CINCINNATI — Presius Tajah made her WCPO 9 debut in February 2020, simply weeks earlier than a lot of the nation shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Again then Tajah was combating homelessness and housing insecurity whereas hustling to construct her model as an artist, an entrepreneur and a mentor for marginalized younger folks.
WCPO 9 caught up with Tajah just lately to learn how the previous 16 months have handled her.
“The previous 12 months has been nothing however a blessing,” she stated. “Everyone’s holy phrase says that we are going to have struggles in our life. Nevertheless it additionally says that we are going to have an abundance of heaven.”
Tajah received secure housing with the assistance of her mosque, she stated, and has been in her residence for greater than a 12 months now.
“My life is certainly much more secure now,” she stated. “You don’t understand how discombobulated the thoughts and the spirit and the physique might be with out a dwelling.”
Extra folks have invested in her model and imaginative and prescient, too, Tajah stated, by asking her to promote their artwork, serving to her create merchandise and permitting her to exhibit and promote her work in collaboration with their very own companies.
“I knew that individuals would come collectively via humble occasions to assist one another get on their toes,” she stated. “Now I’m in a position to care for myself, and I can educate those that, once more, it’s not a aggressive spirit that may get you profitable. It’s a collaborative expertise that may enable you to to achieve success.”
David Siders is a buddy who received to know Tajah when she was engaged on artistic tasks within the MakerSpace of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library.
“I used to be instantly struck by Presius’ nice sense of willpower and love and kindness for these round her,” Siders, the library’s civic engagement coordinator, wrote in an e-mail to WCPO. “Presius is fearless and desperate to share the knowledge of her journey to beat housing instability, promote social justice, and learn how to develop her paintings and model.”
Tajah says she went from having no revenue and simply $30 to fund her paintings to now having an revenue that enables her to help herself. It solely took a few 12 months to get there, she stated, and her unity arts model Lov MPNZi continues to develop.
“I actually wished to say thanks a lot to all of the individuals who have seen me strolling round Cincinnati, carrying my merchandise on my physique, carrying my state of affairs and being humble about my state of affairs,” she stated. “I’m very blessed that Lov MPNZi has been very nicely obtained in Cincinnati and that my private story as Presius Tajah can also be being obtained and that persons are taking me severely now.”
Extra info and images of Tajah and her work are on-line at presiustajah.com. She sells her paintings in particular person month-to-month at Pistil Classic in Over-the-Rhine.
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