Tag: Inspiration

Introducing Mimi Hassan…

Me Firi Ghana’s latest blogger to provide readers with weekly inspirational words of wisdom

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Me Firi Ghana blogging team..

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Fausat Mimisola Hassan also known as Mimi or Miminspired on social media is 24 years of age. She was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian mother and a Nigerian father and moved to Ghana where she spent most of  her childhood before moving to the Netherlands where she spent the beginning of  her teen years. At the age of 15, her family  moved and settled in the United Kingdom where she completed her secondary education  then moved on into higher education graduating with a Bsc honours Degree in Psychology. Even though she branched out of her field of study to work as a computer analyst for one of UK’s well-known banks; Nationwide bank, She still has the ambition to eventually further her education with aspirations of becoming a qualified counsellor.

Ever since she developed the passion to become a counsellor, it has been her aim to be an inspiration to herself as well as others hence the name “Miminspired”. Due to the challenging process of growing up, she was exposed to many things that gave her eye-opening experiences that led her to appreciate and respect people’s situations and circumstances. She always try’s to live by her own quote “your current situation is not your permanent situation” which she wrote a while back to remind myself as well as others that situations do change and therefore it is always important to maintain a positive attitude.

As a way to inspire people Mimi  will be sharing on a weekly basis an inspiration column entitled ‘W.O.W ( words of wisdom) of the week’.

Mimi says of the column: “I’m looking forward to bringing this on board to inspire readers of the Mefiri Ghana blog and  be part of such a great team.”


Me Firi Ghana (Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Introducing Peniel Enchill….

The illustrator who took the world by storm at the turn of the year


We’ve all seen it. As an Instagram post. Or a profile picture. Endlessly retweeted on your twitter timeline, or extolled to the heavens by celebrity. The epitome of a viral sensation. Sometimes, something goes viral for no reason at all. But a lot of the time, something goes viral because it is fuelled by exceptional talent and its essence contains something that captivates the masses.

This is what most accurately describes the much-acclaimed 2014 piece titled ‘Self Worth’ drawn by Peniel Enchill – a wonderful summary illustration of the hopes and dreams of many as we made the big step from one year to another; a beautiful depiction which gave much-deserved attention to a wide-ranging portfolio of incredible artwork.

So who is the young lady behind the sensation? Peniel Ewurama Enchill is a 22 year old Ghanaian-born fashion designer and illustrator who moved to the UK at the age of 12 and settled in the city of Sheffield. Drawing and Illustrating has been a part of Peniel’s life for as long as she can remember. Super-gifted with artistic talent, Ms. Enchill also holds an MSc in International Fashion Retail and a BA Hons in Business Management & Economics.

A proponent of a personal ‘Afropolitan’ style, Peniel is open to various influences. Her current inspirations include Aisha Ayensu of Christie Brown (mefirighana.com/introducingaisha-ayensu/), Deola Sagoe (Nigerian haute couture fashion designer), Andrea Iyamah (custom couture & swimwear) and Kobe Adu (Illustrator and Fashion Designer) amongst many others – all whom inspire Ms. Enchill in different ways. However, one forever looms large in the landscape of her life. Her biggest Role Model is her father, Dr Stephen Enchill, with her portrait of the great man standing proud as her most favourite piece of work to date!

Scrolling down Peniel’s Instagram account, you realise that much of her work is familiar! The long-distance relationship piece is one example, and her various illustrations which have centred on style, love and ambition have gained acclaim over the years. However this past Christmas season, she published a piece which touched hearts across the globe and caused her reputation to catch fire…

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As 2014 began to give way to 2015, Peniel published a piece titled ‘Self Worth’. It depicted a beautiful black woman, stepping over the obstacles of 2014 and carrying the good of the previous year into the next, embracing a bold & beautiful new year. The reaction to the illustration was mind-blowing, with the picture spreading like wildfire! “I really never expected it!” Peniel exclaims. “The response blew my mind and taught me so many lessons.” So what was the thinking behind the famous illustration? “I’m a staunch believer in goals and practically achieving them. What better way to start a new year than to set goals. The piece was meant to inspire people to evaluate the 2014 they’d had, and consider what they would want to see change in 2015.” Peniel felt that this exercise in introspection was something that people routinely underestimated. Her artwork ensured that at the end of 2014, thousands upon thousands took the time to indulge and celebrate it. However, shortly after publication, attempts were made by various people to degrade the message of the Self Worth piece – attempts which will not be glorified in this post by precise identification. Exercises which were damned in various sectors as expressions of ‘misogyny’, further examples of ‘black self-hate’ which I personally thought were inflammatory in the name of ‘trolling/banter/keeping-it-real’.

