Monday, November 23, 2009


  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA…….23 Nov. Trust me the Ghanaian can do everything and anything for money, just to keep body and soul alive.  On the streets of the United State of America specifically Los Angeles, is Afua Owusu Afriyie; Aka Afua the model. A  Ghanaian born at Agogo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and grew up in Germany, who poses Nude to express her artistic feelings. She claims she worked with renowned photographers like, Bruce Talbot, Andre Lavelle, Sita Mae, and a host of others.
She poses for the cameras naked because she feels that is her own form of art.  As to how she got into this kind of job, which is culturally not accepted by Ghanaians, seeing it as a despicable act, as far as the Ghanaian woman is concerned.  “MY MOTHER ALLOWED HER BODY TO BE USED FOR SEX, I WOULD USE MY BODY BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAYAfuamodel.  She is 26 years and started modeling at the age of 14years as to whether she was modeling in the nude or not you have to figure it out after reading her story.  A visit to her website revealed the real work of nudity of this great and proud daughter of Agogo Ashanti Akim. Thus, making her the daughter of the Omahene; Courtesy the Akan tradition, Afua loves Batman Samini a great musician in Ghana whom I also admired.  Checking her webpage, Oh my word …………….. THIS IS AFUA’S STORY.
I am the product of passion not love, my life seemed too followed in suit constantly searching to fill that void.
I was born in Africa and raised by my grandmother in a small-impoverished village in Ghana. I remember as a child the feeling of starvation; the feeling of the hot ground on my feet not having shoes to wear until I was eight years of age, the scars on my body tell the story of a complicated existence.   

I didn’t know much of my father or mother during my infancy.
My parents left Africa and moved to Europe in the hope of securing a better life; Their relationship did not survive the hardships associated with their struggles as illegal’s in a foreign country. My father left my mother there and returned to Ghana, left to survive on her own with no work documents and little education she used her body to survive.
This is how she came to meet the man who would become my stepfather; and at the age of eight I would leave Ghana and begin a new in Germany.
However, my new life would gradually fall apart as I would come to experience the damaging effects of racism and domestic abuse. And as my physical development out grew my emotional maturity I would gradually become the victim psychological, physical and sexual abuse. 

I wandered aimlessly looking for acceptance and what I thought was love, allowing opportunists to capitalize on my naiveté and desperation for affection. I found myself falling into a pattern of bad choices and realized I needed to make some drastic changes in my behavior and surroundings.

I came to the United States with a dream of happiness and living a good life with who I thought at the time was the love of my life, upon arriving I found that happiness fleeting. I was somewhat coerced into marriage with the thoughts of expediting our work papers and citizenship. I found it all to be a lie... and within a few months I would find myself alone in a strange new country, battered and bruised with no source of income. I suddenly realized I had followed in my mother’s footsteps, following my heart, leaving my family behind to try and start a new life somewhere else only to be mistreated, violated and abused.
Left to fend for self with no means of doing so, I was a young woman without a green card or work visa, my resources and friends were limited, I felt betrayed, bitter and angry, but I was unwilling to concede to failure. I; like my mother had to make several hard yet necessary choices to survive.
My mother allowed her body to be used for sex; I would use my body also, but in a different way. I fell into modeling as a means to survive and help my family situation.
My views on sex and nudity are from the standpoint of my European upbringing and my African heritage. I am open enough to admit I enjoy what I do; I find pleasure in being nude and being admired. I enjoy working with talented people to produce visual art, and have posed for and with both amateurs and professionals and on a few occasion have allowed the lines to be blurred between professional conduct, the illusion of art and personal fulfillment.
This is all a part of learning and growth, and although I've made mistakes along the way I can honestly say I'm not ashamed of any of the decisions I have made.
I believe if you are honest with yourself and who you are and express that honesty you should have no regrets... My focus is clear, I'm here in the States and although I've hit more than a few roadblocks, I can still dream, this site will assist in making some of those dreams happen; my dreams are simple.
It is my intent to use this website as a medium to raise awareness, to inspire others, to educate and inform as well as entertain. I hope to generate revenue not only for my own preservation but to assist my family still struggling in Africa. My young relatives, who like me as a child walk without shoes, might feel the pains of huger in their bellies or need something as simple as a doll to play with.
Is her story true? How are you going to react to it as a Ghanaian, most unfortunately when she has the Ghana national flag as a background on her

SOURCE: Ekow Mensah-Shalders

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