News Brief

Brooklyn Teen’s Impressive Artwork ‘Uganda’ Wins a Spot at the Met

“I’ve been told that I’m inspiring young artists all around the world and that’s amazing.”

Little did 18-year-old Cliffannie Forrester know that a rediscovered photograph of a little girl captured during a mission trip to Uganda would help her accomplish one of her dreams.


Buzzfeed reports, one of Forrester’s teachers at New York’s High School of Art and Design encouraged her to transform the snapshot into this work of art, and enter it into the P.S. Art competition that selects pieces to be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC that has millions of visitors from around the world.

The teenage Brooklynite’s artwork Uganda has been selected as one of the winners, and has earned her a $1,000 scholarship.

Forrester tweeted about her accomplishment, and as Twitter always loves an inspiring story, it has gone viral, receiving more than 39,000 retweets and 85,000 likes, so far.

“Who just completed their life goal at age 18?” Forrester tweets. “Me. As of 6/14/16, my piece is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

I look like an egg

A photo posted by Coretta The Chef (@cliffannie) on

As if that wasn’t enough good news, she has received word that Uganda will be on display in Times Square as well.

:'-) so happy

A photo posted by Coretta The Chef (@cliffannie) on

“My next goal is to get another piece in a museum. I never want to give up my work,” Forrester says, who has plans to enroll at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she will major in Fine Art.

Popular
Photo by AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP) (Photo by AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP via Getty Images

Malawians Head Back to Voting Polls in Historic Re-election

Malawians will be casting their votes yet again after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the May elections of 2019 had been rigged.

Malawians are casting their votes today after the Constitutional Court annulled the results of the May, 2019 elections due to rigging, Aljazeera reports. Judges made the ruling based on evidence presented to them which included tally sheets which had been tampered with using correctional fluid. Malawi is the second African country after Kenya to ever annul a presidential election over irregularities.
Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Sha Sha Emerges From Featured Artist to Take Centre Stage

South African/Zimbabwean artist Sha Sha chats to OkayAfrica about leveraging features to carve out a solo career.