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The art of native America and Africa

Monday, March 5, 2018
Host and manager of Traditional Afrikan Women’s Organization (Tawo) Akende Rudder, opens for keynote guest speaker Khali Kodwo Keyi Ogunlade during the organisation’s recent monthly discussion — Recognising Our Warrior Women—at the Afrikan Women’s Identity Forum I AM”, at TAWO, Morvant. PICTURE DION ROACH

Specially invited speaker Khali Kwodwo Keyi Ogunlade, an ‘Afrikan’ artist specialising in unique hand-made leather work, talks about his experiences and inspiration behind his creation I Am with members and guests of Traditional Afrikan Women’s Organization (Tawo) at their Morvant installation of the organisation’s monthly conversation recently.

Ogunlade explains he started working on a “blacknificent” piece entitled I Am when he was given an opportunity to meet with Dakota native people in Wyoming, members of the Sioux Nation and first people of North America. He draws on the similarities between their cultures and his, Orisha, and how the cultures intersect.

More of Ogunlade’s works and the inspiration behind them can be found at his site and/or his social media Facebook page ‘Keyiko Afrikan.


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