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"Crowned beauty," proclaims the name of this mask, from the Yoruba language. The face is painted white with thick black eyebrows, and then crowned with a blue and yellow headpiece, all carved from local sese wood by Ghanaian artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. The rounded diamond shape highlights the pointed chin and high forehead, used in many kinds of African masks as a representation of idealized beauty.
Abdul has four children of his own and and cares for an additional four. All eight children live with him and he treats them all as his own.
Abdul has a dream of establishing an art academy for carving and sharing the African culture that is so closely tied to wood carving. So far, he has trained over 30 people but hopes that number can grow to be in the hundreds with an academy.
Since he started working with NOVICA, he has been able to grow his business. Through NOVICA and his determination, every day he gets a little closer to his goal of empowering and training others in carving.
Abdul financially supports the education of his own four children and the four other children that live with him.