About five months ago, the incredible hashtag, #DrawingWhileBlack deservedly took Twitter by storm. The trend saw black artists from all around the world sharing their names, their locations and their stunning drawings.
While a couple talented Nigerians eventually joined in on the viral trend, most of their impressive work sadly got lost in the sea of other black artists — especially African-Americans who hopped on the trend first.
Now there's a new trend, started by Olaloye Bunmi, that is giving Nigerian creatives their chance to break the internet with their work: #WeAreNigerianCreatives. From illustrators to hyperrealist artists, talented Nigerians — both home and abroad — have joined the now-viral trend.
Here are a few of our favourite tweets from the trend:
Hey there! Im Mohammed Agbadi. i am an illustrator and concept artist. I am a Nigerian. #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/xPopIp5A6J— mohammed agbadi (@mohammedagbadi) February 26, 2018
Hi, I'm Mayowa, and the city of Lagos is my muse #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/ggzlOPuFWQ— Mayowa (@Shutabug) February 26, 2018
Holla I'm David, grew up in Jos. Here's stuff I made #WeAreNigerianCreatives #Proudly pic.twitter.com/LbMmDVsrYn— ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ. (@afrogodd) February 26, 2018
Am Ayogu Kingsley,— Ayogu kingsley (@ayogukfineart) February 23, 2018
Am a Nigerian, Am a painter and the these are my works #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/dhtH45sQiT
Hi my name princess, I love drawing black women and I’m Nigerian #WeAreNigerianCreatives #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/gJwnuXFCv7— princess kay (@princess_kay__) February 28, 2018
hello,my name is Bolaji i am from Nigeria and these are my black panther fanarts. Such an incredible movie.#WeAreNigerianCreatives #blackpanther #BlackPantherFanArt
Pls retweet ^-^ pic.twitter.com/5gFMJ6uoZq— Olaloye Bolaji (@artnerdx) February 24, 2018
Hi, my name is Gbenga Emmanuel Ajetomobi, I am a 3D generalist and this are some of my works#WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/9eybpIaB8D— Gbenga E Ajetomobi (@HBd_Animations) February 26, 2018
My name is Feranmi Quadri and I’m a 20 year old photographer from Prince George’s County, MD #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/Q0evghcdUA— Feranmi『Q³.』 (@CubedQ) February 27, 2018
I am a Nigerian self taught makeup artist and content creator. I have been at it since I was 15 and can't wait to see what the industry holds for me in the future #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/qmw8q25Opl— Makeup MUVA (@sk1nnyy_) February 27, 2018
Nnedi Okorafor – Naijamerican professor, rudimentary cyborg & World Fantasy, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of over 14 books of African scifi, magical futurism, juju fantasy & mystical realism. #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/Q0v03zHWcc— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) February 26, 2018
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