Black artists flaunt talents via trending Twitter hashtag, Africans join the party

African artists jumped on the Twitter hashtag #drawingwhileblack to flaunt their talents as part of a campaign to appreciate black artists and give them the recognition they deserve.

The hashtag was started by a 19-year-old U.S.-based Ghanaian-American animator and illustrator Annabelle Hayford who is campaigning for more representation of black artists in the art industry.

She announced her campaign meant to appreciate black artists during the weekend of September 15 to 17.

This was a huge success with black artists all over the world posting their work and a short bio on Twitter with the hashtag #drawingwhileblack.

Starting a hashtag event to celebrate and appreciate black artists this weekend !??✊???? RTs are greatly appreciated! #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/SFptXsuuMk— Abelle✨?@ AnimeNYC (@sparklyfawn) September 13, 2017

hi my name is Annabelle✨I’m a first generation Ghanaian American animator and illustrator! I’m also the organizer of #drawingwhileblack ??? pic.twitter.com/mBVqbVPh8C— Abelle✨?@ AnimeNYC (@sparklyfawn) September 15, 2017

“I didn’t expect it to reach a global scale. I’ve seen artists from around the world, specifically in West Africa, share their work. It makes me really happy,” Hayford said in an interview with an American media.

“Art isn’t designed in a vacuum – it’s important to humanise artists and it’s important to let them be proud of their identity, especially in an industry where you don’t see artists like you. The art industry is small as it is,” she added.

Thousands of painters, illustrators, graphic novelists among other artists took part in the campaign and gained tens of thousands of retweets from lovers of their art.

The campaign went beyond the planned weekend as #drawingwhileblack keeps trending.

Below are some artists from Africa who deserve to be recognised.

Finally something I can join.
My name is Denzel, a digital artist and fashion illustrator from Ghana#DrawingWhileBlack pic.twitter.com/xkZAE2INO4— Denzel (@StunninDenzel) September 17, 2017

I’m awele, Freelance illustrator, I love drawing things ☺️?? #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/FSiWLbwBMl— A (@aweleemili) September 17, 2017

???? i’m Kofi! i’m a self-taught Ghanaian-Pinoy artist.
i’m an animator, and recently began work at Cartoon Network! #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/ffOmSSDD4C— kofi fiagome (@thegreatjaramo) September 18, 2017

… I am David in Kigali Rwanda ?? … I paint with oils, using a pallet knife and I am loving it. #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/ozZ4lTAp5P— David Kezio-Musoke (@kezio_musoke) September 18, 2017

My name is Clement Nwafor a Nigerian painter.
#drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/VU6U7cXDGz— Clement Nwafor (@nwafor_clement) September 19, 2017

Hey, I’m Sanare. An animator based in Nairobi, Kenya and I love to draw portraits and travel #Drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/RaiO1xQEye— kelvin shani (@sirnare) September 23, 2017

I’m Arinze Stanley and I’m a pencil artist ??.
Harinzeyart #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/pR94kkUnxk— Arinze Stanley (Harinzeyart) September 20, 2017

Hi, i’m Alex Peter and i’m a hyperrealistic pyrography artist ??,using Razorblade to draw on wood x burner?alexpeter_art #Drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/jNf5btCxgN— AlexPeter_Art (Alexpeter_art) September 21, 2017

Hola ! I’m Nyambura, 24, Kenyan illustrator and animator. I love cartoons and I’m glad to be part of this #drawingwhileblack ? pic.twitter.com/LUeXpdvDcH— Yzma ?? (@nash_oh_my) September 22, 2017

Hi, my name is soma. I’m a Sudanese charcoal & graphite pencil artist.
#drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/WsyfDjfO5F— YZMA ⚡️ (@somasiddig) September 18, 2017

Hey 🙂 I’m a sudanese girl & I do digital art mostly here is some of my work hope u like it. #DrawingWhileBlack pic.twitter.com/oJCIO5Stcc— habab (@7bo0oz) September 18, 2017

I’m Jeffrey. An illustrator and visual artist from Kenya ??. #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/VsrdYC0Ao0— creative mynds (@jCreativeMynds) September 22, 2017

Hi, my name is Welbeck, I’m from Ghana ?? I make art to interact with real life photos I take.
(IG: excusemyart) #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/SnCAKVXays— Todoroki (@Welbie_) September 17, 2017

Name’s Benjamin Kwashie from Ghana. I draw with ballpoint pen. #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/RkPgFKErlG— Benjamin Kwashie (@benkwash) September 17, 2017