Honouring the Struggles of African Liberation

FRED MARTINS IN HIS NEW SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH BY CREATING ART THAT REFLECTS THE STRUGGKES OF AFRICAN LIBERATION

Nigerian visual artist Fred Martins shares a new series "Black and Freedom", depicting and celebrating the African struggles for freedom. 

With "Black and Freedom, he celebrates the African heroes that stood against colonialism in Africa, fighting to protect their lands, culture and people. He chose the butterfly imagery was as they symbolize life or the soul in many African culture, and the fists stand for power, bravery and unity.

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It all defines the suffering inflicted and the strength exhibited by the African ancestors who were ardent and concerned about protecting the future of Africa, and the message they tried to communicate to the present and future Africa.

The black history month is symbolic and dear to the hearts of every black person, and it is a breath of fresh to see an artist although black use his voice as a medium to mark such an important day in the history and sojourn of the black man. A nation in furtherance, a community can only go forward and stand strong if it knows, understands and preserves the history, landmarks and cultures of the land.

A great number of Africans today have no real idea of what their past looked like. The culture, values and the great men and women that devoted their lives lighting a path for the people of today are unrecognized. The story of our ancestors resisting colonization should not be neglected, their bravery and mistakes should be revisited and taught in our schools so people know about the challenges that brought us to our knees and how they can be fixed. History is essential.