Saturday, 1 December 2012

A Must Watch: Portrait of a Nation Ghana

"This film tells the story of a country coming into its own; a nation with ample business opportunities for investors; and an entrepreneurial and energized population ready to change the face of Africa. Produced by EPIC Global Media, an award-winning creative agency which signed a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with the United States Agency for International Development Mission to Ghana, this film aims to build and present the brand of Ghana internationally."



Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Omgoodness what a gem!!! Its like Ghana Rising Blog has come alive (laughter)!!!! This film is such a joy to watch …and yes, -we do still have a long way to go, -but by God’s grace we’ll make it… Amen. xxxx

Fashion & Charity: Free the Slaves Work Featured In Vogue Profile of Katie Ford…..


Katie Ford in GhanaKatie Ford is no stranger to those in the fashion world, and is no stranger to Free the Slaves. Made famous by her family’s modeling agency, Ford Models, Katie made the transition from CEO to abolitionist after attending a U.N. human trafficking conference in 2008.

She’s featured this month in Vogue’s annual age issue, explaining her decision and how fighting slavery has changed her life.

“I could think of so many things to do to stop trafficking because of the parallels to how we brought models into the U.S.,” Katie says in the story. “I had this weird set of knowledge about immigration law, a very distinct skill set that not many people have. I thought, I’ve go to do this. It became all-consuming.”

Katie has helped Free the Slaves as a Global Ambassador. She has accompanied our staff on a trip to Ghana. It was there that she met a young slavery survivor, Abeiku, and was faced with the harsh reality of child labor in the Ghanaian fishing industry. Katie went on to help us create a PSA with Ford Models and later founded the Katie Ford Foundation, which has been instrumental in creating targeted change to bring an end to slavery in our world.
Vogue’s article on Katie, “Doing Good at 56: The Ford Factor,” features Free the Slaves partners Reporter Brasil and JEEVIKA, and the work that they’re doing on the ground. Katie’s dedication to ending modern slavery is inspiring, as it demonstrates the ways that activism can manifest itself in our lives.

As Free the Slaves Co-founder Kevin Bales describes: “Many activists are long on passion but short on strategy and organization. Katie’s got the skills of the business world combined with a sense of style.”



Ghana Rising Hearts Lia Cha

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Lia Cha looks sooo familiar -no? Of Ghanaian and Korean heritage, this beautiful, intelligent, entrepreneur, celebrated video vixen, glamour and hip-hop model is uber new to Ghana Rising Blog’s radar -but we are already fans. Lia is building her brand -big time!!! She has started acting and is working on her own fashion label. Yep... she’s not just a pretty face, and is about to go global.

We all know Ghana’s big boys read this blog, -so I’m guessing it wouldn’t be long until we see Lia doing guest appearances in Ghana….

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Next Big Thing: Odiseas Georgiadis

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: When I was in the second years of secondary school, I sort of went out with Christos [C], -one of the hottest boys in my school for about three days, and you know how -three days when you’re a twelve year old feels like a lifetime, -well it was enough time to wonder what mine and my gorgeous Greek boyfriend’s baby would look like -and now I know!!!
16 year old, singer, songwriter and actor -Odiseas Georgiadis was born in Ghana to a Ghanaian mother and a Grecian father, -and came to prominence when he took part in ‘The Voice’ -that fabulous music show that has all of us talking -in September [2012].

Currently residing in Brookly, NY with his family, Odiseas Georgiadis is currently recording, -and I truly believe in his talent. I see a very bright future for Odiseas Georgiadis and hope to see him on this side of the pond -soon..

Do check out the latest news about Odiseas Georgiadis and support him via: -and help make his dreams come through….

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Odiseas Georgiadis. Odiseas is a Indie/Neo Soul Artist with a unique sound, that you've never heard. New original music and covers on the way.

Singer and actor, Odiseas Georgiadis is from Ghana, West Africa, born in the city of Tema. His mother is Ghanian and biological father is Grecian. He moved to the United States when he was six years old. living in Brooklyn, New York.

Odiseas Georgiadis didn’t discover his calling for music until him and his younger brother, Ippokratis, were moved from Ghana to Brooklyn, New York. Odiseas Geor

giadis began listening to and looking up to different artists like Chris Brown, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Julia Stone, Kendrick Lamar and many more. Those artists helped shape Odiseas musically. His style of singing is very unique. It is hard to categorize him in a specific genre, even though, it has been called neo-soul.

Not only is Odiseas Georgiadis a singer, he has done a lot of acting gigs under Shirley Grant Management. He has been featured on several commercials for big names like Apple Ipod, Hamburger Helper, Subways, and Nickelodeon. Recently, he guest starred in three episodes of the Robert DeNiro produced show NYC 22 on CBS. Although, he loves to act, singing will always be his first love. “Music has always pulled me in because of how it can bring people together no matter who you are,” said Odiseas Georgiadis.

While pursuing his music and acting career, he is enrolled in the High School for Performing Arts in Manhattan. Odiseas Georgiadis wants to share his art with you, the World.

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Must Buy: ‘Shine Your Eyes’ Single by Kwamz and Flava -is out today…..

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