Category Archives: Interviews

#ChitChat With Tina Lobondi, A London-Based Designer & Philanthropist Contributing To The Success Story of Africa

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Tina Lobondi is dropping some pearls of wisdom for us today! The UK-based fashion designer is not only taking the fashion world by storm but is also contributing immensely to the success story of Africa.

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The French lady who even scooped a spot on Forbes 30 under 30 list runs a charity organization dubbed ESIMBI (based in the Democratic Republic of Congo)  and also an eponymous womenswear label.

Would love to tell you all about her endless list of accolades but let’s get to the short Q&A session and see if we can learn a thing or two from Lobondi

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Chit Chat With Tania Habimana, A Rwandan Entrepreneur On A Mission To Conquer Africa

There is so much talent bursting out of our beautiful continent and today we chit chat with one of Africa’s rising stars.

One thing we know for sure is that you can never stop a person on a mission to succeed and Tania Habimana, a Rwandan born entrepreneur, television personality and tailor is definitely a girl with a plan.

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Having lived in Europe for quite sometime, Ms. Habimana seems to be doing a great job at settling in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Today we chat all about her life as an African entrepreneur, her setbacks plus her new show Tailored Business which not only chronicles Tania making suits for elite business persons but also seizes the opportunity  to interview and gain insights from successful Africans.

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Let’s get chatting…..

 

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Chit Chat With South African Stylist Lethabo ‘Boogy’ Maboi

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The fact that someone can pair a blazer and matching pants does not make the person a stylist, even if their Instagram bio says so. It takes more than watching  Fashion TV to become a highly respectable stylist in the fashion industry. One person who knows all about fashion and style is South African fashion stylist Lethabo Maboi aka Boogy.

 Styled by Boogy (her company) first started in 2007, her first client was S.A rapper; Khuli Chana and a UK street wear label called Box Fresh. Since then, she has gone on into styling the likes of Sarkodie, Tiwa Savge, Aka, Don Jazzy and more.

Lets find out just how Lethabo Maboi  made something out of nothing in this competitive industry.
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#ChitChat With One Of Kenya’s ‘Baddest’ Rappers – Xtatic

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Its that time again where we get all up in the business of an amazing African act who is pushing boundaries and doing great things.

Today, its the turn of one of the baddest femcee’s all the way in Kenya. She goes by the stage name of Xtatic.  This East African rap star started off as a singer and as faith would have it her interest for rap grew stronger each day.  She says she decided to become a rapper mainly because there were not that many femcees in the game, plus she felt there was so much many females could do that wasn’t being done.

Now lets get chatting..

–Before we get into the questions about your music ,tell us a little bit about your upbringing?


It was simple and quiet, my dad was an engineer and a lecturer my mum was a secretary at an international scientific research institute called ICIPE. We (i.e my siblings and I)mostly played indoors hence we were such a relief to our parents since we were never the naughty or the “getting lost in the neighborhood” type of kids..lol.

Although, It wasn’t always smooth especially when we grew older with an alcoholic dad who had issues within, but that’s a story of another day.

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#ChitChat With Emerging Ghanaian Designer Salim Signature

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Hey there, how is your day going? Today we chit chat with an emerging Ghanaian designer who goes by the brand name of Salim Signature.
Before we dig into the feature here is a little bio for you.
He was born Salim Dauda Ahmed in the Ashanti region. Salim a fashion and textiles graduate of the Kumasi Polytechnic. He describes himself as a guy who believes fashion is an extension of his personality. Now let’s hit it….

Since you begun this fashion journey, what has been your proudest/memorable moment

S.S : I would probably say the year I got featured on yahoo news!
It was right after I showcased my collection at the Africa International Fashion Week in Nigeria. It was an amazing opportunity for an upcoming designer like myself.

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#ChitChat With Ghana’s Best Male Model Of The Year 2015 – Stephen Kojo Owusu

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It takes alot of gut and hard work to become a successful model, especially in a country where the fashion industry is still developing. One of such dedicated models is Stephen Kojo Owusu. From running his own pub to becoming a finalist of The Spirited Actor Reality Show, Stephen shows us that he is not just a hot guy with a pretty face. In this feature, he dishes on why he decided to take on such a career, his rise to success and I bet I am not the only one wondering how lucrative is the modelling business in Ghana. Well then let’s get to it…

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#ChitChat With Fast Rising Nigerian Neo Soul Singer: Lindsey

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How many African acts come into mind when you think of the genre Neo-Soul? To be honest not many cross my mind. Today we chit chat with one such acts who is breaking the norm in her own eclectic style.

