Hand-carved wood masks and sculptures in West Africa
"I realized I could do much better things with my life, so I decided to go into arts….""I was born on February 16, 1951 at Aburi-Akwapim. I attended the Methodist Primary School, also at Aburi, and then furthered my studies up at the Nsawam LA Middle School in 1965. I then enrolled at the Accra Workers College in 1972 for six years of which I offered Commerce, Accounting, Economics, Geography, and other General Arts.
"Before then I was working with Ghana Standard Chartered Bank as a messenger. But I realized I could do much better things with my life so I decided to go into arts, especially carving. I decided to go into carving in 1981. I did not really undergo any actually training, but started carving bit by bit and sometimes sought help from my other colleagues. Again, I sometimes served as a helping hand to some of my colleagues around when they had a heavy workload upon them. Through this, my interest in arts - and especially carving - was generated. However, through this minor assistance that I gave, I became very skilled in carving. I then decided to settle for full time carving and depend solely on my own ideas to carve.
"I have three men who I'm currently training and sometimes have workers who I pay on a part time basis."