Still much to over­come

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But fi­nan­cial prob­lems are not the only hur­dles Kib­era’s artists have to face. As her fam­ily’s el­der, she should have as­sumed the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for her en­tire fam­ily. In their eyes, be­com­ing an artist is far from be­ing a rea­son­able choice and Owinio is strug­gling to win their sup­port.

More­over, she must deal with cer­tain prej­u­dices against women artists. “If I have cho­sen to be­come a painter, it is be­cause I wish to set an ex­am­ple for all young girls liv­ing in slums who share the same as­pi­ra­tions as me. I would like to show them that be­com­ing a teacher or do­ing busi­ness is not the only way out of poverty. We can also make a dif­fer­ence with art,” she told

This is what she ex­presses in her works, where she paints the ev­ery­day life of Kib­era in all its beauty, in­clud­ing scenes of joy, sor­row and por­traits of African women.

“When I was lit­tle, I was de­spised be­cause my skin was darker. Some peo­ple even made me feel I was not beau­ti­ful. But I dis­agree!” said Owinio. “Black, in my opinion, can also be an in­ex­haustible source of beauty. That is why I want to show it in my works. And I am proud of it.”

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