ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – PROFESSOR RICHMOND GARRICK FROM SIERRA LEONE BASED IN NEW JERSEY

RICHMOND GARRICK is an awardDSC05245 winning artist from Sierra Leone. His paintings reflect issues dealing with human conditions and socio- political matters. They address the struggles, and oppression of humanity, especially the expressionistic dialogue on some of the paintings about the ten years of civil war in Sierra Leone. They are iconic, bold and expressive. These paintings were his reaction to his brother’s brutal murder during the war.

His ball point pen drawings are portraits of iconic and motivational African Americans inspired by his daughters’ elementary school project on civil right leaders.

Richmond is a teacher at Williamstown High School at Monroe Township, in New Jersey. He is also a visiting professor at Devry University. He has been an adjunct and part time professor at both Rutgers University, and Middlesex County College during his twelve years in academia.

He received a Higher Teachers Certificate from Milton Margai Teachers College in Sierra Leone and taught in secondary school for eight years. He later earned an Associate Degree of Media Arts from Middlesex County College. Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Graphic Design from Montclair State University and Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, in New Brunswick in New Jersey.

He is an international artist who has exhibited his paintings and drawings in reputable museums  galleries, colleges internally: Noyes Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, African American Heritage Museum, PPOW Gallery etc.. He works in all mediums, but mostly in oils and ball point pen. He has won numerous awards for his art and for using his work to create awareness. Such awards include; “2011 Alumnus of the year award” from Middlesex County College, “Sierra Leone @50 Culture Award” during the celebration of the 50 years of independence of Sierra Leone,“14th Paul Aiken Encore Award” from South Jersey Cultural Alliance, “Culture Award” from United Artist of Sierra Leone in Britain, “SLAAM Award” from Sierra Leone Association of Artists & Musicians for outstanding contribution to Fine Arts, “Lajos Makos Award” for representational art and other numerous college awards. His exhibits have received new paper and magazine reviews. The accolades his exhibits have received have given his homeland, Sierra Leone a place of prominence on the artistic landscape in the United States and other parts of the world.

 

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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