Friday, 1 August 2014

Crime: Carl Beatson Asiedu killing: £10,000 reward offered

Dated: 1-8-2014

Police hunting a man over the stabbing of a children's TV actor have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

Carl Beatson Asiedu, 19, who had appeared in CBBC's MI High, was stabbed in the heart near Club Life nightclub in Vauxhall, south London, in 2009.

Officers want to trace Jeffrey Okafor who fled to Nigeria days after the murder.

The Met Police believe Mr Okafor "delivered the fatal stab wound".
'Tragic death'
Mr Asiedu, the son of a pastor and a midwife, had been performing at the nightclub as part of a rap group on the night of his death.

Both Mr Asiedu and his friend Peter Lama were stabbed in an attack by a group of men. Mr Lama survived the knifing.

Officers think Mr Okafor left the UK on 17 August 2009, when he was seen on CCTV boarding an Air France flight at Heathrow Airport using his brother's passport.

Mr Okafor's brother, Junior, was sentenced to four years for assisting an offender after evidence in court showed he gave his passport to his brother.

Jeffrey Okafor was seen on CCTV boarding a flight at Heathrow Airport

Mr Asiedu, who had appeared in a small role in episodes of MI High, was about to start the second year of his degree at De Montfort University in Leicester in media production when he was killed.

His father John Asiedu said: "I would urge Jeffrey Okafor to do the right thing and give himself up.

"I believe there are people in Nigeria who know him but don't know who he really is."

Det Insp Alison Hepworth, of the Met Police, said Mr Okafor was probably being supported by people in the UK.

"I would appeal to those people - his friends or family - if you have in some way helped to aid his escape, now is your opportunity to do the right thing and tell us where he is," she said.

In 2011, Junior Ademujimi-Falade, of Camberwell, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison, while Bolaji Kako-Are and Abu Mansaray were convicted of violent disorder and jailed for three years each.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Ama K Abebrese Foundation presents 'I love my natural skintone' Campaign

'I Love my Natural Skintone'. Say NO to skin bleaching/skin toning campaign.

Loving the skin I'm in. Loving my dark skin, embracing the beautiful chocolate hue that God blessed me with. He made no mistakes with my skin.

My black is indeed beautiful. Join the campaign and upload your pictures and tag 'I love my natural skintone' and share your views, let's get talking here ----->

Nana Ama McBrown is a multiple award winning celebrated Ghanaian actress. She is an advocate for the 'Say NO to skin bleaching/toning campaign. Her natural skintone can be described as fair/caramel. She says; 'I Love my Natural Skintone'.

Hamamat is a former beauty queen and model. She was crowned Miss Malaika Ghana in 2006. She is an advocate to the 'Say NO to skin bleaching/skin toning' campaign. Her natural skintone can be described as dark/chocolate and she says 'I Love my Natural Skintone'.

Paulina Oduro aka 'Aunty Paulina' is a singer, actress and TV personality with over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry. She is mixed raced and she is an advocate for the 'Say No to skin bleaching/skin toning campaign. Her natural skin tone can be described as fair/caramel and she says 'I Love my natural skin tone'.

"Loving the natural skintone you have means, saying no to skin bleaching, skin lightening, skin toning and skin brightening. Whether, your skintone is light, dark or mixed, take delight in it, because; Beauty comes in all skintones."  I love my natural skintone

Paulina says: Time for me to fess up to what I did from the age of 21 to 26 ---yep I bleached or toned as we called it back then!!!! 

I've always been a good 'brown' shade ---a lovely cross between my naturally fair Fante mother and my handsome darker Kwahu father, but from the age of 21or 22 [I think] -I developed small blemishes around my chin area on my already warty/freckly (I know) but lovely skin....

I hated the blemishes which appeared worse during *that time-of-the-month* --if you know what I mean --so I was encouraged to use a cream unbeknown to me which contained hydroquinone -which we all now know is very dangerous, ---and literally became mixed-race over night (I kid you not).

I became sooo light that it became ridiculous...but I did enjoy the attention. Still things got very strange when I decided to stop using said cream because I couldn't be bothered anymore.

