“Christ never was in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be. Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.”
Mary Slessor, Missionary (1848-1915)
Photo credit: Mail and Guardian
These words by Mary Slessor express the calling that took her from 19th century Scotland to a life of missionary devotion in Nigeria, Africa. WomanScape’s week-long exploration of the spiritual world and a soulful existence begins with Mary’s journey to Africa. There she is resolute and stronger than she ever knew she could be, having left everything she knows behind.
The Nigerian artist, Peju Alatise, is a modern-day artist that echoes Mary Slessor’s spirit. Peju originally planned to study architecture but changed her mind when she saw an art installation that spoke to her. Peju’s artwork featured today, Flying Girls is made from iron and is subtitled, “where there’s an ironclad will, there’s a way.”
Peju can’t remember when she first started drawing, sculpting and painting, but says she was born to follow her passion. She describes herself as an alien and in a Vogue magazine interview, Peju said her work is a search for truth and centers on women in Nigeria and the political and religious issues in her country.
Check back on WomanScape this Thursday when we feature more about Peja’s story.