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Spotlight: Amoako Boafo of WE DEY

Spotlight: Amoako Boafo of WE DEY

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring change makers/entrepreneurs?: I can only tell from my field [- art]. Most of our struggle is to make money out from what we do - which is okay, but for me the purpose of art is to criticize, stir up conversation, make the comfortable uncomfortable and give voice to the so called 'weak', and if in the long run, you happen to make money then great but money should not be the sole purpose for art.

Spotlight: Steve French Oduro of Steve French

Spotlight: Steve French Oduro of Steve French

How did you get started in your field?: Drawing came about for me when I was a young boy of eight years. In the early 2000s, I started drawing cartoon characters which later developed as I paid closer attention to the characters' outfits. I started designing clothes at age 10 for friends and family. Not too long after that, I developed the avant garde aesthetic, and school desks, walls, dusty car windows and textbooks became my canvases for sketching captivating designs.

Spotlight: Nadia Owusu of STA Africa

Spotlight: Nadia Owusu of STA Africa

Tell us a bit more about your company/organization: STA Africa is an art organization that serves as a community for artists, where their skills and creative talents are appreciated as well as managed effectively and appropriately to make them standout as great artists, entrepreneurs and change makers wherever they find themselves.

Over the years, we have showcased a lot of unique artistic talents spanning from fashion designers, musicians, painters, actors and the like all over Africa. We have helped train many young individuals and have nurtured their entrepreneurial abilities. We have also worked with a number of art organizations/foundations and event houses and, have involved ourselves in ‘ART” related campaigns like our SPYDA (STAA-Pursuing Your Dreams In Arts) project which we introduced last year to encourage young ones to embrace arts and pursue it.