We totally love African Print inspired apparels and fashion accessories. Isn’t it amazing how much we as Africans and even the western world have grown toappreciate African Print to the extent that we have drifted from the restrictive use of the prints strictly for kaba and slit ?
We at VivaGhana can’t seem to get over African Print inspired pieces and that is why the Ramafrique brand is one of our favorite brands when it comes to African Print inspirations.
RamaFrique is a contemporary Ghanaian fashion brand which is known for producing beautiful African Print Accessories. It is a brand dedicated to speaking the culture and beliefs of Africa through prints. The prints have meanings that portray AFricans beliefs and buttress the African perspective of life.Ramafrique aims at creating a world where African prints are adored and celebrated by all.
In a recent chat with the CEO of RamaFrique Awurama Kena- Asiedu a young graduate of the University of Ghana, we had these questions to ask her;
VVGH:What inspired the brand?
RA: The brand started out of desperation to get my favourite bag fixed.I hadn’t used it in a long while and the leather was beginning to wear off. On bad hair days I would wrap my head with a print scarf and proudly set out. It made sense to wrap my bag with a print that would match with a scarf. I was amazed at the level of interest shown by friends and family.I knew I had discovered Gold; Ramafrique
VVGH: What about African print excites u?
RA: My Granny has always been a lover of African prints.She would hand over a piece of cloth to u and with a broad smile on her face she would name the cloth and explain vividly. I was mostly excited about the varied colors and patterns..knowing their meanings only made me fall in love with prints inches deeper.
VVGH : When did you start designing bags and why?
RA: I did my 1st piece in 2013 (level 200) ,when I wrapped my favourite bag.I did that for a couple of friends.But truth is aside the nostalgia attached to the bag being wrapped I always found it relatively ideal to own a new bag than wrap the old.I did a couple of retailing of print bags and accessories and now I own one that makes the bags!
VVGH : What is the production process?
RA: Ramafrique bags are crafted from scratch with African prints and the finest of leather,some made from plastic waste and others, natural leather. People wonder how these are done in Ghana. Well, Ghana is a land of gold, I dug deep and found Ramafrique.
VVGH: What type of customer do you have in mind when creating your design?
RA: My customer is a blend of vintage and tradition lover. One who believes African prints can be rocked in exotic and local ways.One who loves the colour of prints and appreciattes with blend with a little or no leather.
VVGH: What does the brand hope to achieve in the near future?
RA: Currently, Ramafrique is more of a bag designer. I hope to expand my horizon outside Ghana…outside Africa and definitely thinking of going beyond the bags; Let’s see how it goes.
VVGH: What is your greatest challenge in the business?
RA: I’m always in awe when I start shopping for fabrics. It feels like being in a room full of crystals and just not knowing how and what to even pick. African prints are too beautiful!.I think that will forever be my problem.lol!. I never know which ones to leave out. Oh and the unique preference of each customer in terms of prints!
VVGH: What keeps you going?
RA: My determination, passion and drive for what I do, my trust in God to see me through every step, as well as the support from my family and friends.
VVGH: What have you planned for 2017?
RA: Its definitely a year of growth for me. I see breakthroughs and I have a million ideas. Time is flying pretty fast.Let’s see what 2017 has for us. Fingers crossed.
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Nothing has excited me about my hair than the natural hair journey I made up my mind to thread in my second year during my first degree years.
Well I have a TWA as I write this but then I know my hair is definitely going to grow into a beautiful and enviable Afro. I must say it isn’t an easy task for most of us naturalists if not all to maintain and rock the hair we know you admire so much😉.
For me waking up to my natural hair each day brings me so much excitement because it’s the most amazing phase for me in my hair journey. I can confidently say the decision to maintain the natural/kinky hair look has led me to a new hair experience ,however trust me it has its downs which is one discouraging factor for a lot of people .
The one thing that poses as a challenge to most naturalists is waking up and not knowing what to do to the hair before we step out of our house.
