Entries by Ginanne Brownell

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New York Times: How Diverse Is African Art? A 54 Volume Encyclopaedia Will Try For an Answer

ACCRA, Ghana — Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, a Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker, drove around trying to find a place for brunch one recent Monday. Many places were slow to open, and navigating in Accra is an exercise in calm, patience and practice as directions often rely on landmarks instead of street names. Ms. Oforiatta-Ayim has […]

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NPR: Giving Power to Women in Ghana

HO, GHANA–Evelyn Sewodey, 25, used to sell fried yams in her village of Tanyigbe, a job that really wasn’t going anywhere. Two years ago she heard about a new free program that taught electrical and solar energy skills to disadvantaged young women (and a few men as well). She didn’t really think she’d be interested […]

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New York Times: The Plush Pleasure of Velvet

LONDON — ’Tis the season for wearing velvet — or so it would seem during a browse through the Notting Hill branch of the high-end boutique Matches. In the shoe section there was Saint Laurent (poppy-red strappy sandals), Malone Souliers (gold and red embroidered mules in black velvet) and Aquazzura (deep-blue ankle boots), while handbags included […]