Kareem Waris Olamilekan, also known as Waspa Art, is juvenile pencil artist, painter and does prosthetic makeup effect.
On how he started, the 11-year old artist says, “I started drawing cartoons, superstrika at 6 but I started drawing professionally when I was 8. When I was 8, we relocated and at the new house, I discovered Ayowole Art Vocational Academy. I saw one of Ayowole’a apprentices drawing a still-life composition (headphone and kettle), so I asked if I could join them and they allowed it. When their boss came, he saw my work and was impressed with my lines. He told me, “It’s in me” and told me to join the academy and that was how I started.”
He acknowledged that funds to get materials is his greatest challenge. “My parents and my boss sometimes give me money to buy materials but at times when I feel like doing some work, they might not be able to afford it.”
What goes on around him inspires him and he is also inspired by Ayowole Art.
When asked about the project he has engaged in that made him believe in himself, he says, “it is not my personal project but when my boss gets contracts like mural painting, I will be given sides to do. The mural painting I did at Marshall School at Magboro, Ogun state increased my confidence because I was given freedom to do anything.”
Now, he is looking to finish school, grow and become an expert in his craft.
He also gave his opinion on youth empowerment. “I think the government should go round or appoint people who can go across Nigeria to look for kids and youths with rare talent. Then they can be shown support by training them so we can have the best people coming out of our country.”
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