Felicia Abban is Ghana’s first female professional photographer. Photo: Felicia Abban/Courtesy of ANO   She learnt photography from her father Joseph Emmanuel Ansah, apprenticing to him in his studio in the Central Region, as the only female apprentice. Photo: Felicia Abban/Courtesy of ANO   She set up her own photography studio one year before independence in 1956, and shortly after became the personal photographer of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, taking pictures of impo...
Ghana had a historic visit by the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II in 1961 after the country attained independence. The man in charge at that time was Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.  Below are rare photos and video of the visit. 1. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   2. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   3. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   4. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   5. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   6. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos   7. Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum P...
Designer Sami Miró’s life revolves around vintage clothing. Her studio space is a trove of rare finds from old school Americana like denim and Harley Davidson t-shirts, to salvaged runway pieces which will eventually be meticulously cut, sewn and reimagined for celebrity and fashion-devotee clients. Since making LA her base of operations, Sami has scoured the sprawling city to build a network of suppliers, embroidery specialists and pattern technicians who help bring her garments to life. Giv...
In the 90s, double decker buses ruled the highways in and around Nairobi. The double-deckers had the driver in a separate cab. Passengers would access the buses via open doors located in the middle or front. Most of the buses were under the Stagecoach and Kenya Bus brands. It is rumored that they were banned after a number of accidents. Image: kenyatalk.net   Others reports say operations ceased due to mismanagement. Image: kenyatalk.net Similar forms of double-decker buses can still be fou...
Did you know Kenyans assembled the first ever African car? The ‘Nyayo Car’ was not only Kenya’s first independently developed car but also the first in Africa as a whole. The project was started by former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi. He is said to have ordered the construction of a local car with the legendary words  “do it…no matter how ugly or slow it may be.” But things didn’t quite work out as expected. In 1991, when the cars’ big public ...
We Rarely get a Second Chance, so When the First Opportunity Come to us, Use it Wisely   To win a prize in a lottery is what everyone dreams of, but if millions or billions of people play that, it will become more difficult mission to win, so some will not play it anymore. But if we love excitement and like to make a guess, then if we happen to be the lucky one who wins best price, we must also realize that this is likely to occur in our life just once. Happy as we do with it, we are someti...
A fisherman in Mwaembe village, Kwale, has just captured the member of the Dugong fish species that was last spotted in 1975. The dugong is a large grey sea mammal that’s about three metres long and weighs a staggering 400kg. It has a whale-like tail that moves up and down and helps it to swim. The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal. Since it feeds on sea grass, it has been known as ‘the marine cow’. It’s also known as Nguva in Swahili. Recorded n...
There is a sense of déjà vu for shareholders of Frontier Rare Earths Ltd., a mineral exploration and development company whose shares were once listed on the TSX but are now quoted on the friendly confines of the U.S. over-the-counter market. For the second time in six months, the company, which is principally focused on the development of a rare earth project in South Africa and a graphite project in Mozambique, has called a special shareholder’s meeting to discuss a proposed share consolid...
MUMBAI: Egyptian Eman Ahmed is the only person in the world found to be suffering from a gene defect that has made her abnormally obese, according to doctors treating her. The Egyptian weighed 498 kgs when brought to Mumbai, but now weighs 340 kgs following a bariatric surgery conducted on her earlier this month. Doctors said the operation may have some beneficial effects but does not deal with the underlying problem. "Eman is the only known person to have such a genetic defect," th...
So you’ve probably heard by now. A guy named Nana Kwame is making waves on social media after clapping back at Ghanaian journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni. It started like this:   Manasseh replied with this: I put up a post yesterday questioning why the Africa CEOs conference was being held in Geneva and not in an African city. I argued that if the conference was held in an African city, the hotel accommodation, food, shopping and other expenses of the CEOs and guests such as our President...
