We had the good fortune of connecting with Chidimma Nwafor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chidimma, why did you pursue a creative career?
Well, I have always loved creativity but I never really thought of having it as a career until my teenage year when I developed a certain love for it, then I decided to pursue art as a career. it satisfies my desire to be heard, felt and understood, being that I’m not much of a talker, it gave me a medium to voice out my ideas and also a way for me to contribute in impacting on my society by speaking against some norms that are in appropriate to humanity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Female visual artist a painter precisely. my artwork so far has encountered a lot of improvements and developments unlike when I first started as a painter professionally. I discovered my talent in art in my teenage years and so I decided to take a degree in art. I studied visual art at university and I majored in painting, I graduated from the University of Benin in 2017. well, I am excited about the fact that so far I have been able to improve on my painting skills and also the fact that I inspire a set of persons through art. My Artworks are made to satisfy my desire to be heard, felt, and understood, not being much of a talker, my artworks serve as a means of expression, documentation of life experiences, and exploration of intriguing ideologies, thoughts, and feelings which are personal and also generally associated with the societal practices around me, alongside these paintings, I include poems that relate with the artworks. Emotions trigger my creativity. I try to connect and convey the soul feelings and emotions of the people in African society. My artworks are mostly representational images of women and children of which I speak volumes on the issue of depression, mental health, self-love, aspirations, hopes, and identity. All these are a result of personal experiences and also re-occurrences in society, just as my art focuses on inspiring people to work more on themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I will be taking them to a place called PORTHARCOURT PLEASURE PARK an open diversion park in Rumuola, Portharcourt, Rivers, Nigeria, there is this lakeside, where you can sit at the water-steps with your partner to feel the gentle wave of water.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want make a shutout to my parent and siblings they have been a great influence and inspiration on art. they inspire me to do better.