Recently I was invited to take part in a collective effort to raise awareness for the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Harem insurgents in Nigeria last month. We each were given the name of a girl who has been confirmed missing, and were issued the task of creating beautiful flowers to not only raise awareness, but also in the hopes of their safe return to their families.
I chose the Night Blooming Cereus flower, being one of the most beautiful flowers, coming from one of the most unlikely of plants, a form of cactus. This flower develops into a dragonfruit, going through a transformation that creates a new object.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected, but especially that of Sicker’s. Hoping that she blooms from adversity, and transforms into something beautiful from this hardship.
Tribute illustrations commissioned for each of the 180 kidnapped Nigerian girls whose names are currently available to the public. Nearly 300 young women are still missing. A summary of what has happened can be found here.
Blooms of Nigeria is not a charity but if you would like to help, we highly recommend donating to organizations such as Girl Rising, which provides services to help provide education to girls all over the world.
Blooms of Nigeria is a collaborative art project organized and curated by illustrators Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton. All work is copyrighted to their respective owners.
for the blooms of nigeria project, i was invited to create a flower as a tribute to one of the the many kidnapped girls from nigeria to help spread awareness of their plight and show solidarity with them and their families. 180 female artists and illustrators will be creating flowers with the names of the 180 girls whose names are currently available to the public. nearly 300 young women are still missing. please reblog to spread this important message, and click the link to see the rest of the flowers!
‘Deborah.'💛🌱 (Head on over to BloomsOfNigeria.tumblr.com to view the beautiful tribute I was blessed to be a part of.) Above is the name,'Deborah;’ the name of the missing schoolgirl I was assigned to illustrate a flower for. Today marks 6 months since the kidnapping of our girls. #BringBackOurGirlsNOW #TheCandidObserver #BloomsOfNigeria #Nigeria #WeLoveYou