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Guest blogger: Joana Nyantakyiwaa - an inspirational mum

International Women's Day and Mother's Day have all too keenly focussed the world's attention on the amazing women in all of our lives. My inspiration is much closer to home and comes from my amazing mum. She is not only beautiful, extremely accomplished as a business woman, mother, healer, chef, and positive thinker - she is unafraid of trying new activities.
She taught herself to knit and sew when my brother and I were children, graduated to crocheting doilies and then to creating fantastic flower arrangements. She inspired my love for creativity and established her own jewellery-making enterprise - creating earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
She set up her own business caring for elderly people for almost two decades and once that chapter in her life was drawing to an end, she went back to school and got a couple of GCSEs in English and Law (as you do!).
Saying I am proud of her would be an understatement and to highlight just how inspiring she continues to be, I wante…

Brixton exhibition preserves Ghana’s past

An East London family had no idea that two bags of letters brought back from Ghana would become the subject of a groundbreaking exhibition.

But when the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton got involved and enlisted the help of experts, these old documents - some dating back to 1894 - were deemed to be absolutely unique in Britain and a heritage asset that needed to be preserved.

The Adamah Papers exhibition was launched on Ghana Independence Day (6th March) and showcased letters written by and sent to Ewe King Fia Togbui Adamah II, and celebrated elements Ewe culture.

The link below highlights the journey of these papers from Ghana to the UK.

And check out an interview with exhibition curator Natalie Fiawoo. The exhibition is on until September 2018.

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Young, Black and Brilliant

Seun Oboite represents an emerging crop of young Black entrepreneurs that are combining talent, education and a fearlessness about entering the business world. Even though the 21-year-old has yet to finish studying or gain long-term experience in the jobs market, he has already created his own company and is beginning to employ staff. Checkmate Concevoir, the events platform, only launched in November 2016 but already Seun is carving out a name for himself in Manchester and Guildford as the go-to man for digital events services.

Digital tools Checkmate Concevoir is a small and more competitive equivalent of Ticketmaster, said Seun. It caters for companies hosting smaller events (between 50 - 1000 people) than Ticketmaster would consider and gives them tools to promote an organised event; seek sponsors and access valuable analytics and meta data through the sister brand Vivus. His decision to develop the online platform came while he was at the University of Surrey in Guildford studying ae…