Artworks and art forms are things that were not appreciated in times past, in fact, artists were considered a joke to the society. It is surprising how a continent that thrived on art in ancient times advanced to a point where they no longer saw art as relevant. However, things are changing, and a lot of people are starting to appreciate and invest in art, so much, so the number of artists and art lovers has grown remarkably in the last ten years. Artists no longer have to practice in the shadows but can now proudly follow their passions and do their bit to make the world a better, more colourful and interesting place.
Osa 7, an African urban artist and design consultant is one of the artists from Nigeria who has chosen graffiti as his form of artistic expression. Left his full-time job for the love of art and was one of the ground-breaking graffiti artists in Nigeria with notable works all around the country. He made the bold move to step out of the ordinary and what others considered normal, to create a niche for himself and it worked out well for him. You can spot his works splattered on walls in different parts of the country, each one telling its own story and adding beauty and relevance to a previously dull and boring surface.
He studied art in school despite what people at the time were saying about art and decided to make a difference, and now we see other budding graffiti artists having a voice and taking pride in their art. Africa has a lot of talented young artists who need to be encouraged in expressing their art and telling their own stories, thereby finding fulfilment in themselves and their work. For someone like Osa 7 to resort to doing something that people consider as “Not normal,” to make his mark, it goes to show how far your passions and aspirations can take you as long as you are willing to work for it.
Art in Africa has grown from being ignored to one of the appreciated careers in Africa, and it also generates good revenue as well. Artists are making bold moves and adding a lot of spice and colour to our daily lives through different art forms. Osa 7 shows us that hard work pays and following your dreams may not be easy, but it can be worth it in the end.Read More
We @ Ennovate.ng are kicking off our Weekly appreciation series #AfricaCreates where we celebrate various African trailblazers whose innovations are changing the world. First up we have the very talented Jelani Aliyu. He is credited with designing General Motors’ leading auto brand, Chevrolet Volt and is currently Nigeria’s Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC.
The Volt is an award winning plug-in hybrid car and has been successfully marketed in the United States and parts of Europe.
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EnnovateNG met up with Toye Arulogun, one of Nigeria’s youngest cinematographers with bumper talent in Nigerian music production. Toye (now 22years old) was only six-years when his love for music and interest in playing the drum set and piano began. He applied his musical talent in his school choir, and played instruments for his church choir.
“I took piano lessons at six, briefly, in one month. I was supposed to play at my grandmother’s birthday, and had to take 2-3 weeks piano lessons. It was there I learnt to play basic gospel songs and later joined the school choir at 13 years to play the drums” he says…
Afterwards, Toye Arulogun also known by his Nigerian music moniker ‘Aruu’ advanced into making beats on his father’s desktop computer. He began creating beats on PCs while he was in secondary school. According to him, he overheard his friends talking about piano rules and how “you don’t need to use the piano to play the piano”.
His journey into the field of cinematography was unpremeditated. By the time he passed an entrance examination to study mass- communication in a prestigious university in Nigeria, he became convinced by his father’s decision to study abroad. This led him to staying out of school for a year. While he awaited admission to study abroad, he made good efforts in developing his skills as a music producer by attending studio sessions and producing songs for artistes. After his compulsory gap year, he gained admission to study ‘Media Practice’ at The University of Sussex, England. There, he learnt the intricacies of cinematography and began his journey as a professional cinematographer.
Some of the major works that owe credits to his name includes:
Sweet Loving by Libati (Music video)
Kit blasé by Sugar(Song)
Bridge by Los(Song)
Unexpected Visitors– A Dark drama
Toye ‘Aru’ is now rounding up his NYSC service year with IBST media, a production company in Nigeria. He lived in the U.K for four years and when asked if he planned to return overseas, he simply said, “No, I am here to stay” (Nigeria, his home country) … However, he would love to do some work there, but says “the pounds(currency) is too expensive”.