Artist's Fusion of African Art and American Celebrities Goes Viral
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

If you haven’t seen the depiction of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West as African royalty circulating social media, you may be living under a rock.

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The man behind the creations is Dennis Owusu-Ansah, a New York-based artist whose roots are in Ghana, and his works have gone viral.

His latest is Empire star and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson, wearing traditional Masai garb, and he’s reimagined other entertainment, political, and pop culture stars including President Barack Obama, Nicki Minaj, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Brown, Jay Z, and Beyoncé.



Owusu-Ansah boasts more than 17,000 followers on Instagram and has gotten offers for commissioning artwork featuring sports stars such as Kobe Bryant and more. His work is also part of a line of sweatshirts and T-shirts featuring traditional African prints from across the continent, mixed with contemporary designs. View more of his work via his Instagram page.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.