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Nana Serwa, Founder Duaba Serwa

   

Nana Serwa Hagan Aboagye  is on a mission to re-entice the world to the beauty of African Beads with Duaba Serwa,  a Jewelry Line with Traditional and Contemporary Neckpieces and Bracelets made from genuine Ghanaian Glass beads, Middle Eastern Metal and Ceramic pieces and Finishes from Sierra Leone and Togo.  Duaba Serwa is currently stocked in Ghana, in the United States and also in the United Kingdom with more expansion into other countries in the year 2010. Femme Lounge talks to Nana Serwa.

You?

My name is Nana Serwa Hagan Aboagye I’m 24, I studied textiles graphic design and general knowledge in arts for three years in Achimota School and made the change to science (Nursing) in University. I am building my brand by looking at my talents the things I can do with ease that others can’t. This has served as a source of guidance, motivation and the driving force behind my brand.

Duaba Serwa?

Duaba Serwa is as a result of a dream I’ve had for a few years now. As with some things in life, it came into being rather unexpectedly. It was driven by a deep desire to express my creative talents and satisfy my entrepreneurial hunger. A jewelry line may seem like a strange choice for some but it made perfect sense to me from both a creative and financial standpoint. The line consists mainly of local glass beads melted in the eastern and Volta regions of Ghana with a fusion of other elements from Nigeria, Togo, India and Mali.

What Does It Mean?

Duaba Serwa is in the native Ghanaian language Twi. Duaba simply means seed. Serwa however, is my middle name. The name was inspired by a number of people and events. It is characterized by its meaning and will remain a bold and dominant name to those who truly understand it.

Sacrifices You’ve Made?

As with most things in life, Duaba Serwa came into being rather unexpectedly, everything good in life comes with a pocket of sacrifices and indeed I’ve had to deal with a few of those.

Training?

I was in art school for three years so all the techniques I use to make the jewelry were derived from there

Challenges

Sourcing of materials has been the toughest challenge for me. I try to keep the line traditional yet with a touch of modern contemporary spark with the help of Swarovski element. Also combining working at the hospital with the jewelry making. The hours in a day are simply not enough!

Memorable moment

I was in a crafts shop with two of my friends looking for new materials, shapings and finishes, a lady recognized and approached me with so much excitement and started talking about her favorite out of last year’s winter line. It was amazing, in that moment I actually felt I had made it and then reality hit me ! I had so much more work to do

People’s Response

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and unexpected. I have taken great encouragement that has served as a source of motivation and given me the confidence to diversify my brand. The look on potential customers faces when they see the pieces for the first time. It’s fantastic!

Word Of Advice

A great Idea will quickly die. People have to buy into your vision and support. For the most part your passion and enthusiasm can help encourage this but the work will have to speak for itself.

Funding?

My entire life savings so far has funded the line but on a good tangent I’ve reinvested everything I’ve made so far and now Duaba Serwa funds Duaba Serwa.

Role Models

I’ve got quite a  number but those that clearly stand out for me are of course my mother and a lady by the name Constance Swaniker CEO of accents and arts she’s a one woman business power house in Ghana. She inspires me so much; I had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago. It was equivalent to a young fashion designer meeting Coco Chanel.

Best Part Of It?

I am personally invested in each of my pieces. I conceptualize, design, and create each piece myself and I put a lot of love into my work.

In few years time

Growing the brand more through select line extensions, expanding its global reach and presence and continuing to develop and maintain a world class brand.

Attribute That Has Been Of Help?

Passion, tenacity, diligence, a good work ethic and a clear understanding of the business side of things.

What You Know For Sure

Nothing in this world worth having comes easy; it takes God hard work diligence and persistence to make it

Contact info

duaba.serwa@gmail.com

Duaba Serwa PMB Tema Comm 1 Ghana

Phone – Ghana + (233) 243101656/ (233)262101656

UK – (0044)7983329897/00447931934676

USA – 0016466715222/0012024607984

Pictures: Duaba Serwa

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  1. chiliz722@yahoo.ca'

    Lizzy

    August 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Your creations are beautiful, sister.
    More power to you!

  2. chizob21@hotmail.com'

    Ync

    August 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Such gorgoes pieces…I like them a lot.

  3. yomi_adu@yahoo.com'

    Yomi Adu

    August 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Lovely! do you have outlets in *NG* ?

  4. georgina@monabellucci.com'

    georgeenah

    August 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    the beads are unbelievably wonderful!keep it up!

  5. bj4shortus@yahoo.com'

    bolaji oguntimehin

    August 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

    beautifu and unique!!good work

  6. totsiesenora@googlemail.com'

    guzz

    August 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    me likey

  7. talktonana@yahoo.com'

    nana

    August 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    lovely!!! i want i want 🙂

  8. duaba.serwa@gmail.com'

    nana serwa hagan aboagye

    August 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments
    To answer your question, yomi I can have a piece or order delivered
    To nigeria and other places via postage. Kindly send your
    Inquiries to the above email address or call the numbers shown
    . Thank you all again

  9. duaba.serwa@gmail.com'

    Duaba Serwa

    August 27, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Thank you very much everyone for your wonderful comments. We work hard for our clients and fans. Yomi Adu, Please send an email to duaba.serwa@gmail.com to get more information about shipping. Thank you.

  10. ct@marilynallen.co.uk'

    Marilyn Allen

    September 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    It is good to see a young lady so passionate about her work. Your products are rather stunning! Good luck with it all.

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