African wood mask, "Denkyira War Song"
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Incised in sese wood, parallel lines give a modern look to this African mask by Samuel Okyere. The face is covered in richly embossed aluminum. Named Asafo — "Warrior" in the Twi language of the Akan people, it is representative of the Denkyira nation of Eastern Ghana. These Akan peoples wore such masks when drumming and singing war songs in preparation for battle.
The mask is designed for wall display and cannot stand alone.
Samuel, a true veteran of his craft, started carving in 1966. He is always sharing his talents by teaching his traditional techniques to anyone, including the younger generation and even tourists.
Samuel pays currently for the education of four children. Two are his children and two are not from his own family. Samuel is a gracious person with a big heart, which can be seen through his desire to help and enabling education for those outside of his family.
Samuel Okyere has received 6 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $400. Proceeds were used to buy raw materials for his masks and hire assistants.
Samuel supports four children. Two of them are not related to him, but he would still like to help and support them.