“Hi, my name is Ibrahim Mohammed. In March of 1978, I was born in Korle-Bu Hospital in Accra, which is the heart of Ghana and full of tourists. I am the first of three siblings. My dad is Mohammed Salifu and my mother is Shade Lartekai. My parents love and cherish us so much. They raised my siblings and me in a well-disciplined manner.
“I went to school in Accra until the age of 12, when I had to stop my education for financial reasons. I am naturally friendly, hardworking, and innovative. Because of this, I made a lot of older friends who taught me how to carve and finish sculptures. I began to fall in love with art, such as carving animals. Later, I was encouraged by some friends to travel to Saudi Arabia, with the promise of finding a better life there.
“In Saudi Arabia, I worked as a cleaner. After six years of unfavorable conditions there, I came back to Ghana to follow my dreams. I love everything about art, and I am proud that I chose to return to Ghana to do what I love. In just a few months, I will be getting married to my beautiful fiancé. I hope that we have beautiful kids together.
“I draw inspiration from nature and everyday people that I meet. I typically work alone in my workshop, but when I get huge orders I delegate out the work to some other artisans. There are a number of youths who visit my workshop to learn my craft and sandpaper for me. My fiancé also helps with some aspects of my work.
“For me, this work has been very beneficial, helping me to take care of my family and create jobs for youths in my community. I am looking forward to a wonderful ride with NOVICA.”