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Kojo Bambir

Kojo Bambir

The Master Carver Behind Ghana's Iconic Creations

2023

13 July 2023

Early Beginnings

Kojo Bambir's journey into the world of woodcarving began at a young age. Growing up in Ajumako Asaasan, he embraced the art form, which ran in his family. Alongside his two brothers, they started honing their skills, leading to the establishment of their carving shop in Agona Swedru in the late 1950s. Their collaboration in this endeavor fostered a strong bond and nurtured their artistic growth.

2023

14 July 2023

Commissioned Works for the Ghana National Museum

Kojo Bambir's reputation as a masterful woodcarver flourished after he received a significant commission from the Ghana National Museum in Accra. The Museum tasked him with carving the Akan abusua poma, clan or family staff, which became part of the Museum's permanent display. The intricate and captivating design of his work drew the admiration of museum visitors, solidifying his position as a distinguished artisan in the country.


2023

15 July 2023

Collaboration with Kofi Antubam

In the early 1960s, Kojo Bambir received an extraordinary opportunity that would elevate his career to new heights. The renowned Ghanaian artist, Kofi Antubam, approached him for assistance in a major project assigned by the Ghana Government. The project aimed to redesign the legislative chamber of the Parliament House to reflect Ghana's new status as a republic since July 1, 1960. Kojo Bambir played a crucial role in crafting some of Ghana's most symbolic pieces for this project. He contributed his expertise to the creation of the Seat of State, designed in the traditional Adwa-stool style, the Chair of State, reflecting the asipim style, and the iconic Ghana Mace. These masterpieces embodied Ghana's rich cultural heritage and represented the nation's transition to a republican form of government.

2023

16 July 2023

Recognition and International Influence

The quality of Kojo Bambir's work did not go unnoticed by the Ghanaian government. His creations, including the Ghana Mace, Seat of State, and Chair of State, were presented as esteemed gifts to foreign dignitaries visiting the country. These artistic expressions not only showcased the nation's cultural heritage but also served as symbols of goodwill and diplomacy.

2023

18 July 2023

Continuing Legacy

Today, Kojo Bambir's workshop stands in the Neoplan area of Achimota, near the Achimota Taxi Station on the Accra-Nsawam Road. His legacy lives on through the mastery of his craftsmanship and the enduring impact of his creations in Ghana's art and historical landscape. The Ghana Mace, Seat of State, and Chair of State continue to be cherished symbols of the country's democratic governance, reminding citizens and visitors alike of the rich artistic traditions embedded in the nation's identity.

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