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Meet Eric Adjetey Anang, Ghana's Leading and International Coffin Maker.

In the African setting, one thing which stands equally important among our culture is our funeral. Funerals are occasions to say farewell to beloved and sometimes a display of family wealth. In an African funeral ceremony, one thing that graces the occasion is the type and design of the coffin used in burying the beloved.

In this article, I take the privilege to introduce you to Ghana's leading and international coffin maker, Eric Adjetey Anang.

Eric Adjetey Anang is a Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter, born in 1985. He is the owner of the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop, which he founded in Teshie, Ghana. He attended Accra Academy for his secondary education and currently holds dual residency and divides his time between Ghana and Madison, Wisconsin.

Under the auspices of Alliance française in Kano, he unveiled Ghana style coffins at Gidan Makama Museum Kano, Nigeria, in 2001.

In an interview, he clarified that the idea for the dream coffin came about when his grandfather was constructing a palanquin for a chief, but the chief died before he could ride in it, so the family decided he should be buried in it instead. Adjetey Anang rose to prominence as one of Ghana's leading contemporary artists and a well-known coffin maker in a short period.

Eric Adjetey Anang is also working on anthropological research with Roberta Bonetti, an associate professor of history of anthropology at the University of Bologna and a fellow at Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies.

Eric Adjetey Anang was dubbed "a model for African urban youths" by the French newspaper Le Monde diplomatique when he was 24 years old. He gives coffin-making demonstrations showing the process of using hand tools to make hollow, curved, wooden sculptures in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Below are some of his great coffin designs.

I must say that one of these coffins won't let any wealthy family down in gracing their funeral service for a beloved.

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