I must confess, I'm very thankful that I only used said cream on my face and neck --because what nobody tells/warns you [because deep down most women of colour including our Asian sisters, are bleaching in one way or another] --is that when you stop toning or bleaching or whatever you wanna call it, --you will get much darker than your original natural skintone/colour!!!!!

Thus, not only do some people from my past walk past me (believe me I'm thankful --laughter), but I often get people asking me why I'm sooo much darker on my face & neck then the rest of my much paler body (mercy) -especially in the summer?

Another problem I suffered from was uber sensitivity in the sun, which now, years after I stopped toning or whatever -has gone thankfully, --because for some, it leaves their skin very thin, thus causes them to burn easily in the sun..... 

I give God the glory!!! I'm truly blessed...because I love my new darker skintone, even though I sometimes suffer from hyperpigmentation -which thankfully can be dealt with a good concealer or tackled by one of a handful of good clinics in London dedicated to dealing with the patchy discolouration of the skin.

The thing is.....I love having lovely clear skin but not at the cost of my health....and will never touch any of those creams again...Thus, I'm glad actress Ama K Abebrese has decided to tackle the taboo subject of bleaching.

Starring Ghana Rising faves, actress Ama K Abebrese -herself, Hamamat Montia, Paulina Oduro and Nana Ama Mcbrown -this campaign is very relevant and very much the subject du jour in our sweet homeland Ghana...

Lets be honest, we all know how widespread this issue is -no? Just think of some of the most powerful women in Ghana especially those first-wives-of-this-and-that or our musicians & actresses (even the naturally fair ones) or TV presenters --and you can see the tell-tale signs of skin bleaching -look at their fingers and feet --and their weird grey or blemished hue  !!!!

Anyway, I would have liked Ama K Abebrese's 'I love my natural skintone' Campaign Facebook fan page to have more written info and know what inspired this campaign, --but its a fabulous start.

Its good to have this 'dialogue' --and I'm hoping Ghana, a beautiful country full of weird grey/green coloured women --come on you know bleaching leaves some looking a weird colour -especially when they then decide to add tattoos to the picture (mercy) ---might just sit up and start tackling this massive issue 'of self hate'.....

La Ghana Rising Blog stands with The Ama K Abebrese Foundation and backs the 'I love my natural skintone' Campaign... Plus, I hope my honesty helps even one sister from bleaching.. --It really isn't worth it.. -And once you start bleaching, you'll have to keep it up forever sooo that you're not darker than when you started. For more info visit:

More Info:
What Are the Dangers of Hydroquinone?
Hydroquinone is a topical agent for reducing skin pigmentation. It is available in over-the-counter strength of up to 2 percent and higher concentrations by prescription. People typically use hydroquinone to lighten areas of skin affected by hyperpigmentation disorders, as well as for freckles and age spots. Hydroquinone also is a component of the herbal remedy uva ursi. Because of dangers associated with the substance, several countries have banned hydroquinone, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on most prescription and over-the-counter hydroquinone products.


The FDA and standard-setting agencies of several other countries have cited a skin condition called ochronosis as a concern with hydroquinone use. Although uncommon, particularly with over-the-counter strength preparations, some people have developed a blue-black skin discoloration after using hydroquinone bleaching creams. Ochronosis also can cause gray-brown spots and tiny, yellow-to-brown bumps, as well as skin thickening. The condition is mainly associated with dark-skinned people using hydroquinone in high concentrations for long time frames.


Hydroquinone topical solutions can make skin more sensitive to sunlight (photosensitivity). People using these preparations should avoid exposure to sunlamps and tanning beds and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when in sunlight. Exposure to ultraviolet light can cause severe sunburn when using hydroquinone. Applying hydroquinone to skin that is sunburned, windburned, chapped or irritated can worsen these conditions.

Carcinogenic Properties

Rodent studies involving very high doses of hydroquinone administered by feeding tube showed the potential to cause cancer, according to the FDA report on hydroquinone skin bleaching products. No carcinogenic properties have been associated with topical or oral hydroquinone use in humans.

