Serena Williams Recognises Brilliant Kenyan Artist [PHOTOS]

  • Serena Williams pictured during the ASB Classic tournament on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand
    Serena Williams pictured during the ASB Classic tournament on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Former World No. 1 in Women's Singles Tennis Serena Williams took to social media to share the work of a talented Kenyan illustrator on her Instagram page on Saturday, April 4.

    The creative illustrations by Nyambura Kariuki dubbed 'Qai Qai's Prevention Playlist' were also shared on the verified Instagram page of Qai Qai, a wildly popular doll in the United States belonging to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., the daughter of Serena and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

    The drawings of Qai Qai incorporated messages meant to raise awareness on preventive measures to prevent Covid-19 infection; such as washing your hands, disinfecting the surfaces you touch the most and avoiding contact with your face.

    Kariuki spiced up the illustrations by adding popular songs such as Boosie's Wipe Me Down and Outkast's So Fresh So Clean to communicate the timely message.

    Kenyan visual communication designer Nyambura Kariuki's illustration that was shared by Serena Williams
    Kenyan visual communication designer Nyambura Kariuki's illustration that was shared by Serena Williams
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    The illustrations were also shared on Qai Qai's Twitter page where Kariuki was credited.

    "I’m no expert, I just want y’all to stay safe and if you’re as bored as I am, name the artists to each of these songs!! Illustrations by the talented @Nashohmy," a post on Qai Qai's page read.

    "She's the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time). I'm honoured," Kariuki had earlier shared as she reacted to Williams' use of her work.

    At the moment, Kariuki, a visual communication designer, is involved in creating eye-catching, creative Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness on Covid-19 alongside other creators.

    Under the banner of 'Covid-19 Memes Project', she is part of a team that has been sharing artworks featuring important messages on measures people can take to protect themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Among the free illustrations which the team made available for download online are colouring pages meant to entertain and educate young children on the pandemic.

    The content is also available in multiple languages including English and Swahili to increase accessibility.

    Also available on the group's platforms are documents breaking down concepts such as social distancing and their importance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Sample more of their work below:

    An illustration by Kenyan visual communication designer Nyambura Kariuki
    An illustration by Kenyan visual communication designer Nyambura Kariuki
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    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
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    Covid-19 Meme Project
    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
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    Covid-19 Meme Project
    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
    An illustration from the Covid-19 Meme Project
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    Covid-19 Meme Project