THE BEYOND COLLECTIVE
Rania Odaymat (b. 1974) is a Ghanaian artist, creative facilitator, and art curator. Throughout her teens, Rania received mentorship by Miss Angela Christian, Chief Of Protocol during President Nkrumah’s tenure, in art appreciation and creative facilitation. Miss Angela was one of the first curators on the African continent, and a big believer in the arts as a solid vehicle for long term growth.
Rania specialized in Languages and Translation at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. After a few years of working as an editor and an interpreter for the UNDP, she decided to go back to her first love. For 3 years, she studied painting under artist Seth Clottey, and then became a full time artist herself. She works with jewelry, mixed media, and what she calls “cell art”.
For the past 15 years, Rania has also worked as a creative facilitator, giving support to Ghanaian artists from various disciplines, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to much needed knowledge, resources or exposure. She is one of the founding members of the Beyond Collective- an NGO whose aim is to provide platforms for the Arts, to raise the standards of exhibition, to offer better representation and added value to the work of Ghanaian artists, to work on awareness and education, and to promote creative exchanges and collaborations locally and internationally.
NANA KOFI ACQUAH
Nana Kofi Acquah (@africashowboy) fuses his journalism and advertising past into his work across Africa, with the hope to help re-position the continent through new visual imagery and discourse. He is a member of the Instagram group @EverydayAfrica, an Assignment photographer for Getty Images, and the first recipient of the Tim Hetherington and World Press Photo Fellowship.
Nana lives in a tiny village on the hem of Accra’s North Atlantic Ocean with his wife Gloria, their 3 children and 2 dogs.
His recent exhibition in Accra, his first at home, was entitled: “Don’t Call Me Beautiful” and was dedicated to raising social and political consciousness on the deliberate suppression and frustration of women in the culture.
He shoots across the continent for such clients as The Global Fund, Americares, Facebook, Nike, BBC, The Financial Times, BASF, Novartis Foundation, ActionAid, WaterAid, Hershey’s, AfDB, Standard Bank among many others.
Kuenyehia Art Prize
Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia is an entrepreneur, lawyer, academic and business facilitator focused on
FDI into Africa. A passionate collector of African art, he set up the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art to support
emerging and mid-career artists.
He is the chairman of ENSafrica | Ghana formed out of the merger between Oxford & Beaumont
which he founded in 2006 and ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm.
Before starting up his own firm, Elikem was part of the team that set up United Bank for Africa (UBA)
Ghana Limited. At UBA, he spearheaded the bank’s market entry strategy and launched a number of
innovative products.He is the author of Kuenyehia on Entrepreneurship, the first Ghanaian textbook on entrepreneurship.
In 2012, Elikem was named by Forbes and CNBC as “West Africa Young Business Leader of the
Year” and as one of Africa's next generation leaders by the African Leadership Network. His other
accolades include: “Most Promising Entrepreneur” in the Ghana Entrepreneurs Awards 2013; World
Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2010 and The Network Journal one Africa’s 40 under 40
British Lebanese-born collector Marwan Zakhem has spent the last 15 years living in Africa where he developed a passion for contemporary African art. Through his role as a Managing Director at Zakhem, a family owned business, he has lived in both Senegal and Ghana.
Initially founded in 1963 in Lebanon, the Zakhem group of companies extended to eight African countries to meet the expanding construction needs of the continent. Since 2003, Marwan has been based in Accra, working on Zakhem’s projects in the region, which have included the construction of the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City.
Marwan’s private art collection includes works by Ablade Glover, Kofi Argorsor, Hakajaka, Krotteh Teteh and Jimoh Buraimoh as well as other West African artists. Marwan sits on the board of the Tate Africa Acquisitions Committee.