NOPA is fast becoming a household name among the youth of Tamale. Hardly would You talk to anyone about art without the name NOPA coming up.
Ranging from singing , playing musical instruments , sound engineering to drawing; NOPA is all about Art . Shockingly , the brain behind NOPA is just one man with the ability to multitask.
The name NOPA is actually the initials of the gentleman ; Nii Okai Prince Attoh. From Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, Mr Prince Attoh has lived his whole life in Tamale. He had his basic and Junior High education at Tiyumba Primary /JHS and to St. John’s Grammar Senior High school where he studied Agricultural science. He studied Chemistry at the University for Development Studies.
His passion for art has been a part of him since infancy but he established that he wanted to be an artist in class four when he was almost obsessed with drawing. But all this while, he drew for pleasure at his leisure times. He went into commercial drawing when he was faced with economic hardship in his final year in the university and had to do research on how to make money. It was then he learnt from the Internet that he could actually earn from his talent.
From that discovery, he was able to fend for himself for the whole academic year which included his project work, accommodation, feeding and transportation back home. Currently, he works from home, NOPA Studios. There, he combines his music school and his drawings .
Prince is motivated by his desire to see the music industry grow so he teaches as many as he can. He also wants to change the perception people have of drawing as a non serious venture which is for school dropouts. About the Savannah Lifestyle Awards, he is very grateful for the opportunity as he sees it as motivation for all those in the art and fashion industry. Even though he didn’t win the Best Fine Arts, which is the category he was nominated for, he thinks it’s a step to push him to do more because he didn’t even know his efforts were being noticed. The CEO of NOPA studios is very optimistic and hopeful for a better future and is asking Ghana to watch out for NOPA
By: Selma Alex Ibrahim, Savannah Lifestyle