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Photos: Ghanaian Watchmaker Launches Global Standard Watch Brand.

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Caveman watches, a wholly owned Ghanaian watch manufacturing company launches on 12/12/18. Speaking with the CEO of Caveman and TimepieceGh, Mr Anthony Dzamefe, the recently awarded Emerging Youth Innovator at Ghana Youth Event Awards 2018, he said he chose to launch CAVEMAN on 12/12/18 because not only is it his birthday but also because the journey to get here have been filled with adversity. He therefore considers the launch as a gift to himself and to all Ghanaians and also as a reminder and assurance that if you want to, you can.

Before Caveman, there was TimepieceGh, which Mr Dzamefe started in 2015, with just GHC50. He started this company because he wanted to buy a watch and it was so expensive, but rather than just complain about how much the watch cost, it birthed a curiosity in him to delve deeper into what made quality watches so special and expensive, this led to an idea at the back of his mind that one day he will love to make watches of his own. He realized that he needed to start from somewhere though, so he begun by doing the unglamorous things, like hawking watches at car parks and the mall and in front of offices etc.

One major thing Mr Dzamefe noticed during this time was the fact that all the watches he was selling, none was manufactured in Africa nor owned by Africans, so after settling in a shop in 2017/2018, he took the next step and enrolled in an online Swiss watch making course. This led to him making handmade leather straps and also the repairing of broken-down watches from there he started making wall clocks from discarded wood. He affectionately named the clocks WOODPERKER, which has all led to 12/12/18, the unveiling of CAVEMAN.

Why CAVEMAN though? Why not something more sophisticated like all other watches? According to Mr Anthony he drew and still draws a lot of inspiration from sophisticated originality, durability, and natures presence in the works of the prehistoric caveman, and therefore decided to build a brand that will have these values and be a constant reminder for us to be limitless and achievers’ whiles keeping in touch with our origins. In short, a brand that will be known for its hand made durability and will deliver everything it promises.

CAVEMAN watches will start selling on 12/12/18, you can visit their website www.cavemanwatches.com or their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram: cavemanwatches to place your orders. The amazing part is you only make payment on delivery after carefully inspecting the product to ensure its what you ordered for.

If you want to be remembered, then your wrist need a CAVEMAN watch, CAVEMAN, BE REMEMBERED.

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29 Nigerian English Words Have Been Added To The Oxford Dictionary

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Last month, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced a new development: it would be adding 29 new “loanwords” from Nigerian vernacular to the English dictionary. The news caused excitement amongst Nigerians on Twitter after it was shared by Nigerian linguist and founder of Yorubaname.com, Kola Tubosun. According to Tubosun, new words get added to the dictionary when they “gain new currency,” which reflects how these words are being used in everyday language and not how they should be used (contrary to how many believe dictionaries function).

In the release notes, announcing the update, OED highlighted the ways in which Nigerians have put their own touch on the English language, writing:

By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language. We highlight their contributions in this month’s update of the Oxford English Dictionary, as a number of Nigerian English words make it into the dictionary for the first time.

According to the notes, most of the added phrases have been in use since the 1970s an ’80s. The list includes several words that reference transportation, such as “danfo,” the name given to Lagos’ ubiquitous yellow busses, as well as “okada” which is the term used for motorcycle taxis. Other words include “buka” (a roadside restaurant)—which Tubosun has mentioned as one of his personal faves—”mama put” which refers to the way customers select food while ordering at a buka, as well as the term “next tomorrow” which is a Nigerian synonym for “the day after tomorrow,” and one of the oldest terms in the bunch.

The news has sparked conversations around the ever-changing dynamics of language and what shapes it, ultimately shedding light on how Nigerians themselves perceive their own use of it. All in all, while many view this as cause for celebration, Tubosun believes that the championing of Nigerian languages by Nigerians first, is what’s most important.

We caught up with Tubosun to gain more insight on what this development means. Read our conversation below and see the full list of Nigerian words added to the dictionary here.

What does having these phrases added to the dictionary tell us about how Nigerian culture is being perceived globally?

It doesn’t tell us anything new about Nigeria, I’d contend. It tells us more about how the English language is growing. The OED is an English language authority, and not a Nigerian language authority. They’re looking out for English, and documenting its growth.

Some might see their inclusion as a “legitimizing” of words that might have normally been written off as “broken English” or slang in a Nigerian context. What do you think of this and what does this tell us about the power dynamics of language?

Language is dynamic. It evolves, it grows. A dictionary is not the prescriptive authority on language. Rather, it is a descriptive record of how language is used. Every word you used today used to look or mean something different two hundred or five hundred years ago. Even fifteen years ago, some words (like ‘woke’ or ‘tweet’ or ‘poke’) have acquired a different meaning. That is how language grows. So the dictionary isn’t ‘legitimizing’ anything. Rather, it’s acknowledging a reality that the language has acquired new forms.

Last year the film “Lionheart” was disqualified from oscars consideration for having “too much English dialogue,” and thus not “foreign” enough, despite a lot of English specific to Nigeria being used in the film. How does this development play into that debate, if at all? (Does the adding of Nigerian words play a role in normalizing Nigerian English outside of Nigeria, or does it further highlight that they are still in a sense “foreign?”)

