Hailing from Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana, ‘Owusu Ansah Vincent Kwame’ (aka Citizenkwame) says it all started when he was a child. He was fascinated by the works that a local artist (Mama Adomah) in his village would produce. Even though he was only 8 years old he found himself inexplicably drawn to her work.
While other children were playing Kwame would go and spend time observing what Mama Adomah was doing.
Over time a friendship developed and Mama Adomah would give the young but highly inquisitive Kwame materials so that he could explore his own creativity. There wasn’t a teacher pupil relationship between them as such and he never received any form of structured training from her, but through observation and interaction Kwame discovered he had a natural talent.
Sadly Mama Adomah passed away while he was still trying to find himself as an artist. However, his efforts hadn’t gone unnoticed and it was Mama Adomah’s family that insisted Kwame pick up the baton. He was encouraged to use her space and materials and was never asked for anything in return.