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AU Arts Festival Planning Committee Celebrates African Leaders

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Today marks Africa Day – a day set aside by the African Union to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union.

Africa Day also celebrates African Unity and what true African renaissance stands for.

The Planning Committee of the AU Arts Festival would like to salute all Africans and African Leaders on the occasion of AU Day. This year’s Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme: *”Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”*.

As we celebrate African Unity today, we have to remember the sacrifices of our forebears and work together to find solutions to the myriad of problems confronting our continent. The vision of our forefathers was ensuring that the continent will grow to have one strong voice, politically, economically and socially but these have eluded us because of bad governance and corruption. As we are all aware, the bane of Africa’s development is corruption. As we commemorate the sacrifices of our forebears, let us be mindful of the threat of corruption to our development. We can only achieve economic freedom and improve the livelihood of our people if resources earmarked for projects are put to its use without any diversion.

We want to also commend bodies such as the ECOWAS, and the United Nations for the roles they have played in working to stall conflicts which have improved the stability rate in Africa. We say ayekoo!!.

We also want to remind us all the need to be united as one people. True African unity and sovereignty can only be gained through a united front where we allow economies of scale and free movement of people, goods and services to empower us economically and politically. These would help us to stand up to the dictates of the West and other economic powers that always wish to pursue their own interests in their interventions on the continent.

Beginning from this year, the AU Arts Foundation will use creative arts to empower our youth for accelerated development. We believe that arts and culture are appropriate mechanisms to integrate our youth in all facets of our national development.

Finally, we will like to invite all and sundry to the First AU Arts Festival which comes off from Friday June 1, to Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel under the theme, Leadership; Africa through arts, celebrating President John Agyekum Kufour, 2nd President of the 4th Republic. Organized by Malaika Media Network, OK Communications and the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the event would be used to raise funds in support of Kufour Center for Leadership and Governance.

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Men Necklaces

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Unlike women, necklaces aren’t something men naturally know how to wear. In the last decade men’s jewellery has evolved again, now more of a fashion accessory than anything else.

“Men wearing jewellery is definitely having a renaissance,” says Alex Simpson, founder of men’s jewellery brand Alex Orso.

Here Are 3 Styles Of Necklaces For Men.

Chains: Plain, unornamented chains of metal are a classic male adornment. They can create any number of looks, depending on the metal used, the length of the chain, and the style of links and the method of fastening them. They’re a statement on their own, whether they’re worn with a white T-shirt or a suit. The key to wearing a chain well is modesty. Keep the style understated, and keep the chain underneath your shirt. The small amount that’s visible is enough to make your statement for you.

Religious Emblems: Worth a quick mention are the various necklaces that denote religious affiliation or are tied to faith. Some of these are required/encouraged by specific faiths or sects, while others are merely personal displays of belief. In most cases, these are worn under the shirt against the body on a chain long enough that the ornament falls below the neckline.

Pendants: It’s an incredibly broad term, but a pendant-style necklace basically just means a single small ornament on a relatively long chain or cord, such that the ornament rests below your neck. These are common, popular, and versatile. The ornament can be anything from a shaped jewel to a clay tablet with a character etched on it to a tiny vial or scroll case, or just about anything else. As long as it’s small enough to rest comfortably against your breastbone, it’ll work. It can be worn outside casual shirts like T-shirts, but are usually tucked underneath anything with a turn-down T-shirt. A deep V-neck may, of course, bare enough of the chest that the pendant can be seen against the bare skin.

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Model of the Week – Kate Tachie-Menson

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This fierce, angular-faced art of a woman is Ghanaian. After winning the M-Net Face of Africa in 2008, Kate Menson announced her ambition to be the next African supermodel.

She’s been represented by agencies like SHINE GROUP – SOUTH AFRICA, ZONE MODELS, MUSE MANAGEMENT – NEW YORK.

