"I was good at learning through watching my brother when he was carving, and then I would try my hand and I would ask for assistance when needed.""I was born in Accra and I grew up to become a friendly and curious person. It is my curiosity that has guided me in learning this art and hone on my skills. I got interested in wood carving when I was a child, when I used to visit my brother's workshop. He is Salihu Ibrahim, a Novica featured artist.
"I used to go to his workshop when I returned from school and try my hands at sandpapering masks. When I completed junior high school, my parents could not further my education and so I joined Salihu at his workshop. I got paid for the work I did, which I saved to be able to buy my own tools.
"I remember that time, when working with my brother, he sent me to pick up some items from a friend, and I had to travel a long distance. However by the time I arrived I had forgotten what my brother sent me for! I felt so embarrassed. I returned without the items and had to go back for the items another day.
"Since I am a curious by nature, I always want to find out how things are done. I was good at learning through watching my brother when he was carving, and then I would try my hand and I would ask for assistance when needed. This helped me develop and master my carving skills.
"After 12 years of working with my brother I started to work on my own. I have taught other carvers, and currently I have four carvers working with me. I love the art of mixing colors and fixing aluminum plates to design an item.
"My hope is to become successful and be able to assist several people who cannot further their education due to financial constraint."
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