- Bernard Nii Nartey is the chief executive officer of Nat Recycle Centre
- The 35-year-old artisan bagged his first degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Coast (UCC)
- Nartey runs a flourishing business that converts used tyres into beautiful and sustainable furniture
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A multi-talented Ghanaian artisan, Bernard Nii Nartey, has been creating beautiful furniture and sound systems from rejected car tyres and other waste materials.
Nartey who is 35 years old has become an expert in his field because of his unique and viable creations made from discarded tyres.
His furniture label, Nat Recycle Centre, converts rejected tyres into beautiful and sustainable furniture for home and office use.
Nartey holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region.
Despite having a degree, the indigene of Prampram in the Greater Accra Region redirected his path to become a professional artisan.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with YEN.com.gh, he disclosed that he was compelled to divert to carpentry because he struggled with joblessness after he graduated from UCC.
''When I completed UCC, I couldn't find a job. So, I had to divert to learn a skill to become useful to myself. It wasn't easy finding a job so I had to be smart,'' he said.
Nartey received his secondary education at the Islamic Senior High School in the Upper West Region and later went to UCC to acquire his undergraduate degree.
He proceeded to learn a skill at the Apostle Safo Suaye Technology Institute where he obtained practical knowledge in craftsmanship.
The eight-year programme at the institute reflects on all his creations, including the beautiful furniture and quality sound systems.
Now, he is working to scale up his business and attract more clients.
Asked what he thinks about young people who claim there are no jobs, he said: ''One has to apply themselves and look around. They can learn a skill and turn that into a profession,'' said Nartey, who now trains other people in his field.
''The educational system trains young people to seek employment after school instead of creating jobs. However, I think the youth should think outside the box and learn a skill if they can't find jobs to earn a living,'' he told YEN.com.gh.
Check out beautiful photos of his creation making the rounds on social media
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported a mother of two who is hearing-impaired, Michele Randolph, has graduated with dual degrees from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte after overcoming challenges.
Born legally deaf, she was 12 years old in middle school when she heard a pop sound and suddenly lost her ability to hear.
At the time, she had no prior knowledge of American Sign Language, so she had to communicate by reading the lips of others.
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