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Future of Ghana 2015 Top 30 Under 30

Still can’t believe this if I’m honest but I’ve been chosen as one of Future of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30!

“The publication showcases and celebrates excellence by recognising the exceptional talent of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 Pioneers leading in industries globally.

The publication is endorsed by prominent business leaders & government, highlighting inspirational role models and showcasing outstanding thought leaders and organisations. The publication transcends stereotypes, highlighting the unsung contributions future leaders and organisations are making to the Ghanaian and global economies.”

The Voice Newspaper also published an excellent article on the project.

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It’s such an honour to be selected for this, have a read of the publication by clicking the picture below and please do support what the founders of the publication are doing, it’s truly amazing!

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My Sound Crush – Adore You by Nao

It’s been a while, right!?

I heard Nao on DJ Target’s Homegrown show on BBC 1xtra this Sunday, and I immediately had to question what my ears had been doing without this girl! Her five-track EP, So Good is ridiculously strong.

Below is my favourite track, Adore You. Have a listen and check out the other tracks on her soundcloud page – https://soundcloud.com/thisnao

With Love, Afua x


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Artsy and 1: 54 Contemporary African Art Fair

I recently received an email inviting me to access London’s Contemporary African Art Fair online. I was really excited to hear about it, and as expected, there are some really phenomenal pieces in the fair. Click here to browse the artwork and read the official press release below.

Artsy and 1:54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing the fair—Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, now in its second year in London—online to a global audience. Artsy, the premier online resource for browsing the world’s most influential art fairs offers collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the fair, collect works from exhibiting galleries, and access exclusive editorial content including ‘Insider Picks’ on Artsy.net or the Artsyapp for iPhone.

This year, 1:54  has doubled in size, taking over both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in London. It will once again provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art from 16 to 19 October 2014 . The fair is accompanied by a critical conversations series comprising of lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field.

I challenged myself to choose three favourite pieces. As hard as it was, here they are!

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Lakin Ogunbanwo, Untitled (Flowers II)

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Gary Stephens, Precious

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Wayne Barker, Mademoiselle

The fair is open from today until October 19th in Somerset House, London. Click here to visit the fair’s facebook page.


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My Sound Crush – Heaven Knows by Kristyna Myles

Absolutely loving this stripped-down version of Heaven Knows by Kristyna Myles! It’s so nice to see a young artist pushing such a positive message, and I was really happy to hear that she has been nominated for the Best Gospel Act award at this year’s Mobo’s.

Her management recently got in touch with me to gain my support, and obviously I was more than happy to help. Have a read of the press release below.

With love, Afua x

We are happy to announce that MOBO Award Nominee Kristyna Myles who’s up for Best Gospel Act at this years MOBOs just launched her pledge music campaign to fund her new album “Paint A Brighter Day”

The soulful songstress who has opened for the likes of Will Young & Lisa Stansfield and whose music has been described as ‘Absolutely Stunning’ by Paul Weller is embarking on a Pledge Music Campaign, encouraging fans to see the brighter side of life for the 60 day duration and beyond.

You can find more information on her pledge music page http://pledgemusic.com/projects/kristynamyles.

You can also download the full press-release by clicking here

Here’s a link to watch her performance on BBC One with a brand new song entitled ‘Heaven Knows’ recently played on BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour.

http://youtu.be/UwerUI0N2A8

You can also check out her latest video ‘Just Three Little Words’ which has been recently named Best Inspirational Song of 2014 by Gospel Touch Music Awards. 

http://youtu.be/PrH8mXi0cQo


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Friday Born’s 2014 Donation

So just for those who don’t know, I started Friday Born Designs in 2012 to raise money for Bless the Children International Home, and I go there once a year to donate the profits from all Friday Born sales. My blog post on last year’s donation explains how it all started –> click hereeee.

Last year, the Reverand who runs the orphanage told me about how they had been having trouble with their water supply, so the majority of 2013’s donation money went towards buying the orphanage a water tank. We hoped that when the central water supply was on, the tank would fill up so that even when the central water supply was shut off, they would still have a consistent flow of water. Unfortunately, the central water supply is so poor that the tank was rarely full.

Soooo, my mum came up with the idea of fitting a bore hole. For those who don’t know what a bore hole is, you basically attack the ground until you find a source of water and then connect it all up so it goes into a water tank and then out of a tap. The water is usually really clean and fresh, sort of like their own unlimited stream of Evian mineral water.

If I’m honest, it had only been 8 months since the last donation and I had taken 2-3 months off for exams, so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to raise enough money to have it fitted. But God is faithful, and I did!

So on August 21st, my family and I went to visit them and spend the day with the kids, which is always fun. I was even featured on Ghanaian news!

Then I came back to London for uni and my parents made the arrangements for the bore hole to be fitted! It’s all working now and they’re so grateful.

So as always, I just want to thank everyone who buys Friday Born Designs items and provides support in so many little ways! Have a look at the donation video here

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With love, Afua x


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My Sound Crush – When Will I See You Again by Shakka

Shakka’s back!!!!!!!

I remember falling in love with Shakka when I saw him live at a uni event in 2011, then I went to the launch party for his EP, ‘Tribe‘ last year and that completely sealed the deal. Tribe was definitely in the ‘most played’ playlist on my iTunes for a number of months, so I’m really excited to hear he has new music coming out.

Have a listen to his new song below and see if you fall in love as deeply as I did.

With love, Afua x


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African Fashion Week London 2014

Last weekend, the fourth annual African Fashion Week London was held in Kensington Olympia.

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Caitlin Leslie of at Farfetch.com invited me along with two of my favourite African fashion/lifestyle bloggers – Mary of Pop Goes Fashion and Louisa of Afroblush. It was so nice to finally meet them, after reading their blogs for such a long time! We had VIP tickets so had the most amazing front row seats.

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Overall, I thought the fashion shows were generally impressive and the day was pretty well organised. There was a LOT of variety, and it was great to see so many different designers portray African fashion in their own unique way. As always, there was a really cool vibe and lots of really beautiful clothes and accessories for sale at the stalls.
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Check out some pics from some of the shows below x

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Eldimaa Fashion
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Akuasei
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