Motivating youth through NËNË magazine, arts, fashion show
Arts enthusiasts, professionals and members of the diplomatic community and friends turned out in their numbers to support and appreciate debut artist, fashion designer and entrepreneur, Anisah Ahmed at the exhibition of her art, photography and fashion works and the launch of NËNË magazine at Thought Pyramid Arts Centre in Abuja.
Ahmed’s aim to promote creativity among young Nigerians is targeted at developing their talent through NËNË magazine, which she said would serve as a platform to showcase talented and hardworking Nigerians and urge youths to be creative in the field of work they find themselves.
She said, “I believe having a creative mind set together with resilience of Nigerian people will be a good starting point for the ‘Change’ we so desperately seek in order for us to thrive as a country. The message is “By 9ja for 9ja!”
Ahmed is a Fashion Design student at De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K. She started Art & Design four years ago, during her ‘A’ levels at Abbey College, Manchester with no experience or knowledge of art. She had to learn the basics, and has since grown to appreciate art, not just as a subject but also applying it in different fields of studies including architecture during a foundation course at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London.
Ahmed’s creative portfolio includes her exploration into the arts through architecture, and Fashion Designing which eventually led to her being accepted as a Fashion Design student at De Montfort University.
She said, “It was at the AA School I nurtured my creativity and hence decided to study fashion design instead of architecture. Luckily, the portfolio created during this academic year was diverse enough to get me into other schools. So, I went ahead to study Fashion Design. While I was making all these decisions, the only thing that remained constant was my interest in art and design, painting, drawing, sketching, taking photographs, exploring and different aspects of it.
“I decided to have an exhibition not only to showcase my work, but also to get the younger Nigerian generation be interested in the art world. I always wondered where I would be today if I was more exposed to art and pursued my creativity earlier on instead of looking down on it because I was told it was insignificant in comparison to other subjects.