EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Interview with sculptor whose work got Kenyans talking

Samwel Otieno, a disabled man who models leaders using clay at his home in Seme, Kisumu County on December 30,2020. He has made several Kenyan leaders and other East African presidents

The 48-year-old village sculptor has set tongues wagging across the country and lightened up- the lives of many art enthusiasts after he moulded caricatures of African heads of states and other prominent Kenyan politicians.
Speaking to Standard Digital  Samuel Otieno who was trained to draw saintly images for his church say he was not keen on art until December 2020 during a talent exhibition organised by Kisumu County Government at Kit-Mikayi in Seme. 
It was during the event that he had a chance to sell two sculptors of Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o and Seme MP James Nyikal at Sh10, 000 each after they visited his tent.
Otieno now wants a hook up with the Heads of State he has made their sculptures so that they can buy his works.
The sculptor said he would sell each sculpture at a minimum of Sh500,000 for the heads of state
As section of social media users faulted his sculptures when they were shared online, claiming that such art was ridicule to the Heads of State.
Some people felt that the busts he had made of personalities such as Raila Odinga Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka bore little resemblance with the real people.
Some critics even suggested that he had committed sedition by making ‘laughable’ images of the former prime minister.

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