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Designer Spotlight

Constance Elizabeth Swaniker

Sculptor, Educator

Constance Elizabeth Swaniker is a revered sculptor, educator, and entrepreneur whose work has significantly influenced Ghana’s art and design landscape. She received a diverse education in The Gambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, which has deeply shaped her worldview. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from KNUST College of Art in Kumasi, Constance quickly founded Accents & Art Ltd, a company specializing in bespoke wrought iron furniture, which has grown to become a leading entity in West Africa.

Under her leadership, Accents & Art has not only thrived commercially but has also played a crucial role in training over 600 youths through partnerships with prominent universities and technical institutions. In 2016, she established the Design and Technical Institute (DTI) in Accra to bridge the gap between academia and industry, creating accredited programs in precision fabrication and quality. Her work decorates numerous upscale environments, including homes, offices, and diplomatic missions both locally and internationally.

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Constance Swaniker’s philosophy revolves around the power of art and education to transform lives. She believes in nurturing talent and providing practical skills to young people, preparing them for successful careers in industry. Her approach combines creative expression with technical expertise, aiming to elevate local craftsmanship to international standards while fostering innovation and sustainability. She emphasizes the importance of perseverance, vision, and social responsibility, inspiring others to pursue their dreams despite challenges.

Awards and Recognitions

Constance Swaniker’s exceptional contributions have been widely recognized:

  • 2010: The Network Journal Africa 40 under 40 Achievement Award; SME Innovation Award for Best Entrepreneur.
  • 2013: LISCO Be Your Dream Award; Metal Product of the Year; Regional Country Winner, Africa’s Most Influential Women in Leadership and Governance.
  • 2014: Country and Regional Winner, Metal Fabrication Company of the Year.
  • 2017: Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government; Woman of Excellence Awards at the Ghana Manufacturing Awards.
  • 2018: Recognized again at the Ghana Manufacturing Awards.
  • 2020: Served as Vice President and then President of the Stanford Seed Network (Ghana Chapter).

Testimonials or Endorsements

From Academia
Dr. Kofi Annan, Dean, KNUST College of Art

“Constance Swaniker represents the epitome of what we aspire for our students to become. Her seamless integration of art, industry knowledge, and entrepreneurship not only sets a benchmark for our current students but also redefines what success looks like in the art and design sectors. Her commitment to educational development through DTI is a testament to her dedication and vision.”

From Industry
Mr. James Owusu, CEO, Ghana Metalworks Association

“Constance has revolutionized the wrought iron furniture industry in Ghana. Under her leadership, Accents & Art has not only set high standards in craftsmanship but has also been pivotal in training and nurturing the next generation of skilled artisans. Her work ethic and commitment to quality are unmatched.”

From Collaborative Partners
Professor Jane Mensah, Vice-Chancellor, Ashesi University

“Constance is a trailblazer in the truest sense. Her collaborations with Ashesi University have provided our students with invaluable hands-on experience, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical industry skills. Her vision for a better-skilled workforce aligns perfectly with our educational goals.”

From Beneficiaries
Michael Asante, Former Apprentice at Accents & Art

“Working under Constance’s mentorship at Accents & Art was a transformative experience for me. Her focus on precision and excellence pushed me to hone my skills beyond what I thought possible. She is not just creating jobs but is truly crafting careers for young individuals like myself.”

From Diplomatic Missions
Ambassador Emily Stone, UK High Commission in Ghana

“Constance’s sculptures and ironworks are not just pieces of art; they are narratives of Ghanaian culture and innovation. Her pieces in our embassy have been subject to much admiration by visitors, showcasing the richness of Ghanaian craftsmanship. She is a remarkable ambassador for Ghanaian art on the international stage.”