August Theme: African Art
So soon, it’s the 8th month of the year, and with the Olympic Games underway, Rise Africa presents something as fun. This August we’ll be talking about African Art, in its broadest sense, from paintings and sculpture to music, theatre and poetry. Last month’s theme, “Balance”, is still relevant as we discuss how undervalued art is on the continent. Many schools focus on the sciences and mathematics with the arts being left in reserve for the weaker students. But we recognize art as a valuable gift, which should be nurtured and promoted. Undoing the imbalance that has existed in the system for so long.
Lately, there seems to be a new movement of artists on the continent and in the diaspora, observing all the film festivals, the art exhibitions and of course the music. There’s no doubt we’ll have a lot to discuss as our artists continue to feature prominently on the global scene, picking up honours and awards for their efforts.
Keep an open mind this month as we expound on our theme, taking note of significant milestones and achievements like Nigeria’s amazing movie industry producing about 2400 movies in a year, the controversy and influence of South African visual artists and the magnificent matatu art (public transport) in Kenya.