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GORGEOUS: Grass- fields’ clothes are inspired by Africa – but made right here in the UK

NOT A lot of people know this but I actually started at ABN TV two years ago before I jumped on board at ABN Radio.

We are five years old this year (already!), have three times earned the title of the UK’s Favourite Black Broadcaster from the Screen Nation Awards in 2014 and 2017, and just recently again for 2018, cementing ABN TV as the leading black TV channel in the UK.

We have a whole lot of exciting things coming up this spring. First of all, we have launched on the Virgin TV viewing platform on channel 842.

Cynthia Appiagyei, CEO of ABN TV said of the launch: “This is exciting news for Virgin subscribers who have been looking forward to this for a long time.”

It most certainly is. As well as launching on Virgin’s 842 channel (you can still find us on Sky 235, by the way) we have a whole host of brand new programming to keep you occupied.

We’ve got brand new telenovelas The Three Sides Of Anna and So Much Love kicking off this month and I am working on my new series of Young And Rising as we speak. We also have loads more to offer in lifestyle thanks to On The Hot Seat, Family Time, The Standpoint and Ndudu by Fafa.

Every morning we bring you the AM Breakfast Show and keep you informed on all the latest headlines with Joy News four times a day. We love a bit of high drama at ABN TV, and what better way to keep that going than with our series Taste of Love and This Thing Called Marriage.

So sit back and relax with ABN TV this spring - we really are the UK's favourite black channel. Get dressed!

Thanks to Black Panther, the world can’t seem to get enough of rocking an Ankara print at the moment. I’m proud, and a little bit smug can I add, to say that this is something I’ve subscribed to for a long time.

One of my go-to brands if Gras-fields. Grass-fields offer high quality and ethically made African-inspired fashion. They have created a range of modern African print dresses and clothing for women, men and kids that are all sourced and made here in the UK and Cameroon.

Above all, they believe in bringing value to every single one of you by providing exceptional products, resources, and customer service. Made in Nottingham by a group of hard-working and diverse women, it’s a brand that you can feel good about supporting. They have everything – from tops to dresses to matching headscarves for men, women and kids, too.

My absolute favourites are the Tiwa jumpsuit and Omma top and above respectively – so far – but look out for brand new styles dropping on the site all the time. Visit grass-fields.com for more details.

CHOP WELL THIS MOTHER'S DAY

The event team that brought you Ghana Escapes is bringing Ghana to the capital this Mother’s Day. The Blackstar Ghanaian Pop Up Restaurant, launching in the heart of London next Sunday (March 11), is bringing a taste of the west African nation to Lonson in a fine-dining style.

A mouth-watering three-course dining experience serving some of Ghana’s traditional dishes including ampesi (green plantain) with kontomire, jellof rice and roasted chicken leg, yam chips, fried snapper and much, much more.

There will also be a live saxaphonist playing the very best in traditional Ghanaian high-life music. The Blackstar Ghana- ian pop up restaurant aims to provide an unforgettable dining experience this Mother’s Day for everyone, while educating clien- tele about Ghana through food and music.

ADINKRA JEWELS

Ahima jewellery is a London based jewellery brand and the brainchild of Dorothy Arhin.
Her jewellery line is influenced by her Ghanaian heritage and its meaningful traditional symbols. With a love for fashion and arts, Dorothy studied and worked in the jewellery industry for 10 years before launching her own jewellery line.

Ahima jewellery’s most current collection, Signature, is a blend of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols with a clean minimalist style, made in sterling silver and 18ct gold and rose
gold vermeil.

All Ahima jewellery pieces are artfully designed and deliberately handcrafted as timeless pieces of culture, making the perfect gift for women of all ages. My favourite is this ring bearing the Sankofa Adinkra symbol, above left, which literally means to ‘go back and get it’, or you cannot move into the future until you learn from your past.
Visit ahima.co.uk for more.

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