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African Fashion Fund Welcomes Five New Board Members

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With a mission, to provide the highest quality of opportunities and experiences to African designers, the African Fashion Fund (AFF) has announced names of five new board members who have joined the organisation to nurture more successful African designers in the global fashion industry and luxury market.

Appointed in May 2019, the new board members bring diverse expertise and reputation in the global fashion industry, as well as immense contribution to the luxury industry in Africa, as in line with AFF’s mission to develop the fashion industry in Africa and the diaspora.

The new board members include: deputy director of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, Sara Sozzani Maino, fashion business consultant, Julie Gilhart, Deputy Chairman of Accademia Costume & Moda, Lupo Lanzara, bestselling author, gifted songwriter and radio/television host, Michelle Mckinney Hammond and CEO of Paris London New York Events & Publishing, Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi.
According to the founder of the African Fashion Fund, Roberta Annan, her team is excited to welcome and work with these board members and she is very optimistic about the future of African fashion.

More information about the board members are available on: http://africanfashionfund.org/board-members/

The Africa Fashion Fund is an organization that empowers fashion designers from Africa and its diaspora to succeed in the global fashion industry and market. By providing designers with educational opportunities in partnership with established players in the fashion industry, AFF supports African designers’ professional success.

The African Fashion Fund (AFF) recently collaborated with the UN ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) to launch a 100million Euro fund known as the Impact Fund For African Creatives (IFFAC). Through the fund, an accelerator program has also been launched to support emerging African brands with application for submissions open on iffa-c.com.

Business

Ghanaian Costumier, Kulaperry Introduces His Own Currency.

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Entrepreneurs come into the business scene every day, and many of them have ideas which are beautifully crafted and which have a face value probability of being market-breakers. However, many of these business ideas may take a very long time to bear any fruits, and many of these entrepreneurs end up giving up prematurely, or making the wrong decisions.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kulaperry Outlook Ghana, and a designer of haute couture or Costumier, Prince Boamah Kuleape professionally known as Kulaperry has introduced his own currency ahead of 2020 release of “Fear No Man Collection”.

Named Fear No Man (FNM), the currency will only to be used in the purchasing of Fear No Man collections and attending exclusive events, and per our technical know-how, the currency is believed to provide seamless and effortless online payments  - with maximum speed and limitless scale.

This anouncement was made on the official Facebook handle of Official KulaperryoutlookGh. Fear No Man currency is also expected to enables the customer to add value to their product, as it is believed that, creativity leads to capital, credit, surplus, and even crowdfunding.

See below the various denominations of the currency below;

Kulaperry started the “Kulaperry Outlook” brand because he was sad and worried that the African continent didn’t really have any popular clothing brand available for its people. He says, “It always hurts seeing my people wear second hand clothes”. He says that prior to him starting this brand many wrote him off since clothing brands in Ghana in the past usually came up with a few T-Shirts, which lasts a few months and vanish into the thin air. Kulaperry boldly says, “Fear No Man is here to stay”, he continues, “Fear No Man is for me, you and the whole of Ghana and Africa. Fear No Man is bigger than Kulaperry”. The confidence alone of this young entrepreneur is one to admire.

The Kulaperry Brand has already made itself a brand name to reckon with in the Urban African fashion industry. Despite being a young company, with about five years under its belt, the milestones, which the brand has achieved, can only be envied. The company’s apparel includes T-Shirts, Shirts, Caps and Jackets amongst others. The brands presence in 29 different countries is unprecedented, and this is testament to the hard work that has gone into planning, setting up and marketing this amazing brand.

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President Akufo-Addo Inducts 378 New Doctors And Dentist.

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The President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inducted 378 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists into the country’s healthcare delivery system.

Speaking at the induction ceremony on Friday, 13th September, 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the first batch of 48 ambulances, out of the 300 procured in fulfilment of the 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge, has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in Ghana by the first week of October.

At the ceremony, which was also held to honour Dr. Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor who served as the second Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Akufo-Addo noted that the doctor-dentist-population ratio in the country remains very unsatisfactory after 62 years of nationhood.

“We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with the right mix of skills and expertise, in our regions, districts and deprived communities, especially for the newly created regions and districts,” he said.

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The President encouraged the newly inducted practitioners “to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom, and accept postings to accredited Regional and District hospitals, where your services are needed most, particularly during your second year of housemanship.”

He noted that the country would only keep the doctors it trains when agriculture and industry are thriving, when we have better roads, better communications, better schools, better housing, reliable and cheaper power supply, and better drainage.

“On my part, I am determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality. Until that is done, we have to equip those currently in training and our fresh doctors to do a little more out of the ordinary to bring relief to the present situation,” he assured.

Government, according President Akufo-Addo, is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He added that the National Health Insurance Scheme, implemented by the government of President Kufuor, which was left in ruins by successive NDC governments has been revived again by another NPP-led Government.

“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. The claims of service providers have been settled as of end January this year. By the end of September, their claims, as of March ending, would have been settled, and, by the end of the year, claims up to August ending, will also have been settled,” the President said.

