Journeying on an African path

Journeying on an African path

Away from home, visiting another city, I was introduced to some key players in the local African arts community. One of these artists was a painter. Almost immediately, he and I developed an easy rapport with each other. He invited me to his apartment. Possibly due to...
Relationships with time

Relationships with time

Timeless art doesn’t have to appeal to everyone. It just needs to transcend preconceived notions about evoking a specific point in time. Some communities have produced timeless art which is taken for granted by those who grow up within them. Folks from other...
Civilised aspirations

Civilised aspirations

One of the by products of colonialism was the framing and reframing of notions amongst Africans of what it meant to be ‘civilised’. Christian missionaries and proselytisers from other faiths worked very hard to condition Africans into adhering to belief systems and...
Motives and interaction

Motives and interaction

When our paths cross as fellow human beings, it is often difficult to ascertain what an individual’s motives might be, when he or she is friendly. You could sense something about a person’s inclinations and those feelings or thoughts could lead you into making...
Art and lifestyle

Art and lifestyle

Imagine the lifestyle of a cave artist, back in the day. He or she probably felt the urge to have a consistent outlet for expression. Did cave dwellers call on the services of skilled artists to create images and symbols in their places of abode? In the communities of...
Here forever

Here forever

How do we know about the lifestyles of our forebears from thousands of years ago? If archaeologists didn’t have access to cave paintings and drawings, so much would have been lost forever. Through the centuries, human beings have developed increasingly sophisticated...