I don’t know if you read my essay on this subject, where I argued that Nigerian English is already a thing, and that the only thing missing is us recognizing it, codifying it for future generations, and changing our educational syllabus to better accommodate its use. I’m still strongly of that opinion. So, while OED’s actions sort of brings exposure to these new words, I am of the strong belief that this is not what we should celebrate. We seem to always wait for foreign validation before doing the right thing. OED is looking out for English—not Nigerian English. We who have the power to make policy are those that should look out for Nigerian English. And we do this by supporting Nigerian English dictionaries and grammar, publishing literature in the language, and — most importantly—adapting our oral and written English syllabus in schools to better validate the way we speak and write. OED has added over fifty words of Nigerian English to its dictionary since the 19th century. Iroko was added in 1933. Dashiki and Oba were added in 1972 and 1982 respectively. The Oxford dictionary will keep doing its own thing. When will a Nigerian institution invest in something like what OED is doing, for our own people who use the language? That is where my interest lies.

What implications does this development have for indigenous languages?

The biggest implication is that this has empowered more Nigerians to speak Global English with more validation. This doesn’t seem to have any direct positive benefit for Nigerian languages in any significant way.

But Nigerian English — as opposed to Global English—is a Nigerian language that also needs institutional and social support, just like other Nigerian languages like Yorùbá, Ijaw, Igbo, Igbanke, Esan, etc. So, one major implication is that the Global English has once again taken the lead here. We should acknowledge it, but that’s not what we should celebrate.

What we need is for local languages to get these kinds of empowerment, and that will depend on the work we do to support them in education, governance, literature, technology, law, entertainment, etc. That’s the whole point of my work and advocacy. Nigeria is a multilingual space, but that reality is often threatened — as it is in many other parts of the world — by the dominance of global English. We can only take back some of that autonomy by empowering our own languages — including Nigerian English — to deal with modern and global challenges.

(Source: Okay Africa)

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Kojo Manuel Celebrates Asamoah Gyan & Sarkodie at True Music Africa

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If
you were not at Carbon last Saturday, 5th October then you missed a
whole lot! The event was organised by Europe’s Number One Whiskey,
Ballantines and celebrated African music on the night. The show was
headlined by King Promise, Kwesi Arthur, DarkoVibes, Kojo Manuel, DJ
Vyrusky, DJ Mic Smith and iPhone DJ.

Kojo
Manuel who was the host, wore an Asamoah Gyan jersey with his famous
number 3 written boldly at the back! This got a lot of reactions and he
was quoted on twitter saying, “..if we don’t celebrate our heroes, who
will?”, also adding”…also, we day come play!”Very impressive to have him show love to the All Time Top Scorer for the Black Stars.

Kojo
Manuel also announced mid-party, Sarkodie’s Best International Flow
award news when it had just broke out and caused a great reaction from
party lovers who jammed to back to back Sarkodie songs from DJ Mic Smith
to celebrate the win!All in all I’d say the Ghana flag was pretty high that night as his energy was one that should be commended!

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The Women’s Nike Air Max FF 720 Releases On June 20th

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Nike Sportswear has a propensity to push the boundaries of what’s possible in casual footwear, so it’s rarely surprising when they create an extremely unique product. However, it’s unquestionably safe to say that the new Air Max FF 720 for women is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

Essentially a closed-toe Air Max 720 sandal, the FF offers a cut-out upper with an ultra-simplistic lacing system in both an airy sail and a stark black colorway. Although the heel and mid foot are both left wide open, the toe box is indeed left shut to provide a more snug fit and some slight semblance of simplicity. Down below, the 720’s already-sizeable cushioning unit is made even more bulbous, thanks to it being sandwiched in between a black strobel and a chunky textured outsole that gives off slight shades of the Air Force 1. These ladies-only shoes/sandals/wearable concepts are set to debut on June 20th at retailers like atmos, so get a first look here and stay tuned for more striking designs from the Swoosh Brand’s lifestyle division as well.

Nike Air Max FF720 Wmns
Release Date: June 20th, 2019
Style Code: AO3189-001 (Black)
Style Code: AO3189-100 (Sail)

Source: SneakerNews.com

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There Is No Financial Security In Modeling – GTP Model Araba Sey

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Award winning Ghanaian engendered model, Miss Araba Sey has revealed that, contrary to assumption which is accepted to be true without verification or proof, the Ghanaian modeling industry is financially unbarred.

According to her, the modeling industry is not financially oriented explaining that, persons employed to pose for an artist, photographer, or represents a brand activates their monetary status positive as to when they pen contractual dealings with their employees.

A cross section of patrons with the assumption believes that, models and the modeling sector at large is commercially active and capable of providing their craft with encouraging funds that has the potential of easing their way of living.

Meanwhile speaking in an interview in Nigeria, the Brand Influencer, Araba Sey dismissed the notion that professionals in the industry are financially stable because they often wonder when the next pay cheque will come from.

She explained that, modeling act can’t be synchronized to monthly wages profession where as, employers are entitled to successive monthly remuneration or recompense employers for their worthy services. She added that, Models look financially attractive anytime there is a new endorsement from brands, even though it is not predestined.

However, youth activist and a philanthropist, Araba Sey revealed that, models are exposed to opportunist who try to take advantage of their desperate situation to satisfy their lustful pleasure.

The Ghanaian model urged up and coming models to establish a brand that will be a strategic advantage to their career and will embolden them with power to act effectively.

Miss Araba Sey has worked with notable and leading brands such as Ghana Textiles Printing Company Limited(GTP), Stanbic Bank, Nizoral Shampoo, Nigeria’s Superbold Magazine amongst others.

Click to watch full interview.

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