Ghanaian Art Prodigy Essilfie Banton Used Plastic waste To Design Beautiful Image Of Late Former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

Essilfie Banton collect trash in the street of Ghana and used them into beautiful images. Essilfie Banton has a goal of ridding his environment of filth and has found a very innovative way of doing it.

Essilfie Banton is a Professional Artist and graduate from the University of Education, Winneba where he read Art Education. He is currently a second year post graduate student reading Mphil Art Education at the University of Education, Winneba.

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The picture above is an artwork he made of the late JJ Rawlings

He has created a lot of iconic images from the trash that he has gathered from random places. Among the many masterpieces of Essilfie Banton include replicas of late former president Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and singer Wiyaala. His artwork of former Ghanaian President, the late man JJ Rawlings was featured on BBC News

Speaking to, Essilfie noted that:

“Waste has been one of the major challenges in Ghana, so much money goes into the production of plastic and after that, we send them into trash cans. After this, we turn and complain of poverty. I, therefore, decided to be the artist who is turning trash into treasure to entertain and heal people.”

Above is a picture of an artwork of singer Wiyaala he made from trash

Having a very creative eye, Essilfie Banton puts pieces of trash together and manages to create masterpieces with his works focusing on prominent individuals


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