For a woman to venture into a male-dominated sector and excel is no easy feat, but that is exactly what Constance has succeeded in doing since she ventured into the wrought iron, sculpture and furniture design industry.
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Accents & Art
Constance Elizabeth Swaniker studied at Kwame Nkrumah' University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sculpture, 1994 – 1999
May 1999 – 2011 (12 years) Accra,
Swaniker set out in a small shed, making garden fountains and ornaments, and took a five-year apprenticeship with her aunt while attending the College of Art at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She launched Accents & Art upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in sculpture in 1999, using a blend of wrought iron, cane, wood and glass in her pieces.
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Ghana Constance has a multi-cultural / multi-functional background, having spent eighteen years outside her native Ghana; in the Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
This diversity in her background has been the dominant factor in how she approaches the “arts” and business.
An entrepreneur and strategic thinker, Constance sees the “big picture”- the future of the arts in Ghana.
She is objective in approach, cutting through a male dominated sector and enjoys the challenges of this environment.
Whilst a university student, Constance worked as an apprentice carpenter for a period of five years in a joinery company but specialized in metal work and sculpture, graduating with honors in Sculpture. She has raised the bench mark in the wrought iron industry in Ghana and remains an outstanding leader in her field. She founded Accents & Art in 1999 with two workers and now employs 50 artisans.
Constance has also been featured in local newspapers; Graphic Showbiz, Daily Graphic, Business & Financial Times and in international newspapers and magazines like The Network Journal and The HR Focus.