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GENTRIFICATION DOMESTICATED?
Accra Rising & The Dangers of Spatial Apartheid

Written By Kwame E. Otu
July 9, 2014 |Works

Gentrification has gone global...Is it accurate to capture the ongoing redevelopment projects in Accra, Ghana, as a clone of the ruthless global gentrification taking place?




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IN THE HEART OF ASHANTI: PREMPEH II ST. ADUM
A PhotoWalk By Issac Opuni Frimpong

July 9, 2014 |Works

Take a virtual walk with Isaac Opuni Frimpong through one of the most historical streets of Adum, Kumasi and discover its architecture, culture, history.




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EFYA - Love Genesis
Lilian Blankson Chats With Afro-Soul Crooner, Efya

July 7, 2014 |Arts

Music is just one of many stops on Efya’s journey to absolute stardom. There is an impending clothing line, a carefully designed music school,... Efya is meticulously crafting the steps to make herself unstoppable in every aspect of the arts and music.




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Kyekyeku - Strings, Harmony & Rhythm
A Conversation With Acoustic Guitarist, Kyekyeku

Interview by Korantemaa Larbi
June 23, 2014 |Arts

His style of music is a fusion of traditional Palm Wine music with Afro Jazz. Kyekyeku is in a niche of his own. He is not just a musician, but an artist who understands his craft...




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SARK - The Origins of a Rapper
The Lilian Blankson Interview with Sarkodie

May 21, 2014 |Arts

With humble beginnings originating in Tema, he was initially destined to be a dancer who pursued a degree in Graphic Design, but fate had a completely different career path in mind. Seldom able to express himself, he took to rapping in Twi...




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M.ANIFESTATIONS
An Indepth Conversation With M.ANIFEST

Interview by Lilian N.Blankson
April 28, 2014 |Arts

Music, politics, social awareness and philanthropy are all elements from the dynamic composition of his DNA. Discover the artiste M.anifest.




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Embracing Fashion
An Article About Culture & Fashion Expression

Written by Korantemaa Larbi With Kwame E. Otu
Edited Kwame E. Otu
April 28, 2014 |Arts

An article about culture & fashion Expression by Africans in the diaspora.




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Jewelry According To
Yede Beads

Interview by Korantemaa Larbi
April 16, 2014 |Arts

Yede Hayford reveals how she draws inspiration from nature, movie, songs and her own writings and sketches to create the beautiful, intricate hand-made pieces in her line, YedeBeads.




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E.L...O.M.
Everybody.Loves.Original.Music

Interview by Lilian N. Blanskon
March 31, 2014 |Arts

Lilian Blankson chats with E.L, the genius artiste and record producer behind, One Ghana (For Your Pocket) & Kaalu on his brand of music, style as an artiste and record producer and upcoming album E.L.O.M.




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THE NOTE
A Story By Nana Yaa Larbi

February 10, 2014 |Literature

That award had his name written all over it. There was no way Agya was taking it home this year; he had won it in the third year because of a tiny historical detail he had included in his portfolio but Kwasi had covered all bases this year.




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A FABULOUS ALTERNATIVE

Originally Written & Published by ReConnect Africa
February 10, 2014 |Arts

ReConnect Africa spoke to Pauline Brobbey, the artist and designer behind ALTERNATIVES, to learn more about her unique range and how she has combined African heritage and Western style.



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PROJECT WATCH
5 Dynamic Projects in Ghana to Watch Out For

Compiled by Kuukuwa Manful
January 21st, 2014 |Works

We have compiled a list of ongoing and future projects in Ghana, in no particular order, that are going to transform her skyline.



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THE BRIDGE
Residential Project in Accra by Mobius Architecture

Written by Kwame Edwin Otu; Interview by Kwame E. Otu & Korantemaa Larbi
January 15th, 2014 |Works

Augustus Richardson speaks on design, Mobius Architecture, his firm with Samuel Adabie, and one of their latest projects.



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SAVING REX CINEMA
Akosua Adoma Owusu - Part 1

Written by Kwame Edwin Otu; Interview by Kwame E. Otu & Korantemaa Larbi
December 7th, 2013 |Works

The world is looking rather curiously but with excitement at Akosua Adoma Owusu’s attempt to revive one of Ghana’s oldest cinemas, Rex Cinema.


