"I work with all kinds of materials – corn husks, plantain leaves, kente cloth, fabric, leather, plywood, foam, raffia, twine and cotton cord."
"I was born in Accra, but my family comes from Obo in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
"My late uncle, Fred Oppong, taught me to weave with corn husks but after three months, he abandoned the work because it wasn't lucrative. I thought about this skill I had acquired, and decided that I would pursue this art and come up with new, attractive designs.
"Initially, I was creating small bags and customers were so appreciative of my work. That encouraged me to continue. Other customers also contributed greatly to my work by suggesting ways I could improve my designs. These made me realize my art work is something worth pursuing.
"I work with all kinds of materials – corn husks, plantain leaves, kente cloth, fabric, leather, plywood, foam, raffia, twine and cotton cord. The corn husks and plantain leaves are mainly used to wrap a local corn dough dumpling called kenkey. After the food is consumed, the husks or leaves are burned.
"I then thought that if I could increase my production, much of these raw materials would be put to better use.
"Because the weaving process is done by hand, the bags take time to create. My main challenge is getting machines that I can use in sewing up the bags in order to produce more. My second greatest challenge is marketing my designs. They are fairly new and I don't have a lot of financial resources to advertise. So getting in touch with Novica is great because it gives me a wider market for my bags.
"I have been invited to rural communities where the youth are mobilized to learn skills that will enable them to be self-employed. Through such invitations, I've had the opportunity to teach more than one hundred people how to weave with corn husks. And these people are working with these new skills. Whenever I need help to fill an order, I invite these people to help me.
"My ambition is to eventually establish a big workshop to train youth who are interested in this craft and to be able to produce new designs on a larger scale."