Nana Adu Amankwapam I
On December 15, 1991 after the necessary rites had been performed by the elders, Tetebo was seated as the Tufohene with the royal name of Nana Adu Amankwapam I.
In 1991, Adu Tetebo was selected by the Kingmakers as the next occupant of the Tufohene throne to succeed the late Nana Kwadwo Owusu. Tufohene is an Akan word for a person who counsels the chief. On December 15, 1991 after the necessary rites had been performed by the elders, Tetebo was seated as the Tufohene with the royal name of Nana Adu Amankwapam I.
Born into the Asona royal family on January 5, 1949, Amankwapam received his General School Certificate in 1970. Between 1970 and 1973, he read for a degree in accounting and today is a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Accountants and a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians.
Amankwapam's forcefulness and leadership qualities have made him the inspiration of young and old. It has been his vision that the unemployed be trained and aided to improve their standard of living; he set up training workshops for youth in handicraft production. This includes carving, making and collecting beads, weaving Adinkra cloth and crafting cane furniture, mainly for the export market. He aspires to open two more such workshops so that Ghana's rich handicraft tradition can be shown to the world.
I just received my wood mask "My Sister" beautifully crafted my Nana Adu Amankwapam I - It is so exquisite that I hate to give it away. I bought it for one of my sisters, Jill. I would love another like it for myself and wonder if I could commision Nana. I do plan on looking at all of his work for something similar. Thank you, Nana!
- Catherine H, Greenwich/CT/USA
The cobra divinity is a superb work of art, such beauty and detail, thank you, Nana Adu Amankwapam I !
- Corina,, Canada
HELLO Today i received your products.Beautiful I'll shipping more. Thank you
- Carlos R, portugal
I am completely delighted with the "Unity" bougarabou which was purchased last week, and delivered to my door today (how astonishing is that?). It's not the biggest drum in my collection, but by far the most interesting, and it sounds great, too. Thank you! The NOvica experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I'm taking the drum to work tomorrow to show it off to a Ghanaian co-worker! Thank you, Sir! Thank you, Novica!
- Beth P, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nana Adu Amankwapam I: On last week I displayed your carvings, "Kindness" and the "Ghanian Warrior" with much pride and great joy at an African American Workshop. The participants were speechless. I wake up each morning and just stroke the carvings and look upon the beauty and the love that went into creating these pieces. Keep up the good work and you shall hear from me again very soon. These carvings are EXQUISITE!!!
- Deborah B, Miami, FL USA
"Oblong Face' Very nice mask, picked it up today. Thanks
- R C, Canada
i have just received my first djembe drum "good news" by Nana Adu Amankwapam I, it looks good and sounds great i cant stop playing it!
- Rob W, runcorn england
I purchased "'African Rooster" as a gift for a client and was thrilled with the quality of the carving. Many thanks to Nana Adu Amankwapam I!
- Jeff T, Indiana
I just received my mask today, "Ashanti Queen Mother" and it is beautiful! I immediately hung it on my living room wall and starting searching the Novica website for more masks to add to my collection. Thank you Nana and Novica for the exquisite artwork!
- Tabitha S, Houston, TX
I am thrilled with the round mirror I purchased with a design that is understated and elegant. The mirror's frame basically is black, with its innermost part having subtle silver highlights. Its design includes simple looking yet detailed and quite refined metal work, along with carved designs on the outer edge. The repeated design of the carved elements are similar but not exactly the same, which adds character to the piece and underscores that it has been carefully crafted by hand. The overall effect is wonderful, and it hangs proudly as the functional work of art it is. I would not hesitate to purchase other products from this marvelous artist.
- Nancy E., USA
I just added "God of Dawn" to my collection and one word INCREDIBLE !! The picture does no justice to describe the colorful beauty, the hue of the wood and the flawless workmanship. I will surely be adding more of Mr. Amankwapam's pieces to my ever growing Novica collection.
My 21 year old daughter had wanted a djembe drum for a while and I was searching for the right one at the right price. The drum arrived a few weeks ago and we have enjoyed the beauty of the workmanship, the depth of the sound and the way it feels in our hands when we play the drum. I bought it for her but I have enjoyed playing it as well. The workmanship is outstanding. It was clearly made by a true artist and musician. I am delighted once again by my purchase from Novica and will look for more items to purchase from Nana Adu Amankwapam I. Thanks you so much. Lonnie Beer, Philadelphia
I recently purchased the Unity Bougarabou Drum and I must say the craftsmanship is exquisite. This is one of the finest pieces I have seen in a very long time. I am excitedly looking forward for more pieces from Mr. Nana Adu Amankwapam I. Many blessings to you!
- April, Startown, North Carolina, USA
I received Mother Cat recently and have not been able to take my eyes off of her! The metal design on each side of her, the beautiful beaded eyes and beaded motif on her back are exquisite. The wood carving is wonderful, the design of her pose, face and paws are perfect! I highly recommend this cat as a wonderful addition to your home. My only problem was deciding where to put her as she looked so great everywhere I placed her...so I will probably move her around.
Sir, thank you so much for sharing your talent with the rest of the world! It is most beautiful! Thanks. Sincerely, Mr. Lawrie Kowalski, Edmonton, Canada
- Lawrie, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada