Zohra Opoku, Sassa, Gallery 1957 hits Accra from 25 May – 1 August 2016

Zohra Opoku, Sassa, Gallery 1957 hits Accra from 25 May – 1 August 2016

Gallery 1957 is pleased to present a solo exhibition from the artist Zohra Opoku. Titled Sassa, the exhibition explores the role of textile culture in the materialisation of concepts beyond the individual’s corporeal reality. Based in Accra, and of German and Ghanaian descent, Opoku’s versatile work expands across installation, performance and lens-based media. Opoku’s examination of textile culture considers fashion’s political, psychological and socio-cultural role in relation to both African history, and individualistic or societal identities.

Zohra Opoku, Cyperus Papyrus, 2015, C-Print, 147 x 110 cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra Zohra Opoku, Kwame, 2015, C-Print, 147 x 110 cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra Zohra Opoku, My Father, 2015, Found wood, cord, net, nails, 58 x 69 x 19 inches, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra

In Sassa, the artist draws on her month long stay in the Ashanti region of Ghana – part of a recent residency with the cultural research platform ANO – as well as her past portrait series, in order to explore cultural philosophies, trajectories, and aesthetics across the country. As Nana Oforiatta Ayim, founder of ANO and Creative Director of Gallery 1957, explains: “Through the exploration of the Ashanti concept of sassa – described by art historian Ladislas Segy as ‘the soul that can also lie outside of the body and that flows through all things’ – Opoku’s work is in constant interplay with this notion of the unseen and the immanent.”

Zohra Opoku has a background in both fashion and photography, receiving an MA in Fashion from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in 2003. Her exhibition at Gallery 1957 follows a solo show at the Kruger Gallery in Chicago. Opoku has also exhibited in group shows at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2015 – 2016); The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2007); Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona (2016); Alliance Française, Accra (2016); Commune 1., Cape Town (2015); Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (2015); Guggenheim, Bilboa (2015); Kala Gallery, Berkeley (2015); Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos (2015); Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle (2015); Dak’Art, Senegal (2014) and the Jan Van Eyck Institute, Maastrich (2014).

Founded in Accra by collector Marwan Zakhem, Gallery 1957 is a new gallery with a curatorial focus on contemporary Ghanaian art presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the country’s most significant artists.

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For press information and images please contact: Sophie Campos or Emma Gilhooly at Pelham Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 208 969 3959

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Exhibition: Zohra Opoku: Sassa, curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim/ ANO Dates: 25 May – 1 July 2016

Address: Gallery 1957, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, PMB 66 — Ministries, Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, Ridge — Accra, Ghana Telephone: +233 303967575

8 Characteristics of a Successful Fashion Entrepreneur!

8 Characteristics of a Successful Fashion Entrepreneur!

Starting, running and growing a business is a lot of hard work. Along with long hours, sacrifice, and a ton of stress, each day brings new obstacles to overcome. Simply put, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.

So, the question is, “Are you cut out to be a fashion entrepreneur?”

Although there isn’t a secret formula for success, there are common traits that successful entrepreneurs share. And when it comes to the unique business of fashion, some of these traits are downright necessities.

Let’s look at eight characteristics that can help you become a full-fledged fashion entrepreneur.

Determination

Success doesn’t happen overnight. A business takes time to start and grow. And even more time to be successful.

There’s no rush. The fashion business will still be there in the morning.

There will be difficult times. Things will look impossible. You will want to give up and throw in the towel. But you can’t. You need to fight off those urges and press forward. Persevere!

Determination is the difference between those who quit on their dream and those who turn their dream into a great success.

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Passion

There are countless books, seminars, and MBA programs that teach how to be successful in the business world. But this is the one characteristic that only you can bring to the party.

This is your “why?”

This is the reason behind why you do what you do. The work will be hard, the hours will be long, and the pay will be low. And to top it all off, there is no guarantee of success!

Your passion will motivate you through the tough times and it needs to come from inside of you.  Don’t count on money to be your motivating factor.  Your passion comes from a deeper, more meaningful place.

Resilience
Successful fashion entrepreneurs are not afraid of failure. Things don’t always go to plan. And sometimes things completely fail. Get comfortable with the idea of failure. It will happen to you.

