Ian Mwaura Njenga, is a student who had been expelled from Bahati Boys High School on February 13 after he was accused of drawing “suggestive art”.
Part of the expulsion letter signed by the school principal Patrick Ombok read.
“He has drawings which are suggestive that he is owing allegiance to some faith. We have so many things within the school that Ian could have drawn inspiration from like cows or even portraits of other students. But drawing suggestive things like snakes and scorpions is not condoned in this school,”
However, Nakuru County Director for Education Isaac Asebe stepped in and ordered the school management to rescind its punitive decision and allow the student proceed with his studies. The school tried to readmit him but his parents opted to transfer him to another school in Nairobi.
And things have gotten even better for Ian.
On Saturday, April 29th, Ian was invited by Nairobi’s biggest hotel, Villa Rosa Kempinski to exhibit his artwork during the hotel’s second edition of the annual art exhibition and auction program, ‘Wasanii Jukwani.’
Ian’s artwork on display was a charcoal on canvas painting with the theme ‘Vintage Transport.’ it portrayed transport in the medieval era and was priced at Sh50,000.
Mwingirwa Kithure, the hotel’s public relations manager.
“We selected the boy because we wanted to give him a platform to nurture his talent and showcase his artwork. We value people with fresh ideas and want to expose them to a ready market. His exploits will be a stepping stone for other budding artists.”
And Ian was more than grateful to be featured.
He also explained how he has had a love of art for a long time saying:
“I was in primary school when I noticed that I had a love for art. I would draw cartoons by the age of ten. It came naturally. I am happy that my parents encouraged me to cultivate this talent while pushing on with my education. It is great to be featured in a big exhibition.”
He also had words of encouragement for other young artists.
“I want to encourage young people with such talents not to give up but fully express themselves through such means. There are economic benefits if taken seriously.”
Well, it’s always great to see talent being appreciated. We wish Ian all the best in his art career.