Isn’t it?!, well one needs to discover more about Artistry, and the true people holding it at heart. In my recent sojourns over years, I live and learn more of how African Artistes live to struggle, then making it through to who , or what they project.
Artistry!, yes I mean; Painting/drawing, moulding, poetry, dance, Fashion, Music, Theatre, Acting, Writing, Playing instruments… this list grows bigger that one can ever imagine!
It is first realising the talent in oneself(which is a fight within), then the fight kicks off; for most African societies- which and where Artistry has been referred to as ‘Things of the unlearnt, the spoilt, or school dropouts‘, a child will find it harder revealing what they feel(basing on how dictatorial a family/society can tend to be).
At most, when any child, or youth breaks even and takes a stand into what they desire, few will take those initial steps with external support(with most families not approving the move, yet society too perceives it weirdly), an Artiste/creative struggles to cement and situate oneself- yet this is the right time for support to be availed, when one is still ticking, with that desire of glitter.
It is evident how from the ancient, Artistes were believed to be Men. Not many women are heard of taking that lane, yet if they existed, they are barely documented. This still follows up to this day- A a girl/lady/woman rarely will stand- few do, but after a struggle. Then of these, not many persist… Even with the ‘Rights at Hand!’
Embracing of Artistry by society gets trickier each day, as not many elders believe in it (yet these dominate most leadership seats, inline with decision making and perhaps in position to promote it)
Whats next for a ‘true Artiste’ down there?…