But do not be defeated. Successful entrepreneurs see failure as an opportunity – a chance to learn from their mistakes.

So when, not if, you get knocked down, you must get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward

Confidence

Confidence is part of any entrepreneur’s success. You must

be confident in yourself – that you can manage what might come your way.

But too much confidence can be a bad thing. You must believe that your business has a shot, but not that it will be a definite success.

Ego can easily get in the way of success. And we certainly have enough egos in fashion. So check your ego at the door. Because, in the beginning, along with being the CEO, you’ll probably also be making the coffee and taking out the garbage.

The balance lies in having no doubt that you are competent to run and grow your business but not being overly confident that you know everything or that you can do anything. It’s when we are certain of success that we are most likely to fail.

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Vision

As the creator of a brand, you must possess a clear vision of what you want your brand to be. Your vision defines whom you are, what you want to do and where you want to go.

Your vision cannot be vague. It needs to be developed, detailed and definite. It needs to be clear.

Your vision is your beacon of light, guiding you on your journey.

Flexibility

Fashion is a fast-paced industry, constantly changing. As an entrepreneur you need to be flexible – able to adapt to the changing demands of your business.

Successful business people stay agile. They adjust to new information and developing circumstances. Most successful entrepreneurs find themselves running a very different business than they set out to create at the beginning.

Learn to act quickly before new ideas and opportunities lose their spark. Being agile means the difference between building momentum and starting over from square one every other day.

Effective Communication

Your ability to communicate will affect your ability to influence others, your ability to develop relationships, and ultimately, your ability to produce results.

Without good communications skills it’s impossible to effectively sell. And as the founder of your company, you’ll find yourself constantly selling. Selling your vision to prospective investors. Selling your products to potential clients. Selling your employees on why they shouldn’t jump ship when things inevitably get rough.

Success of your business will depend on your ability to communicate your ideas and vision to get people to buy into your brand.

Risk Tolerance

As an entrepreneur, you must be comfortable with risk.

If something feels risky, do you focus on the likelihood of failure? Or the potential for reward?

Sensing risk may just be a sign that you are onto an opportunity – one that’s worth exploring or seeing through to the end. Most people sense risk and stop. They never find out how many opportunities lie on the other side of that risk.

Entrepreneurs take risks. And they take action.

Smart entrepreneurs are able to identify and mitigate business risk. But when the time comes, they step out of their comfort zone and engage risk by taking action.

So, how did you score? Do you have what it takes to make it on your own in the fashion industry?

The good news is that these are not traits that we are born with. These traits are taught and learned. Some of us have learned these early on. Others have had to learn them later in life.

Developing these traits is a matter of practice. If you want to get better at one, two, or all of them, you’ll need to start practicing them. And now is as good a time to start as any.

Speak Your Mind

Which traits do you need to practice? What kinds of things are you doing to improve? Leave your comments below.

Compiled by Afyia Naaki

Model IG: Akosua_vee

How to stay comfortable in heels- Auntie Oboshie’s guide

How to stay comfortable in heels- Auntie Oboshie’s guide

As much as we love our heels, we hate how they leave us blistered, limping and sore by bedtime.

High heels aren’t always comfortable yet it’s hard to ditch them completely. Nothing beats a gorgeous pair of heels when it comes to looking stylish. Heels make your legs look longer, your calves look amazing and they add an elegant touch to your whole outfit.

Read more for tips on how to stay comfortable in your heels.

TIP #1 THE DEODORANT STICK TO THE RESCUE!

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Our deodorant sticks can help maximize the comfort of our heels.

It’s helpful to use a deodorant stick on the buckle or strap of your heel.

This reduces irritation caused by repetitive friction between the buckle and the skin of your feet in contact.

TIP #2 – IT’S IDEAL TO SHOP FOR SHOES IN THE EVENING.

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Yes, go shoe shopping at night.

Our feet are usually swollen at the end of the day. Shopping for heels in this state helps you know which shoes will pinch your toes when you wear them later.

TIP #3 – TAPE YOUR TOES

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This tip is definitely worth trying. Taping your second and third toes together (counting from the

smallest toe) eases the pain. There is a nerve that splits between your third and fourth toe which causes

pain in the balls of your feet. Stress on the nerve is reduced when the toes support each other.

