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Raw sex, big hips, beer and more… A quickie with Ghana’s Mr Africa 2018, Jason Asare Akoto

Mr Model Africa 2017 winner, Jason Asare Akoto is set to represent Ghana at the annual Mr Africa pageant this year. The Bsc Banking and Finance graduate from the University of Ghana seems to have found a passion in the modeling sector and hopes to make it big on the international scene, despite the many […]

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 A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

Mr Model Africa 2017 winner, Jason Asare Akoto is set to represent Ghana at the annual Mr Africa pageant this year.

The Bsc Banking and Finance graduate from the University of Ghana seems to have found a passion in the modeling sector and hopes to make it big on the international scene, despite the many challeges facing the sector in Ghana.

AmeyawDebrah.com caught up with 6.5ft tall model for a  fun quick chat as follows:

How did you get into modelling?

I began modelling in 2011, not professionally at that time. Did a couple of shoots and runway shows for a friend who at that time had a clothing line {Frozen Jungle}.  My older sister actually introduced me to my first agent; she kind of gave me that first push. But in 2015 I was spotted by one French Photographer Emilio who saw potential and served as sort of a “Sensei” on my model path.

So would you say modelling in Ghana has been what you expected?

Initially I was excited and expected a more grand and matured industry. But what I met was a young but promising industry, which lacks the necessary resources, both financial and organization.

What are some of the challenges you have been facing as a model in Ghana?

As a model in Ghana I encountered numerous challenges in terms of the structure and organization of fashions, not meeting designers until the day of the show to get fitted, lack of creative advertisement and promotional strategies, models getting underpaid.

 A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

I think more financial attention must be giving to the fashion industry. Eg Banks sponsoring Fashion weeks. Organisers or fashion influencers must be more strategic with their planning and organizing fashion events in order to get the highest level of output which will hence raise the standards of the fashion industry in Ghana. In a nutshell, “Pay Attention to Details”

What has been your biggest highlight?

Well so far becoming Mr. Model Africa 2017 is the most highlighted for me

How was the journey of Model of Africa like, why did you enter, how was the experience? What do you hope to achieve after winning?’

I joined the competition because I felt it’s the most ideal platform to expand my modelling career and exposure in the Fashion Industry. The journey was very demanding but very mind opening. Equipping me with the necessary tools to operate and thrive in the Fashion Industry. Hoping it opens greater opportunities and gives me the exposure I need to get to the top.

What do you do besides modelling?

Apart from modelling I’m a personal trainer, mostly home calls. Hoping to establish state-of-the-art Sports and recreational centres among a few of other plans in the vault

 A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

Models are often seen as playboys, are you one?

No I’m not a playboy although people assume and expect me to be one

Are you dating? What is your taste in women?

Yes I’m dating. She has to be smart, ambitious, beautiful and sexy, fitness conscious, down to earth.

What has been your wildest sex experience?

I don’t kiss and tell

Which do you prefer a younger woman or and older woman?

Older because the know what they want…most often than not

What does being sexy mean to you?

Sexy is being comfortable and confident in your skin

What are your tips on staying sexy?

Work out at least three times a week and be confident

What is a routine day like for you?

Typically hit the gym when I wake up, eat,  relax with some video games, if any business I gotta handle gets handled.

Any training regiment? Training tips

100 push ups a day. 10reps of 10 sets, 100 sit ups 10 reps of 10 sets.

Any special diets?

Not really. Blessed with a fast metabolism.

What is the funniest thing someone ever told you on social media

I want you to marry my daughter.

What are the trendiest fashion accessories of the moment for you?

Fashionable Holsters

Casual or formal?

Casual. But I clean up good

Leather or metallic watch?

Leather

Shoes or flip flops?

Shoes

Tattoo or piercing?

Both

 A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

A quickie with Mr Africa finalist, Jason Asare Akoto

African print or Western clothing?

both

Favourite colour?

Grey

Favourite fragrance/perfume?

Issey Miyake

Favorite food?

Waakye

Condom or raw?

Raw

Beer or spirit?

Beer

Football or basketball?

Football

Big boobs or big hips?

Big hips

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Sprayground Partners with Renowned Artists Ron English And Florian Reinhardt For an Unforgettable Art Basel Collaboration

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Expressive fashion house Sprayground, the most influential streetwear brand known for its thought-provoking and innovative designs, has teamed up with two of the most prolific artists, Ron English and Florian Reinhardt (EXIT ART) to launch two exclusive collections at Art Basel 2022.

Ron English’s highly coveted collection features 13 beautiful, eclectic, unique designs, with a high dose of energy through its vivid colors and patterns paired with Popaganda’s smiley face logo. These designs include an eccentric zebra-patterned elephant handbag, vibrant poodle pouchette, futuristic rabbit backpack, and Vincent Van Gogh-esque landscape backpack. This collection speaks to its audience in colorful inspirations with vibrant and bright pinks, teals, reds, yellows, and blues. The iconic smiley face can be seen on Sprayground’s well known bear bag, carry on, three additional backpacks, mini duffle, smiley sunflower tote, and hoodies in black, neon pink, and a vibrant blue. The Sprayground x Ron English collection will be showcased for the first time during a private event at The Museum of Graffiti, Wynwood, on December 1.783A8080

Sprayground’s collection with EXIT ART features Reinhardt’s signature eye-catching snapshots of exit signs on Sprayground’s new handbag style, duffle bag, and backpack. Reinhardt fantasizes of freedom and dreams of new beginnings, creating these vivid scenes of signs that provide hints of a way out. Each bag has an explosion of snapshots Reinhardt captured in eclectic and vibrant colors paired with Spraygrounds iconic and collectible art-piece – the Shark Mouth design. This collection will launch at the Rudolf Budja gallery on December 1, at an exclusive event sponsored by Rolls Royce.

