Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global health emergency. The Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) put together a group of scientists from a range of disciplines with an interest in SARS-CoV-2/ COVID-19, and a group of young African creatives. The aim was for the individuals to participate in interactive discussions to help navigate through the current global COVID-19 'infodemic' in order to produce artistic masterpieces based on the virus and the disease.

It is hoped that through this initiative, the creatives involved will have a greater appreciation of the science surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. SANTHE also anticipates that our scientists and other scientists, by listening to the creatives’ opinions and perceptions of the science of COVID-19, may use this information to influence future scientific research and scientific and policy communication efforts.

We invite you to view these awe-inspiring efforts, to vote for your favourite artists, and to join in on the discussion to inspire further constructive engagement.

Martin Onyis

Martin Onyis:

SOLIDARITY COLLECTIVE ACTION My artwork shows the solidarity of collective action and how the failure of even one person not taking protective measures can result to the failure of a whole group. This artwork shows people wearing masks with just one person not wearing a mask. The background of this one person is coloured –

Nadia Wamunyu:

SELF ISOLATION My name is Nadia Wamunyu – a well-established contemporary visual artist based in Nairobi. I strongly believe I was born an artist. The universe neglected my hearing but gave me sight and a mind to work with. My art is an expression of myself. At the tender age of eight I realised I could record my

Sebastian Simons:

SOLITUDE My name is Sebastian Simons and I’m a 24-year-old commercial artist and designer, living and working in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. Ever since I could remember I’ve always had a pencil or a pen in hand sketching, designing, and conceptualising new ideas. I received my qualification from the College of

Patient Iradukunda:

MY DREAMS My name is Patient Iradukunda. My creative pseudonym is Pati Maestro. I was born in beautiful city of Gisenyi in Rwanda. Gisenyi is a popular with tourists because it has a lovely lake. I studied art in Ecole d’Art de Nyundo located in my city and the one and only art school in

Brian Omwocha:

THE NEW DAWN My name is Brian Ondeu Omwocha. I’m a 22-year-old Kenyan. My passion for art started at the early age of four – I used to draw maps and cars. I went to a local primary school near my home where I wasn’t so active in terms of art but later on, I

Abdirahman Mahad:

DOCTORS, OUR SAVIOURS My name is Abdirahman Mahad. I am an 18-year-old boy from Nairobi, Kenya. I am in my last year of high school which due to COVID-19, means I will have to repeat another year. I am currently busy with online classes through Zoom and revising for exams, but at the same time I

Doreen Atambo:

MASAIBU YA MAMA My name is Doreen Atambo. I am 19-years-old and from Kenya. I love art and I hope to pursue it in university. I am looking for opportunities to raise funds for my studies. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an increase in tuition fees which I am currently unable to pay. My art

Vicky Gent:

OVERWHELMED HERO Originally from Kenya and currently living in South Africa, I am an artist whose main focus is drawing and painting. I am also a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand studying immunology and development of vaccines at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA). As a child, I loved

Credo Boris:

GUARDIAN My name is Harera Credo Boris. I am an 18-year-old Rwandan visual artist studying Art Graphics (in L5 – the final year of secondary school in my country). I am currently  focusing on  the beauty and development of Africa. In the future, I plan to have a career in art in which I focus
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Moropene Lethabo:

THE NEW DAWN My name is Lethabo Moropene. I am a 24-year-old from Hammarskraal, Pretoria. I am an artist and science graduate. I am a born problem solver with natural curiosity. This and the need to get hands-on experience led to me studying sciences. I am also a visual artist who uses different media for