When 26 year old Ghanaian New York Artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah witnessed a friend being teased by a group of men for wearing kente cloth, he decided it could be an opportunity to educate.
“I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture… They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art… Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television [it is] a continent rich in history, diversity and traditions.”
Owusu-Ansah not only reimagined top black American entertainers in traditional African dress but he also gave them traditional African names. The drawings have garnered tons of love on his Instagram account and they’ve already been shared thousands of times on social media.
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