Sprayground first captured worldwide attention when the ‘Hello My Name’ backpack debuted over 10 years ago. Sprayground founder, David BenDavid (DBD), had high hopes to create a brand that he felt represented his childhood and upbringing. Exposed to streetwear, art and a variety of cultures from a young age, DBD took all this inspiration and turned it into creativity that is now admired worldwide.

For more news and exclusive first looks, head to @sprayground.

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54 Kingdoms Unveils Its Final World Cup Collection: Forward Ever, Backward Never!

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54 Kingdoms Unveils Its Final World Cup Collection: Forward Ever, Backward Never!

The 2022 FIFA World Cup just kicked off in Qatar, where Africa is being represented by Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

For most Africans, the tournament is a platform that reinforces continental unity, helping bridge the gap between Africans on the continent, and Diasporans globally. Since 2010, when South Africa became the first African country to host the tournament, 54 Kingdoms embarked on a creative journey of designing collections inspired by the United African vision engineered by the honorable Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Forward Ever, Backward Never is the final World Cup collection by 54 Kingdoms as the company reaches the last phase of its unity design blueprint. The blueprint, which is primarily inspired by Pan-African giants, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Garvey ― aims to give the continent a larger vision of itself via four main themes: Educate, Unite, Build and Progress. Each collection is tied to a theme dating back to Homecoming in 2010 (Educate), Score for Unity in 2014 (Unite), and Goal 54 in 2018 (Build).

“This is a bittersweet moment for us. As storytellers, one of the hardest things is to write an ending for any story, and unfortunately the end has come for our World Cup collection series. This creative journey started with inspiration from Dr. Nkrumah and will end with him. Hence, a collection paying homage to one of his profound statements, Forward Ever, Backward Never” ~ Kwaku Awuah, 54 Kingdoms President.

In the Progress phase, the Forward Ever, Backward Never (FEBN) design seeks to echo Nkrumah’s larger vision of a united and developed Africa free of any form of colonial rule. However, ‘Forward Ever, Backward Never’ also means Africa shouldn’t bemoan its past misdeeds all the time; we should forge ahead, but when a similar challenge resurfaces, we look back and remind ourselves that we shouldn’t make the same mistake again.

Throughout this tournament, Forward Ever, Backward Never is a reminder to Africa’s representatives to push forward even when it seems impossible, and never look back!

The Forward Ever, Backward Never is a limited edition collection available for pre-orders on November 23, 2022 with expected shipment starting on December 9, 2022. More details will be updated on the 54 Kingdoms website soon!

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Photos: Red carpet fashion from the 2022 MTV EMAs

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The 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards took place in Düsseldorf, Germany on Sunday night hosted by Aotearoa’s very own Taika Waititi and his partner, British pop star Rita Ora. (more…)

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What your favourite Nigerian stars wore to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ premiere in Lagos

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The filmmakers and cast from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever celebrated the film’s upcoming release earlier last night at the film’s first official African premiere at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki in Lagos.

Director Ryan Coogler, along with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta Mejía. along with local musicians featured in the film, Seni Saraki, Teni Zaccheaus, Bloody Civilian, P Priime, Cracker Mallo, Lady Donli, LMBSKN, Bolaji Williams, Olamiji “G-Lammy” Sodiya, Uzo Nwabudike and DBN Gogo joined dignitaries and guests at the black carpet premiere event.

Also present were some of the Nigerian showbiz’s leading men and women. Here is what some of them wore to the Wakanda-themed premiere!

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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther remains the number one film in both East and West Africa and, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, fans will welcome back some familiar faces whilst being introduced to brand new characters. In the film, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theatres across Africa on 11 November 2022.

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Chalé.Global Launches ‘Love Ghana, Love Chalé’ Jersey Collection

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Ghanaian forward-thinking fashion brand, Chalé.Global unveils a new jersey collection designed for patriots and lovers of everything Ghana. (more…)

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Sprayground Launches Its Limited Edition Sailor Moon Anime-Inspired Backpack

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Sprayground – the rebellious, artistically designed backpack and apparel brand, is unveiling a new backpack design inspired by the tales of love and friendship throughout the legendary series of Sailor Moon. 

This official collaboration with Sailor Moon features Sailor Moon herself in vibrant colors overlaying a starry night – and (of course) the iconic Shark Mouth that Sprayground is known and loved for. The graphics in this collaboration explore the magic of the legendary manga series featuring a visually stunning starry night background for Sailor Moon to stand out by. 

David BenDavid, founder and creative director of Sprayground, ensured this design was nothing short of eccentric by creating such a large portrait design backpack for the series. Sprayground has made a name for themselves in the fashion industry for their artsy, unique, fun and elevated versions of a regular backpack. All Sprayground backpacks are complete with a separate laptop compartment and a conveniently-placed velour interior pouch, as well as some fun secret pockets! 

As with all Sprayground backpacks, the Sailor Moon collaboration will be a limited release and will never again be produced when – not if, when – it sells out. This backpack will make anyone feel like a sailor scout!

Retailing at $65 USD, the new collection is available to shop now at www.sprayground.com. For more news and exclusive first looks, head to @sprayground. 

 

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