Adzigbli Nana Ama, a Ghanian calling the shots in the male dominated world of carpentry.
The story of Ghana’s Adzigbli Nana Ama Comfort is one that tells volumes about respecting a dying wish, especially when it is that of one’s father.
Having grown up helping her father with his carpentry, the old man’s dying wish was for his daughter to keep his legacy on by taking on the trade. What perhaps made it a serious passing away wish was the prayer attached to the wish. Comfort’s father was unequivocal when he said on his dying bed that she would not be successful in any other endeavour in life but carpentry.
According to her, she didn’t take his words seriously at first so went ahead with her life after her father’s demise. After completing her studies at Aburi Presbyterian Secondary Technical Senior High School, she tried her hands on several vocations.
She joined the showbiz industry as a model, but did not excel and went into acting. That also did not go well hence she gave up on show business.
“I tried working with some TV stations as a presenter but didn’t work out,” she recalled. “That was when I remembered my Dad’s words all over again and accepted the challenge.”
At that point, she decided to venture into carpentry with the knowledge and training she received from helping her late father. Adzigbli now runs a fast-growing carpentry and furniture design shop.
My Dad’s dying words to me affected me positively, she said. He said I will never be successful in any career aside carpentry. I laughed and asked why. He said I was born to lead the feminine generation into creativity.
Patience, humility, creativity, ready to learn and good human relations are attributes one must possess to survive in the industry, and she is proud to say she has got them all and is surviving well. It doesn’t get easier dealing with very complicated clients’ needs, she revealed.
Comfort had, as a young girl harboured the ambition of striding in the legal profession as a lawyer, but with the benefit of hindsight, she is thankful she took her father’s words seriously ultimately. Today, she is doing so well, she couldn’t wish for anything else.
Comfort who grew up making penny boxes and fixing broken tables, chairs and petty damages at home with her dad posits; “I didn’t train to be a carpenter. My Dad was one and because I was Daddy’s girl I learned it from him. I was always with him whilst he was working,” she averred.
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