Scary times. But also, a good time to remember to be happy. It’s world happiness day.
Our artworks represent the diversity of ideas about happiness.
Abayomi Barber’s longing for the warmth of Nigeria while he was a student in London in the 60s led him to create a fictional Character, ‘Ali Maigoro’ that exuded the easy joy and warmth he longed for.
Ablade Glover’s ‘Celebration’ is the artist’s impression of the spontaneous street celebrations that erupted whenever there was a footballing victory by Ghana over Nigeria.
Bruce Onobrakpeya, in his contemplative artwork ‘The Minstrel’, presents the singer who brings the song of plenitude, happiness and progress. Onobrakpeya in this, as with many of his artworks, explores African symbolism to tell his story.
Queen Nwaneri’s ‘Almost summer’, explores hope, expectation and resilience – the certainty of better things and the movement from apprehension and gloom to sunshine and hope.
Kofi Agorsor’s ‘The brightness within’ explores the idea of happiness as a resilient human energy that guides and refreshes.
Ben Osaghae’s ‘Holiday victories’, a charming drawing about children at play, celebrates childhood innocence and abandon.
In Ola Balogun’s artwork, ‘Memories of childhood’, he reminisces about childhood happiness and innocence and the ability of children to find pleasure in the simplest things.
Max Boadi’s artwork ‘Friendship’ also explores the simple pleasures of childhood joy. A group of children huddle together in what might be a group photograph. It’s a simple image of joy, curiosity and hope.
We hope you enjoy the images. Stay happy. Stay positive. Have a happy day, regardless!