“I was initially very bothered and hurt as I spent so much time on it with the aim to inspire, but somehow, not only had that been ignored, it had become an object of ridicule and vessel of hate,” Ms. Enchill reflects. “Any artist would agree that is a hard pill to swallow. But that’s life and that’s art. No one piece of art is appreciated and interpreted in the exact same way by all its viewers.”


This whole experience has been an education for Peniel. “Every single day is a learning curve. Increased attention is not as glamorous as many may feel. It comes with a lot of responsibility!” Ms. Enchill is a one-man band at present, and so the extraordinary levels of attention via all kinds of sources can be difficult to balance at times. However, she states “It’s a challenge I gladly welcome, and I’m in the process of building a small team to help me reach my vision.

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“ And a team will be needed to keep the Enchill machine ascending into the stratosphere. She plans to branch out into products such as stationery (e.g. Calendars – I can’t even begin to imagine the extreme demand there would be for Peniel Enchill calendars!), hold exhibitions and possibly run classes to give back to the community at large. In essence, her biggest desire remains true – Peniel aims to keep on being a force of inspiration, reaching out to people near and far through her illustrations.

Just like the lady in the ‘Self Worth’ picture, Peniel remains unperturbed. She is stepping boldly into a bright and beautiful 2015, and into an even brighter future which stretches beyond the borders of a piece of paper. She on a mission to keep inspiring, keep reaching out. The sky is the limit. The best is still to come.

Please follow Peniel Enchill’s Instagram account @Peniel_Enchill

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Introducing Veronica Nyantakyiwaa…….

Founder of Starlight Enterprise on a mission to showcase the luxury within Africa



Some people I dentify a need but do nothing to meet it….. Veronica Nyantakyiwaa is not such a person . The founder of Starlight Enterprise was so moved on  a trip to Ghana and decided there was  need to showcase its development and the experiecne it can offer.. Thus Starlight Enterprise was born.

The main aim of StarLight Enterprise (S.L.E.) is to establish itself as the leading web portal for luxury news as well as providing bespoke event management and PR services to their clients.

Travel, Lifestyle, Fashion, PR & Events  all  come under the S.L.E umbrella and they  keep their followers and clients updated with the latest news, trends and tailored event packages.

Me Firi Ghana recently caught up with  Veronica for a candid interview on What drivers her, Ghanaian culture and what’s next for starlight enterprise. Details below;

MFG: Describe Veronica Nyantakyiwaa  in 3 words?

VN:Self-motivated, tenacious, respectful

MFG: What motivates you?

VN:My family

Why did you decide to establish Starlight Enterprise?

VN:It was on my much awaited two week Easter break of 2012 that I decided (after eight long years) to head back and see the Motherland once again, where I was completely taken aback with Ghana’s development compared to my previous visits.

Consumerism, very much like the West was now flourishing in Ghana with boutique villas, hotels, resorts, eateries and the likes sprouting all over the city, however I was disappointed that I hadn’t found out about these earlier on.

So once I returned to London, my research began and this brought to light a very lucrative gap in the market, with not only the opportunity to showcase what Ghana has to offer but what West Africa has to offer.

And so with much prayer StarLight Enterprise was born to showcase “West Africa’s Hidden Gems” but with more of an emphasis on the luxury industry in West Africa; from travel, lifestyle, arts, news and fashion.


How important are the diaspora to the development of Ghana?

