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Sharon Dede Padi Projects Ghana In GWR ‘Paint-A-Thon’ Attempt

Construction Project Manager and Painter, Sharon Dede Padi, also known as Padiki has asked Ghanaians and people all over the globe to collectively help her attain the goal to break her upcoming Guinness World Records (GWR) Paint-a-Thon record in projecting Ghana.

Setting of the record scheduled to take place from March 15 to March 21, 2024, at the Ghana Village, it is aimed to paint more than 168 hours, seeking to break the current 100-hour Paint-a-Thon record held by Chancellor Ahaghotu.

Speaking in an interview with The New Publisher, she said the initiative seeks to put a spotlight on the often-overlooked contributions of female artists in Ghana, adding that it will showcase Ghanaian culture and heritage on a global stage by her determination to forge a more inclusive and recognized space for women in the arts.

“I am inspired by my passion for art and my drive to make females involved in art recognized in Ghana, my preparation process includes appealing for sponsorships from companies across the country, curating the materials necessary to get me to my goal of breaking the record and ensuring that I am physically fit as well.

“By taking my daily vitamins and natural energy supplements and also by having my favourite songs played at points where I feel tired. I will switch from sitting to standing as I paint to reduce discomfort. I will also make good use of the short breaks I am entitled to get myself refreshed. I envision painting not less than 150 canvases before I end my marathon.”

She continued, “I will need approximately 3 easels, brushes, acrylic paints, canvases and stationery materials as well as a comfortable painting location, with the creativity aspect I just plan to paint whatever meaningful that comes to my mind like I always do and with the motivation just music will do.

“I am a painter. I intend on doing this for 168 hours or more if possible. I envision that I will be able help with the promotion of females in Art in Ghana, most especially the deprived ones, project the Ghanaian culture and heritage to the world, work together with The Ghana Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism Art and Culture, Ghana Commission on Culture, the Ministry of Gender Women and Children, The Ministry of Education, The ministry of Sports and finally to gain a wider market for my art pieces. I plan to create works themed on our Heritage, slavery and feminism and our culture.”

About Sharon Dede Padi

Sharon Dede Padi, a specialist in the field of construction and project management, an artist and the CEO of the Padiki Art Gallery as well. Her educational journey has been an interesting one from it’s beginning to its current status.

She had her elementary education at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana Primary School at Tafo in the Eastern Region of Ghana and then proceeded to the Krobo Girls Senior High School and the Aburi Girls Senior High School all in the Eastern Region of Ghana as well.

From there, she pursued a degree in Bsc. Architecture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and then moved to the United Kingdom where she gained a Masters in Construction and Project Management at the London Southbank University. Currently she has enrolled in the University of Ghana for a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies.

Sharon Dede Padi has worked as a construction project manager at various institutions for some years. I gained my first employment as a project manager at Prodesign Limited and then moved after a year and a half to the State Housing Company. After a six-month trial period at the State Housing Company, she gained employment again at Walltech Ghana Limited and finally moved to Akuaba Estates where she spent two years there as an active project manager.

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