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"It is so divine how everything has worked out perfectly in the pursuit of this new adventure!"
"Hi, I'm Mary Kosikuor Boafo and I was born in 1957, a few months after Ghana gained independence from British rule. I come from Korwhere, in the Manya Krobo district of Eastern Ghana, but when my father passed away, I went to live with my sister and her husband in the Afram Plains.
"I wanted to become a stenographer secretary so I moved to Accra to obtain a diploma and after secretarial school, I was fortunate to gain employment in a private law firm where I worked for four years. During that time I desired to further my education and move up in my career, so I enrolled in a night school where I studied management, which I completed successfully. I moved on to work with a public institution for eleven years, and from there to a private chartered accounting firm for another eleven years until I retired in 2011.
"I have always loved bead making and beaded jewelry. As a self-taught artist, I bought books and beaded jewelry to learn how to string and craft beaded jewelry. I found the art of bead making very exciting, I also realized there was more to it than stringing beads on a thread. It requires careful planning and arrangement, patience and color coordination to create a beautiful piece of jewelry. It initially began as a hobby and I made jewelry for personal use only. After receiving great comments from friends and family, I decided to make a few for sale. I sold to my colleagues at work and it was a big hit.
"Encouraged by my husband, I pursued this seriously until I retired, and then I concentrated on making beads full-time. By then I had acquired all the necessary tools, materials, skill and experience to create the venture I desired.
"I initially worked from my garage until I was able to acquire a small space in a commercial area close to my home, and now there are currently two people who help me craft the jewelry. It is so divine how everything has worked out perfectly in the pursuit of this new adventure!
"I would describe my collection as traditional with a western influence. Inspiration for my jewelry comes from nature mostly, and from all that surrounds me. I usually take the time to meditate and dream up my designs before I create. I use mostly natural materials such as wood and stone for my jewelry. I am also open to the use of new natural materials.
"My friends describe me as a hardworking, truthful and God-fearing person. I love to spend time with my family, my husband and five adopted children, cooking and playing board games. I have a small backyard garden of vegetables and I like to spend time there tendering my plants. I am also very involved in the activities of my local church. I am in the counseling department and I counsel young adults. It is such a blessing to be a mother to so many and I am always happy to be in a position to help someone feel a little better about a situation or problem that keeps them awake at night.
"I intend to learn more about bead making and jewelry in general by enrolling in more courses. I like working with the youth and I hope to set up a school to teach bead making among other crafts."
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