Hello Becca Diaries friends (BeDafs), hope you’re up and good! With us today is Israel Padonu, popularly known as ArtPadonu. We have the privilege to get served by Israel after the previous cuisines garnished as Introducing ArtPadonu, and Ase Pamo.
Israel Dehumo Padonu was born in Badagry, Lagos State, a graduate of Creative Arts from Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
He has mastered the use of several media in drawing, painting and creative writing which has helped him better understand his artistry to help share his ideas best.
As a Creative activist, his works reflect the themes of Love, Fear and Slavery; these, being attributes that shaped his path. He is using his works to reveal the effects of the mentioned attributes in relation to an average contemporary African, espcially of his generation.
He believes he’s still a work in progress and looks forward to growing into a more sophisticated artist, giving his best for the ultimate good; a voice of social change.
Israel (as a student of Tai Solarin University of Education) was a recipient of Rotary Club of Altadena, USA entrepreneurship First prize award in 2015; He was also awarded by the Creative Arts Students’ Association as the ‘Painter of the year’ in 2017. Recently, he became an overall winner of the Goge Africa Art contest.
Behold! A Plea by ArtPadonu
Medium: White plastic bags and acrylic on canvas.
131cm x 101cm
Covid Plea – A Poem
Don’t leave me
For I’m but weak
I speak minds
Many my kind
Needs another’s strength
The very nature of a pandemic
As rapid as Covid-19
Calls out for
a weapon that befits
and here is
But a short text
Don’t leave us
Pause for a Moment and Think about it!
Other than getting infected by the virus, think about the effects of the worldwide socio-economic lockdown; mental illness, depression, hunger, domestic violence etc.
This timely message is simple and not, but for our shared humanity, we must find means to come together (despite the social distancing in place), we can reach out still in many ways.
Call, text, share, just show that you care. Covid-19 will surely pass, but humanity will continue to flourish.
Thanks for reading.
Follow Israel on IG: @israelpadonu (artworks), @israelpadonuwrites (poems).
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