Friday, October 30, 2009

Tees now available at the online store!

Now you can get your
Accra tees at our online store too!

Plus lots of other cool Ghana stuff.

For more info or to make a purchase please visit the store at:

Goods ship worldwide.

More items in-store!

Meet the Artist - Larry Otoo

The Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana invites you to MEET THE

Larry Otoo is a Ghanaian artist, born in 1956 and presently working
and living in Accra. He graduated form the College of Art at the
University of Science and Technology in Kumasi in 1981. Additionally
he has a Master’s degree in African Art and Comparative Literature
from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Larry is “one of the most successful artists in Ghana, with
exhibitions in Europe, Canada and the United States.” His style has
been described as encompassing realism, expressionism and abstraction.
However he himself seems to have a bias towards the latter, he
believes “there will be a shift from realistic painting to more
abstract painting. Abstract is a form that permeates every society. It
is universal.”

The content of his work is primarily inspired by Ghanaian day to day
activities. He has described how “Each time I pick up the brush to
paint, I have a strong feeling that an obligation has been placed on
me to record and preserve our tradition visually.” He gathers
inspiration from the positive images of everyday life “music, the
market, the seamstress’s place” and considers himself to be a social,
rather than political commentator. However he does not simply paint
the ‘traditional’ images around him but rather more “contemporary
things, like fashion shows….and sports, like billiards, football or
golf.” Additionally Jazz music, which he was exposed to as a child,
seems to have inspired and influence Larry Otoo significantly. “The
music is almost tangible in the abstract rhythm with which he paints
his musicians.”


Venue: Alliance Francaise

Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

This Project is funded by the European Union, supported by the
Cultural Initiative Support Programme and Alliance Francaise - Accra

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Online Store now open!

Now you can get all your
Accra memorabilia regardless of where you are in the world!

Plus lots of other cool Ghana stuff.

For more info or to make a purchase please visit the store at:

Goods ship worldwide.

More items in-store!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ye Ko Didi - Won Ko Skul

Come to the launch of "Ye Ko Didi - Won Ko Skul" (We Eat - They
School): Tuesday, October 20th!

MISSION: to improve access to education for children of low-income
families in Accra

APPROACH: we'll host a monthly dinner with entertainment at
restaurants around Accra; the restaurants agree to provide the food at
cost, and we donate 100% of the proceeds to scholarship funds at the
CJ School and Light Academy in Accra.

PLACE: Ryan's Irish Pub, OSU
DATE & TIME: October 20th, 6:30-7:30 (happy hour), 7:30 dinner served
LIVE MUSIC: Gouda, a hip Accra-based band!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


This week although I've been busy preparing all the wonderful changes and additions we've got coming I did take the time out (finally) to check out Arlecchino (meaning harlequin), the new Italian ice cream parlour on Cantonments road (Oxford street), Osu. Loved the ice cream and the olive pastry was delish too. Looking forward to trying some of their other sweet treats.

Check them out when you get the chance..

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Click of the week (you heard it here first, as usual)

I am dead against cigarette smoking and think it is the most disgusting thing EVER invented. So now I've found a solution I just HAVE to share (being the information distributor that I am lol).

After the ban of public smoking in the UK and other places I guess smokers and tobacco companies have had some time to think things through and have come to their senses at last because today my brother sent this link

>>Click of the week<<

Safe cigarettes, without the fumes.

Now all you smokers go buy them immediately and stop killing us all! ^_^

Sunday, August 16, 2009


On Friday the 21st of August 2009 the extremely talented Mensah Ansah will be hosting 'Expressions' a literary night. You can look forward to readings by Harruna Attah, Mutombo, Winifred Mesah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Alba K. Suprim and many more.

Date: 21st August 2009
Time: 19:00
Venue: Smoothy's, Cantonments road (Oxford street), Osu (Next to Papaye in the ADB building)
Hosted by:  Mensah Ansah

See you there!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Talk Party

Out of ideas for things to do on a Sunday evening?  Fret no more, now you can come to the Nubuke Foundation and enjoy poetry and good conversation.

Bring a bottle or some snacks and have a good time.

Date: Sunday 5th July 2009
Time: 17:00
Venue: The Nubuke Foundation, East Legon (see link below for directions)

(look out for this symbol)

Another Literary Event

Ayesha Harunna Attah will be reading from her debut Novel
Harmattan Rain
Date: 19th June 2009 (Today)
Place: Josie's Cuppa Cappuccino, Airport Residential Area


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tell me what you think guys... Christmas Drive?

