"I really enjoy creating designs and I love to hear the sound of a beating drum I just completed. "
"I'm Mary Charity Owusu and I was born in Accra in 1955. I am a wood carver and I craft traditional African drums. My friends describe me as happy and hardworking but strict.
"I was born into a family of artisans. My father had no male children, so I was always with him. I was amazed at how my father and grandfather carved so professionally. They taught me this craft and I, in turn, have taught more than 20 students. Currently, I teach some of the children in my community.
"One of the most difficult moments of my life was after my father died and I had to take on the responsibility of taking care of my family. I had to bring us all into the home together so we could live as one family.
"It took a lot of practice and research to master wood carving. I use tweneboa wood and goatskin to create my drums.
"I really enjoy creating designs and I love to hear the sound of a beating drum I just completed. Although I had to travel long distances to obtain the materials and also had to buy the leather myself to be certain it was genuine, I found the inspiration to continue.
"I dream of having a bigger workshop in the future. I'd also like to help the orphans and needy children of my community."