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A Peek Into the Life Of… Artist – Martins Akande



We made a call for BellaNaija readers to be a part of a new exciting feature series called, ‘A Peek Into The Life Of which the Team has been working on. {Click here if you missed it} We’ve been very excited by the feedback we’ve received and we’re happy with the submissions we’ve been receiving. It feels so good to get to know our readers better – what they do. So far, we’ve had four interestingly diverse features. ‘Deyemi OkanlawonChinedu Anarado Jennifer Akporehe Tosan Iwere,  Adetomi Imoteda Aladeokomo, ‘Tito Balogun and Taiwo ‘Taiyel’ Lawanson.

The incredible talent exhibited by Martins Akande is mind blowing! It is for this reason, that we just have to take a peek into the life behind Teenezmartinez Arts.

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Job title
Accountant and Artist.

Core responsibilities
Establish an artistic vision.
Selecting projects that truly represents my creative goals.
Committing to the vision and Style of approach.

How long have you been at this job?
As the Founder of Teenezmartinez Arts, I have been on this job forever.

Highlights of your job
Listed in Art in America 2015 ( Art In America is the most comprehensive Art reference print publication in existence).

Downsides of your job
Some of us were born with natural talent that eventually led us to establish careers. Years spent in perfecting the skills or furthering education and some only to end up in searching for jobs for a steady paycheck from another form of work where passion isn’t involve.

Inconsistent Income
“Starving artist” this term was made popular due to the financial reputation most individuals in this career have maintained. Most cases only the successful artists are able to support themselves through the sale of their work alone. Many secure a part-time job or turn to teaching art full time for a steadier income.

Irregular Scheduling
Those attempting to make a living solely off the sale of their art have to put in a lot of time and effort to attract potential buyers and to build a reputation. They must work around showcases, presentations and openings in galleries, museums or other establishments they hope to display their work in. Multimedia artists who similarly work from home often endure 50-hour weeks to keep up with client demand and maintain their creative and dependable reputations.

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If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Probably be working for someone.

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On a scale of 1-10, how would you grade your skill set at this job?
Hahaha…I say 10.

I’m living my career dream. Yes? No?
Certainly yes.

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Whoa! BN Readers, ever wondered what the average day of an artist is like? Let’s dive in!

Let’s say I wake up 4am, first thing first I say a little prayer and afterwards shower time. Mornings are good for me, this is the best time for me to work on my projects. I work till 11am and sometimes till 12noon before I proceed with breakfast, then take a little break to relax the head. During this time I watch documentaries or update my social media page with recent Art stages, Instagram most of the time.

At about 1:30pm or 2pm I go back to work and continue the usual again till 4pm. It’s pretty much a quiet and “boring” as well as an interesting cycle at the same time.
I’m thinking of spicing my life up a little, but yeah that’s about my average day.


  1. Ivy

    September 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful. This is one gift i wish i had, unfortunately my artistic talent ends at drawing a cup.

    • Dr. N

      September 29, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      You even tried. U can draw cap.
      Oga Martins, awesome gift

    • kehinde

      October 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

      lol cup hehehehe and umbrella

  2. mz bliss

    September 29, 2015 at 10:29 am


    • iba

      September 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I can’t deal! Can you see how that his work on the girl looks sooooooooooooooooooo darn real?

  3. funmi

    September 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    This is just brilliant

  4. Mary

    September 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

    It looks so real, love the painting

  5. Mamoke

    September 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Owo breathtaking ,you are good .

  6. Segi

    September 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Awesome, great job! I do hope you’re affordable. Will be giving you a call soon!

  7. Deji

    September 29, 2015 at 11:23 am


  8. kemi

    September 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Amazing!!! Love it! especially that of the little girl! Too real and unbelievable
    Well done buddy!!!

  9. Lolade

    September 29, 2015 at 11:28 am

    This is one thing I’ll like my son to learn. ..or rather improve on..he draws pretty well .

  10. nmadeevah

    September 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Oh wow, Beyond Creative. Very on point.

  11. nammy

    September 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    His art is artistically beautiful!

  12. Suwa

    September 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Very creative

  13. Noms

    September 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Gifted hands

  14. Fade to Black

    September 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm


  15. Laura

    September 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm


  16. Natu

    September 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Wow he is really good

  17. Syacya

    September 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm


  18. Tosin

    September 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    wow, DETAIL!

  19. Ngozi

    September 30, 2015 at 6:24 am

    This is beautiful. Amazing is the word

  20. Lyrics

    September 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I just couldn’t pass by without saying that this is awesome! He’s got real undiluted talents and this will take him far! Kudos to you!

  21. lucy

    September 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Impeccable! his eyes for detail is amazing.

  22. Lynn

    September 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I saw this and my heart melted at such gifted hands. Creativity at its peak! Definitely following you….

  23. Ebony

    September 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Blown away!
    God is good!

  24. kehinde

    October 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

    wow creativity. the girl is very beautiful, look at her edges and the length of the hair so nice.

  25. Victoria

    October 5, 2015 at 3:34 am

    You are highly talented… your work is inspirational keep up the good work don’t give up on this amazing gift you have..

  26. Deep Soul

    October 5, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    You, sir, are an amazing piece of art!

    The detail on the little girl is beyond fantastic.

    I’m blown away.

  27. oby

    October 6, 2015 at 12:22 am

    hey u, My nysc sweetheart, i am super proud of u. your talent was never in doubt.
    keep the flag flying high..check out his blog on

  28. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    October 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I kept expecting her to look up and say something to me. It felt that life-like.
    I just wonder… this sort of gift… how far deep does the artist have to travel to bring them out?
    The “black dogs” are often around the corner.

    Lemme go and sharpen my pencil. If I hear say I no sabi draw; only that I remember the last time I put pen to paper to draw a picture of Jesus for Sunday School many years back., the eye brows were not on fleek. Plus he looked like he was having a bad hair day.

    Nice to meet you Mr. Martins Akande. I’m still getting shock waves from the drawing. You should be the one on display not your works. You, my friend, are the priceless work of art. Salut.

  29. Moyo

    November 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, the drawings are breathtaking, all I can say is Wow, you are truly blessed by God, I hope you say thank you to God everyday, I will like to have a portrait done of my kids, how much does it cost

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