The pride of an African woman is her hair, her crown. Its springy, dark, rich, and effervescent glory is beheld by many with awe. Her beauty resonates from the glow of her skin under the sun. She stays confident in the richness of her melanin supplemented skin. It is the perfect tone.
The painting I brought along with me from Nigeria serves multiple purposes. It reminds me of where I am coming from. It gives me a sense of comfort when I miss home. I have her (the woman in the painting) with me; one glance at her, then I am home again. The painting refurbishes joy in me whenever I look at the crown bestowed on her head; her crown of beauty, her crown of pride, her hair; identical with mine.
Her facial features tell different stories. Her dark eyes have gone on many trips through her stay here on earth.
Her strength can be perceived through her jaw and cheeks. Her lips are currently concealed in the picture, but at other times, words of wisdom flow through the oceans of her mind. Her ears have been open. She has learnt by listening. She has learnt so much about herself that she never knew until she subdued the negativities that surrounded her. Her nose has perceived numerous scents.
The ranges of the aromas of delectable foods she has come across at home, to the fresh dewy scents of grass she smells in the morning during raining season, and the welling scents of dust she inhales during the season of harmattan. She also holds dear to her memory the different fragrances she encounters on her visits to foreign countries.
The background of the painting is purple, the color of royalty. I come from a royal line from my maternal side of the family. That part of me is reflected in the background of the painting; my royalty is my personal background. This painting urges me to never forget who I am or where I come from. It reminds me to keep my shoulders and head high through whatever situation I find myself in, and whichever people I encounter in my trips to different countries and in my current stay in Hungary.
I study this painting with full concentration every now and then. I closely observe the brush marks I once deftly stroke on the canvas. This painting is one of the two that I brought along with me from my personal art collection. This particular one reflects my personality and character.
In all the greatness the African [Nigerian] woman exhibits in this painting, she remains open-minded; ready to learn and absorb different cultures. Whilst learning, she is willing to educate people she comes in contact with. This painting in so many ways represents who I am and my current journey in life. It is a reflection of me, painted by me, and serves as a reminder to me to be me no matter what. (UO)