Pinaman Owusu – fashion for development

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Pinaman Owusu never thought she’d have anything to do with fashion, but now this Ghanaian born kiwi will have the honour of showcasing collections from 6 contemporary African designers & 2 emerging hot NZ based African talents to about 300 guests in Wellington at an event she has been working toward for over three years – the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.

http://www.africafashionfestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/africafashfest/?fref=ts

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Pinaman Owusu – African Fashion Queen

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If you are interested in beautiful clothes or following big dreams then this is an introduction to a striking young Ghanaian Wellingtonian woman Pinaman Owusu.
She is on a mission to connect New Zealand and Africa through fashion and the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.
Before I had this interview I wasn’t sure why I would want to wear African fashion but after hearing about why she wants to do this, I do now.

To Donate to the Spark My Potentail by Monday 6th of April http://sparkmypotential.co.nz/project/africafashionfestival

More about the African Fashion Festival here http://www.africafashionfestival.com/

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/charity-shop-cast-offs-are-killing-culture-in-ghana-says-top-historian.24734972

Pinaman’s fav track by Kiwi band Weird Together, filmed in Accra Ghana.

Robin Hammond – an eye for injustice

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Wilton boy, Robin Hammond’s commitment to human rights photography has lead him to win many coveted awards for his work.

In this interview we talk to Robin about how he ended up in African prisons to show us what is happening when the support system for people with mental disability fails post war. He also talks about his photo shoot ” the Dark side of Denim” which showed the environmental effects that denim production had on a small African village. And what he saw in Tuvalu as the people on this beautiful island start to drown under the effects of climate change.

Robin was here to be inducted into the Massey Creative Hall of Fame, as well as to accompany the World Press exhibition featuring his award winning photographs from the “Condemned” series and to see his Mum and Dad.

The World Press exhibition is on at the NZ Portrait Gallery, Shed 11 until September 21st.

http://www.http://worldpressphoto.org.nz/wellington/

http://www.robinhammond.co.uk/category/features/

Rose Mensah – fair trade inspiration

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Rose Mensah, a cocoa bean farmer from Ghana came to Wellington to kick off Fair Trade Fortnight and share her story about how being in a fair trade co-op benefit’s her community.
Hearing her story lead me to ask Wellington fair trade stalwarts, Christian from Trade Aid , Matt and Kate from All Good Bananas and Rochelle from Wellington Chocolate Factory about the effects on their suppliers and their products from committing their businesses to being fair trade.
I also chat to Pravin Sawmy of Fairtrade New Zealand about NZ’s astounding growth in Fair trade products is in just 9 years.

Sam Manzanza – African beats in Wellington

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The way Sam Manzanza has constantly contributed good energy through his music has been a real gift to Wellington. He is now also the chairman of the African Community Council bringing our growing African residents together with one voice.

It was a great treat for me to be able to talk to Sam about his life before and here in New Zealand and how we can all celebrate the 51st Africa Day.

Jacqui Hooper – Welly’s Jane Goodall

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I had the pleasure of being able to talk to Jacqui Hooper, our devoted Primate Keeper at Wellington Zoo. She has recently returned from her second working Volunteer trip at the The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa so she could understand more about the now endangered Chimpanzee’s.

Barika – bringing Africa to Wellington

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Barika, owner of Afrika restaurant came in to tell us about the vigil they were holding for Nelson Mandela. I was also keen to know what the best thing on the menu was, and why everyone in Wellington is hanging out at Afrika these days.