This week marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from the Victor Verster prison after having been in prisoned for 27 years. Today Nelson Mandela (Madiba) has long left us and we see that his beloved South Africa is struggling to overcome all that has happened in the past.
The aim of this blog is not to practice politics, but (in the spirit of Madiba) to see how our choices may reflect our hopes rather than our fears. The reason for starting Nwabisa African Art goes back a long way and has been a process similar to fruit ripening and getting ready to fall from the tree.
If you look at the situation in South Africa today, one could easily loose hope, and give in to fear. But that would be a big shame.
On September 7th, 2019 a Facebook group was started with the positive message #IMSTAYING (I am staying) aimed at going against all the negativity one hears in the news and against the emigration taking place where people are leaving for reasons which may be very valid to them. (Not judging at all, just stating that it is happening)
Our hope is that you like what we do and support our efforts. This can be done by visiting our website and social media pages, and share this with friends and family. Ultimately it would be amazing if this leads to people actually buying art which in turn supports the local artists and gives them hope for themselves, their families, their communities and their nation
In just a few months, #IMSTAYING has already grown to over 26.000 members in the group. A clear sign of hope and not fear