- Angelina Akua Nana Oduro was a model in the 1990s and is currently a fashion designer
- Nana Oduro's iconic 'Akwaaba' photo has become a national asset symbolising Ghana's hospitality globally
- The photo was taken in 1993 and has since cross borders into other nations
- Over 20 years since she posed for the camera, Angelina has shared the story behind the iconic photo
Arguably the most popular model in Ghana, Angelina Akua Nana Oduro, became a household name over two decades ago, featuring on calendars, posters, hotels and in the homes of some prominent Ghanaians, including presidents.
The iconic image, widely recognised as a symbolism of Ghana’s hospitality, features Angelina adorned in regal Ghana 'kente' while holding a calabash with a flashing smile.
Angelina Akua Nana Oduro's photo, also touted as one of the country's most iconic photos, has been widely-circulated since she first posed for the camera.
Briefly.co.za learnt that at a point within the over 20-year period, Angelina’s image was used as the front page of some exercise books, which further imprinted her image in the minds of some school-kids.
The popular Ghanaian former model is arguably the country's all-time most popular model by virtue of how widespread her iconic photo has been used and continues to feature on most platforms.
After over two decades of posing for the camera, with the least expectation of becoming a celebrated national figure, Angelina Oduro earned her spot during a major national event with the least effort.
Her image had done the work years ago, making her the face that welcomes people - including some of the world’s most important people - into the country during national events.
Angelina sat for an interview and revealed that she first took the photo in 1993 when she was still very young and had no expectation that her image would become a national asset.
So much of an asset, her photo continues to be used and has crossed borders.
Ghanaian rapper, Michael Owusu Oduro, professionally known as Sarkodie, shared Angelina’s image and asked who she was.
''This photograph is on walls around the world. Who is she?,'' Sarkodie asked along with the image.
Watch Angelina's interview over 20 years after she took the photo.
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