Allergic Reaction

Although unlikely, some people may experience an allergic reaction to hydroquinone. Signs as listed by include severe burning or stinging sensations, hives, breathing trouble, and facial, throat or mouth swelling. An allergic reaction to hydroquinone should be considered a medical emergency.


When taken orally in large amounts, as in uva ursi, hydroquinone is toxic, states It may cause ringing of the ears, nausea, seizures and bluish skin due to insufficient oxygen in the blood (cyanosis). Large amounts of oral hydroquinone also can cause liver damage. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking uva ursi for no longer than five days and no more than five separate times in a year.


Fashion News: Zara Pieces Now Available from Miss Dee, Accra Ghana....

Paulina say: Good news folks.......Miss Dee, the bastion of affordable ready-to-wear made-in-Ghana pieces has diversified and is now selling gorgeous select pieces by fab high-street fave, Zara in their Accra store. Note, Miss Dee and their new Zara pieces can also be ordered via phone and be delivered nationwide in Ghana. For more info visit:

"By the time Woyome pays the 51.2m it cannot even buy a bag of cement...and that is if NDC continues to stay in power." Kobby Addison


Ghanaian Women Love: The Most Popular High-End Skin Care Brands in Ghana.....

Paulina says: Like all good Ghanaian girls I am no slacker when it comes to my skin care game, we come from the land of Shea & Cocoa butter after all...

Years in the fashion and beauty industry means I've been lucky enough to have sampled some of the best, most innovative, cutting edge, some uber expensive -some more reasonable -of the lushest luxurious creams and potions out there... And I can tell you from experience ---the most expensive face creams aren't necessarily the most effective, just think the healing powers of the ordinary Ghana Shea butter!!!!

I must confess, I'm a bit of a brand snob when it comes to my skin care regime [as if you didn't already know] but three years of living on less money than I have in my whole entire life means that even I have had to compromise ---- and the years of PR's sending me [or anyone else for that matter] £300 face creams are a distant memory --Crème de la Mer anyone (mercy)!!!!

Thus, now that I buy my own face cream (mercy) and what-have-youss, I've had to become more savvy, meaning ---what I now demand (more than ever) --- is real value for money without forgoing the glamour that comes with applying high-end luxe face creams -do you get me!!!!

So I've found myself trying out brands via places like T.K.Maxx and buying Boots No.7's yummy skin care brand & must-have Make-up range.

But..... there are certain finds that I will never forgo... and they tend to always be in my beauty closet regardless of finances -like anything Anti-aging by Murad.

I'm also crazy about Murad's 'Clarifying Body Spray' --its antibacterial, thus is really good for treating and preventing blemishes...and their 'Refreshing Cleanser' --good for removing make-up..

Another brand you'll always see in my beauty closet and most Ghanaian women is uber hair brand Mizani. Less pricy than Moroccanoil -but no less luxurious, Mizani is a hit. Right now I'm clean shaven [omgoodness some of you will really recognise me now] --so the Mizani 'Defyne Wax High Definition & Hold' you see --is used to keep my eyebrows in place --as-you-do [insider secret].

Another insider cult fave that I'm never without is 'Friction de Foucaud - Energizing Body Tonic'.. Good for things like prickly heat et al, this fab tonic is now sooo hard to find in chemists [in London anywaysss] that you either have to fly to France or order online.. (

NIP + FAB is a lovely brand I discovered via T.K.Maxx -and its truly fab. I'm very pleased that its now stocked in easy to get to places like Tesco's -as their 'Detox Blend Body Scrub' is to live for.

Note, faves like REN Clean Skincare's Moroccan Rose Otto range & any thing by uber sensitive skin gurus --Eau Thermale Avène --are a must....

Other notable beauty products like [my old] Fashion Fair's 'Oil Free Perfect Finish Cream to Powder Mocha' and my new Estēe Lauder's Double Wear 5N Deep (Neutral) concealer....are found in most of our beauty cupboards -right?

So looking through the rest of my mess above [this is only one side of my double fronted beauty closet -never mind my dressing table thingy] -you'll spot: Clarins' -I love this brand and have used it forever -and I'm never without their 'Hand and Nail Treatment Cream'.

