10-year-old artist dazzles at Terra Kulture
AT the Terra Kulture Art Gallery, 10-yearold Kanyeyachukwu Tagbo-okeke dazzled other exhibitors from different parts of the world with his fascinating pieces of art works.
The young artist made history when he hosted a solo exhibition, which featured display about 44 works produced over a period of five years.
every great artiste has a story and Kanyeyachukwu’s story is nothing short of remarkable. Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, he started painting at five and was awarded the prestigious “flame of peace”, by the Arch Duke and Arch Duchess of Austria when he was eight years-old.
Kanyeyachukwu has hosted two exhibitions in Abuja and Lagos as well as having his works displayed at several exhibitions at home and abroad. He is one artist who has continued to use the bright and sometimes deep colors to communicate with the world as he sees it and ultimately express himself.
Under the chairmanship of the Ceo of NESTOIL Dr ernest Azudialo-obiejesi, the young artists’s exhibition attracted art enthusiasts and afficionadoes from all works of.
Maverick music maker and daughter of billionaire Business magnate, Femi otedola, DJ cuppy was one of the first callers to the exhibition and she also commissioned one of his master pieces. More works were commissioned by other notable personalities who graced the event. everyone wanted to take something home.
Speaking at the event, Dr Azudialoobiejesi, was full of praises for the young artist. Hailing his ability to surmount so many challenges and produce such works, he also commended Kanyeyachukwu’s parents, Mr and Mrs Tagbo and
Silvia okeke, for nurturing and paying special attention to him against all glaring odds. He bought one of the master pieces on display and (in fact the most expensive), and pledged to work with the Kanyeyachukwu Autism Society, a nonprofit being managed by his parents and concerned with establishing an enhanced system of diagnosing and caring for autistics in Nigeria.
THere is a promise of an impressive voice in the Nigerian and, indeed, global literature. It is that of, Tomisin oluwole, a Fashion Merchandising student at the California State University, United States, who has not only discovered her muse but is also really giving life to her passion.
Multitalented oluwole is bursting forth with fine poetry deep and tender at the same time. The depth of her mind is symbolised by the reflective property of her poems, a feature that sets her apart from many aspiring young writers who care less about what many would consider as the core attribute of poetry: imagery.
She demonstrates this in a chain of poems titled ‘Half Past Two in the A. M.’, which include moving verses titled ‘Make Sense’ and ‘The Day Moon’.
“I like to observe things, reflect on them,” oluwole says on her source of inspiration. “It’s how I’ve always been, and needless to say, life has a lot to showcase. My urge to write is fuelled by my urge to pause and really look at things, coupled with my vivid imagination.
“I suppose I discovered I could write when I was about eight and my mum got me a letter-making toy machine. I’d use it to make cards for every occasion, and I’d really think through every step of the process.”
She primarily writes poetry but she also writes short fictional stories, articles, and scripts. While oluwole says she has no one particular mentor or model as a writer, she admires a lot of people for various reasons. She, however, pays attention to every opportunity to hone her skills.
“I took a lot of writing intensive classes during the course of my education, but I never really saw them as something of a hindrance. They only further helped me hone my skills and gain more perspective on a range of subjects. And that gets integrated into my writing,” she says. “My dream as a writer is to make people feel things, notice things, spark something. I really just want people to read my work and take a moment to reflect. That’s all.”
But that is not really all for oluwole. For in addition to being a poet, she is also a fashion stylist, photographer, and model.