On a recent trip to Mauritius, I was impressed by one golden thread that wound its way through all my interactions with the people, places, and products in the country – redemption. Maurinet reports that “the first Europeans to have visited Mauritius were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century (most probably in 1510). The Dutch who settled on the island in 1598 named it Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau.
Gerald Chukwuma hawked his artworks on the streets of Nigeria’s southern oil rich city of Port Harcourt to cover his university fees. He shuttled between the Nsukka Art School at the University of Nigeria and the 300km distant city, hawking to pay his tuition as a student. “I had to hawk,” he said. “And I took arts because that was what I knew how to do. So, I hawked my art works on the streets trying to make one or two sales. I would stand on the road and ask people: Can you buy?”