- Ian Njenga was kicked out of his school because of his paintings
- The school administration argued the drawings were demonic
- He was to be readmitted following an uproar from Kenyans
- However, he chose to go to a different school instead
- And now, he has landed himself lifetime opportunity from a leading company
Ian Njenga’s special gift came to the public limelight on 13th February 2017 when he was expelled from Bahati High School because of his demonic-like paintings.
The 17-year-old form four student was accused of creating artwork that promoted demonic teachings in the institution. The school administration also accused him of trying to recruit other students into his cult.
However, Nakuru County Director for Education, Isaac Asebe, demanded that the talented teen be readmitted back to school, with immediate effect, following uproar from Kenyans. He has since resumed his education but in a different school.
Njenga’s expulsion appeared to must have been a blessing in disguise, as he quickly became popular for his talent. And now, he just landed a lifetime opportunity from one of east Africa’s leading hotels.
Villa Rosa Kempinski is giving Njenga a rare opportunity to showcase his talent and drawing skills and shine while at it.
“We selected the boy because we wanted to give him a platform to nurture his talent and showcase his artwork. We value people with fresh ideas and want to expose them to a ready market. His exploits will be a stepping stone for other budding artists,” says Mwingirwa Kithure, the hotel’s public relations manager.
Njenga joins a group of other budding local artists who have been selected to display their artwork during the second edition of Wasanii Jukwaani, the company’s annual art exhibition and auction programme.
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Good luck to Njenga.
Watch video of the Kenyan boy who got expelled from school because of his drawing: