Twitter is that one place where people spend too much time watching arguments between people they don’t know and aren’t quite sure how to join in. To most people, they would like to say or post something “that catches fire” but still haven’t really figured it out.
To some people and brands, Twitter has given them fame and the much-needed popularity to boost their careers and expertise in various verticals like Collins Omondi, a Kenyan artist who experienced this first hand when his portrait for Steve Harvey went viral thanks to the #KOT tweeps. Steve Harvey is an American comedian, businessman and entertainer. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, the Miss Universe competition and Fox’s New Year’s Eve.
Most people hadn’t heard about Collins Omondi before or seen his work in any of those art galleries in town or one of those fancy restaurants where most Millenials like hanging out. He has done quite a number of art projects that have seen him meet with the high and mighty. The finance graduate made a portrait of President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 that went viral and earned him an invitation to the State House where he presented the drawing to the President.
Collins Omondi’s attention to detail is the most astounding aspect of his work and his passion to change Kenya and Africa’s perception for this craft has made him deploy various strategies to attract attention as seen in this portrait that he drew for billionaire Christ Kirubi.
“Society doesn’t respect art that much, especially in my country. It is my mission to change that perception with my small efforts.” said Okello in his interview with CNN, Okello now wants to create a platform for more emerging artists in Kenya.
In what seems to be his first shot at drawing international attention for his work, in 2019, Collins drew a portrait of Tyler Perry- the American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director.
The Tyler Perry piece didn’t gain much traction on Twitter at that time but some Kenyans dug up the piece from Collin’s timeline and started tweeting to Steve Harvey asking him to tag the “If Loving is you is Wrong” producer in order to recognize the artist’s effort.
Steve Harvey will be in South Africa promoting his shows to the South African market. His media company, Steve Harvey Global, has recently obtained the rights to license the game show in both South Africa and Ghana, according to BlackBusiness.com. Harvey is set to launch and host Fremantle’s Family Feud in Africa. It will be produced by Rapid Blue, the local production partner of Fremantle in the region. “Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine,” he said. “I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent.”
Family Feud is one of the longest-running and top-rated game shows in the world. Since its inception in the U.S. in 1976, Fremantle has placed it in over 70 international markets such as the United Kingdom, Australia, France, India, and the Philippines. The latest version of the popular game show in Africa is expected to start airing in the second quarter of 2020.