I have been thinking about doing a Christmas drive this Christmas (for the past hour) (we've got Antoine to thank for this ^_^).  And seeing as a Christmas drive would involve everyone being driven I thought I'd ask you, our blog readers, what you thought of the idea.

The I 
♥ Accra Christmas drive.  On Christmas day we all show Accra how much we care and make someone else's Christmas special.  We won't be asking for any cash donations but we will be asking for people to contribute food, drinks and their time.  I know Christmas is supposed to be a time for families but there are people in our beloved city that have no families or no one that cares about them enough to make their day memorable so why don't we sacrifice as we were sacrificed for and dedicate our Christmas to someone else this year?

Let me know what you think of the idea.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Today I was going through my emails when I came across an email from the Ghana Bloggers group I am a member of directing me to the blog of a potential member. I decided to put it on here because it's got some interesting pics of life in GH.


Monday, April 27, 2009


On the road from 30th April to 7th of May 2009

Brought To You By the French Embassy and Vodafone 

Organized by the Cultural Affairs Services of the French Embassy in partnership with Vodafone, the Cultural Caravan is an initiative designed to challenge artists to develop entertainment by creating new ideas and material which will help the local industry grow. The Culture Caravan is a musical in a contemporary context, with a DJ, a band, traditional musicians, dancers, artists and actors taking you through local fables, daily drama, current news and issues in a format that bears some resemblance to Concert Parties. Starring Hiplife Grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, Kwaw Kese, King Ayisoba, Wanlov the Kubolor, DJ Black, Master Drummer Okyerema Yaw Kontor and his all female drummers and theatre starlet Abena Takyi amongst others.

Arnaud Dornon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy spent months developing the concept with Pidgen Music, and enlisted the help of renowned Director Michel Crespin (nicknamed the “Pope of Street Art” in France) to assist with the project. Speaking about the collaboration, he said “the French Government appreciates how important our culture is to our development and economy, and I am very excited by this project, which combines the best from France with the best from Ghana.This is also a new era in commercial partnerships and we are very happy to have Vodafone as sponsors of this project.”

Panji Anoff, the Artistic Director, is very upbeat. “People don’t even know that Reggie Rockstone is an actor who went to drama school and performed in many plays in the U.K. before hiplife. We have Reggie, Wanlov the Kubolor, Kwaw Kese, King Ayisoba and Abena and Yaw Kontor acting roles, performing their hit songs and DJ Black scratching video.This will be a real treat for the audience. Ghanaians are always eager for something refreshing and it is time our artists are challenged with real opportunities to show their talent and ability.”

Vodafone’s sponsorship of this Culture Caravan is a first in the industry. As David Anku, Events manager at Vodafone puts it, “At Vodafone we believe in supporting the local arts industry. By associating with this novel concept, we are saying that we are ready to see it make waves and look forward to the reviews that it will garner.”

The Culture Caravan is brought to you by the French Embassy and proudly supported by Vodafone. Media Partners: TV3, The Multimedia Broadcasting Company and the Graphic Communications Group.


Round 1.    Thur. 30th April, Takoradi Jubilee Park  
             Fri. 1st May, Elmina Castle Park
          Sat. 2nd May, Kasoa, fmr. Market Sqr.
          Sun 3rd May - Jamestown Mantse Agbona
Round 2.    Thu. 7th May, Kumasi, Jubilee Grounds 

          Fri. 8th May, Koforidua, Jackson Park
          Sat. 9th May, Nkawkaw Ofori Park
          Sun. 10th May, Obuasi Black Park

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ghana Through the Lens: A Photo Journey by Willis Bell

The Gothe-Institut and Mmofra Foundation presents a spectacular photo memoir of the immediate post-Independence years of Ghana. The exhibition provides a glimpse of 100,000 images of Ghana bequeathed to the custody of Mmofa Foundation by long time Ghanaian resident, photographer Willis Eugene Bell (1924-1999).

The archive is in the process of restoration and digitization under the technical direction of Alf Bremer with the support of the Gothe-Institut.

Dates: Wednesday, April 21 - Tuesday, May 5 2009
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: The Nubuke Foundation, 7th Adamafio close, East Legon, near Aristocrat Hotel.
Entry: Free

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blow Up @ The Dei Center

The Dei Center

Invites you to
A discussion
Collecting Contemporary Art

With Gregory R. Miller
Managing Director, Greenhill Co.
and President, Gregory R. Miller Co.

