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Chanelling Ethnic Modernity: OH! by Ohema Ohene



Nothing beats an innovative mind; designer Abeena Pokuaa proves she is one with OH! by Oheme Ohene as it is a pleasant mix of inspiration and creativity .

New British boutique fashion label Ohema Ohene [derived from Ghanaian language, twi which means Queen & king] was launched in 2008 by British born Abenaa Pokuaa of Ghanaian descent. The label operates in the multicultural city of London which serves as one of the labels inspiration as well as her native Ghanaian roots.  After successfully completing a degree in Fashion design technology surface Textiles at London College of fashion; Abenaa then went on to work in the industry developing her technical and commercial understanding.

On returning from the far East where she did some work experience, she launched Ohema Ohene which includes both men and women’s clothing and recently launched OH!, the labels accessory and footwear range. The OH! Range of footwear utilizes affluent batik prints directly sourced from Ghana and genuine traditional motifs blended with more modern imagery.

The footwear collection includes Plimsolls which are quintessentially British done with batik prints featuring synthetic inner lining to fortify the fabric for durability also making it waterproof. The high tops are also done in batik prints and feature elements like leather straps and Velcro’s but the most interesting piece in the collection is the Kente high tops. Its like London town ‘eclecticness’ meets Accra chic and it looks wonderful whether you’re rocking it in Bamako or Ouagadougou.

Ohema Ohene’s mission is to bring to the world total Royal splendor! Producing products which reflect and pay homage to the beauty of Africa fit for any Queen or King!

nana high top trainer

Nana Kente print High top

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Oh by Ohema Ohene

Oh by Ohema Ohene Plimsolls




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Terence Sambo is one Nigerian Boy who’s heartbeat is fashion & style. He is a self proclaimed aesthete and lover of all things Arty & Vintage.

I'm Terence Sambo, one Nigerian boy who loves fashion, arts & music. I into a lot of creative endeavors and a creative would be the best way to describe me.


  1. Jacquita Akabi

    April 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    These shoes are dope. Abanaa how much? 🙂
    I will be launching my made in Africa label very soon which presents african made fashion in a….street way 🙂 but i urge you to check out my blog http://www.akabi-fsi.blogspot where I talk about my journey setting up my eco – afro brand and promote african made fashion product and art too!
    facebook me too…

  2. D.O.T.M.H.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

    oh wow!!! me likey! me like very much!

  3. Ndy

    April 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

    oh these are so cool, where can i get them

  4. Tolu

    April 8, 2010 at 4:35 am

    using ankara for anything these days is no more authentic to me everybody is using the damn thing, I am bored

  5. omo urhobo

    April 8, 2010 at 4:52 am

    love them! very creative and beautiful as well

  6. Kayode Nerzxers

    April 8, 2010 at 5:23 am

    at last, african masquardes will now be wearing customised shoes now. lol. gd initiative


    April 8, 2010 at 6:19 am

    i actually like this idea, i could see myself owning a pair of high tops.
    Ankara has been seen here and there and thrown all over the place. at this point, it’s only a matter of time before Ankara is seen as “out of style” and will be “in and out” like denim coats.
    then what will we have to call our own? come up with new material?
    Ankara is our signature, i hope we don’t play it out too soon.

  8. Ty Josh

    April 8, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Awesome article..we hope 2 give dose shoes a rock sometym!!Cheers!


    April 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    and comments like Tolu’s are only the beginning. of course there will be of those to come.
    na wa…our own cultural attire will soon be played out.
    what will we do next? they should have just left ankara alone!

  10. Harlem Loves

    April 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Abeena at the Precious Awards. A truly gifted designer.

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