She has also been on magazine Covers in Africa: ‘Mimi Magazine’ – November 2008, Ghana: ‘Canoe’, UK: ‘BlackHair’. And also in Fashion Shows like Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2009 {Gloria Wavamunno, Jewel by Lisa, Kluk CGDT, Lanre Da Silva, L’or d’Afrique by Auditions, Mekdi, Odio Mimonet}, Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2011 {Yeohlee} etc.

She is a well-spoken young lady, and just one of the many Africans who are creating a name for themselves.

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Look Pretty Without Makeup – (5 Tips A Day).

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Do you spend hours every day in front of the mirror to look beautiful? While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it as a crutch to define your beauty.

A bare, natural look not only allows your authenticity to shine through but it’s also the best thing you can carry around.

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water: We can’t stress enough on the importance of H2O. Every system and function in our body relies on water. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go and keep yourself hydrated through the day. Drinking a minimum of 8 or more glasses of water helps flush out toxins from your body, and hence your skin looks plumper and livelier. It also helps keep wrinkles at bay.
  2. Sleep In Peace: A good night’s sleep goes hand-in-hand with how you look and feel. It’s crucial because your body repairs itself while you sleep. Just like you need to charge your cell phone, your body needs to charge itself and to go through the day with your battery at 50 percent, only leads to added strain and inefficiency. 6-8 hours of quality sleep is vital for you to wake up feeling and looking great. By doing this, you will have a glowing complexion, less of those dreaded dark circles under your eyes and you’ll slow down your aging process.
  3. Be Ingredient Conscious: Ingredient-conscious beauty is a thing. Yes! Just like what you put inside your body affects your overall health, what you put on the surface does the same. Your skin absorbs 60 percent of the stuff you put on so make sure you do some research on the ingredients that are present in your skin care, hair care, and beauty products. Keep away from products that contain parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates that may cause irritation to your skin or make your hair dry and frizzy. It’s best to stick to products that contain natural ingredients.
  4. Working Out To Healthier Skin: Physical activity is so essential, both for your physical as well as mental health. Do something – whatever your jam is – be it hitting the gym, running, doing yoga or going swimming. Scientifically, it is proven that exercise benefits your skin and improves your mood. A minimum of three hours of physical activity per week will result in improving your health. It improves your blood circulation, helps get rid of toxins, increases the amount of oxygen delivered to your skin, provides a boost of endorphins that reduce stress and calm your entire body, including your skin!
  5. Stick To A Consistent Skin Care Routine: You need to know your skin type and find a skin care routine that works for you. The CTM routine that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing are imperative for healthy skin. The kind of products you use to follow this method wholly depends on your skin type. Follow a consistent morning and night routine, and we guarantee that you will see a drastic improvement in your skin’s appearance. Also, do not, under any circumstances, go to bed without adequately cleansing it out. You will only invite a whole bunch of problems for your skin.

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King Promise Flaunt In His New Villi’age Fly Africans Long Sleeve.

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Ghanaian Afro-pop singer, King Promise has been spotted on social media flaunting in his bew Ghanaian based American clothing line Ashanti Beads and Villi’age Fly Africans long sleeves attire.

He recently took to his Snapchat to give his followers a peek of his extravagant outfit by flaunting a time piece, fully encrusted in red but refused to reveal the price tag.

Clothing brand, Ashanti Beads and Villi’age is adamant to spread the culture and educating Africans through their fashion and social media pages by producing cloths that have the ‘Adinkra’ symbol, (Gye Nyame) meaning ‘Except God’ originated from Ghana printed on it. This fashion brand is also geared towards emboldening the African-American to be proud of their rich culture.

Ashanti Beads and Villi’age have supported brands such as Polo Lacoste, Gucci etc to attain higher heights in the fashion sector. You can reach Ashanti Beads and Villi’age on their social media handle; Twitter @ashantibeads, Instagram @ashantibeads or get them on the internet www.ashantibeads.com

By: Gerrard-Israel

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