What am I driving at? Most times, even at the point of entry, a lot of young people are still unsure what direction to take, they’ve not been properly taught how to identify their interests and skills. Who’s to blame? Parents? School ? Because I believe every school should have a proper guidance counseling unit with the sole aim of coaching and guiding these kids towards a defined career path. Also most parents are stuck with the idea that most lucrative professions lie within the obvious ones like medicine, law, engineering etc without looking beyond the perceived obvious ones.
Everyday young people are breaking new grounds in fields most people would ordinarily shun which brings me to Ndidi Ekubia’s case, a talented and well-read silversmith. She achieved her MA in Silversmithing at the Royal College of Arts in 1998 and has since been showcasing her beautiful and creative pieces in prestigious exhibitions. She has been growing in reputation and is well known for her imaginative style and her use of traditional techniques where she beats sheet metal over wooden and steel forms.
Using traditional silversmithing techniques that require the beating of sheet metal over steel and wooden forms, Ndidi produces a range of exquisite vessels, including wine goblets and ice buckets. For The New Craftsmen she has produced a new addition to her work – a limited number of classic household candle snuffers.
Ndidi’s inspirations stem from the patterns of everyday life; from the cityscape of London through to organic natural forms. In turn, her artistic landscape has been determined by the bold Africa shapes, textiles, food and passionate family conversation of her childhood.
Ndidi has exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design New York; The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Pavilion of Art and Design, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London; the Goldsmiths Hall London and Sotheby’s New Bond Street in London.
You see? E fit be your pickin if only you would help them choose right,would you prefer your kid to follow the same old path that is already saturated or make new exploits? It doesn’t have to be silversmithing like Ndidi, there are a thousand and one fields one can pick from. the key is finding out what interests your child, do your research then choose right. Goodluck
Credits: SanChi Media