TIP #4 – PREP YOUR LEG AND KNEE MUSCLES.

Walking in heels is totally different from walking in flats. Pretend your feet are in heels and use your

hips and legs to support your upper body while “cat walking”. Do this for a while to get your feet ready

before putting on your heels.

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#5 GO FOR HEELS WITH BUCKLES AND STRAPS

Adjustable straps and buckles give support to the feet, keeping it in place. This helps to avoid

unnecessary rubbing that causes blisters and discomfort when walking in your heels.

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Shoes have evolved over time, but heels continue to be in vogue.

Yes, you can enjoy yourheels without hurting your feet.

Try these tips to make this glory less painful.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Keelson Studio

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VivaGhana interviews Afua Asantewaa Ofosu

VivaGhana interviews Afua Asantewaa Ofosu

Tell us  about yourself .

Am Afua Asantewaa Ofosu, 25 years-old,the last of 3 siblings and a final year student of Ghana Institute of Journalism pursuing a degree program broadcast in journalism.
-I stand almost 6 inch tall and  dark in complexion.

• You emerged 1st runner up of the 2014 Edition of Miss Tourism. How was the journey like for you? Any unforgettable  experience  you’d like to share?.

-I am rather the 2nd runner up (Miss Tourism Ghana 2014 2nd Princess).

-The Miss Tourism Ghana 2014 edition was a momentous journey taking into account the investment by way of preparation that went into the competition from start to finish.

-I was selected among ten beautiful ladies after a tall list of contestants from the four corners of the nation.

-we were housed for almost a month,staying with ladies of different characters and attitudes.

-Being the ‘most biggest” amongst ‘tiny’ ladies I had to share a lot of weight by way of routine exercise.

-I remember when I was handed the responsibility as the house captain,waking the ladies up as early as 4am was a problem.
I ended up waking them up at 6am and that nearly robbed me the opportunity to continue my reign as the captain of the house.

-After a keenly contested rounds of performances,I muscled my way to finish among the first three.

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• Can you tell us about the  #don’t touch me project ?

-hahaha! Don’t touch me,yes,but not don’t touch me as in person but it is a project that seeks to promote hygiene among roasted plantain vendors.

-I intend making it a nation wide project in future. Already,I have touched places like Lapaz ,Achimota,East Legon,Korlebu,Sapeiman, adabraka and it’s environs.

• From what we gathered, you’re involved in a number of  things. Like being the PanaFest Ambassador, CEO  of ASAA ASHERS, a model, TV/Radio presenter. Which one of these are you most passionate about ?

– Of course it is ASAA ASHERS because I want to empower and inspire young ladies.

• Most Influential  Student Entrepreneur during  the  Ghana Tertiary Awards! Wow! What’s your  secret  to being an efficient and  Influential  entrepreneur. ?

-Perseverance,tenacity of purpose and hard work accounted for the feat.

When did you start Modelling. ?

-Since 2010

• What makes Asantewaa  stand out amongst  other  Models ?

-hmmmm my physique and walking my talk.

• How do  you combine all that you do with school?

– It has not been easy but with determination and prioritizing my goals.

• How do you  stay updated  on the  latest trends ?

– Social media and research.

• When Asantewaa is not  working or schooling , what would we see her doing ?

– Watching football and personality profiles of those who have made it to the top. Of course listening to good music amid planning.

• What is  the  first thing  you  do when you wake up  in the  morning ?

– hahaha I stretch,thank my maker and call my bae.

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• Who is your favourite  designer ?

CKG (Earnest) Designs

• What’s the secret to your flawless  skin?

-I stay natural,I hardly make up and I take in a lot of water.

• What do you think about  Modelling  Industries in Ghana.?

– Hmmm it’s unpopular

•  Describe African  Fashion  in 3 Words .

-Diversified
-Colourful
-Evolving

• What do you like most about  Fashion. ?

-Because of the fact that it’s not static.

• Describe your style.
-Simplicity in Diversity

• What’s your  ideal holiday  idea. ?

-A trip to a quiet far country with someone special.

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• What 3 things can  you  not  live without. ?

