#DrawingWhileBlack: Highlighting African Artists You Never Knew About

#DrawingWhileBlack is hands down one of the best trends the internet has ever seen. The hashtag trend, started by Ghanaian-American artist Annabelle, was created to appreciate and celebrate black artists worldwide. The trend did way more than that; it brought out hundreds of crazy talented artists we had absolutely no idea about. For us, the best part is that about 44% of #DrawingWhileBlack posts were from black people here in Africa! Even the tweet with the highest retweets/shares of all posts on the hashtag came from Ghanaian artistย Benjamin Kwashie! *dances excitedly*

We took the time to sift through the beauty that is #DrawingWhileBlack and compiled some of our favourite posts by not-so-popular artists around the continent. If you love them (they’ll definitely give you goosebumps), do share, follow and support their talents.

Don’t forget to share this article too (please and thanks).

Enjoy!

For even more art goodness, check out KaDi‘s favourite #DrawingWhileBlack moments.

By Fafa Macauley.

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Squid Alley with Sonwabo “Sonik” Valashiya

SONWABO Sonik VALASHIYAย describes himself as an “emerging creative with BIG dreams and awesome ideas for this industry” in a feature on him for Contรฉ Magazine. (Check them out, pretty awesome stuff). Sonwabo is an illustrator and graphic designer from Pretoria, South Africa. He has an uncanny talent for fusing calm hues, grit and pop culture that leaves you gasping for air and ready to re-imagine present realities. And oh, he might have a thing for guns.

Let’s shoot.ย  Continue reading “Squid Alley with Sonwabo “Sonik” Valashiya”

Giveaway: Win Free Art Prints From Brilliant Nigerian Illustrator, Etubi Onucheyo

If you love great digital art, African comics, Mumu Juju, comedy and are presently in Nigeria, Christmas came really early for you via the new Santa, Etubi Onucheyo!

How you ask? Through his Mumu 5k Giveaway where he gives away three out of 20 pieces in his “this is who we are but you didn’t care” series.

Why? To celebrate the 5 thousand lovely Instagram accounts that follow him and his fantastic portfolio.

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Newborn Saga: A Tale of True Africa

Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of Newborn Saga. The talents at Pedaย Studios make true on their promise to showcase Africa in her former majesty and glory! They not only do this beautifully, they do so in the grandest manner conceivable!ย  Continue reading “Newborn Saga: A Tale of True Africa”

8th Classics In The Park: An Afromation Experience

Classics In The Park is an informal approach to the cinema that most people don’t get to experience. Forget the air-conditioned and sound-proof theatre halls. Instead, embrace a more relaxed, picnic-like setting, ripe with funky African sounds and most importantly, classic African films.ย This a sweet escape into the realm of classic films that still resonate pure artistry and fluid storytelling by African cinema legends such as Kwaw Ansah, Ousmane Sembene and more. This laudable initiative is spearheaded by the good people at Africa Film Society. Continue reading “8th Classics In The Park: An Afromation Experience”

The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign

As seen on GoFundMe, April 15, 2017. Campaign by Asante Massawa.

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Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genresย that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.ย  Continue reading “The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign”