Akakpo & Co.
Born in Ghana, Ebenezer Akakpo has always been fascinated with the power of lines, symbols and designs. With components of line design, small scale building, and calculations involving math and chemistry, his apprenticeship for a local goldsmith and jewelry designer at a young age solidified his love of the craft. Akakpo went on to receive a formal education in design and stone setting at Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in metalsmithing and jewelry at the Maine College of Art, a Masters of Fine Art in Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a degree in Internet Technology.
“The creation of the Akakpo line has allowed me to combine my multi-faceted educational experiences with this desire to affect positive change. I am able to use the traditional designs of my Ghanaian heritage to create pieces of art that carry personal and cultural power. After designing a portable filtration system with B9 Plastics to purify water for the people of my native Ghana, I decided to commit 70% of the proceeds from my Emekor Collection to continue to support the Better Water Maker project I helped them launch.”