Artisan Profile: Rita Addo Zakour

Rita Addo Zakour is an artist from Ghana in West Africa who creates a variety of beautiful handcrafted pieces. “I design jewelry, masks, sculpture, and home decor items with African concepts in mind. I pay great care and special attention to details. I hope that anyone who comes into contact with my work will see a unique piece of art.”

Rita Addo Zakour

Rita Addo Zakour

“For my carvings and sculpture, the basic materials I use are soft wood – sese – and aluminum sheets. I carve the wood, dry it, stain it, sandpaper it with both rough and smooth sandpaper, apply white clay to dry, and lastly put polish. Having the edge of doing more designs inspires me, and I have taught this art to a number of people.”

Rita hopes to grow her business so that she can help others and give back.   “I am passing on my craft to the next generation by training several people and some students, some who are now my employees.”

Her work has helped improve her family’s life.  In addition to their daughter, Heidi, Rita and her husband are raising two nieces, Alice and Elizabeth, who are orphans. “My favorite things in life are cooking and being with my family.”

Here are some examples of Rita’s work






For more of Rita Addo Zakour’s work, you can visit her artisan page on UNICEF Market.

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