""I loved my work after a carving or mask was finished and always said to myself, 'I can do it.' Today, I love this work more than anything."
"Godfred Yamoah is my name. I was born in December of 1992 in Accra. My friends say I am funny, religious and a singer.
"My father, Ayoma Alhassan, is a wood carver. He specializes in home décor and I admired his work so much. But I wasn't good at drawing, neither could I hold a knife to design.
"My mum talked to me and suggested I join my dad in his workshop. I felt this craft would be difficult and didn't want to work with him.
"I did try, but found it difficult to learn and gave up in order to learn something else. After some years, my friends and family convinced me to give it another try.
"So I came back to my dad to learn although I almost gave up because I thought I was being forced into it. I used to run away from the shop at every opportunity.
"Eventually, I developed passion for the work. After some time, what I thought I couldn't do became so easy for me. I kept on practicing to this day.
"I loved my work after a carving or mask was finished and always said to myself, 'I can do it.' Today, I love this work more than anything. My inspiration comes from my dad, the family and nature.
Carefully seasoned sese wood is my main material and my favorite part of the process is the finishing aspect. Quality and good finishing characterize my designs. The wood chips and sawdust left from my masks and décor accents are used by the community as firewood and charcoal.
"My toughest moments in life were when I had an issue with the police and was arrested for three days. I was innocent and, by God's grace, was released.
"My hope for the future is to be a great artist and help the less privileged."