Patience Afi Vodi
“One day, I was playing with the kids in my neighborhood after school. My dad usually came home around 5 P.M., and it was expected that by that time we would have taken our baths and seated ourselves in front of our books. That day, I was in my element, having a lot of fun with the kids in the neighborhood. My dad caught me in the act and asked me, ‘What is the answer for 9 multiplied by 3?’ I was in shock and trembling, so I couldn’t answer. I regretted playing with the neighborhood kids that day. I also remember how my mom once ran a pair of scissors through my hair because she didn’t like my haircut. My parents were very strict.
“When I was young, my dad was transferred to Accra, the capital of Ghana, where I had my junior and high school education. I later furthered my education at the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), where I obtained a certificate in catering. I was married and had one beautiful daughter. My husband was very supportive, and we were building a wonderful family and future for our daughter. Upon the demise of my husband, however, life became very difficult financially. Nothing seemed to work right. The catering business was not booming at that point, so I had to look for a second job to beef up our finances. That’s when I turned to the crafting business. One of my brothers was in the handicraft business, so I decided to join him and become a retailer. I have been doing it ever since.
“Starting on my own wasn't easy at first, because I had ventured into a business that I knew little about. But, with the support and guidance of my brother, I made it through. Now, things have normalized, and I’m grateful to God. I’m really enjoying the handicraft business, and I believe that great things will come out of this venture. I own a shop where I sell the crafts that I buy from various artisans. Selling these crafts is challenging, since not many people are patrons of the arts these days.
“As I searched for bigger and better platforms to market my handicrafts, a friend introduced me to Novica. I learned that it is a multinational platform with a lot of buyers. I am looking forward to making more money through this platform so I can afford my daughter’s college education. From the testimonies of other Novica artisans, I believe that my dream will be realized. I want to give a very big thanks to Novica for the opportunity.”
6 items by Patience Afi Vodi
Africa-Shaped Soapstone Decorative Box in Red from Ghana
Red Africa, Africa-Shaped Soapstone Decorative Box in Red from Ghana
Patience Afi VodiShaped like the African continent, this decorative box is hand-carved from soapstone. Ghanaian artisan Patience Afi Vodi creates this box, using dyes to color the box red with polka dot motifs. The...$59.99
Wood Parrot Decorative Accent from Ghana
Floating Parrot, Wood Parrot Decorative Accent from Ghana
Patience Afi VodiFloating in the air, a charming macaw parrot adds a tropical vibe to any space. Ghanaian artisan Patience Afi Vodi creates this decor accessory, carved from sese wood and painted by hand. A nylon cord...
Raffia and Recycled Plastic Decorative Baskets (Set of 3)
Eco Yellow, Raffia and Recycled Plastic Decorative Baskets (Set of 3)
Patience Afi VodiDecorated with beads of recycled plastic around their rims, three beautiful baskets make a lovely addition to any home. Ghanaian artisan Patience Afi Vodi hand-weaves a small, medium, and large basket...$64.99
Animal-Themed Ebony Wood Decorative Jar from Ghana
Animal Keeper, Animal-Themed Ebony Wood Decorative Jar from Ghana
Patience Afi VodiCarved by hand from ebony wood, this decorative jar from Ghana is designed by Patience Afi Vodi. She decorates the jar's exterior with African animal patterns.$57.99
Sese Wood Parrot Home Accent Crafted in Ghana
Little Parrots, Sese Wood Parrot Home Accent Crafted in Ghana
Patience Afi VodiCarved from sese wood, a septet of parrots decorate this home accent from Ghana. Patience Afi Vodi creates this decor accessory, painted by hand with vibrant colors. One small parrot perches on a...$49.99
Life of Africa
Animal-Themed Soapstone Decorative Bowl from Ghana
Life of Africa, Animal-Themed Soapstone Decorative Bowl from Ghana
Patience Afi VodiEtched into the basin of this soapstone decorative bowl, five animals native to Africa–a lion, a giraffe, an elephant, a rhino, and a wildebeest–are depicted. Ghanaian artisan Patience Afi Vodi...$134.99
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"Great Gift for the Game in your Life"
Bought as a gift for my son who loved different kinds of games. When he was growing up we had a game like this with marbles and a simple wood tray. He loves this! Quality is the absolute best. Novica is my favorite go to place to shop for gifts.....and myself.
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beautiful colors and very precise and accurate design! Bravo Patience Afi Vodi! Thank you!!
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