All of the tangible things you see around you initially began as a gentle thought, an idea, an imagination in one person’s mind…..
The things you see and use are the product of someone’s creativity. The reality is that, each person has been given that measure of creativity.
In a bright alley, somewhere in Africa, there are those who have had the chance to serve and live off their creative impulses. Like the image of child, fascinated with the world of science, who would often ask teachers how drugs are made, this passion led him into medicine, by majoring in pharmacology.
Also, I have the image of a successful woman, as a child, she would align her favourite doll on a stand, she would then fold her arms and pretend to be a lawyer in court defending her doll’s case. The same person went on to pursue a career in law.
In a darker alley, there are the other ‘creatives’, those who have had their inner creativity and artistry permanently silenced by a family member, a stranger, or a society. Unlike the ones in the brighter alley, they were rebuked and discouraged when sharing their ideas on living off their creative interests, and when using their artistry skills.
Though the term ‘darker alley’ is of course not used to describe such situations in Ghana, there are some that falls victims of similar ordeals. People who are forced to abandon their inner creativity and natural abilities in order to pursue a career their society deem ‘ideal’, classic’ and perfect’. These fields are known as the ‘professional careers’, it could be one in the field of law or medicine, more commonly.
The young ones and the elderlies, together we tend to appreciate well-known figures such as Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Georgio Armani and other global stars who are in ‘uncommon’ fields, but then how many of us Africans would be encouraging with a neighbour, or a family member, who have got the skills and desire to pursue one of those careers?
For those with a desire to pursue artistic or creative careers, they should know that genuine passion and love for the field are the most important things. As it is much easier to persevere and work hard for something you have a real passion for. The fear of failing should never be an excuse in not trying.
For me, a nation who calls itself unafraid and ready to welcome change and solutions is one who allows its citizens to use their unique talents for the good of the country. We can’t prevent another ‘Bill Gates’ or ‘Steve McQueen’ to be born after all.
Let’s take the stigma down and realise that those currently working in ‘uncommon’ fields in Ghana, be it in music, acting, sports or fashion have worked as hard to pursue what they love as those who are in other careers.
Together, as a nation, let’s continue to invest and support these industries, and not abuse them.
Myriam Osei (@Angelpeacejoy)