Armed with a degree in law from the University of Jos, Lindsey Abudei is a singer/songwriter who is gradually taking over the Nigerian Neo Soul music scene a step at a time.  In an era where dance music rules, Lindsey says she does not intend on transitioning into an Afrobeats artiste anytime soon. In her own words, she describes her genre of choice as “the genre that lets me mirror the sides to Lindsey.” Interesting huh?

Catch the feature where she dishes out on working with rappers MI and Jesse Jagz, her experience on one of the biggest talent shows – Project Fame, plus I try to find out if she feels any pressure to do better than Afro pop Singer Chidinma who was her fellow competitor on the talent series and also find out my little embarrassing moment.   Lets get talking.

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#WomenWithVision : Interview With One Of Ghana’s Successful Entrepreneurs – Sandra Appiah

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The new generation of women are not sitting at home and just looking pretty anymore, they are now the movers and shakers of many industries. One of such women is Sandra Appiah, she is originally from Ghana but resides in the US. In 2013, Sandra was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. Sandra Appiah has worked with many huge media companies including MTV, New York Times and HBO. She also the Co-founder of Face 2 Face Africa, a platform dedicated to promote content from the motherland.

For the month of February we shine the light on one Ghana’s brightest stars as she talks about what it takes to hold down the household and still be a boss chick, her new show – The Sandra Appiah Show, her most interesting and worst interview yet, tips for upcoming entrepreneurs and more. Check it out

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Exclusive Interview With Fashion Designer Extraordinaire – Abrantie The Gentleman

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After I witnessed an amazing runway show by Abrantie – The Gentleman at the Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2014. I knew I needed to land an interview with the brains behind the brand.  In case you are wondering who or what exactly is Abrantie The Gentleman, well then let me school you. Abrantie The Gentleman is a Ghanaian or should I say an African men’s fashion luxury brand that mostly deals with bespoke piecies with a touch of class.

I would personally describe Oheneba Yaw Boamah, the creative director behind the brand as one of the topshots in the new school Ghanaian fashion industry.

Oheneba says his interest in fashion started from childhood. He recalls being a helping hand to his aunty who was a seamstress. He said ”Back then I saw it as a worry because most of my friends play whiles I will be fixing buttons or stiffing garments.  My love for art in general made me study Industrial Art and majored in textiles at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology”

Talented and educated, now lets get all the scoop:
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Interview With Rising Ghanaian Hiphop Act Rumor

Screenshot_2014-10-03-16-46-55-1 Hey guys its time for another exciting interview, today we get up close and personal with the talented Ghanaian artiste, Rumor. He talks about the challenges of being a hiphop act in Ghana, his belief that the Ghanaian music industry is non existent, what inspires him musically, plus ladies I bet you want to know if this fine brother is of the market or not right? Lets get to it.

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Interview With Miss Ghana 2013 Runner Up Miss Crystal Selorm Amudzi

crystal amudziToday we shine the spotlight on Crystal Selorm Amudzi. In case you are wondering who the heck she is, well she the former 2013 Miss Ghana 2nd runner up  (I say former because… yeah she resigned) and also a recent graduate of the University of Ghana. Anyway today we are not going to talk about the Miss Ghana franchise we are only going to focus on the beautiful and smart twenty-one year old. Ha! you know that is a lie you want a little inside scoop and I do too so lets get started.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
 There are so many aspects to me as a person so I usually feel like I have been thrown into the wild when asked this question, but I will do my best. So who is Crystal Selorm Amudzi?… I am a Young contemporary African lady who just completed the University of Ghana, I studied English and Political science. I like art and creativity, creativity manifested in different ways… through music, books, paintings etc. As such I have just registered an interior design company where I plan on using my interest in creativity to its full potential. Aside that I have dreams of being a polyglot due to my love of languages thus I have started out on my Spanish journey and hope to continue with French and any other languages that catch my fancy.
Now that is amazing, in the next 5 years where does Miss Amudzi see herself
In the next 5 years I would have a second degree or masters under my belt. Serenti designs, that is my interior design company would be blooming and I would be able to write this interview in Spanish and French.

