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ByFaith Nthabiseng

MIRROR ON THE WALL: THE UNTOLD TRUTHS OF A MODEL.

A few years ago a little girl appears into a world of vanity. Unknown to her, she becomes a slave to the spotlight.

She never asks for any of it, just like every other slave. As the years go by, she learns to cope with the constant beauty compliment, which seems surreal.

She finds her“new reality” overwhelming, but all she wants is to be herself. At first, she hardly considers posing vaguely in front of a camera, because the thought of it appeared quite cliché. 

Above all, her parents disapproved the idea, especially her father. In fact, he believes “modeling is a facade built for young women with no future”. 

One day, a trial “hour of fun” ignites something in her.

She easily “nails it”, and it felt just like home. She could also feel the peace of mind and the escape from reality. The rest is history. 

Soon after, her friends start to ask, what now, why do you do it? “This is what I love to do”, she replies.

Beyond the passion, she envies the impact and influence she has on other young girls.  She is humbled knowing that someone out there looks up to her. 

Faith Nthabiseng
Faith Nthabiseng
Photo credit: Justice Hubane


Faith Nthabiseng
Photo credit: Path Images

A few minutes of fame is a prerequisite of being a model.

But sadly, there are more vices than virtues. The industry is very competitive, and this makes her low self-esteem inevitable.  She’s either trying to fit in or match the “desired look”.

Presently, there’s a continuous struggle going on inside her, but she’s learning to love all her flaws. 

Unfortunately, our society has its opinion of “beauty without a brain”.This stereotype propels her to prove to her parents that beauty and brains can coexist.

Meanwhile, this industry makes people do some unspeakable things to become famous, but she tries not to compromise her beliefs. 

There are no hard feelings, but she has always been a modest girl from her childhood days. So it became a part of her.

In conclusion, it takes forever before she starts getting recognition.

In other words, modeling is not as luxurious as it seems from the outside.  It is not a smooth sail.

But regardless of the challenges ahead, she will never lose faith. I AM SHE! 

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Photo credit(s): Groovygc, Path Images (@pathimages), Justice Hubane.

ByVahvell

20 FASHION MISTAKES EVERY MAN SHOULD AVOID.

Edith Head once said, “You can get anything in life if you dress for it”. A man’s style introduces him even before he starts to speak. The fashion rules we have listed below are not meant to be broken….well, except you’re Mr Bean.

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DISCLAIMER! The photos in this article are use for explanatory purposes and not intended to discriminate anybody.

ByVahvell

FOUR FASHION TIPS LADIES SHOULDN’T IGNORE!

Every woman does a lot of experiment with dresses. a woman will literally try everything and wear everything. As a woman, we feel our style should be versatile. We want to wear short skirts, trendy dresses, pants, or even denim jackets. Don’t worry about your body type, feel free to wear what suits your body.

No matter what your sense of style is, if you adhere to these four tips you will surely stand out anywhere, anytime.

TIP 1: CHECK OUT THE REAR VIEW
Fashion is all about looking classy and stylish. In order to look cool, your dress must match your body shape and size, this is what fashion is all about. Don’t be in a hurry to leave your house.

You will never have a second chance to make a first impression. Your mirror ain’t for fancy so why leave the house without admiring the girl in the mirror? Always have a mental picture of what you look like from every angle, most especially the rear view. When you’re sure that all is set, then you’re ready to hit the road.

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TIP 2: DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY AND NOT AGE
Most ladies have this misconception that getting older means they have to change their dressing style, this is absolutely false. Why must you stop wearing shorts just because you think your legs have toned enough for shorts, for instance. If you’ve got nice legs or cleavage to reveal, why hide them? Don’t fall into the trap of age. Always dress according to your body type.

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TIP 3: USE BRIGHT ACCESSORIES
Surprisingly, most young ladies have their wardrobe filled with light coloured clothes. If you fall under this category, simply complement your outfits with brilliant shades of yellow, green, blue and even red satchel and shoes. When it comes to bags, black is never the ultimate choice.

Make sure you experiment with colours and try wearing a neutral base with a bag and shoes in two different bright complementary colours.

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TIP 4: EXPOSE BODY PARTS STRATEGICALLY
If you must really look sexy, then you should know what to reveal and what to keep under the wraps. If you expose way too much, what’s left for the viewers?

To get that stunning look, reveal just one of your body parts, and then show it off. This has been advised by Jen Rade, who is the stylist to Angelina Jolie. She says if it’s your legs, cover the torso, and if it’s the cleavage then don’t reveal the legs.

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ByVahvell

CELEBRATING “THE YEAR OF RETURN” IN GHANA

The Year of Return is a global campaign which commemorates 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. Ghana played a pivotal role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Relics from that era of darkness are scattered all over the nation formerly called Gold coast. A visit to the slave dungeons and castles will leave you pondering, obviously.

The struggle for independence and unwanted colonialization for Ghana was set in motion by the man who was indeed ready to die for this cause, Dr Kwame Nkrumah. This man was very passionate about Black liberation movement and made it his life’s goal.

In 1960, Ghana became absolutely sovereign when it became a republic. Ghana also became the first African country to commemorate emancipation day alongside the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST)

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In September 2018, “THE YEAR OF RETURN” was formally declared by President Nana Akufo-Addo in Washington DC. This means Ghana has opened its doors wider to receive the multitude of people who intend to return to participate in the celebrations. Thousands of diasporans are expected to troop in on a daily basis this year.

Why Should I return?
First of all, Ghanaians are generally very friendly and hospitable people and “THE YEAR OF RETURN” is a perfect platform for Africans in the diaspora to embark on a (cultural) pilgrimage to discover or trace their ancestral roots.

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Ghana is a major host to several visitors of African descent who are visiting the continent for the first time. In 2009 the first Black President of the United States of America, Barack Obama came into the country on his first visit to Africa shortly after his inauguration in 2008.

The coastal parts have well known historic sites which also acts as reminders of our heritage. Ghana is blessed with one of the best coastline tourists attractions in Africa. Ghana can also boast one of the most diverse wildlife in the world. Mind-blowing national parks and

botanical gardens can be found in all the major regions in Ghana. Highly maintained beaches, waterfalls, lakes and rivers will leave you with amazing memories when you visit.

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All manner of artefacts and statues can be sighted while moving around the urban areas. You can easily purchase the signature Kente fabric which portrays the unique creativity of the Ghanaians from roadside stores.

Kente became more popular when the Congressional Black Caucus of the US Congress were spotted wearing it in a protest, during President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

The capital city, Accra has a balanced fusion of classic and modern nightlife joints (popularly called pubs), especially within major urban centres.

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In Ghana you will hear some of the most relaxing songs in the world; Even when in transit, African Highlife music is always on airplay to keep visitors thrilled. Ghana has a good number of great acts like Kojo Antwi, Kofi kinata, Osibisa Band, Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede, Rocky Dawuni, Bisa Kdei, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Samini, Shatta Wale, Fuse ODG and many others.

Finally, a visit to major markets in Accra like Kaneshie, Makola or Okaishie markets will give you a better insight into the business side of the average Ghanaian. Kumasi, which is the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and also the second largest city has very large markets. Kumasi is about 3 hours from the capital city, Accra.

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Indeed there are many reasons why you should be in Ghana in 2019. Ghanaian festivals are platforms to showcase the rich culture of the people. On average, a minimum of two festivals is being celebrated at different regions of the country throughout the entire year, that are worth seeing. Peak festival periods, however, are between July and November.

Africans in the diaspora should take advantage of this golden opportunity to come home to be part of a worldwide African Renaissance.

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Reference(s): visitghana.com www.un.org. yearofreturn.com

ByVahvell

“WE INTRODUCED THE PRE-ORDER SYSTEM FOR WAAKYE IN GHANA” – WAAKYE GUYGUY

Even in hard economic times, people will surely be hungry for good food. Being a chef comes with a lot of responsibilities, although it can also be extremely rewarding and fulfilling in the near future. Our spotlight at the moment is on a very innovative individual. He owns a fast-growing food brand, here in Accra. Read the full interview below.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Remy-Tay Christopher, I am a project management graduate and I also run a food brand (WAAKYE GUYGUY). I am very open-minded.

