Gender roles have become a hot topic for debate across different groups with many arguing that these “rules” be eradicated on the basis that they are a social construct. Redefining these gender stereotypes can involve specific hobbies and jobs. For one female entrepreneur, she used her business to challenged those roles with things she learned from her father growing up.
Ghanian furniture designer, Adzigbli Esime Comfort, is the founder and CEO of Namas Decor GH, an interior design firm that specializes in custom furniture. She developed her love of carpentry from a young age after being trained by her father. Even as she tried other things, she always came back to carpentry because it reminded her of her family. Upon her father’s death, she dedicated her time to building a company using the skills he taught her as a young girl.
“He said that I will never be successful in any career aside carpentry,” she said in an interview with Ghanian blogger, Edward Asare according to Black Business. “He said I was born to lead the feminine generation into creativity… My dad was one and because I was daddy’s girl I learned it from him. I was always with him whilst he was working.” According to African Feeds, Comfort added that “My dad’s dying words to me affected me positively.”
She opened her business her 2016 with the mission to bring African-inspired design to her custom furniture pieces in an industry usually dominated by men. Her hope is that other women can see her success and be encouraged to enter the field.
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