“My name is Kamludeen Osman from Accra, Sukura. I craft home decor accessories. I was born in 1974 to Mr. Osman Tahiru, a civil servant of the Ghanaian Armed Forces, and Mrs. Agnes Akua Mansah, who worked in customs. I am the second-born of 14 siblings and step-siblings. My parents worked in the public sector, but I wasn't the least bit interested in following in their footsteps.
“At the age of 12, when I was still in primary school, my dad died. Since my family was large, I started working at a very early age, doing small jobs for my neighbors. I began working as a bus conductor at the age of 20, but poor working conditions and my love for art since childhood drew me to the arts. I learned how to finish carved pieces at the Accra Art Center from a friend named Osman. I have not regretted that decision for a second.
“I started finishing pieces on my own, and I have even invented a lot of my own finishing techniques. After some time, I inherited my older brother's shop, where I displayed and sold my pieces.
“When I was 24, I got married to my wife, Najiba Musah. She is a trader, and also my source of inspiration, because she always encourages me and urges me on. We have 6 children: four girls and two boys. Our first daughter is married and the rest of our children are still in school. I wish for all my children to become great people in the future, so I don’t joke with their education at all.
“In my shop, I use sese, ebony, and mansonia wood, as well as dyes. I teach a lot of people who are close to me, including my children, how to finish products.
“My dream for the future is to become a famous and great artist. Though I have faced a lot of challenges, such as losing my savings and not being able to care for my children, I am patient and hardworking. I can withstand pressure, so I know that my breakthrough will surely come. NOVICA, here I come.”