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.
(Pointillism painting)
131cm x 101cm

Covid Plea – A Poem

Please
Don’t leave me
Behind
For I’m but weak

I speak minds
Many my kind
The weak
Needs another’s strength
The lonely
Another’s company
The hungry
Another’s cookery

The very nature of a pandemic
As rapid as Covid-19
Calls out for
Universal brotherhood
Solidarity
a weapon that befits

I’m weak
and here is
But a short text
to humanity
Please
Don’t leave us
Behind

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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A combination of the Artwork and Poem – A Covid Plea – by Israel Padonu

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Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).

23 Comments

  1. Ola Ifatimehin Reply

    Great. Poetry, for me, has always been painting. Nice to see that your art spills into words of graphic images and imageries. Love your work. Cheers, Israel.

    • Hmmmmm. Let me just sigh today.

      I look forward to the day Becca will host you here Sir. And most importantly, I’d love to see my two favourite artists work together.

      Till then, thanks for the support always. I appreciate.

    • Becca oh Becca… You sure know you’re my dearest, besides a sister, a lover… Thank you and God bless you for life and for the light you shine, keep shinning!

      • Awwwwww. See you making me blush.

        Whatever makes you happy, darling brother. That! I’ll do.

        You’re an amazing person. I won’t stop telling the world about you and what you do.

        You’re a genius.

        Mine oh mine. I love you forever🌹

  2. Ekpeno John Reply

    I can see green talents in one person.

    I love his work, ‘A Plea’. Really caught my attention.

    Cheers to more greatness to the Padonus!

  3. Oh! Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad Becca brought your wealth of words my way, smithereens that usually stop by to splash dusts of magic. Keep up the great works.

  4. This is marvelous! The artistic image or the painting and imageries in the open are sublime! Soar higher Israel!
    Becky! Bravo!

  5. Fwa Naomi Talmon Reply

    Very strong piece. The eyes of that image was piercing right into my soul and the accompanying poem was a bang in my mind. Nice work

  6. Jessica Bartholomew Reply

    A heart touching piece embedded in art. I love this. Kudos

  7. Great is the pen in the hand of a ready writer. In those few lines and beautifully crafted images are heavy truths from truly talented heavyweights. My love to the Padonus. Thanks Becky.

  8. Beautiful piece with a powerful message. God bless your work ArtPadonu

  9. Awugo Julius Reply

    Hey you, yes you, not you, you there! Grab a seat let me tell you something. You see, you should be scared of the young artists of this generation. They bear within them, anger, brute disdain for the systems that failed them, same systems that failed their fathers and keep failing. In their bowel is a fire raging more fierce than the Californian wild fire. They have refused to shut up, they are imagining and re-imagining the Africa they want to leave in. They have refused to shut up and shit in their pants like the old brigades before them.

    An inferno of revolution rages within them and is set to go off soon. Israel Padonu belongs to this new breed of talents scheming to take the world by storm. One day I will discuss your works hanging on my shelve with my children. Cheers to great feats!

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