With Hamamat Montia getting press over her third birth reported to be a male, Blakkpepper delved to discover more on the slender model and 2006 Miss Malaika winner.
Although the 34-year-old guards the privacy of her love union such that her husband or man is not easily identified, we found forage on her African Village shea butter outlet cum hotel and spa.
Associated with tourism and the arts, Hamamat took some doing but the 2007 Model of Africa Universe queen finally embraced the business side of things founding the Hamamat African Village.
Her spa, market and restaurant located on 31 Senchi Street, Airport Residential, is a hit with those seeking the ultimate African experience where natural ingredients reign supreme.
The Bolgatanga native runs a tight schedule with her team between the Hamamat African Village in Northern Ghana, Tamale and the Accra operation.
One key tourist destination is the replica of rural huts surrounded by African decorations at the Hamamat African Village where many delicious dishes are served in locally made tableware.
The village is also a place to make shea butter with workers on hand who plant, pluck the fruits, and process to make shea butter which contains vitamins A, E and F.
The skill of producing shea butter is handed down from the generations akin to learning a family secret from mothers and grandmothers.
Hamamat’s family is deeply involved in planting and harvesting shea nut trees to help the production and export to other countries. Shea butter has been hailed for helping eliminate premature wrinkles while enhancing facial features. It also soothes rough, dry or cracked skin.
“The first thing is to wash and dry the raw nuts. The nuts are then crushed and baked, cooled and pounded again. Then it becomes a smooth paste before mixing. After accumulating the fat, it is transported from the preparation room to the boiling compounds. After a few minutes, the oil comes out. After several hours of cooling, it is eventually turned into a genuine shea butter,” Hamamat informed a tourist.
Curiously some shea trees do not start producing nuts until about fifteen years; some even taking up to 30 years for the first quality harvest to be produced. The Hamamat African Village in Tamale thus serves a tourist destination, a place to live as well as a centre of shea butter making.
Hamamat’s shea butter comes in two shades namely The Golden and Safari.
The Upper East native and Achimota School product has come a long way from days she was disillusioned as to what to do productively to being an entrepreneur and mother of two daughters – Zara and Safari while welcoming a new son this month.
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.net
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