Nwadike Ekene Mayowa (b. 1998) in Lagos, Nigeria and currently a 300 level student of The Federal University of Technology Akure, studying Crop Soil and Pest Management. Although with a keen interest for art at an early age, Ekene was discouraged to pursue art as it was seen as less productive and a waste of time. He was advised to read hard and pursue a career in medicine. With all papers, pencils and comic books seized, Ekene continued to draw in secrecy but only for a short while. On admission into the university, Ekene decided to use his freedom and spare time to explore art fully while maintaining a balance with schooling. As he continues his journey through realistic art, Ekene uses his art to communicate his feelings and emotions, portraying the emotional struggles and unsaid expressions of both old and young in his society. Looking into topics that can be related with by all. Ekene has explored different art mediums ranging from oil paint, water colors, pen, graphite pencil and pastel but has decided to stick with charcoal pencil because to him, he says “the contrast between dark, subtle light and sharp light shows the depth of my emotions”. When he is not drawing, Ekene explores other forms of creative art which spans from song writing, poem and motivational writings and photography as he believe these goes hand in hand with visual art.

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