Dieynaba Sidibe is considered Senegal’s first female graffiti artist.
“It was war,” recalls Sidibe of the hard-fought years when she went against her parents’ wishes to follow her passion. “Society has created a place for women, and when you try and go outside of that, there’s a problem.”
Despite the pushback, she continued painting and, after turning 18, moved on to graffiti through an interest in hip-hop culture and slam poetry. “I found I could express myself better on a wall as there was more space than a canvas.”
At 24, Sidibe is now considered Senegal’s first female graffiti artist.
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