My name is Alina Abdullahi. I’m 15 years old and I go to Grange Secondary School. I’m in year 11 and I’m an artist in the making. I like spending time doing art work, because I believe that art brings out creativity in people. It allows them use their imagination to its full potential and also enables them to express themselves in ways that “words” don’t have the ability to. Most of my art is inspired by things I see each day. For example, empowerment of black women, and feminism. I really think that women today need to stand up for themselves and take charge of their lives, instead of being swindled and driven by their husbands, or men in general. Seeing as racism also has a part to play in this I believe that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. We need to stand up for ourselves and fight against it. For the artwork I’m presenting, I made it appear to captivate and entice the people who view this drawing. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. In our modern day society there is a lot of controversy and elitism among us women, so I strongly believe that we should empower each other instead of being so hateful and envious of one another. If we uplift and support each other, we could do even greater things as women, in society. So I named this piece as “Mama Africa” so I could still stay closer to home. It has an African woman with Bantu knots, as a traditional African hairstyle that is quite common in these parts. I did this in such a way that each knot represents something that women stand for. “Strength”, “Dignity”, “Pride”, “Beauty”, “Wisdom” and “Selflessness”.
A Sitout with Niyi Okeowo
A passionate storyteller, Niyi Okeowo engages the viewer with his candid view of universal emotions. Well-known for his colorful and playful palettes, Niyi Okeowo takes inspiration from his everyday encounters to engage the viewer with his expressions of universal emotions. His ability to integrate his work and personal life enables Niyi to establish a connection with the viewer (Culled from his LinkedIn Profile). Today we get to sit with him and understand art the way he does.
Hi Niyi. Quite nice of you to join us today. Please introduce yourself and give us a quick reminisce about background
Niyi Okeowo: I am Okeowo Adeniyi Mohammed, a multidisciplinary creative passionate about mental health who love creating for a living.
How did you discover your flair for art and photography?
Niyi Okeowo: I’ve always been a lover of the arts, from drawing back in school to taking random images with my mom’s point and shoot fuji camera.
At what age did you learn to use the camera?
Niyi Okeowo: 21
What would you say are the limitations to photography in Nigeria?
Niyi Okeowo: Exchange rate, Traffic, Electricity and fuel issues.
Do you think mastering graphic designing is a prerequisite to be a good Photographer?
Niyi Okeowo: It isn’t but it helps with art direction and creative direction.
What is your creating process like? How do you arrive at your desired output either in photography or graphic designing?
Niyi Okeowo: Research, experiment and create.
Is there any challenge common to people in the photography sector and how can they be solved?
Niyi Okeowo: Image rights, image crediting.
Who would you say has had an influence in your life with respect to photography?
Niyi Okeowo: Obi Somto, Ty Bello, TCD, Hedi Slimane and David Bailey
A boy likes Graphic Designing and Photography but can’t learn both at once. If you’re supposed to sway him towards Photography or Graphic Designing, what would you tell him?
Niyi Okeowo: Pick the one you think is easier to learn and would serve you long term.
What do you think about this platform?
Niyi Okeowo: Its a wonderful one, any platform that promotes creativity is always a good one.
Give a shout out to someone you think we should interview also
Niyi Okeowo: BOBBY TRAUMA
Any advice for creatives in general?
Niyi Okeowo: Not really an advice, more of a mantra. Do more of what makes you happy, life is short.
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