I can’t live without
-God
-My partner
-My family

• Thoughts on  Viva Ghana.
-Viva Ghana has a promising future amid the publishing of good stories and updates.

5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Most Stylish Year Yet!

5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Most Stylish Year Yet!

Hey style lovers, welcome to 2016! Although 2015 was an amazing year forAwed by Monica in so many ways, there are so many things I know I could have done to elevate myself & my brand to the next level. Ans that is why I am terming 2016 as the year of elevation.

Let’s take it up a notch this year in our fashion, makeup, hair and life in general. We are the only ones holding ourselves back, so instead of putting up invisible baeeiers. let’s step outside the norm and make 2016 our year.

Here are 5 ways to do this;

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1. Improve Your Wardrobe

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Out with the old and in with the new this year! In a perfect world, we would all like to start fresh and replenish our wardrobes, however for most, that isn’t quite realistic.

In 2016, instead of focusing on acquiring many items that we don’t even really like but get anyways because they are on sale, let’s put our resources into one or two items we love. Get that one classic bag you have always wanted, or that perfect ‘pop of color’ piece that is sure to transform your outfits. You already have great pieces in your closet so why not get that one piece that you can use to accessorize your wardrobe, and help elevate your style.

2. Fashion Trends to Try in 2016

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I don’t even know where to start with the trends. There are so many fabulous fashion trends that have been predicted for this year. I have picked a few that are sure to elevate your style game in 2016, so take notes.

– Top-handle Bags
Top handle bags are sophisticated, classy and chic. Don’t ask why, but your bag truly speaks volumes, so start the year with a bag that tells the world you are ready for successful year.

– Wide-Leg Jeans
Isn’t it funny how fashion always does a 360? The hot fashion trend of the 70s is back lovelies so get with it.

Wide leg jeans are going to be major this year, so if you haven’t already gotten rid of your old pair, dust them off and bring them out. Unfortunately if you did get rid of your old pair head to any major retailer because they are all selling this must try trend for 2016.

– Clean and Classic Looks
If you want to be successful this year, you can’t just play the part, you also have to dress the part. Add clean and classic pieces to your OOTD (Outfit Of The Day). We all have classic pieces in our wardrobe, so you don’t even have to run out and start buying pieces to achieve this trend. It’s all about how you put things together. Lose the busy look this year and opt for more clean and classic outfits.

3. Enhance Your Hair

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When 2015 started, I was all about natural hair and I am still about natural hair and loving it. However in 2016 I want to encourage you to try something new, switch out your hair damaging weaves and try clip-ins.

They are way better for your hair, and don’t break or damage your hair like weaves do. Plus, you can do a hundred and one different styles at the touch of a clip. Wearing clip-ins also allows you to take better care of your own hair. I encourage you wash your hair once a week and wrap your hair at night instead of using a flat iron every night.

4. Makeup that is Sure to Turn Heads

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Bold & pronounced makeup is very much a trend right now! At the same time, that clean & flawless face is also major. So what to do? Go with the statement makeup look or the ‘I Woke Up Like This’ flawless makeup look? The answer is to do all of them this year. Either way you will make heads turn. Contouring and bold eyes will definitely enhance your features and is perfect for going out.

A flawless face is sure to have people questioning your age and wanting what you have. Have fun with makeup this year and don’t hesitate to step outside of your makeup comfort zone.

5. Selfie – Self Love

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In a world where we have been seeing so much hate this past year, is it really so bad to have a little self-love? We criticize the whole selfie culture and people who take selfies, but what is so wrong with appreciating and showering yourself with some love?

If we took the time to love ourselves a little more, that love for self would definitely transcend to others. 2015 was definitely a blessing but with a little more love in your heart, 2016 will be the biggest success ever. Go ahead take a selfie and love others as you love yourself.

Photo Credits: www.awedbymonica.com | www.Pintrest.com | @awedbymoni(Instagram)

15 Mistakes Guys Are Making With Their Suits

15 Mistakes Guys Are Making With Their Suits

One of the most stylish fashion statements a guy can make is a suit. Sure, we love the scruffy flannel-and-jeans look. But when it’s time to look sharp, smart and put-together, there is nothing like a suit.

