On 6th of March, Lux Afrique and Park Chinois hosted an intimate dinner and auction to celebrate Ghana’s 61st year of Independence. The night recognised a landmark in African history and gave an opportunity for Ghana’s greatest to eat, dance and drink in the name of Ghanaian history.
Private dinner at Park Chinois
Lux Afrique and Park Chinois partnered to host an exclusive dinner with clients, friends and honorary guests. In the heart of Mayfair, Park Chinois was the perfect venue – an iconic entertainment restaurant designed in 1930’s Shanghai style and is a regular hub for high profile individuals, like John Legend, Rihanna and Marc Jacobs. The sponsors of the event included Boadicea, whose CEO David Crisp personally joined the celebrations. Backes and Strauss, makers of the Star of Ghana watch, which was gifted to Michelle Obama during their first visit to the Republic of Ghana, kindly showcased some of their finest watches.
Guests and friends
To celebrate Ghana’s 61st year of Independence, a number high profile guests of Ghanaian descent from fashion, music, sport and entertainment circles joined Lux Afrique. These included artist Lethal Bizzle, ex-footballer and current Brighton and Hove manager Chris Hughton, actor Hugh Quarshie, ex-footballer George Boateng, broadcaster and philanthropist Benny Bonsu, entrepreneur and actress Dentaa Amoateng, Olympian Jeanette Kwayke, NBA photographer Stanley Lumax, former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mobo Awards founder Kanya King, actor David Gyasi and Sky News presenter Claudia-Liz Amrah to Ghanaian dignitaries like Joseph Godson Amamoo, the first black newspaper correspondent. Invitees enjoyed a night of performances and speeches by Nana Kwame Bedaiko and Fuse ODG.
Auction for New Africa Nation charity
The dinner was followed by a live auction sponsored by Bonhams auction house. Items in the auction included Mohammed Ali’s boxing gloves, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo’s football boots and paintings by some of Ghana’s finest artists Sarah Owusu and Koby Martin. A substantial amount was raised to aid Fuse ODG’s New Africa Nation charity. His aim is to build a much needed school in Ghana, a cause close to Lux Afrique’s heart. Fuse ODG spoke passionately and captivated the audience about the importance of this school in teaching future generations African and Ghanaian history. It will give future athletes, politicians and artists the confidence to reach their goals and the pride they should have for their country and culture. His experiences in Ghana resonated with many and his ambition to change the way Africa is represented was shared with the audience. During his speech the artist said: “It’s been so inspiring to hear my brothers and sisters speak up tonight”, highlighting the importance of the event.
Lux Afrique would like to give special thanks to our sponsors Park Chinois, Boadicea, Bonhams, Backes and Strauss, Aqua Hydrate, GC Couture, Montegrappa, VNV Live, Artisan Chocolat, Lucy Choi and Shey by Menaye.
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