“My name is Lydia Mawuena. I am ingenious, passionate and daring. I was born on the 3rd of August to Mr. Augustine Amedzrator and Miss Agnes Kpordzo in Accra. I come from a close-knit family of seven, and I’m the 3rd born among four siblings. My mother is a homemaker, while my dad is a retired accountant. My dad believes very much in education, and loves reading. He has a library of books, which helped me and my siblings to cultivate the habit of reading any material we could lay hands on.
“When I was in high school, I came across a fashion magazine in my father’s library, which inspired me and drew me closer to the arts and fashion. Though I studied English, Spanish and Sociology at the University of Ghana, I pursued my love for fashion by enrolling at Maureen Signature, a fashion school in Accra, on a part-time basis.
“I use 100% cotton and authentic African prints and organic materials such as wooden buttons, shells and traditional beads for my designs. What was most challenging from the beginning was finding a sustainable funding source for the business. I am happy, however, that we have braved the storms boldly. My inspiration comes from my clients, their environment, their life stories and the joy they derive from using my products. I design women and men’s apparel as well as accessories.
“I love designing garments and fashion accessories. The beauty and transformation that my craft brings to my customers is what drives me to come out with more beautiful designs. My customer base has expanded from friends and family to corporate institutions and multinational retail shops. I believe in giving back to my community. In this vein, I have employed five paid workers – professionals and non-professionals who are taken through rigorous training in order for them to understand our quality assurance procedures and the values that drive our business. The wages and allowances of these workers also go a long way to support their dependents.
“I hope to get married soon and start making my own family. My dream is to see my designs become an international brand. I am looking forward to having an all-round exciting relationship with NOVICA.”