When it’s done right, that is. Too many men are failing to wear their suits to perfection (or anywhere in the neighborhood of perfection). The pants are too long, the jacket sleeves are too short, the lapels are too wide, the buttons too tight… we could go on and on.

So we will. Below, we’ve helpfully highlighted the 15 more egregious mistakes guys are making with their suits. Men, print this out, laminate it and study it. Then pledge never to commit these errors ever again.

1. Letting a white undershirt poke though above the dress shirt at the neck. This is sloppy-looking, giving off a whiff of frat boy. It’s also simply unnecessary: Go buy yourself some v-neck undershirts (or better yet, wear none — they’re by no means required) and save the crewnecks for days when you wear a tie.

2. Not getting your jacket sleeves hemmed or tailored. Most men assume that once their pants are hemmed, they’re done. But jacket sleeves are just as important, if not more so, to have tailored. Too-long sleeves look careless, and too-short sleeves look dorky. Make sure the jacket ends 1/2 inch above your shirt sleeve. In addition, take care to tailor the jacket width around the bicep and the torso. Most guys’ suit jackets are way too roomy, making them look heavier or simply sloppier.

3. Choosing jackets that are too long. A good way to test the length? Let the jacket hem fall where your fingertips end naturally. It’s as easy as that.

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4. Forgetting to remove the brand label off the jacket sleeve. We’re shaking our heads.

5. Forgetting to cut open the thread on the the back vent and the pockets. Again, smh.

6. Choosing lapels that are too big. If they’re big enough for Rush Limbaugh, they’re too big. 3 inches is probably a safe upper limit.

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7. Wearing pants with pleats. You’re not the dad from “Leave It To Beaver” (or this guy) and this isn’t 1955. Flat-front pants are the way to go so you don’t look 10 pounds heavier.

8. Wearing pants that are too long. Mind the break — the break, that is, in the fabric that occurs when the bottom of your pants skim the tops of your shoes, creating a horizontal crease (a “break”) in the fabric. Pants with no break mean they’re so short they fall right above the shoe and flash some sock. This is trendy, but perhaps too risky for many guys. Most men should aim for a medium break — not too rumpled or baggy, but not too short around the ankles.

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9. Wearing pants with cuffs. Not only are they untrendy at the moment, cuffs visually shorten the leg, a death sentence for the petite dudes out there. For everyone else, cuffs also tend to flop around more. And no woman likes a guy whose pants flop around the ankles.

10. Choosing shirts that are too big. There will be some gym rats with bulging muscles whose shirts are too tight. But generally, men have the problem of buying them too big. When it come to the collar, follow the one-finger rule (if you can fit more than one finger between the collar and your neck, it’s too big). For the torso, just purchase a slim-cut shirt, for the love of God. If it’s billowing out or bunching at the sides when you tuck it in, it’s simply too big.

11. Thinking pinstripes are the only acceptable suit print — and actually wearing them. Suits come in more print options than just pinstripes, from glen plaid to windowpane check. Adventure out into subtle prints, always neutrals on neutrals… but leave the bold pinstripes to Gordon Gekko and Derek Jeter.

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12. Wearing black. Yes, wearing black. You may have gotten a spiffy black suit for your Bar Mitzvah, and you may have seen your father rock a black suit to the office. But black should generally be reserved for funerals and weddings — for daytime wear, stick with a classic navy or charcoal gray suit, paired with shoes in brown hues. Bonus: There are almost no color shirts that don’t match navy or gray.

13. Going bold with French cuffs… that look like flippers. French cuffs, worn with subtle (notflashy/cutesy/anything with logos) cuff links, can add some “oomph” to a suit for a more formal occasion. But when they’re too big at the wrist (or, God forbid, exceed the size of the suit sleeves they’re under), they’ll flop around conspicuously. Best to just steer clear entirely.

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14. Letting your tie peek out from under the sides and back of your collar. Either your collar is too small or your tie is too big. Either way, make sure this never happens.

15. Focusing on flash over substance. Tie clips, pocket squares, French cuffs — these are privileges that are earned, not simply given. You’ve got to master the basics first, which means a solid-fitting suit and a shirt to match in a foolproof color combo. As the saying goes, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

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