At the moment I can't sleep without applying Clarins' 'Super Restorative Night Wear ---which goes on at night over my Boots 'Protect & Perfect Night Cream', or my straight from Ghana pure Shea butter or Elizabeth Arden's 'Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum' --and is perfect for all skin types....

As youssss can see, like you --I love my beauty products and love trying out new creams & potions -and of course there are brands like Dermalogica that I've loved and used in the past that I would whole heartedly recommend ---but who wants to pay excess baggage and cart all the above goodies to Ghana? Not me and not you --sooo the following are a few of the most popular high-end skin care brands and their respective stockist in Accra, Ghana.... Enjoy x

Exclusive Brands Perfumery @ Marina Mall
Good for: Clarins [Skin Care]
"Clarins Group is a French luxury cosmetics company, which manufactures prestige skincare, makeup and fragrances products."
For more info about Clarins visit:
To buy Clarins skin care range in Ghana head to Exclusive Brands Perfumery situated on the ground floor at the Marina Mall in Accra Ghana.

Niobe Salon & Spa

Good for: Murad [Skin Care]
Murad Skin Care Products: To understand Murad, the company, you have to begin with Dr. Howard Murad, the man. A visionary in the science of skincare, Dr. Howard Murad leads the way in research and product development. As a board-certified dermatologist, pharmacist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCLA, he is one of the country's foremost authorities on internal and external skincare. A true pioneer in new concepts and technology with an unending commitment to improve the health and vitality of clients and their skin, Dr. Murad literally changed the face of the skincare industry.

Good for: Mizani [Hair]
In Swahili, the word MIZANI means balance, and from this single word came the inspiration for MIZANI products - superior, salon-exclusive hair care products created for curly hair. Each MIZANI formula, whether used alone or in combination, gently works to balance the forces of beauty and chemistry, ultimately creating radiantly healthy hair. The MIZANI® Cleansing and Conditioning System works to Let you bring your hair into balance by combining the exact amounts of moisture and protein. Dryness, brittleness and breakage are eliminated from all hair types as MIZANI® restores what nature intended - wonderfully healthy hair

"Niobe is a unique upscale Salon and Spa, located at the prestigious African Regent Hotel, East Airport, Lizzy Sports Complex, East Legon, Accra and our latest branch at the Royal Senchi Resort Hotel, Akosombo, Ghana offering only the very best in personal care and comfort."

For more info about Murad Skin Care Products visit:

Black Cotton Natural Hair & Beauty Salon

Good for: Dermalogica Products [Skin Care]
Dermalogica is a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) that would improve skin health. 100% customized to each individual’s skin health needs. It’s one results-driven treatment… that’s different every time!

"Black cotton reflects the modern non-stuffy salon alternative. The moment you walk through our doors, you enter an atmosphere of total luxury and indulgence. Red carpet treatment, complimentary drink. luxe décor, first class service are all part of the Black Cotton experience.
Kickback in style and unwind with friends at our über-hip, ultra-plush nail lounge. Our VIP hair suites are the perfect escape for pampering worthy for an A-Lister. Lather lounges, with ergonomic chairs, laid back comfort. What’s there not to love?
Our in-house lounge combines the comfort of your living room with the vibe of an Accra hotspot. Enjoy the glam, calm atmosphere while surfing on the net or just relaxing."

For more info Dermalogica products in Ghana visit:

Extra Info...
To buy 'Friction de Foucaud - Energizing Body Tonic' in Ghana is not possible right now but you can stock-up on your next visit to Ivory Coast via:
06 BP
2552 Abidjan 06
tel : + 225 22 41 1824


Fashion Icon Awards [FIA] set for Saturday 6th September 2014 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra Ghana....

