Progress Through Arts

Collin Sekajugo

Collin Sekajugo is a Rwandan Ugandan visual artist. Born in 1980 in Masaka, Uganda, he now lives and works in Rwanda. He is the founder of Ivuka Arts in Kigali, Rwanda as well as the Weaver Birds Arts Community in Uganda. He held artistic tours in over fifteen countries before returning to Rwanda in early 2007 with a mission to “Use Arts to Change Lives”.

He accomplished this as the founder of the Ivuka Arts, which is the first contemporary arts center in Rwanda. Ivuka’s mission is to build through arts and feed the soul with creativity by providing young people with the skills, exposure, and platform necessary for them to succeed and be Rwandan Ambassadors for the next generation.

As the founder of the Weaver Birds Community in Uganda, Sekajugo looks for artists from all over East Africa to transform a small village outside of the town of Masaka into a community of the arts and creativity as well as a tourism hub for East Africa. The main aim of Weaver Arts is to bridge a gap between arts and the community.

Over the past ten years, Sekajugo's work has been a reflection of his social conscience. It focuses on the link between art and the community, and includes the desire for social transformation in Africa.

His art is about social morality and restoration, thereby promoting consciousness for subjects that break down our societies: from discrimination to environmental change, segregation, and disintegration. His works also aim to raise awareness about modern societal struggles. With his work, he grows concepts on the fundamentals that shape or destroy our societies. The message portrayed in his creations is a demonstration of community transformation and the bringing together of different identities to build a bond for our shared principles as a people.