Africa’s biggest modern art gallery opens in Cape Town

Africa’s largest gallery for contemporary art from the continent and its diaspora has opened in the South African city of Cape Town.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocaa) is set inside old grain silos on the V&A Waterfront.

The building has been converted by UK architect Thomas Heatherwick into a maze of rooms with bulbous windows.

An installation by South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).
The work of South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga is influenced by his background in fashion design


Visitors are greeted by a giant flying dragon made of rubber, created by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo.

This file photo taken on September 15, 2017 shows a sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo dominating the main hall in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town.
A sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo dominates the main hall

Much of the work on display comes from the private collection of the museum’s patron, former Puma chief executive Jochen Zeitz, who is German.

“Africans need to come on board,” he says. “It’s not my museum or the Waterfront’s – it’s for Africa.”

Photographic art by artist Cyrus Kabiru from Kenya at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Cyrus Kabiru, a 32-year-old visual artist from Kenya, was named one of Quartz’s Africa Innovators for 2016
An installation by South African artist Nandipha Mntambo using cow hides on exhibit at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Cow hides are fashioned to resemble the human form by South African artist Nandipha Mntambo

One of the biggest draws is a selection of work by the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, who won the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award last week.

This piece by El Anatsui, called Dissolving Continents, is made of interlinking pieces of aluminium and copper

Critics say the collection is missing some important African artists.

“The absence of works by Cameroonians Samuel Fosso, Pascale Martine Tayou and Barthélémy Toguo, as well as South Africans Robin Rhode, Tracey Rose and Berni Searle – all esteemed, pace-setting artists – hints at crucial blind spots,” says one reviewer in South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper.

A visitor takes photos of an artwork by South African artist Kendell Geers, during the media opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on September 15, 2017 in Cape Town.
Kendell Geers’ Hanging Piece (1993) alludes to acts of violence carried out during apartheid in South Africa
Exterior of Zeitz Mocaa

Source: BBC


Uncle Ebo Whyte surprises Rawlings on 70th Birthday

The Roverman Productions on Thursday night staged of its drama series at the National Theatre in honour of former President Jerry John Rawlings, on the anniversary of his 70th Birthday.

The Rawlings@70 Birthday drama brought together former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda; Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu; former Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho as well as MP for Kpone Katamanso, Nii Afotey Agbo.

Also in attendance, was a host of celebrities including Coach of the senior national football team, Black Stars, Kwasi Appiah.

Former President Rawlings, who was joined by his wife Nana Konadu and their daughter Zanetor Rawlings, was in his usual black and white dress.

A birthday cake decorated with his past and present pictures, was cut to commemorate the day .



Source: Ghana |

Photos: Georgina Wood sworn in as member of Council of State

President Akufo-Addo has sworn in Justice Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood as a member of the Council of State. Below are

some beautiful pictures from the ceremony.

President Akufo-Addo visits Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso (Photos)

President  Akufo-Addo has touched down in Cote d’Ivoire on the final leg of a three-nation tour of neighbouring countries.

He was welcomed on his arrival Friday by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on his final stop after visits to Togo and Burkina Faso earlier in the week.

Topical among the issues to be discussed by the two leaders include illegal mining in Ghana which the Minister of Environment, Science and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng said affects water bodies in Cote d’Ivoire during his a recent visit.

The visit will also enable President Akufo-Addo to explore and deepen bilateral relations between both countries.

The President is expected to return to Ghana on Sunday, May 7.

Burkina Faso visit

Early on Thursday (May 4, 2017), President Akufo-Addo visited Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, with his agenda being “to develop the initiatives that will bring prosperity to our people.”

At a State Dinner held in his honour, and in responding to the remarks made by His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the most important of these initiatives “are the regional projects in the area of infrastructure, and especially transportation.”

See Also: President Akufo-Addo in Togo; warmly received by Faure Gnassingbé (Photos)

According to President Akufo-Addo, “it would be, for me, perhaps, the highlight of my presidency if, indeed, I was able, together with you (President Kaboré), to launch the beginning of the Accra-Ouagadougou railway project.”

His commitment to this project, he told the Burkinabe leader, is evidenced by the fact that “right at the beginning of my government, I decided to establish a special Ministry for Railways Development in Ghana. In fact, the Minister himself is here to give testimony to the seriousness with which we look at this project.

“I would be very disappointed if the two sides are unable to find a solution to how we can get the Accra-Ouagadougou railway going”.

By the same measure, President Akufo-Addo stated that “the concern we have in Ghana, that you know about, is about the control of the water resources of our two countries”, adding that these “are matters that we are going to be able to address.”

The President was referring to the yearly opening of the Bagre Dam spillway, which causes flooding in the 3 Northern Regions of Ghana, resulting in the destruction of lives, farmlands, livestock, and property.

It is for this reason that the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Kofi Adda, MP; the Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Atta Akyea, MP, and the Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, accompanied President Akufo-Addo on his visit to Burkina Faso to find lasting solutions, with their Burkinabe counterparts, to this phenomenon, by channeling the water spilled from the dam into productive ventures for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Africa must stand together

President Akufo-Addo noted that the new crop of African leaders have come into office at a critical time in the lives of the African peoples, where old alliances are having to be reshaped, and, therefore, implying that  Africa has to look for new sources and new areas of committing the development of the continent.

“The most important thing is to recognize the need for us to stand on our own two feet and resolve African problems with African resources and African personnel. We cannot and will not accept that other people can come and develop the continent of Africa for us. It will not happen, and the sooner all of us work together and recognize the necessity of collaborating on a platform that will lead to the prosperity of our peoples, the better,” he added.

Touching on the fight against terrorism, President Akufo-Addo assured President Kaboré that “in Nana Akufo-Addo and in his government, the people of Burkina Faso have a strong and steadfast friend.” 

He expressed the appreciation of the peoples of West Africa for “the sacrifices the Burkinabe people, who are in the frontline of the fight against terrorism, are making to guarantee the peace and security not just of their own country, but the region as a whole.”

To this end, he reiterated Ghana’s commitment to “standing beside you in that fight and want you to know that whatever, within our modest means, we can do to promote the success of that struggle, you can count on us.”

With relations between the peoples of Ghana and Burkina Faso dating back to several centuries, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “even though there has been a change in direction and leadership in Ghana, our fundamental commitment to a close and sustaining relationship with the people of the Republic of Burkina Faso remains unchanged. Ghana continues to be by your side and continues to seek a relationship of intimacy and friendship.”

 Source: Ghana |

Some entertainment personalities at Efya’s Birthday (Check out photos)

Some entertainment personalities, on Thursday, joined forces to surprise bubbly singer Efya with a birthday party as she turned 30.

The singer, born Jane Awindor, turned 30 on Monday, April 10.

Some of the personalities who attended the surprise party organized at Twist Club and Lounge in Labone, Accra, included MzVee, Omar Sterling (Paedae of R2Bees), Stephanie Benson, Kiki Banson, and Benny Blanco.

See some of the photos below (Photos credit: Twinsdntbeg)



Benny Blanco and Efya


Stephanie Benson (middle)


Omar Sterling

Benny Blanco

Efya and Benny Blanco

Efya and Kiki Banson

Efya and MzVee

Efya and MzVee