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.

Xolani Nkosi:

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER My Name is Xolani Nkosi. I am 18-years-old and come from all the way from Meadowlands which is a township is Soweto, South Africa. Well, I have been drawing ever since I can remember. My family saw that I was an artistic person from a very young age. I would draw
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Zephaniah Lukamba:

KWA MAMA GILI My name is Zephaniah Lukamba. I am 27-years-old and currently living in Nairobi, Kenya. At an early age, I was always fascinated by art, especially drawing and painting. I remember being a huge fan of Supa Strikas comics and I kept telling myself that one day I might be able to draw

Silas Motse:

SEEING THROUGH ART: AFRIKAN GEOMETRY REBORN CONTAMINATED My name is Silas Motse, well known as “Ras” Silas Motse. I am a portraiture and mixed media artist who works with a concept of capturing feelings to narrate contemporary concepts using different African people. I’m currently working on a theme I call “The Middle Passage Revisited” which
Alchane Blomerus

Alchané Blomerus:

Lost in Covid My name is Alchane Blomerus. I am 17-years-old and live in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa. As you can see, with my curly hair and my extroverted personality, I am destined to make crazy art. I’ve been doing art since forever, but have only been taking it seriously in the past few years.
Haruna Ntwatwa

Haruna Ntwatwa:

The Soft Spots My name is Haruna Kabega Ntwatwa. I am 32-years-old. I live in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Uganda is located in East Africa and commonly known as the Pearl of Africa. During my childhood I was so obsessed with drawing pictures that I always annoyed my late mother by wasting pages in my
Wandile Ngcobo

Wandile Ngcobo:

Nggo! My name is Wandile Ngcobo and I am 23-years-old. I’m a arts and drama student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. I was born in a small village called KwaMasiwela in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal. I currently stay with my parents in Randfontein, Gauteng. I live for art. Art is everywhere and is what

Faida Gaston:

Vaccine Challenge My name is Faida Gaston. I am a 20-year-old digital artist/illustrator living in Kigali, Rwanda. I studied graphic arts and love to draw and paint comics and images that carry a message within. I also like participating in art contests. I was the winner of the 2020 UNHCR Youth with Refugees Art contest,

Chloe Lucas:

THE CLOAK Proud to be South African, my name is Chloe Lucas, born and bred in Johannesburg. My passion for art started at a young age and developed very quickly. One of my fondest memories was sitting in my granny’s kitchen, the table covered in art supplies. Paint, glitter, glue, buttons, felt-tip pens, anything else

Mongezi Gova:

My name is Mongezi Gova. I am from a small township called Diepkloof in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa. It is a place where art is usually not understood.

Aarya Srikrishna:

COMBATING COVID-19 THROUGH UNITY Road-tripping through South Africa turned into an everlasting experience that has shaped my character and driven my indulgence in the arts. The universe startles me daily with eternal newborn beauty in every sunrise. I am Aarya Srikrishna. What moves me? This majestic universe and life itself. What call do I heed?