Kenyan Art & Entrepreneurs
I was watching this video last night of an artist in Kibera (or was it Mathare?) who is using left over animal bones to create handicrafts and artwork. It’s really a must see video because this guy is using his creativity, innovation and business acumen to create unique products that are also environmentally adaptable.
In many ways this video is very inspiring, but in other ways, it’s also quite sad because this guy is still living in the slums and if he was in any other western country, he’d probably be a lot richer because his creativity would have been more valued.
The video may also make you a little angry because it highlights just how unjust Kenya’s economic landscape is. This is the kind of guy that the government really should be supporting, but instead, the government is busy using taxpayer money to pay MP’s these exorbitant salaries
I’ve always found artistic entrepreneurs to be much more interesting people to talk about because their craft involves beauty and creativity.
There’s not a lot of discussion about this aspect of entrepreneurialism, especially amongst Kenyans because we tend to be so obsessed with banking and the corporate culture.
Now, of course, if you’re a vegetarian, this kind of art may not appeal to you, but they’re other aspects about it that may intrigue you.
Click on the link and watch the video. It’s very inspiring.
** Very interesting & poignant article about how this recession is forcing people to re-examine whether what they are doing at work is really practical and perhaps there should be a return to careers that force people to work with their hands because these are the jobs that actually produce things.