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Meet Kareem Olamilekan, 11 Year Old Genius Hoping To Paint Himself To Greatness

In the midst of the economic downturn that is defining Nigerians’ lives now, a few people are still creating things of beauty. One of these creators is Kareem Waris Olamilekan.

Born on 14th of March, 2007, the young boy lives Iyana Ipaja, a Lagos suburb with his parents who give him the support he needs to make a success of his love for art.

Kareem at work

According to him, his interest in the arts was piqued when he and his parents relocated. Their new residence is in close proximity to an art school and he learnt alot from watching the students there work.

“I found an artist in our new house. So, I saw the apprentice of @ayowole_art drawing still life and I spoke with one of them who asked if I could draw and I told him yes. I showed him my drawings,” he said.

Artwork by Kareem

From here, he went on to show these drawings and other works of his to the tutor at the art school. Seeing his potential, the tutor took him in and he became a part of the Ayowole Art Vocational Academy.

Kareem never looked back after this, spending his free time honing his craft, drawing images which can be found on his Instagram page (@waspa_art). Not only is he working on creating images in the likeness of the original, he is also working on his speed. He is better able to deliver artworks with quick turnaround time.

Seeing his output and watching him work, one can be forgiven for forgetting he is not even a teenager yet.

Kareem’s works fall under the hyperrealism school, and he majors in pen drawings, wall art and pencil drawings. A student at Oke-odo Junior School, Kareem’s talent, though still budding, is clear for all to see.

Avail yourself of his services by reaching out to him on 09096971196. Help him become the “great artist” he aspires to be.

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