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Phylis Vesta Boison Crowned Miss Malaika 2019.

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A 19-year-old university student, Phylis Vesta Boison, has been crowned the 2019 Miss Maliaka queen.

The newly-crowned beauty queen, who is also a third-year accounting student at the University of Ghana, battled it out with nine other ladies to win a cash prize and a brand new car.

The finale of the Miss Maliaka pageant took place at the National Theatre on Saturday, November 2.

Mbord Astanga and Habiba Bint-Abdallah were announced as the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Miss Malaika
Phylis (middle), Habiba (right) and Mbord (left)

These queens and seven other ladies before the grand finale on Saturday, for weeks, were taken through rigorous grooming sessions (entrepreneurship, communication skills, personal outlook and others), projects and survived evictions to prove their worth as the next Miss Malaika queen.

As part of their project the ladies raised over GH₵12,000 and donated it to children with Congenital anomalies (structural or functional defects that occur during intrauterine life and are present at birth) and Preterm babies( babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital.

On the finale, 10 contestants battled it out as they shared the humanitarian projects they have designed to embark on if they win the crown.

The judges, Kojo Jones, Naa Ashorkor, Jocelyn Dumas, Claudia Lumor and James Gardiner watched keenly as the 10 finalists took turns to share their ideas and answer questions thrown at them, for the cash prize, the car and the very enviable Miss Malaika Ghana crown.

Miss Malaika 2019

One contestant called Fynnba was announced the winner of the talent hunt. She was one of three delegates shortlisted to compete for this award.

Mbord, the first runner-up was also voted by the delegates as Miss Congeniality. This award was given to the delegate who was fun to be with.

Miss Malaika 2019

The delegates were later cut down to the final five, which consisted of Mbord, Phylis, Alma, Habiba and Kimberly.

Artistes who performed at the event included Dope Nation, Kelvynboy, Adina, Medikal and Kuami Eugene.

(Source: myjoyonline.com)

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African Creatives To Be Celebrated Through FestivalAFRICANA

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The talents of African creatives will be magnified through a series of programming by Pittsburgh-based FashionAFRICANA. They have teamed up with Paris, France-based retail company MoonLook to present the inaugural FestivalAFRICANA. Their aim is to give audiences an up-close-and-personal look at African culture through fashion and design.

The first installment of the four-part event series, which will continue into 2021, takes place in a virtual format this weekend, Oct. 17-18 at FestivalAFRICANA.com. The plan is for future FestivalAFRICANA events to be held in person when it’s safe to gather in large groups again.

FestivalAFRICANA is spearheaded by three Black women from Africa and the African diaspora. There is Demeatria Boccella, a global philanthropy professional and founder of Pittsburgh-based FashionAFRICANA; Nelly Wandji, a Paris-based Cameroonian producer, gallerist and branding/retail specialist; and Saran Koly, a London-based Pan-African multi-faceted artist, writer, and creative director. 
“My prime goal as a cultural entrepreneur has always been to create a safe place for interactions between nations and continents because when we share our culture and creativity with others, we celebrate our authenticity as storytellers and solidify our singularities,” says Wandji in a press release. “That is exactly my summary for our selection of these creatives. They are part of global conversations, yet they remain authentic and proud of their heritage, traditions, and they revive centuries-old know-hows into the DNA of their brands.”
For the first virtual installment, attendees can expect to see the premiere of There is No Place Like Home, a fashion editorial short film showcasing the best established and emerging Ghanaian designers, hear conversations focused on Black women shaping the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries, enjoy a live performance by Ghanaian artist and singer, Worlasi, and take part in master classes in African dance, among other things.

“The late playwright, August Wilson, taught us, ‘There is an Africa in each of us that we have to get in touch with to understand our relationship to this society.’ This festival is a celebration of that individual and collective journey, and all African creatives and creativity,” says Boccella. “My journey back to self has been fed by the beauty and vibrancy of the Diaspora, especially the union of fashion and art. I grow a little each day by sharing that union with the world, and I would like to continue connecting to culture through design.”
Registration is free and open now at FestivalAFRICANA.com.

source: pghcitypaper.com

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Manju Journal And A Vibe Called Tech’s Latest Collaboration With Gucci Is A Vivid Celebration Of Ghanaian Culture

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“The current youth in Ghana – a lot of the guys – already have bags like that,” says fashion stylist Kusi Kubi, speaking of Gucci’s Jackie 1961 bag. Together with Richmond Orlando Mensah of Manju Journal, a celebratory platform dedicated to elevating the work of African creatives, and Charlene Prempeh’s agency A Vibe Called Tech, Kubi was asked to collaborate with the Italian brand and reimagine the famed Jackie. A series of wonderfully bright portraits comprise the project, alongside a film that outlines the concept.

