Mandela and Nkrumah come alive on AU Day at the Osu Oxford Street Mall

Brush stroke after brush stroke, it took the genius of multi-talented artist Mohammed Awudu to bring alive a smiling Nelson Mandela and a forward-looking Kwame Nkrumah on a canvas in front of the Osu Shopping Mall.

Dubbed, the Africa Day Live Graffiti & Mural Painting, the Osu Oxford Street acknowledged the struggles that led to the discovery of the African identity through the innovative event organized by MohArt and Wetwater Studio on Africa Unity Day, May 25, 2015.

Many people caught a glimpse of the work of art in progress while others waited for it to materialize into the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary leader and Ghana’s first president as promised.

To the admiration of those gathered, the Mandela and Nkrumah mural was a touch of class interwoven by various colours representing the African diversity with the message; the unity of Africa is paramount.

Mohammed Awudu, popularly called Moh, said he was overwhelmed by the support and interest from Ghanaians and tourists alike who passed by to see his handiwork. He expressed appreciation to the management of the Osu Oxford Street Mall and the other partners who made the day a success.

Moh has featured in many international art projects including Amatthan Art Workshop in Lagos, Tabom Graffiti Project, Nima for Peace project, Imagine Accra, Tales of Two Cities, ChaleWote Street Art Festival, Samsung Note Live Portrait Artist among others.

The facilitator of this art attack, multi-talented and award-winning artist Mohammed Awudu, says he chose to undertake this project because he believes in telling stories of great men through art for the youth to aspire to appreciable levels of success.

Mohammed Awudu, popularly known as Moh, has painted many graffiti murals with the most recent being that of Kwame Nkrumah to commemorate Ghana’s 58th Independence Day at the Kanda Highway in Accra.

Moh has also featured in international art projects including Amatthan Art Workshop in Lagos, Tabom Graffiti Project, Nima for Peace project, Imagine Accra, Tales of Two Cities, ChaleWote Street Art Festival, Samsung Note Live Portrait Artist among others.

As the founder of the Ghana Association of Graffiti and Mural Fine Artists, Moh, with the help of friends, promises to bring excitement and expertise to graffiti art in Ghana.

See below the beautiful mural painted by Moh on African Unity Day.

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Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, communications and media consultant, editor, writer, human rights advocate, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast, history fanatic and a lover of arts and culture. He has worked with multinational media companies across the continent and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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