Mawufemor Pomary finds new home in Mississippi

Published 12:00 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

Mawufemor Pomary, 26, was one of the artists at Saturday’s Maker’s Market displaying her crafts on the Square.

Her table featured a number of clutch purses and other colorful, hand-sewn bags were hung behind her.

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Originally from Ghana in West Africa, Pomary said she moved to Oxford last November.

“I got married to a Mississippi native,” she said. “We met in Ghana four years ago. He decided not to live in Ghana anymore, so we moved back.”

Pomary said her husband is from Tupelo, but he worked as a farmer in Ghana who grew chili peppers.

How is Mississippi different than Ghana?

“I think the weather is different,” she said. “That’s the main thing. It’s always summer in Ghana. It’s never cold in Ghana.”

While waiting 10 months to obtain her visa to enter the U.S., Pomary said she learned to sew.

Many of the handbags she has created for sale feature colorful African prints.

She said the purses range in price from $25 to $55, and she also sews dresses.

You can learn more about her Etsy shop at

“This is my second time at the Maker’s Market,” she said Saturday. “The first time was last month at the Powerhouse.”

Pomary said she recently landed a full-time job in Oxford, and she starts today. But she’ll continue to sew as a hobby.

Her Etsy profile reads: “Making bags, purses and clothes has become a very essential part of me. I am from Sogakope, a small town in Ghana, West Africa, and recently moved to the states with my husband. While waiting on my K1 visa in Ghana, which took 10 months, I developed my sewing skills by apprenticing for a seamstress in my town.”

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

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