I believe rawness is key
I am a 21-year-old artist using photography as my medium. I use portraiture, particularly self-portraiture, as a way to express aspects of the human condition through my eyes.
When we speak about us Africans narrating our own stories, it’s always about ‘showing the good side of Africa’. I agree it is essential to do so because of our tainted image by international media, focusing on the negatives of our continent. However, I am not one to bias narratives, the sad fact is that people like Cyril Otieno Peter are hardly highlighted. Peter is a hero to me.
‘The Smallest Library in Africa’ – this is the story of Cyril Peter Otieno, a visionary who saw an idea when hope seemed lost. With love and passion …
As a visual story teller, I’m always in search of stories that are authentic & extraordinary, stories of triumph or the journey to it. This story found me through Peter’s friend, Joanne Gichana; Peter is the founder of the Smallest Library in Africa. After visiting the library, I couldn’t help but feel the obligation to share Peter’s story to the world. One post can’t do justice to Peter’s story but at least I know it will somehow reach people who are willing to help him achieve his dream.