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BLITZ the AMBASSADOR - The Making of ‘Afropolitan Dreams’. 

Hear Ghanaian artist BLITZ the AMBASSADOR discuss the making of Afropolitan Dreams, his upcoming album due out next month, featuring collaborations with Angelique Kidjo, Nneka, Seun Kuti, Oum, Marcelo D2 and more.

How a Ghanaian entrepreneur turned his “impossible” dream into a reality.

A few years ago, Fred Deegbe was working as a banker - a profession that left him somewhat unsatisfied with the lack of impact he was having in the world. After buying a pair of Oxford wingtips at a store to impress a friend, Deegbe began to wonder if such high quality luxury shoes could indeed be manufactured in Ghana.

Despite the negative feedback he received from those who believed that such shoes couldn’t be made in Ghana, Deegbe wasn’t dissuaded from his idea of starting a shoe company in Accra. With no knowledge of the shoemaking industry, and armed only with passion and his gut feeling, Deegbe teamed up with friend Vijay Manu (pictured right) to start their luxury shoe and accessories company ‘Heel the World’, based in Accra.

Although the shoes are all handmade in Ghana, the goods used to make them are imported from places like the United States and Italy putting the price range of the shoes between $200-$400. This is Deegbe’s greatest challenge: proving that the shoes are worth the money they command.

To hear Deegbe tell his start-up story in his own words, watch this clip from CNN.

NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Seun Kuti - Make You No Forget.

The third single and video released off Blitz’s “Afropolitan Dreams" album, the Ghanaian MC’s latest track was filmed in Jamestown district of the nation’s capital and features stunts from Accra’s BMX “Bikelordz”, amateur boxing and some of Blitz’s biggest fans as a backing sing-a-long ‘choir’. It’s a solid Afrobeat tune with trumpets and a catchy but conscious hook.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t spot Blitz’s awesome t-shirts. “Make Fufu Not War" and the Kwame Nkrumah "VISIONARY" shirts are both garments made by Kayobi clothing.

ETA: Sorry folks, Seun’s not in the video sadly.

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FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: QUARTER-FINALS STAGE.

Out of the three qualifying African teams at this year’s U17 Women’s World Cup that began on March 15th, hosted in Costa Rica, two - Ghana and Nigeria - have made it to the quarterfinals stage.

With only one win out of three against hosts Costa Rica, Zambia’s losses against Italy and Venezuela respectively sealed their fate early in the tournament denying them any chance of advancement out of the group stage.

Ghana was the first team in the tournament to make it to the knockout stage after beating Germany 1-0. Emerging at the top of their group with 6 points, Ghana kicked off their start in the tournament with a 2-0 win against North Korea followed by their win over Germany. Their loss to Canada didn’t hurt their chances of moving forward due to the negative results of Germany and North Korea.

Nigeria have smooth sailed their way through the tournament. Without a single defeat, the team made it to the quarterfinals at the top of their group with 9 points. The U17 ladies beat China PR 2-1 in their opening match, followed by a win over Colombia with the same result, ending with a 3-0 victory over Mexico.

In the quarterfinals, Ghana is set to play Italy on March 27th. Nigeria are pit against Spain on the same day.

Good luck ladies!

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In Photos: “Ghana: My Beloved” - George Qua-Enoo.

"My goal was to capture the lives of the ordinary people."

Whilst on assignment for an NGO project, Ghanaian photographer George Qua-Enoo took some time out to take personal photographs and captured the lives of everyday Ghanaians at work and at play.

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YEVU Clothing is a brand that was inspired by and developed in Ghana with handpicked fabrics from the markets of Accra and Kumasi in Ghana, as well as cloths from Cote D’Ivoire and Togo.

'Yevu' is the name for a white person or a foreigner in Ewe, relating to the creator and designer behind the line, Australian Anna Roberston

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My Top 5 African Dishes for a Hearty Valentine’s Day.

Jollof rice with chicken/meat/fish and fried plantain:

Predominantly eaten in West African countries such as Senegal (it’s country of origin), Ghana and Nigerian, jollof rice has become a staple meal acceptable for any occasion - from weddings to birthday parties. With a preparation time of a little over an hour (depending on your serving quantities), the ingredients needed are easy to obtain. The flavour of the rice is dependent on how you prepare to the stew, whether mild or spicy. Vegetables such as peas, carrots and sweet corn can also be added to the mix. For a slightly healthier option, boil or grill the plantain instead of frying it. Similarly, grill the fish or chicken.
Vegetarian option: Substitute chicken/meat/fish for moi moi (contains egg).

Ethiopian injera with sides:

The very thought of eating this Ethiopian teff-grain flat bread with my favourite sides (doro wat, shiro, ye’abesha gomen, etc), is enough to get my mouth watering. With a near-endless possibility of traditional sides (you can also add your own creations), this meal can easily be adapted to suit various palettes. Although injera can be made at home from scratch, you’re much better off buying it from a restaurant. Want it gluten-free? Here’s a recipe for that.
Vegetarian option: go meat-less, stick to vegetable sides.