He reiterated the determination of Government to making the scheme current in its obligations to service providers, and prevent the accrual of arrears, as was, unfortunately, been the case in the not so distant past.

In ensuring that the Ghanaian people receive the high standards of professionalism and conduct from healthcare professionals, President Akufo-Addo revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Health, has established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services, irrespective of their geographical location.

In addition to launching Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Action Plan, the President added that Government is engaging the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to take another look at its codified conditions of service, which are overdue for review.

“Special attention would be paid to the rural incentives package to encourage professionals to accept postings to rural and underserved communities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to care better for our health professionals, and how, collectively, we can make our healthcare system more responsive to the needs of our people,” he assured.

To the newly inducted doctors and dentists, President Akufo-Addo urged them to be guided by Hippocratic Oath, and be active citizens and bring doctors’ perspectives to public issues.

“I look forward to you not being narrow in outlook, but developing and maintaining a healthy interest in music, the arts, literature, the environment, sports, public life, and, yes, I want each one of you to be a renaissance man or woman,” he added.

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Designers & Models

BT Model Agency Flies Models To Italy For Milan Fashion Show 2019

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Ghanaian modeling agency BT Model Agency has flown two of its models to Italy to participate in a series of fashion shows.


The models Joy Ubeku and Nana Jukwa Someah-Kwaw are expected to showcase their talents at the Milan fashion show and the Prix fashion show whiles in Italy.


Speaking to the CEO of BT Model Agency Nana Ama Bosompemaa, she revealed her excitement of seeing her models grace the runways on the international stage.


She also believes her models are ready for any show because of the level of professional training they undergo at BT Model Agency.


Models Joy Ubeku and Nana Jukwa have walked on fashion shows like Runway Ghana International show, Glamour West Africa Show and KDV fashion show among others.


BT Model Agency is a Ghanaian modeling agency and event management firm which specializes in scouting and training individuals to be professional models.


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Tourism Ministry Signs MOU With GUMA Group.

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The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi led an official working delegation to South Africa to discuss and sign a cooperation agreement for the development of specific tourism projects in the country.

The agreement which was signed between the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana and the GUMA group was signed on the 26th 
of August 2019.

The cooperation agreement which was signed by the Hon. Minister and Mr Robert Gumede, the Executive Chairman for the GUMA Group and witnessed by Mr. Kwadwo Antwi, CEO of Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) and Mr Blacky Komani, Dep CEO of Tourvest.

The areas of cooperation as agreed on in the MOU include: Assist in growing the Regulatory Environment, Review of Institutional Capacity, Assessment of Existing Facilities, Integrated Tourism Information and Communication, Commercialization of the Ghana Tourism Sector, Management System for Commercial Concessions, Investment Promotion Strategy, Wild Life Restocking, Development of Local, Regional and Inbound Traffic Strategies, Training, Establishment of Grading Council, Transportation and Logistics Plan, Development of Tourism Products and Direct Investment by GUMA in tourism infrastructure.

Other areas are Investment Promotion Strategy, Wild Life Restocking, Development of Local, Regional and Inbound Traffic Strategies, Training, Establishment of Grading Council, Transportation and Logistics Plan, Development of Tourism Products and Direct Investment by GUMA in tourism infrastructure.

Specifically, and in the short term GUMA will work with Ghana to development of products such as but not limited to Investment in the ongoing Marine Drive Beach front, Ghana Center of the World Project, A Cultural Village, “shipment of the Big 5 animals to safaris in Ghana, development of the Slave Trade Route plus the Gold and Cocoa Routes, Packaging of Traditional Festivals for international patronage and a Heroes Hall of Fame Museum.

During the visit, the Minister had the opportunity to have a firsthand look at the operations of some parks including the Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, the Lesedi Cultural village, the Tourvest Eco-Lodges, Gorge lifts amongst others.

There where high levels meetings also held with Infrastructure Finance Partners, Messrs. IDC and PIC to discuss detailed arrangements for securing needed investments for the Marine Drive Tourism Investments Project and Ghana Centre of the World Project among others.

The Minister also met her colleague, South Africa Minister of Tourism for bilateral discussions on how to promote cultural exchange and increase cooperation within the two countries where Tourism and the Arts are concerned.

Members of the delegation included the CEO of GTDC Kwadwo Antwi, Akwasi Agyeman of GTA, and Frederick Frimpong, Project Manager of the Marine Drive Project Office.

GUMA through its various companies employs over 10,000 staff members globally.

The group of companies has some of the top multinational companies as clients or partners and have made investments in Information Communication Technology (ICT), Railways, Energy Generation, Water & Sanitation, Property & Retail Development, Construction & amp; Engineering, Mining, Business Consulting, Private Equity, Human Capital Management & Training, Transport & Products Logistics, Private-Public Partnerships, Project Structured Finance and Tourism.

A team of highly placed executives and technical directors of the GUMA Group are expected in Ghana towards the end of September to initiate the process leading to the implementation of the signed agreement and to commence action on the immediate priorities.

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