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When did you start your brand?
I started Waakye guyguy in July 2017 after I decided to work from home. I literally converted my office into a kitchen.

What do you love about cooking?
I’m not really a cook. I started cooking when I recently decided to be the brain behind my brand. I’d say cooking improves one’s intuition.

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What would you be if you weren’t a chef today?
I’ll definitely be doing brand consultancy because I like to build and develop brands.

What is unique about your brand?
Waakye guyguy introduced the pre-order system for waakye, here in Accra, Ghana. At Waakye guyguy, we always ensure that every customer gets more value for every single pack of food ordered.

What are your major challenges running your brand?
Most times we face challenges from our service providers, especially our delivery system. We are always upgrading our strategies and we have rapidly improved recently.

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What is your favourite food?
My favourite food is Waakye.

Who inspires you the most?
My God-father, Mr Darkwah. He’s successful a businessman who is still grinding, even in old age.

Please check us out on Instagram @guyguyfoods and don’t forget that you can also place your orders via DM.

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ByVahvell

5 GHANAIAN FOODS EVERY VISITOR SHOULD TRY – TROTRO CHEF

Most people who have a strong passion for cooking or baking eventually turn their passion into their profession. You are you likely to visit a new restaurant when ever you visit a new place and you would agree with me that without a chef, these fast foods/restaurants can’t function.

Our spotlight at the moment is on a renowned chef who has a strong passion for cooking and prepares a wide variety of Ghanaian foods you need check out when you visit Accra…Check out this amazing interview we had with him.

Tell us about yourself.

Name is Mahmoud Adeleke, I am from Tumu in the Upper West Region, Ghana. I am the eldest of 3 siblings. I am a free thinker and an avid reader and I love Hip hop and dance hall music. My other hobbies are playing basketball and skating.  

When did you start your brand?

I started my brand In 2016.

What do you love about cooking?

Well, cooking is a medium I use to showcase my creativity. Being a chef means I always get to improvise and also keep up with the trend.

What would you have become if you weren’t a chef today?

I would have been a rapper. I had a brief rap career while in school,  my rap name was ‘MOODY BRAYNE’. My passion for music was as a result of the inspiration I got from my cousins @blitzambasador and @baza_gh.

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What are your career goals in the food industry?

Promoting my brand to reach a global audience and to become a household name in the cooking and lifestyle industry,

In your opinion, tell us 5 Ghanaian foods every visitor should try out.

  • Waakye,
  • Tuo zaafi,
  • Fufu,
  • Kenkey with fish and
  • Ampesi

What is your major challenge, running your brand?

I’d say getting take off capital and high tax rates are the major challenges for young entrepreneurs like myself.

What is your favorite food?

Banku with Tilapia and green chilli sauce.

Who inspires you the most?

My grandmother, her name is Margaret and I even got her name tatted on my wrist.

You can link up with me via my Instagram page  @trotro_chef

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ByVahvell

Wake Up To A Brand New Look At ColoursandBlendz.

Everyone is beautiful, but a bit of red lipstick can do the magic for you. Tyra Banks was quoted to have said: “I love the confidence that makeup gives me.”
When most ladies feel the need to appear more competent, they wear makeup. Makeup can be time-consuming, but a bit of it can help you connect easily with other women even if you don’t feel like it.

At the moment our spotlight is on Port Harcourt’s finest makeup artist. Indeed, She got the Midas touch when it comes to makeup. Top beauty queens in the garden city give her accolades for her “makeup magic”. Keep scrolling to know what she has to reveal.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Sandra, I am the CEO of a makeup brand called ColoursandBlendz artistry.

MUA : ColoursandBlendz

What do you love about makeup?
Makeup is art and I love art.

When did you start your brand?
I started my makeup brand in 2016.

Why did you go into makeup business?
I have a strong passion for it. Makeup enhances my creativity.

What is unique about your brand?
At ColoursandBlendz, we strive to retain our client’s original beauty while giving them a different look entirely.

What is your biggest challenge of running a makeup brand?
Well, striving to meet up with the trends in the makeup industry is a major challenge. The world is changing rapidly and that requires me to always step up.

