Abdulai Osman Adam
"I was born on May 5, 1981, in Accra. My friends say I am a truthful, hardworking and honest person. <br><br> "It took a painful experience for me to get into art. I had to drop out of school after my dad passed on. My mum, who was not working at that moment, was faced with the challenge of taking care of us. I told myself I would find a job to help keep my younger siblings in school. And I did. I worked as an errand boy for art workshops in our neighborhood and used the tips I got for running errands to buy food for my brothers and sisters. <br><br> "I was fascinated by the way the workers could carve beautiful designs out of wood. I was willing to learn a trade to be able to earn money and thus achieve my goal of helping my family. So when I was given the opportunity to try my hands with some pieces of wood, I was happy and knew this was going to be the beginning of a bright future. <br><br> "This was how I began. <br><br> "After going through all the stages, I realized the part I love most is designing with aluminum and painting the final carving. A lot of creativity is involved to bring out the actual beauty of an item. I was taught the embossed plate design by Master Mustapha Congori and, over time, I have been able to train four people so far. I still have people coming in constantly to learn. <br><br> "In this art, there are many people who have gone ahead and been able to make it. Like me, they now know it requires a lot of creativity to produce unique and attractive masks and carvings to catch the people's eye. <br><br> "I use aluminum plate, brass, copper, wood dust, paint and sese wood to create my designs. Most of my inspiration comes from creativity and meditation. <br><br> "My hopes and dreams are to become a great artist and to be able to give back to the poor and needy in my community."