"Fashion Icon Awards was established to recognize and celebrate the present icons and also to reward promising icons in the fashion industry.
The unique annual award ceremony promises to be the biggest night in Ghana’s fashion industry, a unique and glamorous ceremony which aims to place a spotlight on creative individuals who has contributed/invested in the local fashion industry, creating sustainable economies through building of a rich resource base and capacity utilization through viable strategic partnerships.
We are hoping that Fashion Icon Awards will motivate and encourage old and new generation of fashion entrepreneur, and increase their brand worth and awareness." Fashion Icon Awards

Paulina says: I'm going to be brutally honest, unlike Ghana Fashion & Design Week -I have no idea who/whom is behind the *Fashion Icon Awards* which is set to take place on Saturday 6th September 2014 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Labadi Road, Accra Ghana from 6pm sharp, -thus I don't know if they are the elegant real deal or *reaching*, still, Accra's fashionable have added said event to their must-go calendar -so I'm guessing its a must!!! Also, Fashion Icon Awards [FIA] had a sort of  FIA industry night and I recognised one or two of Ghana's growing fashionista insiders -so I'm thinking this is another fab annual event to add to our Haute in Accra Calendar...

For more info or to buy tickets for the upcoming Fashion Icon Awards [FIA] visit:

More Info:
The event (Fashion ICON Awards) promises to be the biggest night in Ghana’s fashion industry, a unique and glamorous ceremony which was established to recognize and celebrate the present icons and also to reward promising icons in the fashion industry.
The event will help nurture the rich kernels of talent scattered liberally throughout the fashion industry, and shine a spotlight on some of its most creative eclectic stakeholders, whose full potential has been thus far unrealized.
This unique annual award ceremony aims to place a spotlight on creative individuals who has contributed/invested in the local fashion industry, creating sustainable economies through building of a rich resource base and capacity utilization through viable strategic partnerships.

The awards scheme that promises to be the biggest ceremony in the Ghana’s fashion industry was launched with the presentation of seven (7) categories of industry awards.
Here are the winners of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS category;
  • Fashion blog of the year –
  • Fashion photographer of the year – Emmanuel Bobbie of Bob Pixel Photography
  • Fashion communicator of the year (Online) – Ob Abenser of FashionistaGh
  • Fashion communicator of the year (Print) – Makeba Boateng of Ovation Magazine
  • Best model management/agency – Exopa Modelling Agency
  • Fashion Stylist of the year – House of Cramer
  • Stylish Creative Director of the year – Beatrice Arthur of B’Exotiq

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Luxe Lifestyle: Why not head to *Bread & Wine* for oysters or foie gras on your next visit to Accra, Ghana.....

 Oysters at *Bread & Wine* in Osu Accra, Ghana....

*Bread & Wine* offers a night filled with fun and cheer and the finest Louis Roederer Champagne on ice......



Paulina says: Regular readers of La Ghana Rising Blog will be well aware of my blogging-about-Ghana-fatigue, and those closest to me -will know --its been an uphill struggle, a real spiritual underground game of a struggle to blog about the goodness and yumminess of Ghana or any African nation for that matter ---when what's going on back home is heart-breaking.

But I'm slowly and surely gaining strength and coming back, -and one such prompting/reason is the amount of emails and messages I get via Facebook from elegant people who love and want to know more about the aspirational goings on in our sweet motherland Ghana. Also, with yummy high-end restaurants like French bistro and bakery, Bread & Wine --located in Osu, Accra Ghana on the same street as "La Villa Boutique Hotel, the black gate before Antrak House" -springing up all over the place, you know the world needs to know!!!!

No longer an insider secret, Bread & Wine which is also feted by Accra's Style Elite  for its sexy *Cigar Bar* --has grown from a high-end bakery celebrated for its artisan bread [see past post] to a full-on-must-visit 'oh la la' restaurant and lifestyle hub....

Anyway as you can see from the above photos --Bread & Wine is adding its quality verve to Ghana's  or should I say, Accra's yummy list of haute hubs of luxury, high-end fabulousness....

Note, Bread & Wine is one of only five venues in Accra where you can find the finest Louis Roederer Champagne on ice -as Ghana tends to be all about Moet....

Anyway.......I'm guessing if you decide to go all out -its might just be a good idea to *book ahead* and order a case of Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 -say, to go with your cigar....  

For more info about Bread & Wine visit: