Birthed out of the need to fill the gaping hole that a lack of local accessory designers presented, on DAY 6, we feature AKILA , a premium Ghanaian brand that specializes in hand-crafted beaded accessories.
The founder and creative director of Akila, Ruth-Maria Assandoh, holds a first class degree in Fine Arts from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Master's degree in sales and has built her business out of passion.
Akila works with locally and internationally sourced beads and materials to create various accessories ranging from bags, hats, jewelry slippers as well as phone and computer cases.
All their accessories are created at their workshop in Accra, Ghana, by a team of talented artisans made up of deprived women, youth and the unemployed in the Ghanaian society, who have a desire to acquire skills with which they can begin a career in accessory making themselves.
"By providing free monthly training, the aim of targeting this group is to provide them with sustainable income to enable them become contributors to society, as we play our part in eradicating poverty."
Every AKILA piece is created to bridge the gap between African ingenuity and modern finesse.
Although operating from Accra, Ghana, AKILA pieces can be accessed world-wide via their website.
For this photoshoot I asked my girl Theresah who blogs at www.bijouxquibrillent.com to join me and you can tell how much fun we had on set.
My Hair and Make-up : Fixylooks (Instagram)
Terrie's Hair and Make-up: (Herself)
Bags : AKILA
Other Accessories : WittyShades
Photography : Israel