Nils Britwum is a Ghanaian digital artist famous as the creative director and co-founder of Creō Concepts and his work depicting African peoples (especially women) in a majestic and positive light.
My work is mainly focused on inspiring greatness in people, especially the black community. I also hope to encourage or inspire other young creators like me to keep expressing their art to the world.”Nils Britwum on his Patreon.
Nils Britwum is a self-taught artist who graduated from the University of YouTube. He started drawing when he was about 6 years old.
Nils’ work is a perfect example of art imitates life. His illustrations draw on simple, relatable, everyday experiences primarily in the life of Ghanaian women.
In 2016, Nils Britwum and Creō Concepts launched the wildly popular Ghanaba day name illustration series, which personified the day naming system of southern Ghana. This came complete with personality traits associated with each day. After that, Nils and the Creō Team moved on to Zodiac signs.
Asked what inspired him to draw only women especially black women in an interview, Nils reveals, “I’m passionate about drawing black (especially dark-skinned) women because I felt the need to empower them to feel confident about themselves and their Color in a world of constant racism and bullying.”
When Nils Kwasi Britwum isn’t making adorable black positive illustrations, he creates hilarious slice-of-life comics.
Take a trip through Nils’ inspiring portfolio below as well as an interview along with his co-founder Raymond Okoro on the KSM show.
Bahari Blue is Squid Mag’s Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare’s and illustrator Bolaji “Art Nerd X” Olaloye’s scrapbook of favourite African (including the diaspora sometimes) artists they love, are inspired by and believe the whole world needs to know about.
So far we’ve featured Alfred Achiampong, Venus Bambisa, Malcolm Wopé, Simangaliso Sibaya, Kofi Ofosu, Ifesinachi Orjiekwe, Kudzai Ngundu, Salim Busuru, Rodney Tawanda Ngundu, Juni Ba, Poka Arts, Natasha Nayo, Hanson Akattti, Bertil Svanekiaer and Collyde Prime. See all the Bahari Blue features here.