An artisan training center in the Ghanaian capital seeking to reduce unemployment, Happy Art Academy (HAA) empowers its students to become “artpreneurs” by engaging in pottery, wood carving or metal work, basket weaving, horticulture, landscaping and interior design.  The school even has courses in the design and fabrication of art tools.

Happy Ideall, the Technical Director of HAA says “in addition to our skills training activities, the beneficiaries are provided training on entrepreneurship and marketing.  We help them to establish simple accounting, management, budget planning and costing systems and increase their ability to undertake market analysis, processing, quality control, packaging and exhibition logistics”.  The training center also goes to the extent of assisting with accessing micro-credit facilities from some of the Academy’s donors and supporters which includes a few commercial banks. 

Originally called Ceramic Limited, HAA now boasts of a wide ranging clientele with more than 70% of its students’ products exported to buyers in the UK, Italy and the US.  The remaining 30% serves the demand of the West African sub-region as well as the demand of locals and tourists.  So any retailers liking what they see here can contact the Academy by phone at +233 (0)244144746 or contact Happy at or his associate Bafour Obour Williams at



Festival of the Good Death Celebrated in Cachoeira, Brazil

The Afro-Brazilian Sisterhood of the Good Death is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honours both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomble religious rites. The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas. The state of Bahia received at least 1.2 million slaves from Africa and remains the most African of Brazilian states, where blacks make up around 80 percent of the population.

Photos by Mario Tama/Getty Images — August 14-17, 2014.



Humans of New York in Democratic Republic of Congo.

On a 50 day trip across 10 countries, HONY’s current stop in in Kinshasa and Kasangulu of DRC.

  • She said she’d let me take her photo if I bought some peanuts from her. Afterward, I asked if she could remember the saddest moment of her life. She laughed, and said: “You’re going to need to buy some more peanuts.” 
  • "I’d like them to be ministers or business people. But this one is supposed to start school this year, and I don’t have the money to send him."
  • "I’m studying law. My dream is to be a judge one day. Too many people in this country are only in prison because they were too poor to defend themselves. When I’m a judge, I’ll look only at the facts, and not at the person."
  • "I’m studying to be a lawyer. He likes books about frogs."
  • "I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ll say it. I’ve had a really hard time finding work, so I’ve been living with my grandmother. And she’s told me recently that she doesn’t have the money to feed me. So I’ve been eating at my friend’s house. I go over there, and I’m too embarrassed to ask for anything, but his dad always insists. He says: ‘Why aren’t you eating? Please, eat!’ This has really caused my idea of ‘family’ to widen. I’ve learned that your family can be anyone."
  • "I want to discover the cure for Ebola."

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NIMA: Rich Celebrations! 

During Sala festivities Chiefs and clan heads of all the tribes in Nima wear the best and expensive fabric one can find on the African market. Their appearance talks a lot about how important the festival is to them, and also showcases the rich fashion in their tribes. During religious celebrations like the Ramadan Mubarak, the chiefs make processions on the streets in Palanquins and on horses amidst cheers, traditional + religious appellations, singing and drumming. And some times occasional gun salutes. Our cameras caught these amazing photos of some of the chiefs in Nima during the July 2014 Sala celebration in Nima.  

Photos by : Selorm Jay + Abass Ismail