Kareem Waris Olamilekan | The Stunning Abilities of a 11-year-old artist from Nigeria → 11-year-old Kareem Waris Olamilekan from Nigeria lives an ordinary life - goes to school, loves comics, helps parents What makes him stand out among his peers is his amazing talent. Despite his young age, Kareem creates hyper-realistic works that not every adult artist can do.
The boy says that he began to paint at the age of six. However, the merit of how well his paintings are made today is not only in his natural inclination to art, but also in tireless practice - Kareem admits that during these five years of drawing his technique has been significantly transformed and enriched thanks to constant experiments. By the age of 8, the guy began to draw at a quite professional level.
The story of Kareem showed the other day the channel BBC Africa, and this story echoed in the hearts of many people. “My favorite job is“ Daily Bread, ”precisely because of the name. It is tears and sweat. My family has to work hard to put food in their mouths to eat. This is what inspires me.
The boy’s mom sells soft drinks on the streets, and the father sells spare parts. “We don’t always have enough money for the necessities, but we try,” says Kareem’s mom. Sometimes a guy has to paint in the light of a flashlight “I use a flashlight if I draw at night because my sister is sleeping next to me. And sometimes there is simply no electricity in the house, and then I also take a flashlight and continue to draw. ”
The boy admits that in the future he sees himself as an artist whose works will be exhibited in museums and galleries. He even chose for himself a short and capacious name - Waspa - with which he signed his works. He wants to repeat the success of Arinze Stanley Egbengwu - a young Nigerian artist who also paints in hyper-realism with pencil. “And also Michelangelo,” says Kareem, diligently painting a human figure in various poses with a pencil. Unlike the artist Arinze, Kareem is not limited to drawings in pencil, but also creates his paintings using paints. “I draw friends, I draw comics, cartoon characters, I draw illustrations for books and newspapers.”