They Call Him ‘The Nigerian Michelangelo’

Posted On : 07/01/2018

LAGOS, NIGERIA — Michelangelo was the epitome of the Renaissance for his work on the Sistine Chapel. However, this young child is right on his heels (and so early in life).

According to The South African, “talent, hard work and creative vision” are all traits this 11-year-old prodigy possesses. And his name is Kareem Waris Olamilekan.

The source says the world is definitely noticing and praising his skill.

Olamilekan has been featured on BBC, giving a brief showcase of what he can do with a blank canvas and pencil.

In the video interview and demonstration, Olamilekan describes his artworks to the camera crew as he fulfills his thoughts onto the surface. According to the 11-year-old, Arinze Stanley Egbengwu and Michelangelo are his greatest influences when it comes to art.


According to RTE, Olamilekan started his artistic path when he was only 6 years of age. By 8, he was already a professional at his craft. At the time, he was deemed the youngest professional artist in Nigeria, the source reports.

With his focus in mind, the young child’s preferred style is “hyper-realistic pencil work,” which is lifelike three-dimensional drawings of the world around him.

However, his masterpiece — “Daily Bread” — is his clear-standing favorite of all his works.

The source reports that it’s a “heart-wrenching” picture which depicts a “hungry young boy gratefully eating his food, whilst sweat and tears stream down his face.”

Olamilekan elaborates on the work as follows.

“This is my best work, and it’s because of the title – Daily Bread. It’s about the sweat and the tears and my family have to work hard before we put food in our mouths and eat. That is what inspires me…the inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food.”

Reportedly, the source describes Olamilekan’s insight as “a powerful demonstration of…social awareness and speaks volumes for the maturity of his efforts.”

If you’re interested in his works, check out a few in the video below.

Several people are in pure admiration regarding his works of art. However, not only do they love his creative expression, but they also cherish his mind and maturity.

For instance, Shauna Chalmers mentions as follows.

“What an amazing child. It is sad he is so wise beyond his years. But amazing he can draw attention to the plight of his people with his incredible ability.”

You better get used to the name Kareem Olamilekan. There seems to be nothing he can’t bring to life with a 2B pencil.

All in all, let us know your thoughts about this young prodigy and his masterpieces. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you’ll hear, “Oh, I’ve got a Olamilekan on my wall.” If you have any comments, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.

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[Featured Photo via Nour / Twitter]

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