ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – DR VIVIAN TIMOTHY, PROFOUND NIGERIAN VISUAL ARTIST BASED IN GERMANY

I am Dr. Vivian Timothy a Self taught Nigerian Germany based Visual Artist. My paintings carry a very heavy African accent and tells my metaphorical stories, a life in Africa and my flight in Europe as depicted in my paintings below (Flight Of The Butterfly I.II. III.) My Paintings also centers on the beauty, riches and socio-anomalies of Africa. A Continent that is so rich and yet so poor, a story of broken innocent girls and my love for Africa.

I am a nature’s light that took almost 4 decades to shine. A hopeless stammerer that became aware of her uniqueness early in life. As a young girl, I have always had flair for Art of every kind. Throughout my years of searching for my identity, i never lost focus on my dream because i have always believed that my success lies in that unique gift that the universe gave me at the time of my incarnation, because in it lied my power to creat and control my future. But coming from a family with a strong Academic background I was not allowed to follow my inclination towards creative Art. Finding myself outside the shores of my country offered me the opportunity to express my creative ability.

I rediscovered my passion for painting a few years ago though. But in the beginning it was for my own fun. I never imagined that the Piece I created would ever be accepted outside the comfort of my home. Only after a friend convinced me to showcase my work did I find the courage to share my Artworks with the World. Yet, I was still very much afraid of not being able to measure up to all the great artist out there I have always admired. Of course my age , environment and the society had always made me believe that it is over with me; that it is too late to start a career as an artist, but vehemently I refused to give in to their discouragement. I did not allow that voice, that fear to control me , Rather I took control and made that voice say, YES YOU CAN! So to learn and to excel I wanted to go to an Art School. But first I started researching and reading the biographies of all those great Artists that I so much admire.

To my enormous surprise I found out that so many of these great Artist have never ever visited an Art school. Knowing this made me realize that true Art comes from within. It is that painting or that creation that makes you happy, that which swells your heart.

 

Having realized that opened me new ways to express my feelings and thoughts and helped me find my true identity. Visual Art gave me not just a metaphoric voice but made my voice clearer and stronger. I draw my inspiration from nature. The nature Plays Beautiful Melodies/music for those whose hearts are beautiful and quiet enough to hear. The love for my creator and my Cultural heritage is also a great source of my inspiration.

What disturbs me is the disunity among women. It has always been in the Woman’s nature to be her sister’s keeper. For example, in the african socio- Cultural setting there has always existed a social cooperation among rural women. For instance during the farming season, Women would form themselves into an aid group. In this, they would collectively assist each person in clearing, tilling and cultivating of one another’s large farm. An exercise they would continue to rotate until every woman’s large farmland are fully cultivated. A cooperative help that ensures an optimum harvest for all participants. These are the values that have always formed and forged the bond of strength and unity among women. So let us use those hands that are to pulling each other down, to build each other up. I believe that when women with different lifestyles and mindsets, language, beliefs, ideology and color come together, incredible things happen because in our diversity lies our strength. It has been an incredible personal journey of learning and growth which has compelled me to artistically and beyond connect to the dynamics of the society to create more, contribute, support and serve the community I find myself in. So With my work I hope to inspire people especially women to figure out, embrace and liberate their unique gift thereby finding their true purpose and identity. We all get scared doing something for the first time but when we are able to break the fears that limits us from trying, the sky becomes our limit. Everyone of us has something the world desperately needs. And It is never too early and it is never too late to start. So, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can and the universe will embrace you.

I have my roots in Africa but Europe has given me the freedom and opportunity to realize my dream. So my plan for 2018 is also to use art which is a universal language to create a mutual cultural relationship and bridge the gap between my home country Nigeria and Africa as a whole and my new home Germany and Europe as a whole. And so, I do my best to show the Beauty of Africa as i see it with the eyes of one of her children.

I also consider it my duty as a artist to open the hearts of people in the Western world to the problems that plague my beautiful continent Africa in the hope to start a dialogue with people and hopefully show them that my home continent is very much worth not just preserving but also supporting and developing. I think, this time for Reconciliation and Restitution for Africa by a global community that gained so much from her baulkanization in the 18th century by the Europeans. In summary, i am letting my brush and my color to speak peace, unity and love that is lacking in the world of Today .

 

VIVIAN

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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2 Responses to ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – DR VIVIAN TIMOTHY, PROFOUND NIGERIAN VISUAL ARTIST BASED IN GERMANY

  1. Roger Okewole says:

    Very inspiring!

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