Senegalese thiéboudienne:

Another feature from Senegal because the food there is just that good. Although I’ve only ever been to Dakar once, as a child, the experience and taste of eating thiéboudienne is not one easily forgotten. Served on a large platter, this meal usually comes with either a rice or cous cous base and is laden with fish, stew and vegetables.
Vegetarian option: leave out the fish.

Moroccan couscous salad:

What I love most about couscous is just how versatile it is. It’s easy to make (from a box) and a great base for a range of different meals. For a salad option, simply make some couscous and add your favourite salad bits.
Vegetarian option: I think this one is obvious.

Ghanaian fufu and peanut butter/groundnut stew/soup.

Peanuts are hands down the greatest nuts there are, simply for this dish. To turn it into a southern African dish, use sadza/pap instead of fufu. For your east African version, use ugali (same as the aforementioned, just a different name).
Vegetarian option: don’t add meat/fish/chicken to your stew.

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New Music Video: Blitz the Ambassador - Success.

One of Ghana’s most eclectic MC’s Blitz the Ambassador lives up to his name in his latest music video for his single Success taking his signature style from coast-to-coast as he touches down in Tokyo and Morocco. 

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In Photos: The Agbogbloshie Problem.

Waste management in many African countries is a major problem. From littering, to proper sewer disposal, many municipalities often ignore their residents needs in these areas. In fact, to blame everyday citizens as the source of these problems would not only be missing the true source of the issue, but you would also be ignoring just how useful many of the individuals and communities across Africa have become in countries were the authorities responsible have turned a blind eye to the side-effects of poor waste management. 

Ghana is one such country. Over the past several years, various images and documentaries have highlighted one particular area of the country where highly toxic waste, in the form of ill-disposed electronics from Europe, the US, India and China is dumped illegally in Ghana’s Tema Harbour and recycled, in what is also a lucrative business for some.

In what was once a wetland and recreation area, e-waste now mars the former picturesque landscape, causing mass-scale pollution in the process. Agbogbloshie is the world’s biggest e-waste site that the around 40, 000 settlers have nicknamed ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’. Most of the ‘workers’ here are young men aged between 7-25 who sift through the e-waste in search of resellable materials, such as copper, earning around $2.50. As a result of the intense and toxic labour they engage in, many of these young men succumb to a myriad of diseases such as untreated wounds, back and joint problems, damage to their lungs and other internal organs, eye issues, chronic nausea, anorexia, respiratory problems, insomnia, and worst of all, cancer.

The images above are from a photographic study carried out by Kevin McElvaney and featured on Al Jazeera’s website.

What I love most about these photos is that, whether intentionally or not, McElvaney features most of the single individual photos on a make-shift ‘podium’ (resourcefulness, once again) almost as if to say that these people are above the rubbish that surrounds them. Not only in a literal sense, but in a figurative sense, too. 

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CHAN2014 Semi-Finals: Ghana and Libya advance to the finals.

Both Libya and Ghana headed into penalties to secure their position in the CHAN2014 finals. Libya beat first-time finals hopefuls Zimbabwe a narrow 5-4 and after Nigeria missed two penalties, Ghana took their place alongside Libya with a 4-1 win. 

(images via CAF FB)

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#CHAN2014 Updates: who’s through to the semi-finals?

After being down 0-3 againnst the Lions of the Atlas Mountains, Nigeria beat Morocco 4-3, scoring 3 goals in the second half and their winning goal in extra time, to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Zimbabwe made history for qualifying for the semi-finals round for the first time ever in the team’s history after beating Mali 2-1.

The heated match between Libya and Gabon saw the former team qualified by beating Gabon 4-2 in penalties.

Ghana’s 1-0 win, with a goal that came about as a result of a penalty kick, was regarded with a lot of controversy by many DR Congo fans on twitter who claim the ref did not handle the game fairly.

Upcoming matches: Semi-Finals (Weds. 25th Jan)

  • Libya vs Zimbabwe - 5pm CAT
  • Nigeria vs Ghana - 8:30 CAT

(all images via CAF)

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NEW MUSIC: Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie teams up with Naija crooner Banky W for this bangin’ hit summer track, Pon Di Ting.

Try as I might, it’s hard not to compare fellow British artists Benjamin Clementine and Kwabena Adjepong to each other. Although both currently live in Europe (Kwabs in London, where Clementine once lived before moving to Paris), Clementine and Adjepong are Ghanaian by birth. Both have deeply rich velvety voices, and both produce music that can be classified as ‘doom soul’ - a term I’ve borrowed from Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks that refers to the deeply poetic, poignant, rich and mellow nature of the artist’s sound and aesthetic (think Nina Simone) that, at the very least, forces shivers down your spine with every note sung or played. 

Despite their similarities, however, both artists carry with them a distinct sound and you’ll never have to fear mixing them up. Those of you who’ve been following this blog for some time are by now familiar with my adoration for Kwabs’ music. Now, thanks to fellow tumblr user bon-dia-querida, I’ve become familiar with Clementine’s equally as astounding sounds. Watch as he gives a breathtaking live performance of three of his original songs, ‘Quiver’, ‘I Won’t Complain’ and ‘London’.

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: Kentumere - smoked mackerel and spinach Ghanaian stew.

(via homeofafricanfood)

gimmemomajic:

Hawker, Accra

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