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Spotlight: Ayisha Awudu Ali of Shaaliwud

Spotlight: Ayisha Awudu Ali of Shaaliwud

Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: Shaaliwud uses Northern textiles to make clothes and accessories for today's market including clutches, shirts, bow-ties, neckties, back packs, side bags (laptop bags), skirts, etc. Over the years, we've tried to make the Northern textiles simple, easy to wear and more attractive.

Spotlight: Maajoa Asabea Yeboah of Asabea Ayisi

Spotlight: Maajoa Asabea Yeboah of Asabea Ayisi

Tell us a bit more about your company: Asabea Ayisi produces fashion accessories including bags, purses, necklaces, capes, and slippers for both the local & international markets. The Asabea Ayisi brand also trains women professionally in the accessory-making craft. 

The Asabea Ayisi Brand was recently listed as part of the 2017 Ghana Start-Up Awards Club 100.

Spotlight: Nana Kyei Abankwah of Wear Nation

Spotlight: Nana Kyei Abankwah of Wear Nation

How did you start your company?: I thought of how to blend urban and African designs to make a clothing line. I had my last national service allowance as start up capital so basically that's how it started.

Spotlight: Emma Maame Efua Tandoh of Love Ankara Limited

Spotlight: Emma Maame Efua Tandoh of Love Ankara Limited

Tell us a bit more about your company: In Africa, cloth, ntoma, ankara, or kitenge, is a way of life. Our fabrics provide livelihood. Our fabrics nurture, speak, & tell stories....Love Ankara is about re-defining what authentic African fabric is.

Our brand is a retail, footwear and accessories brand that seeks to promote authentic African prints, empower women and preserve our local textile industries. Love Ankara's footwear and accessories are worn by powerful, outspoken, daring and empowered women world over... Women who are not afraid to be authentic, to be true to who they are!

Spotlight: Stephen Baffour of Baffs Handmade

Spotlight: Stephen Baffour of Baffs Handmade

Tell us a bit more about your company: Baffs Handmade deals in the production and manufacturing of handmade products such as shoes, bags, belts, purses etc. Our products are made on pre-orders and it takes approximately ten days to finish a product depending on the order. Products are neatly packaged and we deliver throughout the country and beyond.

Spotlight: Maisha Abdul-Rahman of Maisha Abdul

Spotlight: Maisha Abdul-Rahman of Maisha Abdul

How did you get started in your field?: Well, I moved to Montreal about three years ago to pursue my Masters degree in civil engineering. When I arrived, I realized that people aren't as warm as back home so I had difficulty in socializing and making friends. People don't really talk to each other on the streets, etc. 

So, I purchased a sewing a machine with the hopes of passing time and curing boredom. YouTube was  a very helpful tool in setting up and learning the basics. I eventually started making my own outfits and then, gradually, people started requesting that I make them outfits. That's how I started Maisha Abdul!

Spotlight: Bernett Brako Asiamah of Bello Couture GH

Spotlight: Bernett Brako Asiamah of Bello Couture GH

What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Must be trustworthy!

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: They should be passionate and ready to endure...

Spotlight: Helena Annor-Antwi of Helena S

Spotlight: Helena Annor-Antwi of Helena S

Tell us a bit more about your company: Helena S, is inspired by the modern day woman who is simple, yet sophisticated enough to appreciate style. In our ever changing world where even banks go to clients to get them on-board, we at Helena S have also developed a strategy where we go to clients to take their measurements and fabrics and also do fittings and then deliveries. Packaging and attention to minor details goes a long way, and to us, we believe the customer is always right.

Spotlight: David Dapaah of Discarded Visions Clothing

Spotlight: David Dapaah of Discarded Visions Clothing

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: The creative side of mine was never formed through the education I received in high school or college or university.

I grew up in Japan from the age of 4 until 10 and while I was living in Japan, I fell in love with sketching anime characters. At the age of 8, I had began to create characters of my own from scratch. Me and my younger brother began to make manga stories from scratch for ourselves. 

When I moved to Canada, I quickly got into dancing. I was in a street group performing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and multiple other venues throughout high school. At the same time, I was singing with my church choir, composing songs with my older brother because he was a professional pianist in the making.

This is all to say that I fell in love with many types of artistry at a young age and those were the things that I did for fun. Content creating, dance, and music. Sooner than later, I got into photography as an amateur but every initiative I jumped into has aided me in who I am today. I simply learned to envision something, think hard on how to make it happen and I am still currently in the process of making it happen. 

Spotlight: Nana Akosua Adjoo Mintah of Slay Africa

Spotlight: Nana Akosua Adjoo Mintah of Slay Africa

Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: SLAY AFRICA was started in 2016. We are fully Ghanaian owned lifestyle accessories brand.

Our vision is just to take everyone on an exciting and interesting journey through the designs we put out there. We believe by making people look good, they eventually feel good about themselves. 

Great quality, feel - good coloured socks are our core product but we have recently added cuff-links and should be adding – on a few more line before the year ends. Today, our accessories are sold in Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia and have been worn by and showcased by everyday people and celebrities as well.

Spotlight: Steve French Oduro of Steve French

Spotlight: Steve French Oduro of Steve French

How did you get started in your field?: Drawing came about for me when I was a young boy of eight years. In the early 2000s, I started drawing cartoon characters which later developed as I paid closer attention to the characters' outfits. I started designing clothes at age 10 for friends and family. Not too long after that, I developed the avant garde aesthetic, and school desks, walls, dusty car windows and textbooks became my canvases for sketching captivating designs.