VN:The diaspora’s involvement to the development of Ghana is absolutely fundamental. In some ways there may be the fear of ‘Westernising’ Ghana and it losing its identity, however, when you understand that we are a collective of first/second generation immigrants, the culture, traditions and upbringings of Ghana are still embedded within us.

Where the diaspora are able to apply their own knowledge, skills, and experiences in the aim of bettering Ghana it will always be a win-win situation. With the likes of Fuse ODG, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of A A K S Handcrafted, and Zoe from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, all using their talents to showcase Ghanaian-inspired products, services, and entertainment.

MFG: If you could change one thing about Ghana what would it be?

VN:The mind-set of our people. Being a firm believer in the power in unity, there are some things the people of Ghana should not tolerate yet it seems many things are being swept under the carpet later leading the underlying issues the vulnerable are left to pick up on and clear up.

The concept of ‘Together we stand, but divided we fall’ is what in more recent times, the masses are becoming aware of and God-willing with time the right change will happen.

MFG:What advice would you give to anyone starting their own business?

VN: Never give up. Creating StarLight Enterprise has been a complete challenge and still is, where new things are being learnt constantly it’s very important to remain focused on your goals but most important to strategise your plans carefully and remain on track

MFG:What is your favourite Ghanaian food?

VN:Tuo Zaafi.

MFG:What does the future hold for Starlight Enterprise?

VN:This year is going to be very exciting for StarLight Enterprise not only with the blogging aspect continue with full force, but we are also introducing luxury holiday packages tailored to all, ensuring our clients have the ultimate travel experience West Africa has to offer.

We’ll also be creating platforms such as workshops, and online space where the industry’s best will come together making their products and services accessible to all in Ghana and various locations across West Africa.

You can connect with MissNyantakyiwaa via twitter @v_owusu and check out the work of Starlight Enterprise via their website –http://starlightenterprise.org/

Veronica Nyantakyiwaa Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@kwesitheauthor)

A Message from the Editor: The Future of Ghana…..

Mobilizing Ghana’s talent for Development!


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Why the Future of Ghana…

In less than 3 generations 41% of the world’s youth will be African”, “By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s” (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)…

Thus we believe now is time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage at a critical time in Africa’s growth.

Who are Ghana’s Future leaders? Who are the young people out there innovating and creating change? …… It’s about time we found out!

Award winning London based company Me FiRi Ghana are on a mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future by launching the Future of Ghana campaign.

The main objective of the campaign is to organize and mobilize Ghanaian talent for the development of Ghana by undertaking a global search for the top 30 Ghanaian talent aged 18 – 30 years – impacting industries around the world. The search will consist of an open nomination process driven through social media, media partners and using the official hashtag #FutureofGhana with the top 30 being featured in online publication. The secondary objective will be to stage a “Dragon’s Den” style competition in Ghana for budding entrepreneurs and small/medium size business owners hoping to expand.

Nominations for the Future of Ghana are now open to the public until 17 December 2014 via the website. Once closed nominees will be whittled down to a top 30 by a select judging panel, ready for the publication release in March 2015. The esteemed judging panel will be revealed the week commencing 1 December 2014 so look out for updates on twitter.

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The campaign has been endorsed by Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith. He has pledged his commitment to the campaign by agreeing to host a luncheon with a select number of the top 30 pioneers in the spring of 2015.

Future of Ghana Patron and pioneering photographer James Barnor says of the initiative;

“I am privileged to be chosen as patron for the Future of Ghana initiative. It is refreshing to see young Ghanaians in the Diaspora so forward thinking and genuinely passionate about our nation’s future. This initiative will mobilize and inspire a generation of Ghanaians to come together and utilize their skills for the development of Ghana. I can see history in the making. For that reason I am more than happy to be involved”

Let’s make history!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Writer/Poet Adwoa Asiedu releases debut book…

From Within Volume 1  available on kindle now!


Talented writer and Me Firi Ghana’s very own blogger Adwoa Asiedu released her debut book, which is a collection of 54 Poems including 15 published poems. The foreward in the publication has been written by Olubanke King Akerele, the Former Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs . Adwoa also cites the influences of her parents in helping develop her talent for writing as well as Me Firi Ghana’s Editor Ben Anim-Antwi for his support.

