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Introducing Amon Ogyiri & Ashantibeads

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Ashantibeads was founded by US-based Ghanaian Amon Ogyiri in 2012. He was moved to found Ashantibeads having observed what he perceived as a lack of recognition for the African culture in the world. “There is plenty of beauty in Africa which still hasn’t been exposed to the rest of the world,” Amon reflects. “My mission was to display as much beauty from African culture as possible, through art & fashion. “

 

The hallmark of the brand are the trademark African bead bracelets of various colours which are adorned with a Gye Nyame charm. Ashantibeads’ African Beads are dedicated to gratifying the most sophisticated jewellery consumers, designed for all people from different backgrounds to admire what Africa has to offer. Amon was inspired to make these bracelets by his role model Russell Simmons, who had created a green bracelet whose sales would produce proceeds which would go on to help improve the quality of life of people in Africa. Amon’s idea was to follow-on from this by creating a bracelet for Ghana and also do his own bit to contribute to the advancement of the Ghanaian People.  Amon has been able to use a percentage of the profits from Ashantibeads to work with a non-profit organization in Ghana called Youth Icons of Ghana” to help build libraries in less-privileged rural communities in Ghana.

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The beads have enduring all-encompassing appeal, with people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds having purchased their own bracelets. The beauty of the colours available, and the mystery of the enigmatic “Gye Nyame charm, are an undeniably attractive concoction. “The beads represent the history, culture and pride of Ghana – my homeland,” explains Amon. “For example, the black Ashanti African Beads are an emblem for the people; a great build for customers who seek amongst their collection of jewelleries one that graces their acquired taste. The green Ashanti African Beads embodies the fruitful land of Africa, and so forth.”

Many celebrities have showed interest in Ashantibeads. such as Angela Simmons (daughter of Rev Run of RUNDMC) American based rappers Nipsey Hussle and Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow), the late Ghanaian singer Castro da Destroyer, superstar Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie,  Ghanaian boxer Joshua Clottey,  and the vibrant Nigerian singer Davido, amongst many others!

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The celebrity endorsements have gone hand-in-hand with ashantibeads impressive social media machine in increasing awareness of the brand. People who see or hear about the products usually have an urge to tell others about what Ashantibeads are doing for Africa with the brand, with Instagram and twitter helping extend reach to many people across the world.  Customers usually upload photos of themselves wearing their products on Instagram which allows their followers to see Ashantibeads’ work.

Despite the level of success to-date, Amon does not feel like he has reached the point at which he can say he is successful with the brand. “I have more things to do and accomplish before I can say I have been successful. The mission is not over.”

So what are the plans and dreams for the future of Ashantibeads? “We have just released Africa’s $100 dollar shirt designed by me,” informs Amon. “It is an extension of the Ashantibeads brand. I feel that the ‘Gye Nyame’ symbol has been depreciated and taken for granted for a very long time. I saw the value in this symbol.  It’s about being proud. Africans need to realize the value of our culture.”

You can view and purchase your own Ashantibeads products from www.ashantibeads.com

 Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Ghana Rising Black Star…

Uprising Ghanaian Rapper – Introducing: Young Ice

Young Ice, hailing from both Ghanaian parents, was born as Amon Ogyiri. However he uses the stage name Young Ice, due to Ice being his nickname. The 23 year old was born in Accra, GHANA, but is currently based in New York USA.

MeFiRi GHANA meets the man himself, an up and coming rapper who tells us a little about himself and what he has to offer Ghana…

 

1.  MeFiRi GHANA: What Are You About?

Young Ice: I am an unsigned artist, currently pushing my movement GMH (Ghana Made Hustlers) which promotes the culture of Ghana through entertainment. I have a strong passion for what I do as at the end of the day, it’s beyond music.  My passion for music, entertainment and the Ghanaian culture will hopefully help develop Ghana into a better country.

 

2.  MeFiRi GHANA: What influenced you to start rapping?

Young Ice: I am Ghanaian Hip-hop artist, the influence to my rapping was in fact, my love and passion with poetry from an early age. Writing poetry helped me release my emotions and thoughts onto paper, and transferring poetry on to a beat simply made it music.

I would say the likes of Maya Angelou and 2pac Shakur inspired me to write.

 

3.  MeFiRi GHANA: Which Ghanaian Artists Are You Currently FEELING?

Young Ice: I tell you I’m feeling a lot of GH artists out there, there is huge talent coming out of GH, which is being recognized over in the states. At the moment I am feeling music coming from El, Sarkodie, and Efya just to name a few.

I would like to work with many of the talents out of GH. If to choose, I artists such as E.L, Efya, Sarkodie, Edem, Raquel, Blitz the Ambassador, just to name a few. They are very innovative and creative when it comes to music and I am the same way.

4.  MeFiRi Ghana: Has Our Culture Influenced Your Talents?

Young Ice: Yes indeed, I would say my culture has influenced my talents in many ways. Being exposed to African music has helped me to be very versatile, it has also given me the ability to story tell which is very familiar in the African culture.

 

5.  MeFiRi GHANA: What Have You To Offer GHANA?

Young Ice: I have a lot to offer to Ghana. For starters I recently designed a bracelet called Ashanti Beads. This bracelet was designed to help bring change & help to Africa. A percentage from the sales of the Ashanti Bracelets will be donated to the Youth Icons of Ghana, a Non Profit foundation; hopefully this will bring better understanding and the importance of education.

I don’t want to let you guys know all the details so I guess Ghana will have to wait and see what I have in store for us, Knowing that Ghanaians are hard to impress, I have a great deal ahead of. (Chuckle)

 

6.  MeFiRi GHANA: ‘WO DOR GHANA’- (Do You Love GHANA)??

Young Ice: Of Course, I strongly love Ghana as it is my place of origin.

I enjoy everything within our Ghanaian culture, our music, our food, our child hood games, stories told by the elders and it being passed are all elements of the Ghanaian culture that I love.

 

7. MeFiRi GHANA: Have You Heard Of US Before?

Young Ice: Yes of course, through Twitter

 

8.  MeFiRi GHANA: Where Can we catch up with you, On updates & latest movements

Young Ice: Check Me Out Below;

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/YoungIce_GMH

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/YoungiceGMH

Tumblr:  http://therealyoungice.tumblr.com/, http://gmhlyfestyle.bigcartel.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee

 

MeFiRi GHANA

A Huge thank to Young Ice, a true Rep of a Ghanaian Rising Black Star, We Welcome you warmly on board.

MeFiRi GHANA Love the Ghanaianism you bring to the community, both to GHANA as well as in the States. We love the act of sheer kindness you create in helping our Country through charitable creative ideas.

We can already see you shooting off like a black star, with sprinkles of success showering you.

With yet more success to follow, we wish you the best.

By: Trey’ C