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SAVING REX CINEMA
Akosua Adoma Owusu - Part 2

Written by Kwame Edwin Otu; Interview by Kwame E. Otu & Korantemaa Larbi
December 7th, 2013 |Works

The interview continues. Read & Listen to Akosua Adoma Owusu's life history to know what drives her passion for creating movies and her latest project - reviving one of Ghana’s oldest cinemas, Rex Cinema.


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L'Arte Café Presents:
LARRY OTOO - AN EXHIBITION

Written by Charles Lawson
October 28, 2013 |Arts

The highlight of L’arte Café's official opening in October this year was an exhibition of paintings by renowned Ghanaian artist, Larry Otoo.


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DIEDEBO FRANCIS KERE
A Critical Regionalist, Accra

Interview by Taryn J & Korantemaa Larbi; Text by Taryn J.
October 28, 2013 |Design54

Design233 had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Kere about his most recent work as well as his opinions on the role of architecture and design within the continent of Africa in the 21st century.


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AFRILIT 2013
Celebrating The Best in Contemporary African Literature

October 28, 2013 |Events

Afri Diaspora presents AfriLit 2013 at the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. This event is "Celebrating The Best in Contemporary African Literature " with renowned writers Tope Folarin, Ayesha Harruna Attah, NanaEkua Brew-Hammond and Chinelo Okparanta.


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DAMN THE MAN, SAVE THE REX!
A Kickstarter Project by Akosua Adoma Owusu to Save the REX Cinema, Accra

October 21, 2013 |Events

Award-winning film-maker, Akosua Adoma Owusu, has initiated a Kickstarter program to raise funds to save the defunct Rex Cinema in Accra, Ghana.


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2013 Chale Wote Festival
Pop-Up Architecture & Urban Design in Jamestown, Ghana-Accratopia

Written by Kuukuwa Manful
October 20, 2013 |Works

Kuukuwa Manful caught up with Hassan Salih, founder and leader of Accratopia at this year's Chale Wote Art Festival which occured in Jamestown, Accra on the 7th and 8th of September, 2013.


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2013 Chale Wote Festival
The Urbanized Ghanaian Culture

Written by Kwame Edwin Otu
October 6, 2013 |Arts

The recent Chale Wote Street Festival, held between the 7th and 8th September by AccraDotAlt, witnessed a mélange of artistes and cultural producers, whose arts and products certainly vindicated the new face of exquisite Ghanaian artistry and design.

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Curating Cultures: Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Interview by Korantemaa Larbi
August 26, 2013 |Makers

Nana Oforiatta Ayim's current work within Ghana and Africa is pushing the boundaries that traditionally walled institutions in the form of museums represent. In a setting like Ghana where museums are not totally successful, the exhibition of art needs to take on a different form in a culture that is not museum-going.


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Nana Oforiatta Ayim The Cultural Historian, Writer & Filmmaker

Interview by Korantemaa Larbi
August 23, 2013 |Makers

The work of Ghanaian writer, filmmaker and historian, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, explores ideas of narratives and identity through the different media of film, literature and exhibitions.


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Artist In Residence

July 15, 2013 |Works

The Swaniker residence, designed originally by Gizella Agbotsui for the Swaniker family, is a house full of delights and surprises. The original plan for this lovely four-bedroom house was slightly altered by the older Swaniker lady, Constance's mother, adding on a lobby into the house, a formal seating area as well as a front porch.

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The Books Our Makers Cannot Put Down

July 9, 2013 |Literature

"I loved this book for its treatment of the interiority of families and how they work (and sometimes don't). Selasi masterfully brings to life sibling rivalries, the intriguing connection between twins, and the fraught relationships between parents and their children. I, of course, love that parts of it were set in Accra and in New York!"

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AMAA Award-winning Film 'Kwaku Ananse' to Premiere in Ghana

June 14, 2013 |Arts

'Kwaku Ananse' has been making rounds on the international film scene and now the creative retelling of a fable about a part man part spider is finally making its way home to premiere in Ghana."

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Akan Proverbs as Message-Making Tools
in Graphic Design

Thesis by Michael Akuamoah-Boateng
June 12, 2013 |Arts

Among the many cultures in Africa, the people of Ghana (West Africa) also find visual images and ordinary objects as symbolic ways to communicate knowledge, feeling and values. One aspect that makes their message making unique is the use of proverbs within their communications. Through proverbs, the Ashante people of Ghana make meaning by studying the aesthetic and structural characteristics of nature found in plants, animals and their environment to evoke conceptual images.

