The artist came to the public's consciousness as a result of this tweet. He makes portraits of his subjects in under five minutes. Please check out the Twitter thread here.
Ahmed is a 44-year-old rapid portraitist from Abuja. After losing his wife whom he met at rehab, Ahmed started squatting with friends and using donations from his portraits to eek out a living. He’s still battling his addiction but he much prefers to spend his time drawing so as to keep himself occupied. Ahmed would like to beat his addiction so he can dedicate himself entirely to his improving his skills.
Ahmed needs to finish his rehabilitation, we’ve received a quote from a private rehabilitation centre which costs around £25 per night after an initial registration of £100. After that, he needs a place to stay, a little studio and materials to practice his craft. He wants to challenge himself to see how much better he can be.
The aim is for Ahmed to be able to support himself in long term.
Please help him with a second chance at a new life.
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