Obama: Meet the Ghanaian sculptor who designed 'perfect' statues of Stonebwoy and Asamoah Gyan

Obama: Meet the Ghanaian sculptor who designed 'perfect' statues of Stonebwoy and Asamoah Gyan

- Victor Kuutuome aka Obama is a budding Ghanaian sculptor

- The 28-year-old artist is currently pursuing a B.A. in Arts Education and specialises in sculpture and graphic design at the University of Education, Winneba

- Obama gained major traction online after he produced a stunning statue of dancehall artiste Stonebwoy

- YEN.com.gh throws the spotlight on how Obama began, his inspiration and future plans

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At a very tender age, Victor Kuutuome, a budding Ghanaian sculptor, knew that he would impact generations and his rise to fame was aligned to this belief after he produced a near-perfect statue of dancehall artiste Stonebwoy.

From an economically-disadvantaged region, the native of Nandom (Wa) in the Upper West, was born in Winneba on April 1, 1991, and speaks four languages; Dagaree, Fante, Twi and English.

Nicknamed Obama and Clay Dr, Victor had his basic education at University Practice School in Winneba, where he completed in 2006.

After his basic education, Obama moved to Potsin T. I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, also in the Central region to further his studies as a Visual Arts student and completed in 2009.

Obama worked as an apprentice at Ikeas Advertising to further develop his skills as a young artist from 2009-2017 after he received his secondary education.

It was during the latter months of 2017 that the rising star gained admission to the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), to pursue B.A. in Arts Education and specialises in sculpture and graphic design.

The 28-year-old budding sculptor told YEN.com.gh that he is inspired by his sculptural lecturers at the Art Department of UEW including Madam Sosu, Mr. Kpodo, Opoku Mensah and his mentor, CEO of TKM Sculptures at Winneba, Dr. Theophilus Mensah, who he currently works with as the apprentice supervisor.

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Obama is also inspired by the sculptural works of renaissance masters such as Donatello, Michael Angelo and others who blazed trails and forever live on through their works.

As a believer, he believes biblical verses including Exodus 31:1-6, Exodus 31:31, Colossians 3:23, Proverbs 22:29, and Psalm 104:24, have also inspired him to pursue his dreams regardless of the setbacks.

Obama’s remarkable sculptural works are not limited to Ghanaian dance hall artiste Stonebwoy.

Together with his mentor, Dr. Mensah, they commissioned the statues of Nana Prah Agyensim VI at the Assin Kushea palace, the late Max Quaye, chief of Tongo in the Volta region and other stunning designs.

Obama’s first human figure work in sculpture was a full statue of Asamoah Gyan and still hoping to one day present his work to the football star.

As a football fanatic himself, he plays football during his leisure time and listens to music with Bob Marley and Culture music as some of his favourites.

He aims at becoming a world acclaimed artist with his realistic sculptural works and to attain this feat, he is set to work on notable celebrities, political and religious leaders with dancehall ‘king’ Shatta Wale as his next human figure.

YEN.com.gh previously reported that arguably the most popular model in Ghana, Angelina Akua Nana Oduro, became a household name over two decades ago, featuring on calendars, posters, hotels and in the homes of some prominent Ghanaians including presidents.

The iconic image, widely recognized as a symbolism of Ghana’s hospitality features Angelina is adorned in regal Ghana Kente while holding a calabash with a flashing smile.

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