"My mother helps me put the finishing touches on my creations. I most enjoy creating and designing new ideas and themes for my work."
"My name is Elsie Esinam Apetor and I was born in Accra in 1987. I create beads and I love fashion. My friends say I am humble, honest and caring.
"I became interested in handcrafted art after helping my grandmother thread beads. My mother taught me to make beads and, in turn, I've also taught friends.
"I attended a polytechnic school to study fashion. It was difficult starting on my own because I had to purchase everything for my workshop by myself. I had to make sure I had everything to make it successful.
"My mother helps me put the finishing touches on my creations. I mostly enjoy creating and designing new ideas and themes for my work. I am inspired by my surroundings and topics I research.
"To find someone who will craft my designs the person must be able to have a good finish and create the exact designs over and over again. My favorite thing about this craft is creating and developing new ideas and themes for my work.
"Once, when I had to make a presentation in school and didn't do a good job because I wasn't prepared. I was really embarrassed because I deviated from the topic.
"My hope is for my designs to become recognized nationally and internationally. My plans are to create a training center that will teach and empower younger people."