About the Brand
German-born Ghanaian sisters, Nana and Afua Dabanka, created the luxury footwear label, MONAA, in homage to their regal Ashanti heritage. Made in Ghana by expert artisans, MONAA sandals are constructed from the finest, globally sourced leathers, and refined with African-inspired embellishments. Exquisitely handcrafted, MONAA reflects the designers’ transcontinental sensibility.
The name MONAA combines Afua’s nickname, “Mo” with “Naa”, the affectionate abbreviation of Nana. Likewise, the brand combines craftsmanship steeped in tradition but designed with a global perspective. Hence, the sisters present a luxurious new footwear option and a personal labor of love: Made in Africa, for the customer who makes herself at home anywhere in the world she may be.
As young girls, Nana and Afua were completely enamoured with their father’s handmade leather Ohenema slippers as well as their mother’s intricately woven Kente silk ensembles. While maintaining strong family ties in and regular travel to Ghana, their childhood in the small German town of Wetter and respective moves to New York and London made Nana and Afua adept at authentically fusing multiple cultures fashionably.