- A 24-year-old painter who applied to study Business Administration is now earning a living from body painting
- The young man, identified as Asogwa Ifeanyi Kyrian Samuel, paints body art to make ends meet and is good at what he does
- Samuel said his desire to wrest poverty and add substance to his life made him embark on the painting adventure
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When Asogwa Ifeanyi Kyrian Samuel applied to study Business Administration at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in 2014, his goal was to become a business manager but today he earns a living from painting.
Narrating how he began his exploits into body painting for a living, the 24-year-old said it all started in his first year in UNIZIK during an annual talent hunt competition which was organised by his church.
According to him, he engaged in what later became a source of income today to escape the ridicule of not having any skill to showcase at the competition, which attracted a multitude of young talents.
For Kyrian, the desire to beat poverty and add substance to his life necessitated his painting adventure.
"I came from a family of 10 children. I was determined to add substance to my life and wrest poverty through legitimate means.
"In my first year in the university I came back home for holiday and my church was holding its annual youth week for Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) and as is the custom in each youth week event, there was a talent hunt night.
"During the talent hunt night each youth sub-group in the church was mandated to showcase a talent on the night of talent display.
"They asked me to participate, but I told them I don't have any talent. I could neither sing nor dance like others. But after much pressure, and given my position in my church sub-group as a financial secretary, I had to come up with something - I wanted to showcase any easy talent.
"In my search for an easy talent to display, I stumbled upon a lady in a spray painting video and I took interest and devoted time to its mastery and that was it. I wowed the crowd and eventually won the contest with my painting and from there I didn't look back".
When Kyrian is not doing a body painting gig, he is into tattooing, photography and speed spray painting. The multi-talented 24-year old, while appreciating his family for the massive support he has received as the only painter in the family, highlighted challenges he faces in the world of arts.
In other news about artists, Briefly.co.za previously reported on a South African artist that opened a solo exhibition in Belgium. South Africans have got talent and it is finally being acknowledged by the rest of the world. Local artist Ennock Mlangeni is making a name for himself abroad.
The young man took to his Instagram page recently to gush about an amazing achievement - opening a solo exhibition in Belgium. South Africans were inspired by the post and they applauded Mlangeni on social media. Zungusbonga wrote:
"Believe us - WE KNOW YOU!!! Our very own Ennock Mlangeni."
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