Thursday, 23 September 2010

Ozwald Boateng ...the hottest ticket in town….

Ozwald Boateng with his father

Where do I start folks? Ozwald Boateng’s fashion show (the final show of London Fashion Week) was soooooooo hot last night! Uber star spotting opportunity, -the Odeon Leicester Square was bursting with ‘of-the-minute’ hotties like: Shingai (she is soo sweet), Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, Amber Rose (she’s no longer dating Kanye West), Jo Wood, Piers Morgan, Mica Paris et al), the Ghanaian Glitterati including: the Boateng family, Reggie Ansah -the founder of Luxure Magazine, uber stylist – Bernice Brobbey and honorary Ghanaian, Actor and playwright, -Kwame Kwei Armah (to name a few) and London’s buzzing fashpack were all there to watch Ozwald Boateng OBE, celebrity tailor, celebrate his 25th anniversary with a 100-model-strong show featuring his latest collections for both autumn/winter and next spring/summer 2010/2011.

Personally, last night was fabulous on soo many levels! Firstly, the Collection was hot, the male models were hot, I got to catch up with old friends, see the ever gorgeous, Amber Rose -up close and personal for the very first and she didn’t disappoint, was very sweet, -and stopped for me to take her photo see above, –plus I got to see Ozwald Boateng walk onto the stage at the end of his landmark show with his father, and that …-was very moving….For more info about Ozwald Boateng’s latest collection please visit:

Soraya Khalil 4 United Colors of Benetton

(Credit: this photo comes courtesy of Company magazine)

It’s good to see Ghanaian/Jamaican model, Soraya Khalil looking so beautiful and happy in the latest United Colors of Benetton ads. Avid readers of Ghana Rising will remember that Soraya told us about her fabulous time as one of the winners of the Face of Benetton Competition in an earlier interview for Ghana Rising. You can read all about it here:

Ghana Rising is sending out big love to Soraya –and truly believes that it’s her TIME…Go girl xx

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Beauty: Hue’s Visage –selling the hottest make-up in Ghana…

Any sybarite worth her Jimmy Choo’s will tell you that high-end make-up –in fact all luxury goods are recession proof and to hammer this fact home, -is the newly launched Hue’s Visage in Accra. The stockist of yummy brands like: Mary Kay, Victoria's Secret, MAC, IMAN, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown products and much more, –Accra’s ‘It’ girls will no longer have to stock-up twice a year in various department stores in London, NYC or Paris et al. Please note that the good people at Hue’s Visage can also be called upon for all your make-up enquires beauty gift ideas and FREE make-up consultation. For more information please see their contact details below.

Contact Details:
Hue’s Visage
20 Shippi Link, East Cantonments
Accra, Ghana
+233 262703222

Note…you can also contact them via their Facebook page at:

Monday, 13 September 2010

Sports: Rachel Abba Yankey

Did anyone watch the English women’s football team last night? If you did, you’ll have seen the ever-fabulous, Rachel Yankey MBE –number 11 at her best. The following is a bit more about Ms Yankey, a player for Arsenal and England.

Rachel Abba Yankey, MBE (born 1 November 1979) is an English football player. She plays for the English side Arsenal, and for the England national team. She plays as a forward, and wears the number 11 for Arsenal and England. She is of Ghanaian descent, from her father's side.

Yankey began playing football with a boy's team, before joining Mill Hill United at youth level. Her playing career began at the age of 16, playing for Arsenal, when she spent a short time on loan with Laval Dynamites, a Canadian team, and then moved to Fulham. It was here that she was registered as the first professional female footballer in England. She joined Birmingham City before the 2004–05 season, and then, after being released from Birmingham, rejoined Arsenal for the 2005–06 season after a short spell with the New Jersey Wildcats of the W-League in the United States. She, along with England team mate Rachel Unitt, played for the Wildcats for the last seven games of the season, and helped them win the W-League championship.

Yankey is arguably the most famous female footballer in England, having modelled the last two new England kits, and appearing on the FA women's homepage header. She is also famous for starring in the BBC's online BBC Sport 'Academy Masterclasses' mini-series, teaching young footballers basic soccer skills.

In May 2009, Yankey was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by the Football Association.[5] In August 2009 she was surprisingly left out of coach Hope Powell's 22-player squad for Euro 2009[6] with Powell believing that she didn't justify a call-up, and Yankey also did not get called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Turkey. But after a return to form with the Arsenal Ladies, she was recalled by Powell for the four-nation Cyprus Cup and won her 90th and 91st caps as a 76th minute substitute for Jessica Clarke in a 1-0 win over South Africa and as a starter in a 1-0 defeat to Canada.

Her return to form at both club and international level saw her being picked regularly again by Powell, and on 29 July 2010 Rachel Yankey became the second Englishwoman after Gillian Coultard to earn 100 caps during a World Cup Qualifier against Turkey. Yankey, who was captain for the night, scored a goal and played the entire 90 minutes as England won 3-0. (credit:

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Hugh Quarshie on Who Do You Think You Are?

Honestly, the devil is a liar. Since I started this blog just over a year ago, my computer has been under constant attack –and whilst in the past; my computer fix-it man has been able to fix every problem –my Toshiba laptop is now completely died, can you believe it? And thus I find myself unable to put everything I want to write about on my blog… Anyway, did you watch last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One? It featured the ever fabulous Hugh Quarshie –and had me captivated. Relaying mainly on oral history in Ghana, Hugh’s ancestors were brought back to life –in what I can only describe as the very best episode of this fabulous series. Hugh got to meet his ‘new’ family members in the village of Abe –and we all found out that researching ancestor from African and European heritage is possible; makes interesting viewing and is the best way to learn about our history…

The journey ends happily in Holland where Hugh meets his European family –and comes across written documents and some incredible photographs that I hope will end up in his ancestral village of Abe –or some museum in Ghana one day and discovers that his great, great, great-grandfather –not only loved his African family but left them all his worldly goods in his last will and testament. Hugh’s personal journey back in time –was touching, well researched and heartwarming –and I guess reflecting many Fantes and some Ga’s ancestral history. My mother’s maiden name is Spio and I have often wondered about her family and the role the Portuguese played in her ancestry!

For more about Hugh Quarshie’s incredible journey please visit:

To see some footage of Hugh Quarshie on Who Do You Think You Are? Visit:

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Observer Magazine votes A Sauvage as one of its AUTUMN Hotties ….

From hip-hop artist Kanye West, via Julia Roitfeld and Nicki Minaj –fashion designer, A Sauvage has been voted one of The Observer Magazine’Hotties in its AUTUMN HOT LIST…….x

Nothing Serious…Just Fun and Laughter from Twi Teacher……

Twi Teacher is causing a buzz! Only on YouTube for a week, Twi Teacher is already causing a storm –with over 1000 hits. Its been played on Ghana Radio by DJ Black On MyJoy fm, played on Radio Focus by Specialist Crew and DJ Ace Of BBC 1 Xtra –and I just had to share it with you… For more information about Twi Teacher you can follow him via twitter at: