John Amanam, a Nigerian inventor and sculptor, has revealed how his brother losing several fingers in an accident led him to become a hyperrealistic prosthetics artist.
Amanam, who uses his art to help physically challenged people by making prosthetic limbs for them, is featured on episode 3 of First Class Material Season 2.
What makes him stand out is that he makes prosthetics for black people, having noticed that most prosthetic limbs available were fashioned for Caucasians.
Amanam said sculpting, for him, is hereditary as he grew up in a family of artists.
He said he spent hours watching his father create portraits and he also heard his grandfather was an artist.
However, his parents didn’t want him to study art so he studied Philosophy initially but was unhappy. He then returned to school to study Fine and Industrial Arts in the University and specialised in sculpting.
John created sculptures that won several awards, but he reached a turning point when his younger brother had an accident some years back.
He said his brother lost his fingers in the accident and there were talks about sending him abroad for prosthetics.
However, John had an idea to put his skills as a sculptor to good use and he created prosthetic fingers for his brother.
He said that when he noticed there are many others like his brother, needing prosthetics that look like their black skin, he decided to solve that problem by creating a solution.
Since he began making prosthetics, John Amanam has given hope to many physically challenged people, including children.
He says the smile on his satisfied clients’ faces is what gives him satisfaction in his job.
First Class Material is a docuseries brought to you by Linda Ikeji TV and sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria.
Watch episode 3 of Season 2 below.