Monday, May 5, 2014

Ghanaian designer; Kofi Ansah remembered

Fashion designer, Kofi Ansah who is one of Ghana's few designers to have gained international recognition died Saturday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. The sudden death of Kofi has come as a big shock to the African fashion Industry. His talent and craftsmanship, and sheer boldness helped place Ghana on the international fashion map.

Nora Bannerman, a friend of Ansah stated, "I'm yet to come to terms with it. It's very shocking because I've always known Kofi as somebody who is very particular about his health like most designers we are very concerned about our health, inner and outer health so it's very shocking," she said.

Recounting her fond memories of the late designer, she said: "I remember when he first came to Ghana from the UK, he came by my workshop at the time I had a smaller studio and we talked about quite a lot very ideas; what we could do with the Ghanaian print...and then we were selected to represent Ghana in Europe so we did international shows in Paris and Düsseldorf. We were on runways with the top designers in Europe. We had big plans for Africa."

Nora Bannerman noted Kofi Ansah was special and his death will be a big blow to Ghana and the fashion industry.

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