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Tekura (Furniture, Ghana)

Tekura: Walking Tables © courtesy David Ross for Amaridian– Featured in Contemporary Design Africa © Thames & Hudson

Tekura was started in 2000 by self-taught furniture designers, Josephine and Kweku Forson. The studio produces award-winning handcrafted furniture and decorative objects that are inspired by Ghana's rich artistic heritage. Elements and symbols of ancient legendary cultures such as those of the Fante and Asante are reinterpreted into stylised contemporary forms. Self-taught furniture designers, the Forsons have developed their own unique furniture production techniques, producing Tekura's collections in partnership with local artisans working from the company's Accra-based workshop, which also doubles as a gallery space showcasing the designs.

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Interview: In The Beginning Was Manana

Manana on his debut album 'In The Beginning Was The End', a relatable love story narrated backwards.

Ndumiso Manana had just purchased a microphone to complete his home studio setup when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a hard lockdown in 2020.

Unable to tour with his Seba Kaapstad family due to travel restrictions implemented as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, he did what many musicians in his circles, and around the world, were doing: he diverted his attention to something else.

In his case, the diversion led to one of 2020's most beguiling releases, In The Beginning Was The End, an album so perfect, so polished yet raw; so whole yet sparse; so sophisticated yet, strangely, relatable.

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Several Cultural Figures Sign Petition Supporting Ghana's LGBT Community

Naomi Campbell, Idris Elba, Edward Enninful and several others have signed a petition calling on Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo to support and protect the LGBT community which is under continued targeting.