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Urbanslumlab, Old Fadama, Accra, Ghana 2nd Place Winners Of Archigineer Africa 2012 Competition, An Afrikarchi Design Competition

Written by Kuukuwa Manful
June 3, 2013 |Works

The competition was open to student architects, planners and engineers enrolled in African schools, universities or polytechnics Africans and young professional graduates of 2012.

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Creating Worlds Through Sets & Costumes
The Work of Dede Ayite.

Written by Ayesha Harruna-Attah
June 1, 2013 |Arts

Ghanaian-born Ayite has been working in New York for just under two years. A freelancer, mainly for theater, she started out assisting on several shows, and then began to take on her own projects, including the recently ended The Laramie Project at the venerable Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Akosua Adoma Owusu: Kwaku Ananse wins
Best Short Film.

Best Short Film
May 16, 2013 |Arts

Congratulations to Akosua Adoma Owusu & her team for winning the Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Short Film category.



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Constance Swaniker: Artist & Sculptor

artist and sculptor
May 14, 2013 |Makers

Constance is an award-winning contemporary Ghanaian artist and sculptor. She studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sculpture at the KNUST College of Art in Kumasi. Constance Swaniker is renowned for her functional art pieces which have been credited for their exquisite finishing quality. In 2011, she had her debut solo art exhibition at the Artists Alliance Gallery in Accra, a successful show which relaunched her career in fine art.

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Joe Osae-Addo

Principal/Architect Constructs LLC
April 28, 2013 |Makers

In 2004, Joe Addo moved back to Ghana after a period of studying and working in the United Kingdom and the United States. He is currently the Principal of Constructs LLC; a firm that combines architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into creating 'inno-native' design solutions to contemporary African architecture.

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Splashes Of Color In Nima: "Imagine Accra" A Nima Muhinmanchi Art (NMA) Event

Written By Charles Odartey Lawson.
Photography By Charles Odartey Lawson
April 17, 2013 |Art

Kente Park is the redefinition of the Ghanaian public space. It is a research into making a space with civic investment that incorporates the lifestyle and beliefs of a group of people into urban Ghana. The aim is to create a place that identifies with the people and that draws them in.

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Urban Arena: Bantama, Kumasi

Design Thesis By Kuukuwa O. Manful ¦ Architectural Design Thesis ¦M.Arch Department Of Architecture ¦ KNUST
April 15, 2013 |Works

This thesis explored the concept of a regional architectural identity towards the design of an Urban Arena in Bantama, Kumasi. Examples of indigenous Asante Architecture were studied and analysed with the aim of extracting characteristics that form the essence of Asante Architecture.

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Kwaku Ananse Film

Ghanaian Film, "KWAKU ANANSE" Gets Nomination At 2013 African Movie Academy Awards
April 11, 2013 |Arts

Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghanaian-American director and writer of the acclaimed short film Kwaku Ananse, is thrilled to have her first narrative short nominated by the Africa Movie Academy Awards. "At its inception, I struggled to find a Ghanaian audience that would value our traditional story in contemporary cinema.

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A Strip Of Kente In The City…

Design Thesis By Korantemaa Larbi.
April 11, 2013 |Works

Kente Park is the redefinition of the Ghanaian public space. It is a research into making a space with civic investment that incorporates the lifestyle and beliefs of a group of people into urban Ghana. The aim is to create a place that identifies with the people and that draws them in.

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Lekki Beach House

Architects: Studio Seilern Architects
March 6, 2013 |Design233

London-based firm , Studio Seilern Architects, is working on a zero-carbon project for Lagos Nigeria. Lekki Beach House, designed by Christina Seilern, the principal of the studio, will be a private vacation house on the eastern coast of Lagos City.

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Moving Ghana Forward

Written By Korantemaa Larbi
March 6, 2013 |Works

Thinking about 56 years of independence, we celebrate our landscape. We celebrate our independence, following the events leading up to it and after which have made a mark on our environment. But we do not look at the clichés by our first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

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El Anatsui

Written by Kwame Edwin Otu
March 6, 2013 |Makers

El Anatsui is perhaps one of Africa's most artistic sculptors to be still alive. Born in Ghana in 1944, Anatsui received his degrees at the College of Art at the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

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