At Me Firi Ghana we are extremely proud to say we have been involved in the journey which has brought her to this point . Her passion for writing is inspiring and the sky is the limit for her!

To purchase a copy visit the following link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Foreword-Olubanke-Akerele–Liberian-Minister-ebook/dp/B00P1W6J7A/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414860003&sr=8-1&keywords=From+within+Adwoa+Asiedu#_

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_Firi_GHANA)

Introducing Ernest Simons…..

 Talented Photographer Currently showcasing his work at first Exhibition


Ernest Simons is a London based photographer specialising in sports, fashion & portraits.He has worked with a wide range of clients including Content by Conran,  Nico Didonna New African Woman, The GFA (Ghana Football Association), ISG and Macmillan Cancer, Tekkers, & Borrow.

After establishing a proven track record of expertise spanning 8 years. Ernest has now embarked on putting on his first exhibition, The Black & White Exhibition which was inspired by his trip to a Ghanaian village earlier this year and the inhabitants going about their daily lives. Me Firi Ghana’s Director, Arnold Sarfo Kantanka and Editor/Head of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi were in attendance for the private viewing of the exhibition on the evening of Tuesday 21 October.

The Exhibition is open to the public  from 22 Ocober – 20 November 2014 at Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Rd, London SE8 4HU and promises to be an engaging and thought provoking experience. Make sure you get down there to check it out!

To wet your appetite view the trailer below;


MFG caught up with the talented photographer for a quick chat about the Black & White Exhibition amongst other things… See below!

MFG: Describe Ernest Simons in 3 words?

ES:” Creative, Opportunist with a big loving heart.”

How did you get involved in photography?

ES: “Fell into it really. I am also a graphic designer, went to University  but when I worked for design agencies laying out magazines ,adverts etc for companies sometimes they wanted photographs retaken by me. That’s when I realized I had a talent. I always had a love for sports & Fashion photography . I was asked to embark on a basketball project back in the day called Rough n Ready where I had to photograph an advert and photograph the tournament. I did not realize that this event was sponsored by Nike and the whole campaign was the birth to showcase elite basketball players in the U.K. those was some fantastic years, got a lot of people talking about my work. At that point I knew I would always take photographs”

MFG: What inspired the Black & White Exhibition?

ES:” My grandmother passed recently and the attire was all in black and white. I was taking pictures and felt more drawn to the pictures emotionally when I converted the images to monochrome. So I selected certain images to showcase at the Exhibition and other passed pictures also what give emotion.”

MFG:What is your favourite Ghanaian food?

ES: Jellof / fried yam and tilapia. sorry can never decided. ( How can you just say one food that’s not correct!)

MFG: If you could change one thing about Ghana what would it be?

ES: “Making our economy stable! – (but please don’t ask me how I just know not one person or party can do this alone and if the Community cant do it we need to seek advice and make sure the people benefit from this. Ghana is a rich country and the mass of people have values. Its only fitting we give them what they deserve its the birth right.”

What does the future hold for Ernest Simons?

ES: “Chale at the moment I am in a state of Sankofa. This exhibition is a turning point in my life where I should have done this before, but it is well. Its time to exert my work on to companies and people to start creating a brand. With my studio opening soon there is such a bonus to my business and you will be invited to the launch of that also!”

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_Ghana)

Introducing Deborah Kormi……

Led by faith to promote the Christian faith!

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At 17, Deborah Kormi or ‘Aya’ as her friends naturally address her is a British- Ghanaian whose faith and obedience has worked as the raw foundation to the many fruitful works she has proudly accomplished so far. Under her students’ uniform and juvenile appearance, Deborah is a published author, a project founder, and a motivational speaker. Raised in Mitcham, London, in a Christian family, it is not until the age of 12, in 2009 that she personally gave her life to Christ. Following her repentance, Deborah who was renowned at school lost a number of school friends who deemed her new life “boring” and unexciting.