Considering the nature of our kinks extra caution has to be exercised in styling our hair for various occasions especially in the corporate world.
The corporate world is what I’d be touching on more in this article. Well,the corporate environment is one where the look is defined to tow a certain lane. The corporate look requires that you look smart, professional and decent to a very large extent and so it would be considered inappropriate to go to work in a very corporate environment dressed in a certain way which does not shout smartness or professionalism.
I am however of the opinion that in as much as having some aspect of your life controlled can be irritating sometimes ,it is important that you do what is expected of you in your world of work; after all it’s just a matter of spending a few hours there the rest of the hours are yours to be liberated.
This applies to us naturalists who want to feel comfortable and free with our natural hair updos. Unfortunately for us the messy updos tend to be our unique and beautiful look for the hair.
Meanwhile finding ourselves in the corporate world only means that we should figure out the most decent and neatest updos for our hair at least for the period we would be in our corporate environment.
Well that shouldn’t be a problem now since I am about to give you some gist on how well that can be done without any worries.
* Low Cuts
First , there are some people who are very much aware that they would not be able to make time to style their hair due to their daily routines no matter how much time they squeeze for it and so they decide to maintain a low cut which is very classy.
Low cuts can be very classy and decent if we know how to maintain them . It is undeniably daring to get this look and I must say I admire women who confidently go for the “daring look” . The look is known to reveal the full definition of your face and lot of us naturals are found rocking the look with a touch of spot on make up.
For the sake of people who are not familiar with natural hair terminology and for my dear friends who have just begun the natural hair journey.
I bet you’ve seen a lot of ladies in the naturalist game mention TWA a couple of times. Well don’t fret it only means a Teeny Weeny Afro.
In my opinion it’s one of the natural hair dos you can easily maintain. For the corporate world you can rock the TWA look by employing the LOC method and then combing the hair to achieve a decent and desirable look while avoiding uneven edges. Tip * Part the hair into four and comb each part from the ends to the root in order to achieve the perfect look for your TWA.
You can as well get a well tapered look for your TWA.
Teeny Weeny Afro(TWA)
* A Pony
A pony with slick edges for your beautiful natural hair can never go wrong for the corporate look. Depending on how much mane you’ve got on you could either pull off a high pony or the regular ponytail.
One other beautiful thing about going with the pony is that you have the option to include a bun extension which comes in amazing and decent forms.
Ensure your edges are well laid and the pony held up in your desired choice to rock this look for the corporate world.
High Pony with Slick Edges
photo credit : @thisgirlisata
Bun Extension Ponytails
Oh yeah twists another easy look you can achieve for your hair and the good thing is they are pain free and very easy to maintain. It’s one of the most popular looks naturalists have in my country Ghana. It’s cost effective and it gives you the “I’m rocking -my -own -hair kinda look” if you get what I mean. Luckily for people like me who have really short hair we have the opportunity to add on some kinky extension to give us more length and volume the way we want it.
Twists (Photo Credit: HairMuse)
Well these are the four hair dos I’d recommend for a corporate appropriate look for us naturalists for now. I’m still on the discovery journey for more of them which would come in handy. And YES! I’d definitely share with you guys when I do.
I also hope you’re enjoying and making the best out of your hair journey…Have fun and catch you soon.
Written by : Kalira Tanlongo
(Writer at VivaGhana.com)
CEO of AfroMod Trends Ami Yomekpe was joined by Victoria Michaels on her journey to South Africa to Showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017. The Ghanaian brand that is currently topping the headlines recently upgraded and refurbished her shop in a new location in Oxford Street, Ghana. AfroMod is a contemporary, Ghanaian womenswear brand featuring ready-to-wear afro-fusion outfits and luxury bespoke garments.
The young Ghanaian fashion entrepreneur is set to shock audiences at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 with her A/W collection ‘The African Gatsby’.
