On the Job: Ebenezer Akakpo creates art that helps others - Portland Press Herald

The jewelry maker and metalworker uses his talent to raise money to help women in Africa.

Ebenezer Akakpo, 41, blends his design aesthetic with his Ghanaian heritage to produce art with a purpose.

Akakpo uses his talent to raise money for charitable projects. Sales of the jewelry and other accessories he makes in his South Portland studio support a project in Ghana that uses ultraviolet technology to purify water.

He also holds down a day job as an IT support specialist at the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Akakpo received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art in metalsmithing and jewelry, and then a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

On Sunday, his jewelry and metalwork were part of a hair and fashion show in Portland to raise money for Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower, a nonprofit that supports economic independence for women in Zambia.

What he loves about his art is “the idea of having a thought and being able to make that thought tangible. Having people see it,” he said.

“There is always a challenge and you have to make it work, to use your technique to get the result that you want.”

Source : Pressherald

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