Nonetheless, instead of throwing a ‘pity party’ for herself and focus on what she has presumably lost, Deborah concentrated on building a closer relationship with God and studying the Bible, which in return gave her the boldness and identity she was longing. As she continued to invest in her spiritual walk daily, Deborah increased in wisdom, and formed a great desire to testify about Christ. In 2010, led by faith, she founded ‘The1WayProject’. The initial aim was to gather young people in a room to discuss life and Christian topics, in a free and open forum, once a week. In 2011, Deborah upgraded ‘The1WayProject’, as she was giving the opportunity to move the weekly meetings from her living room into a real hall. It gave the -then 14 year old the chance to expand her organisation by inviting guest speakers, such as ex gang members and prisoners who have had their lives transformed after accepting Jesus Christ. During that time, Deborah also began to write, by transferring into pages the things she has discovered in her continuous walk with Christ.

Her first book “Walking the Walk”, launched in March 2013 is the product. The 86-page book is one which strips off the ideology sometimes associated with Christianity. The introduction says: “A number of Christians have totally misunderstood the true meaning of being a Christian. I have written this book to give a broader understanding on the values of who a Christian is. What it means to be a follower of Christ and what it means to be truly saved.” The book launch was successful as it attracted hundreds of people, youths and adults alike. Now, in 2014, it is with the same faith and obedience in God which enabled her to start, that Deborah is still going forward climbing greater heights and inspiring this generation. In July 2014, Deborah who is currently studying Business was at a reception event at The UK Parliament’s House Of Commons building in Westminster, and was given the opportunity to speak about her organisation ‘The1WayProject’.


This project, with its slogan ‘Introducing Salvation to young people in Communities’ is being a continuous dose of blessing for many youths like Deborah, who in this dark world finds light in the message it brings. Through her many works, Deborah has only one goal, she wants “people to establish a true relationship with God and to stay focused in life.” A girl with a bright future!

You can get Deborah Kormi’s book ‘ Walking the walk’ on amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Walk-Deborah-Kormi-ebook/dp/B00BYG8QVO  And you can check her website too at: www.deborahkormi.com

Myriam Osei (@Angelpeacejoy)

10 Years Of Sabre Charitable Trust Ghana… #‎HappyFromElmina‬

Coz They’re Happy!

The Sabre Cahritable Trust are happy! and so they should be as they celebrated their tenth birthday this month. To help them celebrate they have teamed up with AECOM Technology Corporation have pledged to donate up to £10,000 – £1 for every like and £5 for every share of Sabre’s promotional video – Happy from Elmina.

Sabre are a charitable trust with an developed educational system in rural (very rural!) areas of Ghana. Leaving an educational platform, in tandem with purpose built, low tech, low impact sustainable buildings. Their philosophy extends to using a local and often unskilled workforce, leaving them with valuable commodifiable skills on completion.


To have achieved what they have when to be frank they can be  faced with bureaucracy narrow focus is incredible. They are a great group, delivering a great deal in a decade on pure invention, determination and sacrifice – they really do deserve to be supported and celebrated.

For more information on Sabre and the work that they do check out their website – http://www.sabretrust.org/

Now all that’s left to do Check out the promo video below and get happy while you like and share!


Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Re-Mending the frame of creativity!

 All of the tangible things you see around you initially began as a gentle thought, an idea, an imagination in one person’s mind…..

The things you see and use are the product of someone’s creativity. The reality is that, each person has been given that measure of creativity.

In a bright alley, somewhere in Africa, there are those who have had the chance to serve and live off their creative impulses. Like the image of child, fascinated with the world of science, who would often ask teachers how drugs are made, this passion led him into medicine, by majoring in pharmacology.


Also, I have the image of a successful woman, as a child, she would align her favourite doll on a stand, she would then fold her arms and pretend to be a lawyer in court defending her doll’s case. The same person went on to pursue a career in law.

In a darker alley, there are the other ‘creatives’, those who have had their inner creativity and artistry permanently silenced by a family member, a stranger, or a society. Unlike the ones in the brighter alley, they were rebuked and discouraged when sharing their ideas on living off their creative interests, and when using their artistry skills.

