Samini Has Angered Many Graphic Designers… Here’s Why

Samini, Ghanaian Dancehall artist [image: Ghanada works]

Samini is set to hold a virtual concert dubbed the “Untamed Virtual Concert”. The concert will be streamed on his YouTube channel.

In preparation for the concert, Samini announced a challenge on Twitter, which will require graphic designers to design a teaser artwork for his vitual concert. Samini, however, stated that the reward for the best designer will be a retweet of the work and a follow back.

He wrote: “Untamed Virtual Concert artwork challenge. Show me what you got guys. Design a teaser for the event. No dates. Challenge ends on Friday. You get an RT and a ff back if your work is dope. Your next client might be on my TL chale. Let’s get creative in these times.”

Samini’s tweet on the artwork challenge

Samini’s challenge did not get positive feedback from many graphic designers on Twitter, as they felt he was trying to exploit them.

According to them, they deserve better than just retweets and follow back because graphic designing requires a lot of creativity.

Some of them also argued that just as musicians like him are calling for royalties to be paid for their songs, graphic designers also deserve better.

Here are some of the tweets by the angry graphic designers:

Samini, however, stated that most of the designers misunderstood his tweet. According to him, he was not asking for free artwork. He states that he was only trying to give talented graphic designers an opportunity to be “seen and appreciated.”

Samini in another tweet explained the reason for his artwork challenge


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