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The Ghanaian High School Dropout Turning Old Car Tyres Into Beautiful Home Furniture

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Hannah Akomeah
The Ghanaian High School Dropout Turning Old Car Tyres Into Beautiful Home Furniture

Born in Kwahu Atibie, the Eastern part of Ghana, Ms. Hannah Akomeah is a young Ghanaian carpenter lady who turns used car tires into beautiful home furniture. She is an SHS graduate based in Nkawkaw who has trained many people in this craft-work. She attended the Atibie Methodist primary and JSS School. She later attended the Mpraso Senior High school but couldn’t complete her high school. Hannah Akomeah started her company which involves recycling old car tires into beautiful furniture using African prints, ropes, and anything she lay her hands on if it’s fit to use for her production.

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“Thinking of saving the environment, because  I always see car tires lying around in gutters, breeding mosquitoes to bring malaria, and burning them to pollute the air and when we breath in can cause sickness, I got the idea to make furniture with the car tire. It’s my ideas which no one taught me,” she told Salone Messenger during an online interview via WhatsApp.

 

Hannah Akomeah felt her creative idea will not only give her money but also ensure that the environment is safe for all. After she did her first design using used car tyres and turning them into the beautiful home furniture, she posted it on social media to raise awareness about her business, and raise awareness of climate change and global warming, and also get clients.

“I did the first one in red and white colors and posted it on my Facebook page, people saw it to be very beautiful and had one person asking me to do two for her. I did and sent it to her, and it was there that I got to know I can do it as a side business because when I started it I was working at the bank,” she told Salone Messenger.

What makes her design more catchy is the African prints she is using; especially the popular Ghanaian fabric, kente.

At Salone Messenger, I had an interview with her to share her compelling and inspiring story.

Sallu Kamuskay: How do you compare the prices of your furniture compared to your furniture? ( are they cheaper?)

Hannah Akomeah: “Prices my furniture is less expensive compared to the normal furniture made with wood. Because I don’t buy the tires, I go for them from vulcanizers and they are the old tires which have been rejected by drivers.”

Sallu Kamuskay: What are the challenges you face?

Hannah Akomeah: “Some of the challenges I face are transportation.

Because transportation is high at my place, that even when I get order and I finish with them, my small profit some might have gone into transportation because anytime I go to the market I have to take dropping to transport the goods to my shop. And they price higher amount.

I wish to have my small car one day so that it will help me do my work with ease.

Secondly, most people outside Ghana show interest in buying and learning, but how to transport the goods, and come to those countries to teach people are the problem.”

Sallu Kamuskay: How is it like training young people? Who are the set of young people are training? Is it free or people pay to learn?

Hannah Akomeah: “I feel good impacting my knowledge to others.

As a young girl, if I’ve been able to come up with an idea that is helping me financially and not depend on guys, I aim to train my fellow ladies and gentlemen so they can also do something on their own to generate income and not to be dependent on anyone, and to reduce unemployment in my country.

I train everyone, both young and old, males and females. They pay for the training because it’s my ideas I’m ‘selling’ to people.”

Sallu Kamuskay: Do you wish to establish this initiative in nearby countries?  How do you wish to do that?

Hannah Akomeah: “I wish to establish this initiative in other countries too, but now I don’t have any idea how I can do that, so if anyone can help me with how to go about it I’ll be grateful.”

 

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine.
Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize.
Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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