaign  created by the Ama K. Abebrese Foundation,  is supported by DDP Outdoors Ltd, RVQ Visuals Studios, Dzidzis, The Wolfpack Life, Signature Qlass and media support from TV3, Citi FM, Daily Guide, Newsone, The Mirror and The Finder.

It has already been launched online, and there billboards that have been mounted in various streets in Accra and Kumasi. You can join the campaign here – https://www.facebook.com/ilovemynaturalskintone

Check out the promotional video below

Follow the official  campaign hashtags – #ilovemynaturalskintone   #saynotoskinbleaching