Though the term ‘darker alley’ is of course not used to describe such situations in Ghana, there are some that falls victims of similar ordeals. People who are forced to abandon their inner creativity and natural abilities in order to pursue a career their society deem ‘ideal’, classic’ and perfect’. These fields are known as the ‘professional careers’, it could be one in the field of law or medicine, more commonly.


The young ones and the elderlies, together we tend to appreciate well-known figures such as Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Georgio Armani and other global stars who are in ‘uncommon’ fields, but then how many of us Africans would be encouraging with a neighbour, or a family member, who have got the skills and desire to pursue one of those careers?

For those with a desire to pursue artistic or creative careers, they should know that genuine passion and love for the field are the most important things.  As it is much easier to persevere and work hard for something you have a real passion for. The fear of failing should never be an excuse in not trying.

For me, a nation who calls itself unafraid and ready to welcome change and solutions is one who allows its citizens to use their unique talents for the good of the country. We can’t prevent another ‘Bill Gates’ or ‘Steve McQueen’ to be born after all.

Let’s take the stigma down and realise that those currently working in ‘uncommon’ fields in Ghana, be it in music, acting, sports or fashion have worked as hard to pursue what they love as those who are in other careers.

Together, as a nation, let’s continue to invest and support these industries, and not abuse them.

Myriam Osei (@Angelpeacejoy)


Introducin​g Emma Amoafo & Friday Born Designs

That Friday Feeling !

Emma Amoafo is a 23 year old Ghanaian brought up in Hampshire who is an amalgamation of brains, beauty, style, charity and creativity – a medical student at the prestigious Imperial College School of Medicine, entering her final year of study, she is also the founder and lead designer of burgeoning fashion house Friday Born Designs.


Ms. Emma has been fortunate enough and wise enough to make the most of her inherent passion. Sewing had been a longstanding hobby, with Emma making and designing clothes for herself in her teenage years. The hobby found itself dulled and eventually lost as Emma began to make headway in the trialling terrain of medical study.

The spark which re-lit the flame which was to eventually birth Friday Born Designs came from a visit to Ghana in 2011, when Emma visited the Bless the Children International Home orphanage in Kwahu to present a donation from her father’s church. During a frank meeting with the Minister who ran the orphanage, a young Emma listened to how the orphanage lived on donations only, with no active support from the government. This story, plus a feeling at the time that studies were smothering her creative talents, sparked an epiphany. Emma decided to start designing and making accessories in January 2012 in an attempt to start giving back to the community back in Ghana, and at the same time reawaken her inherent creative spirit.

A Facebook page was constructed and before you could blink, Friday Born its rapid ascent. The vision of Friday Born Designs was clear – to pay homage to the motherland by using ‘African fabrics disguised in a British silhouette’ while simultaneously supporting the community back home in Ghana. Afro-Caribbean societies across London began to clamour for Friday Born designs to showcase at their gala shows, and Friday Born items were made available on stores such as ASOS Marketplace. The newest addition to the Friday Born family is a brand-new innovative flagship website – fridayborndesigns.com, a vibrant mix of Afromodern-styles and home of its very own blog!

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Balancing a high-powered medical degree with a demanding pursuit such as Friday Born Designs has not been easy. Emma’s time-management skill has been cultivated over the years and she has learned to delegate and build a flagship which is the sum of its parts. Initially making all of Friday Born’s clothes herself, she now has seamstresses and tailors in Ghana who help supply meet demand. In the same vein, it ensures a strong bond of co-operation and support exists between the UK and Ghana.

Friday Born Designs has opened some incredible doors for Emma, allowing her to style two music videos (SneakboHer Name, and Lola Rae feat. Iyanya – Fi Mi Le) as well as costumes for the first afrobeats musical to show in the West End, Oliva Tweest! And Friday Born shows no signs of slowing down – an incredible fashion world success story, made even more special by the fact that Emma has never had any formal fashion training.

So if you so happen to be passing through a top hospital this time next year, keep an eye out for a gorgeous young black doctor, clothes trimmed in stylish African print. And revel in the glow of her story that regardless of your academic pursuits, there is always time and space to pursue your passions too!

And what a warm glow it is! That Friday feeling is here to stay.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)