I had the tough time growing up with my grandmother who catered to me throughout as he told that my parents had passed away when I was six months old. She is uneducated and unskilled, thus we couldn’t have afforded to eat every day, and had to drop from many times due to the lack of tuition. One thing that kept us going was my passion for drawing. I drew historic traditional photos which my grandmom sold to maintain my stay in primary school, and cater to our feeding and other domestic necessities.
I realized that there is a need to create more jobs through art in the future since I was able to serve as the source of income in my home at the a very small age from art. Afterword, my passion for drawing dramatically increased. As a result of my artistic works, I had the opportunity to complete high school at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, founded to provide full scholarship and accommodation for the orphan, and financially challenged outstanding students in Rwanda.
There, I was exposed to many clubs. Above all, I prioritized the ‘traditional and visual art club’ as it centered on innovative drawing that informs people about major past happenings and relates them to our daily activities. It was an opportunity that I cherished and vowed to make use of. After few months of practice, I experienced improvements in my drawing, painting, and designing skills.
Fortunately, I participated in a visual art competition organized by the school’s administration. I drew a man running behind a girl; on the other hand, a girl got pregnant and was running behind the man. The features were visually appealing. The message was about teenage pregnancy that leads to increases in the rate of maternal mortality, and early child marriage. The message resonated and I raised enough funds. I instead supported my grandmother throughout to present my artistic works and innovative drawing. My country has 40% youth unemployment rate (UNDP, 2016). The result of this is the lack of innovation by youth – especially the high school students to help secure or create a job for themselves.
Due to financial challenges pursue tertiary education, many of them form part of unfruitful activities, arm rubbery, stealing, etc. in the country upon graduation. Therefore, I believe art is one of the best sources of incomes generation in every nation – especially by the youths. My dream is to create an institution that centers fully on the production of historical, and cultural artistic materials purposely to sell them.
The institution will be ruined by youths and they will be employed. This will reduce the level of youth employment, increase the level of awareness of historical events through art and culture, and evolve many young people into arts and culture in the country. Moreover, I will use part of the profit generated to train and empower the young generation in the field of art and the practice of cultural. My institution will extend its benches in all parts the country – rural and urban – to raise the awareness of the power of historical memory through art, and cultures.