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Miabo Enyadike is the Artrepreneur in the spotlight today. She is an international artist, a qualified interior decorator, an art blogger, an author and an awardee of the Ford Foundation Prize and grant for Contemporary Art by the Nigeria Art Institute Terrakulture, in Lagos Nigeria.

She found herself overwhelmed with all the creative art requests she was receiving from her other co-workers, and she established enough business to break away from the job and create full time.  She’s a creative mastermind through and through, and her interview is incredibly inspirational.  Check it out!

Summary of Show:

Here are the highlights of my funky conversation with Miabo:

  • 04:12 : A peek on her journey so far: leaving high school at the age of 16, wanting to be a lawyer but not meeting the requirements, ending up being admitted for arts in a university and graduating with honors, working in an oil industry only to end up going back to being an artist and opening a gallery,
  • 09:17 : How it felt leaving the oil industry after her boss asked her to focus on her art,
  • 13:25 : Starting with small decorative paintings, moving to handmade card-making, gradually moving to gift tags and then finally adding in recycling in her line up of crafts,
  • 22:47 : The message her artwork conveys including people being able to do all things through recycled arts, being creative from within through her drawings and paintings and the overall message she wants to share on how she goes about her creations, and
  • 26:05: How to go about an art exhibit without having a gallery, without knowing anybody and just armed with flyers and social media.

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One hour to create something, with anyone…

  • “I will spend time with Picasso because I would want to pick his mind and create ceramic pieces which will outline events in history for posterity. And I would also to create my dream building with Michelangelo, a building wherein you will be lost in so much creativity that all the pain and suffering in the world will just be forgotten.“

To defeat Godzilla with her talents…

  • “I will paint very bright colors of huge objects and when he looks at it, he will be distracted and I can run away.”

Advice…

  • A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A gift is a gift. It will always nag you and will always show up in different areas.
  • Before you throw anything away, look carefully and ask yourself, can you do something with these?
  • Every single person is creative. We should all look into ourselves and find out how we can contribute to this world in terms of creativity.

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