Artisan Carved Authentic African Mask from Ghana, "The Earth is Potent"
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Abdul Aziz Mohamadu transforms seasoned sese wood into a beautiful African mask. Embellished with applications of aluminum repoussé, the beautiful visage is at once serious and dramatic. An eagle poses atop its head. The artisan names his original mask Asaase ye duru mask, an Akan phrase meaning "the earth is potent."
Abdul has four children of his own and and cares for an additional four. All eight children live with him and he treats them all as his own.
Abdul has a dream of establishing an art academy for carving and sharing the African culture that is so closely tied to wood carving. So far, he has trained over 30 people but hopes that number can grow to be in the hundreds with an academy.
Since he started working with NOVICA, he has been able to grow his business. Through NOVICA and his determination, every day he gets a little closer to his goal of empowering and training others in carving.
Abdul Aziz Mohamadu has received 10 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $500 and the most recent for $5000. Proceeds were used to pay for improvements to his workshop.
Abdul financially supports the education of his own four children and the four other children that live with him.
"Striking, An Honor To Have In My Home."
Received my second mask by Abdul Aziz, The Earth is Potent and again another truly magnificent piece. The design, coloring and use of metal are truly striking and the piece is large giving real sense of presence hanging on the wall. Very happy with purchase, a true honor to have in my home.
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