Title Bloody Wednesday
Artist Rodney Oluwole Temple
Title R Temple 02
Name: Rodney Oluwole Temple
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Rodney Oluwole Temple was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1973. He attended the Albert Academy Secondary School where he studied Art and Crafts. From Albert Academy, he proceeded to Freetown Technical Institute, studying building and civil engineering at the Ordinary Technician Diploma Level. He lives at number 5 Walmsley Lane in Freetown. He only draws and paints now as a leisure with a love of music.
Temple’s illustrates violence from what he believes is the cause of it in Sierra Leone wide scale poverty. This, according to him, prevented parents from sending their children to school. Those kids initially were been raised as ‘petty traders’ whose enterprise came to a halt due to further economic problems. They therefore took to the ghetto, drinking, taking drugs and gambling. He believes that the idle man’s mind is the devil’s workshop. With the advent of arm struggle, these very youth became the core of operation. They were the first to receive arms for destruction.
But he blames the politicians for bringing hardship on the people and the reason why it has lasted so long is because of the diamonds involved. What he hope everyone learns from the war is that the barrel of the gun is not the solution to any political problem. It will just cause problems and destruction on us. The reality is homeless mothers, and abandoned bodies rotting away. The appropriate thing, he suggests is sending our children to school and preparing them as better citizens.