In late 1982, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Orphan Drug Act, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on January 4, 1983 – a long overdue New Year’s present for the collective of Americans with devastating rare diseases and their families, who had, until then, gotten the short end of the stick when it came to biopharmaceutical innovation and investment. The landmark law signaled a paradigm shift in treatments for rare disorders which afflict 200,000 or fewer peo...
When photography was invented in the mid-19th century, France became the nation that could boast providing the landscape captured in the first known photograph — but it didn’t take too long for the medium to make its way around the world. Though photography would capture changing history, or cause history to change, in many places, the timing of its arrival in China proved particularly interesting from a historical perspective. Travelers from the West brought the technology to Asia...
Satao II was found dead in Tsavo National Park after being killed by two poachers. Poachers have killed a 50-year-old ‘giant tusker’ elephant with a poisoned arrow, leaving just 25 of the iconic animals left in the world.   Satao II, named after another famed giant shot in 2014, was found dead in Tsavo National Park. Rangers found Satao II, who was ‘very approachable’ and loved by visitors, on a routine aerial reconnaissance of the park.   The huge animals ar...
Olusegun Obasanjo is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Before assuming the highest office in the country, Olusegun Obasanjo was a soldier in the army. Here are pictures of the former president like you’ve never seen him before: 1. All smiles and stuff Image: Nairaland   2. Baba in agbada Image: Nairaland   3. With the late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Image: Nairaland   4. With the late Emmanuel Oshoffa Image: Nairaland   5. With Dadd...
Remember president Moi’s ride? Well nowadays, it’s parked at the Public Works Garage in Industrial Area, Nairobi. The ride is a Mercedes-Benz 600, a high-end luxury sedan and limousine produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1963 to 1981. Famous owners of the 600 have included Pope John Paul and prominent celebrities such as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, singer John Lennon, Aristotle Onassis, actor Jack Nicholson, singer Elvis Presley, comedy actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr.Bean), Tv show host Jay...
MALDA: At least 1200 rare variety turtles were recovered by RPF personnel on duty at Malda Town railway station today, RPF officials said. "The turtles were kept in 35 bags and were brought to Malda by Down 4004 Anandgarh Express from Pratapgarh in UP," Sub-inspector of crime intelligence branch, RPF, J S Parihar said. "The turtles, all blackish in colour weighed between 200 grams and one kilogram," he said. Ajay, Suresh and Mahinder, all residents of Sultanpur in UP wh...
Stayzilla was founded by Yogendra Vasupal (C) with his wife Rupal Yogendra (L) and his friend Sachit Singhi (R) in 2010. They were avid travelers and their passion showed in the curation of exotic homestays on Stayzilla. Photo credit: Stayzilla. The initial 7 years were all about having negative working capital, positive cash flow, and a sustained ability to fund our own growth. Those were the only metrics we tracked. In the last 3 to 4 years, though, I can honestly state that somewhere I los...
A representative from Sotheby’s Hong Kong holds a rare 1684 violin by Antonio Stradivari to the press during a media preview in Hong Kong yesterday, ahead of the violin’s auction on March 28 in London where it is estimated to fetch between US$1.55 million to US$2.45 million.
Nyaung-u, Myanmar. Photo credit: marcovarro / 123RF. Ever since Myanmar opened up its economy following one of Asia’s most brutal dictatorships in 2010, everything from politics to culture and business in the once-isolated nation has radically changed. From being virtually off-grid, Myanmar has seen mobile usage rocket. This largely untapped market of 60 million people has caught the interest of entrepreneurs and investors alike. One of them is Justin Sway, a businessman based in Australia who...
Kenya has plenty of unsung heroes. One of them is Wilberforce ‘Maradona’ Mulamba. Wilberforce is the all-time leading scorer of AFC Leopards with 137 goals. He is mostly remembered for his lethal attacking combination with JJ Masiga. While JJ was a natural centre-forward, Wilberforce was the versatile and skillful playmaker who could whizz past several midfielders and defenders with ease and score on his own. He was a master dribbler hence earning himself the nickname ‘Maradon...