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Foreigner Nigerian wood mask

Foreigner Nigerian wood mask

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-163539

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

With an expression of sadness, a foreigner recalls his homeland. Sefah Mohammed creates a mask steeped in tradition, applying embossed aluminum and white clay to the sober features. 'In olden days, people from Nigeria migrated to Sudan. As time went by, they intermarried with the Sudanese. However, even though they had lived there for a long time, the Nigerians were still considered outsiders. They were referred to as the people of darkness, making reference to the color of their skin,' he explains. Mohammed names the mask Dufu, 'Darkness' in the Hausa language.

  • materials: Sese wood, aluminum and white clay
11.75 in. H x 8.25 in. W x 3.2 in. D

Artisan Information

Sefah Mohammed

My work is very unique because I craft African masks of extremely high quality. Moreover, I have innovated some creativity into my products with local available resources I took hold of, such as calabash and cowries.

I was born in Accra Newtown on January 2, 1976. When I a young schoolboy, becoming a carver was not one of my objectives. However as time went on, the selling of carved goods tempted me to start carving, and I continued learning until I became an accomplished carver.

"I started as an apprentice for Mr. Abdul Karim Star Boy in the late 1980s. Although I was still a schoolboy, I managed to combine the learning of carving with my schooling. I found no hindrances, and this went on a long way in inspiring me, as the clock ticks on.

"My materials are mostly wood, paint, polish, sea sand, brass and aluminum. My processes involved carving, sandpapering, polishing, painting, plating and finishing.

"There are a lot of factors that motivate me but the significant one was to depict the uniqueness of African history for our younger generations.

"Although life is not as easy, with the almighty Allah, I've overcome almost all the challenges. I have trained a lot of carvers who are still carving and making ends meet for their families.

"I have a big family with seven children, and they are living in a happy environment." Sefah Mohammed's works have been exhibited throughout Ghana as well as in foreign venues. He has received a number of awards.

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Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

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The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


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