Making Creative Careers a Viable Option for Nigerian Children
Many members of the African Diaspora can relate to cultural expectations that place emphasis on choosing medicine, law, or engineering as a course of study and career. While those areas of study are important in
Many members of the African Diaspora can relate to cultural expectations that place emphasis on choosing medicine, law, or engineering as a course of study and career. While those areas of study are important in our ever-evolving continent, the pursuit of the arts is just as meaningful.
As we work through changing narratives, we must consider our youth—the future of the countries that make us, move us, energize us, and motivate us. In seeing what more can be done in the lives of African youth, Founder and Executive Director, Kanyinsola Obayan created Orísun Collective with her fellow directors, Ibijoke Oke and Jessica Obilom. This ingenious non-profit organization is dedicated to cultivating a passion for the arts and culture amongst Nigerian youth through diverse educational programs in the language of creative arts.
In July 2016, Orísun Collective is heading to Lagos, Nigeria where the collective will debut its Orísun Summer Institute for the Creative Arts; a one week immersion program for children and teens aged 10-16. The program will be an all-encompassing and favorable space for Nigerian youth who are interested in exercising their creative muscles for everyday artistic expression, or in pursuit of a professional career. Classes will include methods of writing and telling of short stories, poetry, singing, traditional dance and drumming, and photography.
On Sunday, April 24, Orísun Collective premiered with a brunch event attended by musicians, singers, and poets in the Diaspora. After the group presented themselves and their cause, attendees were dazzled by the manifestation of the creative energies that were Yeanka, Joe Kleanest and Imperial Mandela Rose.
Founder, Kanyinsola reflected on the successful brunch: “The event was very surreal for me. To see your idea come to be is incredibly humbling and encouraging; it truly makes me believe that anything is possible.” In the same respect, singer Yeanka and her guest, MJ, noted that, with their support of the event and overall initiative, it will be nice to see being a singer or creative as a career option in 10 years. Similarly, attendee, Coco, commented that she’d like to see artists and creatives come together and unify in Nigeria, especially in the 19-30 age range.
The non-profit looks forward to the Summer Institute for the Creative Arts and hopes to play a major role in bringing to life the artistic talents and aspirations of young Nigerians. With a mission to inspire, create, and evoke, Orísun Collective will surely develop a community of creatives who support and empower each other for generations to come.
For more information about Orísun Collective, visit: orisunco.org
Photo Credit: Oluwaseye Olusa