Book Launch of

Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up
Blowup is a twenty-year retrospective monograph of Lyle Ashton Harris’s work featuring recent photographs made while living in Ghana. Contributors to the book include Ghana’s own philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah and artist/scholar Senam Okudzeto. Appiah discusses Harris’s work in the context of a penetrating commentary regarding contemporary Ghana and Okudzeto offers an insightful conversation between herself and the artist.

Date: Sunday 26th April 2009

The Dei Center
No.7A Ninth Street
Tesano - Accra

Time: 4.00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Co-Hosted by Nat Amarteifio

The Dei Center for contemporary art is a partnership between the Seth and Carleene Dei Foundation and New York University’s Africa House. The mission of the Dei Center is to support and promote the creation, study, exhibition, and conservation of contemporary African art, with a special emphasis on the visual art of Ghana. Through academic symposia, exhibitions and public lectures, the Dei Center will make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of artists, scholars and students in Ghana and throughout the international community.

Gregory R. Miller Biography

Gregory Miller is a Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., an independent global investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and merchant banking. Greenhill & Co. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: GHL). At Greenhill, Miller serves clients in the media industry, with a particular focus on companies involved in publishing and information services in both the U.S and Europe. Prior to joining Greenhill in early 2004, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, where he worked for more than 14 years. He has worked with some of the world's largest publishing and information companies and has advised on more than 100 merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions in all segments and media of the industry.
In 2004, Miller launched Gregory R. Miller & Co. (, a publisher of high quality books about contemporary art and artists. His publishing company’s books aim not only to enhance our understanding and appreciation of art but also to make a contribution to the broader cultural dialogue of which contemporary art is an essential part. Gregory R. Miller & Co. has published highly regarded and award-winning publications on artists such as Marilyn Minter, Ann Hamilton, Amy Sillman, Ellen Harvey, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Forthcoming publications include major monographs on Ghada Amer, Uta Barth, Joan Jonas, Adrian Piper, and Mark Bradford, among others. D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers distributes the publications of Gregory R. Miller & Co.
Miller is President of the Board of White Columns and is a Member of the Board and Treasurer of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is also a member of the Painting & Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and a member of the International Center of Photography’s Acquisitions Committee. Miller received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993 and a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.

Lyle Ashton Harris Biography

Lyle Ashton Harris was born in the Bronx and raised in New York City and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He currently lives and works in New York City and Accra, Ghana. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva. Harris participated in the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville and the 52nd Venice Biennale. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Harris’s commissioned work is regularly featured in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Vibe, and New York. During 2000 and 2001, he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is represented by CRG Gallery in New York. Gregory R. Miller & Co. has recently published a monograph of the artist, Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up, with essays by Cassandra Coblentz, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and Kwame Anthony Appiah. Forthcoming in 2009, Gregory R. Miller & Co. will publish Lyle Ashton Harris, Excessive Exposure: The Complete Chocolate Portraits, with an essay by Okwui Enwezor and foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. In 2004, Gregory R. Miller & Co. published Lyle Ashton Harris, with an essay by Anna Deavere Smith. Harris is a Professor of Art at NYU in Ghana.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lloyd Live at Rhapsody's!

The only place you want to be on Thursday the 2nd of April is RHAPSODY'S, where R n' B singer LLOYD, from Atlanta, GA will be performing LIVE!

Lloyd, who is signed to The Inc. (Def Jam records) is better known for tracks like Get It Shawty, Girls Around The World feat. Lil Wayne and Southside with Asanti among others.

This is not to be missed!

For the love of it...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Duplex

This Wednesday try out Duplex in Osu. It's a great bar and lounge located next to Simbins furniture.  You'll like it.  Nice and relaxed.  Just what you need for a quiet drink.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I ♥ Accra's Super Valentines Promotions

This Valentines day we've got 2 amazing deals for all our members! Don't miss out, call now!

1. This February get amazing discounts on a super special Valentines weekend or night at the African Regent Hotel.

Romantic dinner, Valentines theme suites and breakfast
all at an amazing I ACCRA discount.

*For further enquires or to book your special valentines weekend deal call 0288822272.

2. Are you sweet and single this valentines day? Well not to worry. You can get 2 meals for the price of one at 'Red Chilli'

To order call 0247902809 or 0246861707 and quote 'I ACCRA VALENTINE' for your free meal!

*Discretion guaranteed