Jakupa Ako

Country/Region: Papua New Guinea

Village: Bena Bena, Eastern Highlands

Jakupa Ako (known as Jakupa) is the recipient of an O.B.E, awarded in 1981. Born about 1942 in the Bena Bena region of the Eastern Highlands, his career as an artist began when he worked as a janitor in the newly opened Teachers' College at Goroko when he began to paint alongside enrolled students. Because his work showed great imagination, Tom Craig, the head of Expressive Arts, offered him a scholarship to Creative Arts Center (later renamed the National Arts School) when Craig became its first director in 1972.

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