A big amen to that. Now, what made you decide to participate in Miss Ghana.

 Well I usually answer this question with the fact that, I got a call from my bestie and she was like “hey think about participating in Miss Ghana”, so I considered some things and about 2 days later I said yes I would try.
That is very brave of you, so what are some of the things you had to consider?
I mainly considered three factors,
1. I have always had a love for nature and been passionate about the environment and I found out that one of the projects the Miss Ghana foundation was working on environmental protection (yea I am in with all these global warming nerds lol. So obviously I was interested in helping the Miss Ghana foundation in the quest to help the environment.
2. Also, I just thought (it wouldn’t hurt or try, I mean i don’t want to be 80 and wonder..Mmmm what if?)
3. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to be empowered as a woman, to grow up and become the lady that I thought I should be, and I believed that Miss Ghana would help in that growing up process. So basically to be independent, empowered and grow some muscles..lol
I love the fact that you said to become empowered, you obviously do not strike me as someone who is not confident, so for any girl looking forward to participate in a competition but falls short in the self confidence department ,what would be your top 5 tips to slay the competition
1. Cliche but true… BELIEVE IN YOURSELF HONEY! ain’t nobody gonna do that for you, you have to know your strengths and maximize on it.
2. Just do you.. Do not try to please anyone, be yourself and trust me it works. I love to show off my personality case and most of the time it pays its dividends in due time.
3. FAKE is a no! No! because people may not tell you but they can see through that facade so if you are pretending to be something you are not you end up with the shorter end of the stick.
4. Make sure you look good and smell good. True, because if you do, you would not start wondering if the other ladies are saying mean and nasty things about you, cause you know that you’ve got this..lol
5. PRAY, I am a spiritual person and I believe in the peace that comes about as a result of communicating with your maker. Indeed He makes all things beautiful.
Ha! For some reason your last bit reminded me of an old church hymn.. but those are some great tips. Anyway moving on, briefly take us through the audition process
-Was it intimidating, did you second guess your decision?
No I did not 2nd guess my decision, as I said early on it was a journey I had decided to take and anyone who knows me knows that I don’t easily back down. Was it intimidating? I would say just a teensy bit, I am a positive person and I believe that every single thing in the end works together for my good, so I was relaxed, the only intimidation was maybe meeting Inna Patty because I respected her a lot and I hoped she would have good thoughts of me.
Lets address the elephant in the room, the winner Miss Giuseppina Nana Akua Baafi was stripped off her title and then you and the first runner up resigned. Now you know we would love some inside scoop (and don’t worry we would not tell anyone.. 🙂 )
From your perspective what amounted to such err what do I call it “mini scandal”?
This “mini scandal” as you call it has soo many things involved and cannot be exhausted ever, you probably have to push for an interview with Pina to clear things up for yourself.
Interesting, now is it true you had to pay a certain sum of money to guarantee you a spot in the competition?
Not true, however we were asked to raise some sponsorship money that would secure you a spot in the top ten. so the two ladies who raised the most were automatically put into top ten Margaret and Michelle, I did not raise much but I secured a place for myself through Miss Photogenic and Miss discipline.

It was not as if you had to raise the money to be placed, once you had other things going for you, you didn’t have to worry at all.

Do you still communicate with your other counterparts
Yes! very much so, we lived together for some time and as a result we bonded so yes we communicate a lot! We text, Pina calls me and Margaret as well. We talk about any and everything mostly besides The Miss Ghana issue.

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Do you have any regrets? If you had to do it all over again would do it differently or would you rather not?
No regrets, people ask what benefits I got and I say I met some truly amazing ladies, a few of which I could help in my own small way, so I am glad I got to be a part of some peoples lives in order to impart upon them positively.
If you had any advice or suggestions for the organizers, what would it be?
Well I would zip up here, because it is soo obvious what is lacking within the organization they do not need me to be telling them what to do.
Now away from the drama, Whats next for Miss Crystal Selorm Amudzi?
As I said I just started an interior design company and hoping to see it bloom and make an impact in the Ghanaian home furnishing industry. I am looking forward to doing a masters in cultural studies or taking a 2nd degree in Law. and finally my language dreams… Also I will be starting my national Service at the English department of the University of Ghana
I love it when young women have an entrepreneurial spirit.  A big thank you to Crystal for being such a good sport, I hope you enjoyed the interview