Meet Oscar Awuku: The Ghanaian artist making waves with his inspiration from spiders & adinkra symbols

Meet Oscar Awuku: The Ghanaian artist making waves with his inspiration from spiders & adinkra symbols

- A young artist is taking Ghana places with his craft and immense talent

- Oscar Awuku, even though young in the game, has made a lot of impact

- He has educated many diasporans with his vast knowledge in Ghana's adinkra symbols

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Oscar Korbla Mawuli Awuku is a visual artist born in Accra, Ghana but originally hails from the Volta region. He has been practicing body arts for the past 4 years.

He calls his arts Anansinisim which comprises of the adinkra collection which is all about black heritage.

He is currently reading Commercial Arts in Painting at Takoradi Technical University in Ghana.

Meet Oscar Awuku: The Young Ghanaian artist making waves in Ghana with his inspiration from spiders and adinkra symbols
Oscar Awuku. Source: Instagram/mawuli
Source: Instagram

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He is also into digital painting, canvas paintings, and sculpture. He is known as Yonga Arts which is the brand name for his body arts.

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He is the first of 3 boys and had his basic school education at Senajoy Preparatory school in Accra and got admission to Mawuli School where he studied Visual Arts.

Talking about how he got started, this is what Oscar said:

"I grew up from a broken home where I witnessed the violence my mum had to go through before she finally became the breadwinner for the family.
This inspired me greatly and over the years whilst growing up as a kid all I ever wanted to do is depict the strength and empowerment of women and also their ability to procreate and pass on generations of knowledge to their children both physically and psychologically.
My body art is called Anansinisim. It was inspired by the Ghanaian mythical character Kweku Anansi. Anansi is an Akan name given to the spider.
I carefully fuse visual networking designs of the spider with historical Ghanaian Adinkra symbology to create personal transitional designs on the body that re-echo the knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors that are gradually losing their sustainable values and norms to contemporary audiences. I represent them with tales of great women here in Ghana and deities alike."

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When asked to recount his future prospects, this is what he said:

"My works mostly portray the advocacy and empowerment of women in other to stand equally for leadership roles just like we men do in society.
After school, I would love to embark on a project to educate young artists like myself to research more into their crafts and support them with the little knowledge I have attained in the field of study to help them grow artistically.
Because it’s isn’t all about just painting on the canvas but how you present it gives it value. Despite the fact that I am into other avenues in the arts I am currently working on a project to depict our culture and history by preserving them through arts and capturing most of them via videography and photography which basically going to be a long term project even after school."

Meanwhile, young creative Clinton Nyarkoh, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and the CEO of iSupreme, is touted as the fastest-growing integrated marketing agency in Ghana.

He started iSupreme as an events and media organization during his college days at the University of Ghana.

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The company has since grown into serving brands with brand and marketing strategy, digital, advertising, and experiential marketing and currently employs over 8 people.

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