Haneefah Adam

My name is Haneefah Adam. I have a Masters degree in Pharmaology and Drug Discovery from the Coventry University, U.K.

I create Arts and develop the stories I have to tell. I can be quite spontaneous in the execution of ideas that occur to me. I make regular portraits, I sew and paint, but what excites me the most is food.

I work in mixed media, painting, digital art, sculpting, photography and food. I do not have a favourite, as I believe I shouldn’t be limited to using only one kind of material to tell my stories. The more the merrier.

A lot of times I draw inspiration to create from past or present experiences, even stretching to my immediate environment and happenings. So, it is mostly the birth of an idea, a ruminating stage which varies with each artwork, sometimes it can take months and then when I am ready, I birth it. From stories that abound around us. Anything can be material basically.

I’ve been making art since I was in primary school; so it has always been part of me and I think that has contributed largely to what I am or do today. I’m a full time artist now.

I ventured into the Arts as a result of the impacts created by the internet and especially the social media platforms. The attention my works got (and still get), which created (and still creates) good freelance opportunities, made it very easy for me to pursue Arts as a career.

I think a lot of process just stems from social media; there is such a sea of information on the internet. I might have started looking into food art when a food artist was featured on an Instagram page, and in my usual fashion of using my own interpretation of art, I started documenting Nigerian food art to celebrate our own rich culture and heritage. There is so much potential and rich resources just waiting to be tapped into.

Excerpts from An Interview with CNN

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