After working as a freelance stylist and brand consultant for several publications and clients, in addition to projects with Skepta, Labrinth and Calvin Klein, Kubi was appointed Manju Journal’s fashion director. Talk of the collaboration began back in February, when Kubi was discussing future projects while staying in Ghana.

Charlene got in touch via email about an exciting opportunity, but didn’t mention the brand at first. “The brief was really nice because obviously it was all about the Jackie 1961 redesign and the whole concept of the bag was a genderless fluid attitude, so we thought this fitted really well with Ghanaian culture,” Kubi remarks.

He is referring to the fact that Alessandro Michele’s reimagined Jackie 1961 bag made its debut on the runway of his combined menswear and womenswear autumn/winter 2020 show. “It transcends the classical categorisations of accessories thanks to its non-binary attitude. Smaller in size than the original, the bag is present in the house’s fashion shows combined with suits, grunge outfits and clothing of reduced proportions,” Michele said after the show.

Entitled “We Are All They”, the visuals explore gender fluidity in Ghanaian culture. “I speak two dialects: Twi and Ga. There is no ‘he’ or ‘she,’ everyone is ‘they’,” Kubi tells British Vogue. Keen to portray the Jackie in a new light, Kubi assembled an all-Ghanian team in Accra to showcase the beauty of male intimacy seen in everyday life. A Vibe Called Tech brought everyone together – photographer David Nana Opoku Ansah captured the vibrant imagery, Orlando Mensah masterminded the art direction and Kubi was in charge of the direction of the film and styling.

Multiple locations featured throughout, including Jamestown – one of the oldest districts in Accra – and the capital city itself. “It’s nice to show and shoot it in that kind of location with so much history; we’re adding more history to it.”

source: vogue.co.uk

Alessandro Michele – Designer

Kusi Kubi – Fashion Editor/ Stylist

Bedzo Seth – Model

Mumin Jangani – Model

Quaye Dennis – Model

Brand – Gucci

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$pacely Brings Us MerchMania 2020

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The second edition of the MerchMania Concert is scheduled to be held in November 2020. This year’s MerchMania event was announced at a media meet-up organized to re-introduce one of the leading members from La Meme Gang, $pacely. This year’s event is dubbed: “Welcome To The Jungle” and is organized in collaboration with UK based nightlife and fashion clique Rilla Party. The whole concept is to bring together merch designers to showcase their merch and sell them amidst good music and mouth-watering foods. Merch Mania has come to stay and it will be organized yearly. this year’s event will be held at Backyard on November 28th.

Merch Mania

$pacely is now head honcho of the Labadi Music group and during the meet-up, he opened up about his plans amongst other things at the recently held $pace Connect media meet-up.

Organized by the Labadi Music crew, the event took place at the BBnz Live Bar on Sunday 4th October 2020, between the hours of 4 pm to 8 pm. $pace Connect was hosted by YFM’s MC Kojo Manuel and Coke, with iCharles DJ on the turntable.

The goal of the $pace Connect media meet-up was to re-introduce $pacely to the media not just as a solo artist, but also as the front runner of Labadi Music. As such $pacely introduced us to his Labadi Music label mates: Dani Draco, Jay Cliff, Shabazz, and Asi Renie; along with label affiliates, producer Moor Sound and rapper Almighty Trei, amongst other crew members. $pacely also took time to answer various questions from the media and the guests in attendance.

Aside from being treated to exclusive content, members of the media were more importantly briefed about the plans of $pacely and his crew. Notable mentions in this regard include: plans of a Labadi Music all-star project; an impending La Meme Gang project; and a follow-up to $pacely’s well-received debut solo project “Finnesse Or Be Finnessed”.

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Stylish Looks Served By Ex BBNaija Housemates

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It has been some weeks after the Big Brother Naija season 5 lockdown edition ended and ex-housemates are still trending because of their fashion sense outside the house. It was evident in the house that most of these housemates effortlessly ‘slayed’ in the BBNaija house especially on Saturday nights. Now that they are out of the house getting contracts and making names for themselves, they are still serving their fans with back-to-back fashionable looks.

Here are some breathtaking pictures from these housemates after the reality show.

Prince Nelson
Nengi
Ozo
Erica Nlewidem
Wathoni

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