Cyril Etornam Adala is a lecturer in Jewellery and Metalsmithing in the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Born on the 1st of April 1979 in Ho in the Volta Region, he obtained his basic education at the Kabore School Complex in Ho and continued to Kpando Secondary School in 1995 to 1997 graduating with the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE). He continued to the university in 1999 and graduated in 2003 with First Class Honours in Art, (Industrial Art, Metal Products Design), from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In 2005, he enrolled into post-graduate programme in the Department of Industrial Art, KNUST, and completed in 2009 with a Master of Fine Art Degree in Jewellery and Metalsmithing as the sole pioneer of the programme.
From August 2003 to August, 2004, he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Metal Product Design Section of the Department of Industrial Art, CASS, KNUST. He again served as a Demonstrator from September 2005 to May 2010 in the same department where he helped with student’s practical projects and research works. He became an Assistant lecturer in March 2011 in the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and got his promotion to Lecturer in March 2013.
Since his appointment as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Art, Cyril has served and continue to serve the university and the community in diverse ways. He has served on different committees at the faculty and departmental levels. From MFA Programme Coordinator for the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Programme to Sectional Coordinator for the Metal Product Design Section and Assistant Examinations Officer in the department.
His research interest focuses on sustainable development in metal product design with specific reference to design thinking and innovation, eco-friendly production technologies, challenges and prospects of the local metal fabrication industry. He is also passionate about bringing the local jewellery production industry in Ghana to an internationally accepted standard. He currently runs a home jewellery studio as a way of showcasing to the community, the processes and techniques of doing jewellery.