Nigerian artist Ken Nwadiogbu, who is best known for his hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper and canvas, penned down a post to other creatives, after he got a CNN feature.
Ken Nwadiogbu who recounted how he once thought he wasn’t good enough, encouraged others not to give up as one day, big platforms will come searching for him/her. His post after a CNN feature reads;
So I’m going through all my DMS and I come across @cnnafrica’s and I figured out that so many people will relate. This DM was around September 22nd, 2017. This is one of the numerous DMs I’ve sent to different news platforms here and abroad.
The aim of writing this, is to let you all know that you should never give up your craft. I know lots of you creatives send your works to these news and publishing platforms and never get a reply or even a “seen”. I know you’ve once painted celebrities and they never get to see or have it in their homes. I know you’re beating yourself on the fact that you cannot be as popular as @kehindewiley@laolunyc or the likes. You’re beating yourself that nothing seems to be working out. But I was at that stage once, and I know how it feels. I believe every “big” and famous creative have once been in that stage. So please don’t stop. They’ll come searching for you, I promise.
And when it happens, please, GIVE ALL GLORY TO GOD!
Ken Nwadiogbu is a 23-year-old hyperrealist who brings his paintings to life using just a pencil and a paper. His ability to create paintings that look like photographs has put him in the spotlight of the art scene. Due to the quality of his art, one would assume that he attended an art school. However, Nwadiogbu is a graduate of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos and prides himself on being self-taught.