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SMO Contemporary Art (Chidi Kwubiri)

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Chidi Kwubiri is a Nigerian artist. He has been drawing and painting since his childhood in Umuahia, Southeastern Nigeria. He had numerous individual and group exhibitions in Germany and other countries. He designed, among other things, the lenten veil of the German Catholic charity Misereor for 2017 and 2018.

He had his works curated by Sandra Mbanefo Obiago and exhibited at Gallery 1957 Kempinski Hotel here in Accra which lasted for 4 days that was on 27 June – 30 July 2018.

Sandra Mbanefo Obiago (on the right)

Basically though his works has its own meaning, they allow viewers to interpret from their point of view then he tells you the idea behind his work. “And by allowing you to interpret it helps them also understand their work through the eyes of the viewers.” an act lover stated.

There is an upcoming exhibition on the 13th of September.

Check out some of the amazing arts by Chidi Kwubiri

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Wildout Ghana to storm Accra with the biggest 2018 College Jam

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2016 & 2017 GTA event house of the year, Wildout Ghana presents the maiden edition of the biggest tertiary event in the history of Ghana dubbed, College Jam which is partnered by BBnZ Live, Aftown, Jameson, & more

This year’s edition of college jam is slated for the 29th September and will be held at the Memory Lane Art Park from 12pm.

With over 20 artistes on one stage the event which comes off in the month of September has come to stay.

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Havana Club Video Series Featuring Selly Galley And Elikem Kumordzie

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Selly Galley

Havana Club, one of the world’s most famous authentic Cuban rums, has produced a series of short videos featuring local personalities including actress/presenter Selly Galley, celebrity tailor/actor, Elikem Kumordzie and actress/producer Maame Adjei of the hit TV Show, An African City. The video series filmed at Little Havana, West Africa’s first Afro-Latino restaurant, also features award-winning mixologist, Johnson Ace Bartender preparing custom and classic rum cocktails.

Selly Galley

Selly Galley

Selly Galley

Selly Galley

Selly Galley and the crew

Selly Galley and the crew

“At Little Havana, we are the West African brand ambassador for Havana Club and provide a platform to further promote the brand and Cuban cultural connection with West Africa. It was exciting to highlight some of these cultural connections through food, drinks, and cigars from Cuba with local personalities in the video series,” says Marcus  Morgan-Etty who is the owner and chef at Little Havana.

Each video features the personality at Little Havana having a unique experience with Havana Club.

Maame Adjei, best known for her role as “Zainab” on the hit TV series “An African City” and producer of the travel show “Girl Going Places” which explores the beauty and dynamism of Africa, learned the art of preparing the perfect rum cocktail with mixologist Johnson Ace Bartender. Johnson shared his experience visiting Cuba for the first time and gave Maame step by step instructions on preparing his Mama Ines cocktail which won 3rd place at the annual Havana Club Grand Prix, one of Cuba’s oldest and most prestigious competitions for professional bartenders.

TV Host, Award-winning Actress, Big Brother Africa alumna, and Style Icon, Selly Galley known by her close associates as an amazing cook and host of African cooking show, African Pot, is featured in an episode learning to cook Mafongo aka Cuban Fufu with Little Havana’s Chef Richland. She is also educated about the many similarities between Cuban and African cuisine.

Elikem Kumordzie

Elikem Kumordzie

Elikem Kumordzie

Elikem Kumordzie

Elikem Kumordzie and Kevin Norman

Elikem Kumordzie and Kevin Norman

In the final episode, celebrity tailor, actor, and Big Brother alumni, Elikem Kumordzie recognized for his distinct style, is educated by tobacconist, sommelier and cigar aficionado, Kevin Norman on the art of enjoying Cuban cigars paired with vintage spirits. Cigars are one of the symbols of Cuba, a symbol that some historians believe have actual ties to Ghana as the name of Cuba’s capital city “Havana” may have come from enslaved Africans working on tobacco plantations who called the leaves “Ahaban”, the Akan word for leaf.

Little Havana restaurant and bar offers the experiences featured in the videos to all patrons including curated rum cocktails, Afro-Latino food and events such as Salsa dance, cocktail masterclasses and tasting sessions and cigar pairings that highlight Cuban and Afro-Latino culture.

Little Havana’s Youtube page showcases the videos that have been released so far and stay tuned for the upcoming episodes.

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Ground Up Chale Summer Zone Party at the Park

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The ultimate massive turn up we have all been waiting for is finally almost here and nobody can keep calm!. This one is gonna blow out an entire weekend and it’s definitely one that will spark talks for a lifetime.The Ground Up Chale summer zone party in the park is happening inside Rattray Park, Kumasi. This super dope event is dated for the 25th of August 2018. Time is 1pm and it features all your favourite artistes on the Ground Up Chale platform.

Bet nominee Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Mole, Twitch, Quamina MP, Eddie Khae, just to name a few are all representing. This is definitely too much heat in one event but we are so not complaining.This is a total package of awesomeness and we couldn’t want it any other way. You don’t need to be told how this is gonna play out, you need to share the experience in other to have your own testimony of the mad vibe. Tickets are going out for a cool GH20 Cedis so grab yours and make reservations ASAP. Call 0246004989/0543364717 so you don’t get left out.

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Vogue Unofficial Focuses On Blackness In September

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Vogue Magazine

Blackness has evolved into a symbol of power, boldness, and sophistication, from when being black meant playing second fiddle, being inadequate and being captured in one’s self. Voices of all kinds through every channel of arts have particularly been loud on the seriousness of Black issues across the world. From A-List musicians to movies stars, from big-budget movies to music videos, from magazine covers to social media campaigns, etc…, blackness has taken the forefront in arts and entertainments as a subject to ensure equal opportunities and rights for black people across the world.

As September issues are the most prestigious in the magazine world, @Vogue took Black matters to a more serious level by handing over control to the biggest female artists in the world. With @Beyonce covering US @vogue and being shot by a black photographer and Rihanna @badgalriri fronting the cover of @BritishVogue, Black Excellence just reached another peak.

“Vogue Unofficial” is our recreation of the iconic and historic September 2018 issues of US Vogue and British Vogue. Our take on the covers is our way of paying homage and tribute to two Ghanaian born creative geniuses, @KwasiFordjour, the creative director for @Beyonce ’s September issue for US @Vogue and @Edward_Enninful, the Editor-in-Chief of @BritishVogue, as they take charge of the world of arts and are breaking color barriers.

Through our themes “UNAPOLOGETIC. BLACK.” “INGENUITY. BLACK.”, we re-echo all the messages and values carried by these powerful black women on the cover of these magazines and what it means to all young black women in Ghana and Africa.

Our shoot further explores Blackness as a symbol of INTELLECT, INGENUITY, and SELF-LOVE.

Evogue Magazine Cover

Evogue Magazine Cover

Photography @phloshop @iamjunie07
Art director @coffee_session.art
Stylist @sey_culture Designer @lakopue
Mua @jaedollhouse
Model @_keylah @penny_yeboaa
Videography @itscharkie

UNAPOLOGETIC.
BLACK.

The issue of black exclusion may seem like a western problem, however within Africa, there is a more vicious issue of blackness. Lead movie roles are given to light skin people as its assumed they are more commercial. This has resulted in skin bleaching amongst celebrities and stars to push up their market value.

Can we see beauty in the darkest shade of black, can we embrace strength in our melanin, as there is a place for every shade of black.

As depicted, our cover embodies the dark shades of blackness an African can be and the glory that runs through her blackness. She is Graceful, she’s Intelligent and she portrays Self-Love.

The beauty of being African is in the layers and tones of the black complexion. This is for us as Africans to embrace and appreciate our darkest tones and see beauty, power, grace and sophistication in the way we look.

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

INGENUITY.
BLACK.

There’s been millions of messages, writings, movies, speeches, music and various works of art pushing women’s agenda. Have all these efforts been enough??? Well… Not enough to fully curb the marginalization of women, especially women of Color and portraying them as weaklings.

Equally there’s been millions of women who are changing the world with their ingenuity in their own small or massive ways. INGENUITY. BLACK. is a recreation of Beyonce’s US Vogue cover as an embodiment of such finesse, creativity, originality, inclusiveness and inspiration.

We portray black women with our model holding a golden egg to symbolize the birth of unique and innovative ideas. Before great things are birth, we believe a touch of the industriousness, creativity and brilliance makes the difference.

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

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