“If you can imagine it, you can create it…”, this phrase by the writer, William Arthur Ward is indeed reflecting in the life of young Bamaiyi Danladi, a fine artist in Kaduna.
The COVID-19 pandemic might have affected ‘normal’ lives across the globe but not for the painter who has used his skill to pass a ubiquitous message.
Wearing of face masks aside continuous hand washing and physical distancing are key precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, everyone is a stakeholder in this campaign, so is the talented Bamayi Danladi.
“In the first few days of the lock-down, I noticed a lot of people not taking the COVID-19 pandemic serious despite government’s effort; people were not maintaining physical distance or wearing face mask, so I thought out a way of passing a message to my community”.Bamaiyi says.
And this was his resolve in a creative and artistic way, passing his message on the walls by the busy road outside his home as he paints the Fifty Naira and One Thousand Naira notes, with the faces on the notes putting on face masks and individuals on the Fifty Naira notes appearing to maintain physical distance.
Bamayi intends doing more arts like these across Kaduna, “I have a lot of messages I want to pass across using colours” he says.
Many businesses have been affected by the ‘Stay-home’ that welcomed the pandemic, although some individuals are benefiting from the situation like Immanuel Yusuf Yammy also known as ‘Prodigy’.
One unique thing about Prodigy is his desire in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of addressing the damage done by plastic to the planet and his love for wooden crafts, as he makes anything possible from woods and materials locally sourced; sun shades, pendants, wrist watches, key holders, cuff-links, pegs and others.
Immanuel, a final year student of Computer Science and Information Technology at the Federal University Dutsin-Ma Katsina state has been busy creating unique arts for individuals during the lock-down.
Talented Prodigy aims to take his brand global despite the challenge of having insufficient equipment.
“With the amount of damage plastic is doing to our planet, wood is the best alternative and this is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Globally, our products will be needed”.Immanuel says.
In the words of Edgar Degas a french artist, “art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Danladi and Immanuel have shown that creativity might be challenged, but not hindered by circumstance.