Between Stephen Korede and the Ooni of Ife, it was love at first sight! When Korede presented his artwork to the Ooni, Oba Ogunwusi made just three remarks. First, a question, “when did he create this painting?” Next, a declaration, “I want him to partner with my Arts Department.” And then, a request to the Dream Project for Africa team, “Don’t you think Korede should be at your conference in the US in 2017?”
Of course, to the King’s question, Korede made the Ooni’s painting right there in the magnificent compounds of the Oba’s palace. Korede joyfully entertained the king’s chiefs, guests, and friends to some hours of mesmerizing display of talents, beauty, passion, dexterity, depth and ingenuity as he finished an oil on canvas art piece of Oba Ogunwusi.
Who is Stephen Korede?
Stephen Korede is a young creative visual artist; whose passion for social development has led him towards impacting over 5,000 children through arts. He lost his dad when he was 3years old while his mom when he was 5 years old.
Stephen’s earlier struggles motivated him towards a career by which he would express his thoughts without saying much. He found his joy in Art.
Stephen’s deep passion for social and Human development has led him to work on a couple of projects with organizations like Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria on their Arts in Medicine Africa; the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria, Tender Arts Nigeria and Special Centre for Girls. He is currently the Creative Director for Dreams from the Slum initiative where he impacts over 500 children directly on a weekly basis through arts.
His creativity has earned him the privilege of making and presenting art portrait to eminent personalities like Senator Ben Murray Bruce; Nollywood Actress and United Nations Ambassador, Oge Okoye; the CEO, Sickle Cell Foundation, Dr. Annette Akinsete, the CEO, Dream Project for Africa, Nelson Oluwabukola Michael, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and a host of others.
Korede’s shares his philosophy, “life is not about the duration you live but about your donation while you live.”