- Ghana has a plastic pollution and waste challenge, but young people like Joseph Awuah-Darko are turning it into art
- The contemporary artist, art collector, and dealer has built a clock out of waste recovered from Agbogbloshie in Accra
- Awuah-Darko is the president of the Institute Museum of Ghana and co-founder of Agbogblo.Shine Initiative
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Young contemporary artist, art collector, and dealer, Joseph Awuah-Darko, has designed a clock out of waste recovered from Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana.
The co-founder of Agbogblo.Shine Initiative decided to use his artistic talent to develop a programme to sustainably manage the waste when he first saw the piles of circuit boards, wires, and plastics at the commercial district on the outskirts of Ghana's capital.
In 2017, while enrolled at Ashesi University in Accra, he introduced the project with fellow student Cynthia Muhonja to encourage people working at Agbogbloshie to turn waste into high-end furniture instead of burning it.
Seeing opportunity in waste
Awuah-Darko told Arab News that he chose to see the opportunity to build something out of it.
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''I chose to see the opportunity to create and turn what has been called a dump into an opportunity,'' said Awuah-Darko, according to ceramics.org.
The fast-rising contemporary artist and art collector was recognised for his work in 2018 with the Most Promising Social Enterprise award by the West African Business Excellence Awards for the Agbogblo.Shine Initiative.
In 2019, Forbes recognised him as one of its Africa 30 under 30 class.
Ghanaian Student Turns Plastic Wastes into Fuels to Power Cars and for Household Use
YEN.com.gh previously reported that a Ghanaian student, Mustapha Ibrahim, has converted plastic waste into diesel, gas, and petrol using a reactor he designed himself.
Through his ingenuity, the talented young man is helping address sanitation challenges in the country.
Ibrahim converts abandoned plastic wastes into fuels for home use and to power machines.
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Meanwhile, when Godwin Agyapong decided to venture into the technology industry, he was unemployed with little to no idea of how he would finance his business idea into reality.
But that didn't deter him from pursuing his goal to start a high-quality delivery and pickup system, which became known as LocQar.
At the time, it was just an idea inspired by the Amazon Locker and shot into reality following a tragedy that nearly claimed his life.
Agyapong had returned to Ghana from the US with a degree from the California State University, where he studied Communication and minored in International Business.
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