“Hi everyone! My name is Eliasu Adams. I am a young artist. I’m very creative and imaginative. My friends say I’m honest and hardworking, and they are right.
“I live in Tamale, the capital of the northern region of Ghana, which is known for shea butter and basketry. I was born in 1993 in Accra, Ghana’s capital, to Adams Abubakari and Memunatu Adams. I am the second child of six. Unfortunately, one of my siblings passed away.
“Growing up, I have always been known for my artistic nature, making use of odds and ends to create something unique. Here I am today with NOVICA, still soaring higher and higher!
“My love for beads inspired me to begin crafting jewelry. My skills are self-taught, a God-given talent. I had to practice continuously for hours to perfect this craft.
“Life has not been easy for me at all. After junior high school, I had to stay home for seven years before going to senior high school, due to financial constraints. But, I’m grateful to God, since a good samaritan decided to pay my fees to go to senior high. During my seven years at home, I decided to do something with my life. That is when I discovered that I can make jewelry. I started crafting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings from pieces of calabash gourd shell. My friends loved my designs, so I stopped giving my jewelry out as gifts and started selling them instead.
“I use natural materials like calabash, nylon cord, food dye, wood beads, and shea butter. They are easy to work with and readily available on the market. I like to think outside the box. My favorite thing about my craft is that it brings out my imaginative and creative powers. I draw inspiration from nature. I find that the process of getting a piece into its finished stage is the most challenging aspect of my craft. Sometimes, my cousin Lumasha helps me string the beads.
“Finding a market for my pieces is another challenge, but I hope that NOVICA’s platform will help me realize my dreams, which are to make enough money to open my own shop, further my education, and support my family.”