December 1, 2019
Contribution from: Baffour Ntiamoah ‘22
Since its founding some two years ago by alumnus Daniel Bempah ‘17, the Storytellers Club has helped foster an enabling environment for the creative arts on campus; helping establish a platform for students to freely express their creative selves and learn from peers. From music and dance to abstract art and photography, the club’s events and activities have encouraged students to see the gifts in their hobbies.
To help coordinate the club’s activities, the club’s members elect executives every year to head their various facets: music, dance, art, writing, and poetry.
In this photo grid, Club President Baffour ’22 compiles a list of short quotes about what inspires his fellow executives.
Surrounded by a lot of technical work — across Business Administration, Computer Science, or Engineering — it can be easy to neglect the spark that lives inside you. Being a part of the Storytellers Club at Ashesi helps me, forces me even, to harness and give a direction to my writing.
Being an executive in the Storytellers Club has challenged me to become even better at what I do, which is writing. But I am also blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with other amazing creatives to engage the Ashesi community through art.
Writing gave me the opportunity to express a side of me that people don’t normally see, through my characters. Writing gives me power because at the end of the day I am able to breathe life into characters I create. And most often, those characters are living out my dreams.
I started painting to get my mind off of the things that stress me and make me anxious. I did not actually expect to be good at it. but everything I did got great feedback. What started as a coping mechanism, turned into a hobby.
As cliché as it sounds, I do this because it makes me happy. When I paint or draw, I feel that I can do whatever I want without any limitations. This is especially so with art because there are no wrong answers — only different ways of thinking.
If I don’t keep making music or painting or singing or animating, or writing – if I ever stopped doing these – I fear I’ll no longer be the person I hope to be.
As a Storytellers Club executive, I think my creativity has definitely been influenced for the better. There are so many different ways I have seen people think through things, and it encourages me to think outside of the box as well.
I like to play the guitar because it challenges me. I find it frustrating and exciting at the same time.
I take pictures because, at the end of the day, it allows everyone to bring their own lens to the same idea. I just love to see how what I create can invoke thought in the minds of others.
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