According to the brand “The collection represents the imagination of an African Gatsby party full of luxury, glamor and splendor set in the 1920’s but with a modern African twist. The 1920s was a time of great changes in the world of fashion for women. There was an introduction of new styles, designers, and perspectives. With this new feeling of power, fashion became a high priority of the majority of women during the time. This era redefined womanhood and, in appearance at least, bridged the gap between rich and middle class women.”
Her vision with this collection is to showcase a glamorous African woman in luxurious afro-fusion garments inspired by the Great Gatsby. With African inspired fabrics from Printex Limited, this collection shows the beauty of the feminine form with details to project its luxurious feel.
Award-winning Ghanaian author Elizabeth-Irene Baitie will this weekend mount the stage to delight book lovers as the latest guest reader of the DAkpabli Public Reading Campaign. The University of Ghana, Legon Campus edition event is dubbed ‘’Tickling Legon with Nsempiisms’’ and takes place on Saturday March 25th at the Alumni Centre, Ecobank Legon.
Baitie is expected to feature along the regular stars Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli in their first readathon of this second quarter. A medical laboratory director as well as mother of three children, she lives in Accra with her husband Rami. Awards she has won for her novels includes the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Burt Award for African Literature.
The guest reader is expected to thrill the university audience with readings from her works such as A Saint in Brown Sandals, The Twelfth Heart, The Dorm Challenge and Rattling in the Closet.
Ahead of the event, students and lecturers alike are excited to catch the National Readathon train in their own backyard.
“We are going to be there in our numbers,” said Dr. Mawuli Adjei, a Senior Lecturer at the English department. “A year ago, I was among the participants at their public reading at East Legon and it was an evening of laughter and learning.”
According to Marie-Franz Nyameke Fordjoe, a Level 400 Political Science student and hostess of the literary program Read A Book on Radio Univers, the event on Legon campus has been long overdue. “I cannot believe that the DAkpabli Readathon passed us by and visited KNUST last September. I also cannot wait to see their new guest reader, Elizabeth-Irene”.
The DAkpabli Readathon promotes book reading for pleasure as well as local authorship. Besides holding public reading events within Accra, the team has also gone to Kumasi, Ho and Tema. The Readathon campaign by the two authors has received local and international press coverage with ChinAfrican magazine doing a special feature on them in their January edition for 2017.
Between them, the two Ghanaian authors have published 12 books. Nana Damoah has recently been voted ‘Author of the Month’ by KWEE, a Liberian Literary magazine, while Kofi Akpabli’s latest work ‘Made In Nima’ has won a place in an African anthology featuring writers from 14 countries which was published by the Commonwealth in London.
In their readings so far, the two have received sponsorship from THREADEX, Aky3de3, MTN, Unicorn Rentals, WearGhana, Norte Sobolo, Lincar, Sasa Clothing, Fali’s Fruit Bay and AJ’s Housekeeping Services.
Elizabeth-Irene Baitie becomes the third guest reader in the row, having taken over from Dr. Ruby Goka, a celebrated author and dentist. The first DAkpabli guest was Alba Sumprim, author and film producer.
During her guest reader tenure, Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is expected to star at all DAkpabli Readathon events. “Getting that phone call to come on board was such a thrill. It’s a fine opportunity, joining a laudable initiative to bring reading and writing closer to our people. I just can’t wait to start working with the team.’’
“Tickling Legon with Nsempisms” kicks off at 5:30 pm prompt.
ReggieNBollie have dropped a major hint on the much-anticipated music video for their recent single release ‘this is the life’. The duo shared the 30 seconds video teaser on Facebook with the caption “Our Official Video for ‘This Is The Life’ will be out SOOONNN!! We can’t wait for you to watch the full video. Stay Tuned!”
Glee filled with awesome pictures and graphics, the UK pop duo believe the new music video which was directed by Sesan and set to be released in few days, has the quality to bring much excitement to fans all over the world and win awards.
Check the link below to watch the teaser for ‘this is the life’ video…