A Busia Artist took the Kenya National for UNESCO national cultural festivals by storm to emerge the best in functional art and mixed media categories.
The exhibitions which ended in Kisumu recently saw Robin Odida take position one in mixed media and functional art and taking second position in booth set up category.
In functional art, Odida made a state -of –the- art chair from banana fibres, sisal ropes and papyrus reeds and a table from the tree of cuts.
In mixed media, he prepared a piece of art using olenge grass, millet, egg shells and sand from the sea. It depicts Busia County as the Gateway to East and Central Africa.
It also highlighted some tourist attraction sites like Kakapel rock monument, Islands in Lake Victoria and the endangered Sitatunga species.
Odida said all that he produces are environmental friendly and things that people don’t value. “I urge Busia residents to accept that visual art is also worked that can make one earn a living.
The department of culture should endeavor to support upcoming artists because this work has not been fully exploited. It can create employment if tapped,’’ he said, and urged residents to stand with artists,” he said.
Chief Officer for Culture, Tourism and Social Services Moses Weunda thanked Odida and his team for putting Busia on the map saying the exemplary performance shows that fine art is taking root in the county.
“As a county we shall strive to promote youth talent to make them self-employed using locally available materials. This will also expose them internationally,” he said.
Weunda said Odida will represent the country in the two categories in France in November during the International Cultural festivals.
The aim of the cultural festivals is to promote building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intellectual dialogue through education, sciences, culture, communication and information.