African painter Kamala Ibrahim Isha (80) receives global award

African painter Kamala Ibrahim Isha (80) receives global award

- Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq is an 80-year-old African painter who won the Principal Claus Award, one of the most revered awards in the world

- The award is given to people with exception achievements in culture with works that have influenced their communities in positive ways

- The octogenarian said she would never change the ways she does art for anything or at the request of anyone

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Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq, an 80-year-old African painter, has made the continent proud after winning the Principal Claus Award.

The Claus Award is a special one given to people who have had extraordinary achievements in the cultural field despite the challenges stacked against them.

The recognition is therefore awarded to people whose works has influenced their societies in positive ways.

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Before the award is given, cultural experts are called on to submit relevant nominations. Though the nominations must be researched before submissions are made, more is still done following while the shortlist is being drawn up.

Ishaq was born in 1939 and studied at the College of Fine Arts in Khartoum, Sudan (1963) before she proceed for her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London.

The 80-year-old founded a revolutionary group in art called the Crystalists which challenged the ways art was perceived in Sudan.

She drew spiritual influence from the art works of William Black and Zar. Themes of existentialism and feminism are very dominant in her works. It was said that the themes made her different from her contemporaries.

When asked by the BBC if anyone spoken to her about changing her art, she said she would not do so for anybody.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that a Cape Verdean singer, Cesária Évora, also known as 'the barefoot diva', was posthumously honoured by Google with a doodle for her 78th birthday.

Évora, who was born on Wednesday, 27 August, 1947, started singing as a little girl but began her music career proper as an adult by performing at bars in her hometown.

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