MUA : ColoursandBlendz

What is your favourite colour?
I love white and black colours

Who is your role model?
My Dad.

Who’s your favorite makeup artist?
For now, I don’t I have a “best”.

Who inspires you the most?
My Aunt, she is the CEO of Chrisbeth Beauty World, here in Port-Harcourt.

Don’t hesitate to check out the Instagram page of @coloursandblendz if you wish to see more amazing photos.

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ByVahvell

THE ROAD TO STARDOM: 3 TIPS FOR BEGINNER MODELS.

As an aspiring top model, knowing these few tips will give you a boost up the ladder of your career. An Instagram model is not a model. There are principles to abide by if you really want to become a Top Model. Have you noticed that Famous brands like YSL, PRADA, MOSCHINO always work with certain models, like Adut Akech. Every top model knows these tips I’m about to share with you.

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#1 TIP: Who’s my favourite model?
Every model must have a role model in the industry. Having someone to study is the very first step you should take as a model. Observe your favourite models closely by watching their youtube videos or Instagram stories.

Look out for details like the way they tilt or turn their head, watch their countenance during their runway walk or portrait shoots. If you follow up on your favourite models, you can easily see minor flaws and avoid the mistakes they make.

#2: Where’s my Z-card?
Your composite (or Z) card is like your portable resume as a model. It contains at least two recent snapshots of you. One of the photos should be cropped from the neck up, This is referred to as a beauty shot.

I recommend you take these snapshots in black and white. Always take your Z-card along with you, like your house key. As a model, being prepared and up-to-date gives you a higher chance of hitting the big screen.

#3: Who are the stakeholders?
As a model, you need to get familiar with fashion designers, photographers, model scouts and so on. Do a little research on the key players in the industry. Read a couple of books written by previous A-list models. Knowing a bit of every everything also makes it easier to connect with new people.

In our next post, I’ll be sharing more useful tips.

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ByVahvell

THE COLOURFUL UMBRELLAS FROM ABULOMA TO ELEKAHIA

One question you’d ask the moment you arrive at a new destination for the first time would be,..what can I eat here? After which you’d probably proceed to ask the locals or a friend to recommend a meal. In Port-Harcourt, the atmosphere in most places can give you goosebumps. The city is basically known for it’s high consumption of fresh fish. Oh, I didn’t mention earlier, Port-Harcourt is a coastal city.

The roasted ripe plantain famously known as Bole and Icefish (mackerel) is second to no other in this part of the world. If you reside in Port-Harcourt you’ll notice that various parts of the city are known for one major thing, like Garrison is known for phone and computer sales/repairs.

Photo: Bole Festival 2018

If you do a driveby from Abuloma to Elekahia, you’ll be excited by the colourful umbrellas with women holding hand fans in front smoking black pots dripping with palm oil. The aroma of the peppery sauce alone will make you crave for Bole. For people born and raised in Port-Harcourt, it might not be a new experience.

Bole is so influential that even wealthy residents literally come with their own takeaway plates also known asone for the road”. This very popular road-side meal can be easily packaged with newspaper just in case you’re in a hurry. Somehow, Port-Harcourt has been branded as the city of food lovers.

Photo: Bole Festival 2018

In 2018 alone about 7 major “food themed” events took place within two months in the city. On the of 4th August 2018, history was made when the biggest outdoor food hangout in the Niger Delta region held in Port-Harcourt. If you guessed BOLE FESTIVAL, you are absolutely right.

Bole Festival “The Reunion” brought over 1,500 persons together to showcase and promote the uniqueness and preparation of Bole and well spiced roasted fish. The event indeed proved that “Port-Harcourt is the Bole capital of Nigeria”.

Photo: Bole Festival 2018

Finally, I have a piece of candid advice for you. Don’t try to ever replicate this road-side meal at home. It’s called “street food” for a reason and your nicely packaged kitchen might even take away the original taste.

Your trip to Port-Harcourt can’t be complete without tasting the goodness of Bole, together with well-spiced fish and of course the symbolic peppery sauce. The pepper alone in the sauce is enough to clear your doubt.

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