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Community Building and Empowering the Creative Scene in Ghana

Updated: May 15, 2023

Elle Lokko is thrilled to have our CEO, Stefania Manfreda, participate in the prestigious Front/Back anniversary panel talk, held on Wednesday, May 10th, 2023. The event, hosted by Frances Quarcoopome of Jam Jar, marked six years of Front/Back's exceptional contributions to the creative landscape in Ghana. The panel discussion centered around the vital theme of community building and empowering creatives, addressing the challenges, opportunities, and strategies to drive positive change in the industry.

Stefania, representing both Lokko House and Elle Lokko, shared her invaluable insights and experiences during the engaging conversation. As the CEO of Elle Lokko, a leading force in promoting sustainable fashion and empowering local talent, Stefania highlighted the importance of collaboration, ethical production, and the role of the creative community in shaping Ghana's cultural identity. Stefania spoke passionately about the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive community for creatives in Ghana. She highlighted the role of Elle Lokko in providing a platform for emerging talent, promoting collaboration, and nurturing the growth of the local creative industry. Her insights and experiences resonated with the audience, inspiring and motivating aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.

The esteemed panelists contributed their expertise and perspectives to the dynamic discussion, enriching the dialogue on community building and empowerment.

Kojo Aidoo, manager at Front/Back, who has played a pivotal role in the success of the space, walked us through his journey the past 6 years and emphasised the significance of providing platforms for creatives to showcase their work and fostering a supportive network within the industry.

Jake Bediako, Presidential Coordinator for Youth Engagement and Strategy, shared his insights on the role of the government in creating an enabling environment for the creative scene to thrive and empowering the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs.

Ria Boss, a renowned musician, shared her journey as an artist in Ghana and discussed the importance of collaboration, mentorship, and access to resources for emerging musicians and the role she has played in the Black Girls Glow community.

Nana Kennedy-Kwofie, Creative Director of ThisisAccra, brought her expertise in curating and promoting Ghanaian creatives, emphasizing the power of storytelling and digital platforms in amplifying their voices.

Front/Back's anniversary panel talk served as a platform for thought-provoking discussions and fruitful exchanges among industry experts, entrepreneurs, and creative enthusiasts. The event celebrated the achievements of Front/Back in fostering a vibrant and inclusive creative community in Ghana.

Elle Lokko congratulates Front/Back on their anniversary and extends gratitude for their impactful contributions to the creative scene. We remain committed to collaborating with partners like Front/Back to drive sustainable growth, empower local talent, and continue the dialogue on community building in the creative industry.

The event was a tremendous success, showcasing the collective effort to uplift and empower the creative scene in Ghana. It provided a valuable opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among like-minded individuals who are dedicated to driving positive change in the industry.

As we continue to promote community building and empower creatives in Ghana, we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Through events like Front/Back and the dedication of organisations such as Elle Lokko, we can create a thriving and sustainable creative ecosystem that celebrates local talent and fosters innovation.

Stay tuned for more updates and initiatives from Elle Lokko as we remain committed to supporting and nurturing the creative scene in Ghana and beyond.

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