Kwabena Domingo: Breaking Ground Through Dance and Photography
Ghanaian creative Francisco Kwabena Domingo has forged himself a career in various facets of the entertainment world. From dancing to photography, videography, artiste management and event planning, he presents himself as a testament that the will to do surely provides a way eventually.
Domingo found a passion for creative arts at 4, drawn to animation and the concept of television. “How can pictures be moving like this?” he said. “It blew my mind.” He started drawing cartoons to impress his age mates after class. The glitz and glamour of Showbiz appealed to Domingo a lot and he wanted to partake in this phenomenon, he wanted to contribute. And this is how he decided to venture into the world of entertainment and culture, an area he still finds identity in to date.
His first foray into the arts was as a dancer, an ability he began to hone when he was six years old. He would dance at parties and get togethers. Afterwards, he graduated to dancing in variety shows and music videos, making appearances in Sarkodie’s Azonto Fiesta, and E.L’s Kaalu music video as well. “Dancing really opened doors for me, that was how I was able to make friends and connections in the entertainment industry.”
From dance, Domingo began to tinker with photography, picking up a camera in 2014. He started out with his friends and soon expanded into gaining clientele. He got a job at a creative agency, Echohouse where he practiced both Photography and videography– working with big brands like Vodafone, Nestle and some of Ghana’s biggest celebrities.
Domingo’s photography attempts to capture shared experiences in frames. Personal projects include a personal take on the Little Red Riding Hood folktale. He also did a photographic case-study on the motion that accompanies skateboarders in their element. These show a keen awareness, and appreciation of mundanities we would rather take for granted.
From work at EchoHouse, he transitioned into a head of productions role at Nayasa entertainment, where he worked with various artistes attached to the music label. Through this platform, he has been able to contribute and participate in concerted efforts to give back to the community through charity projects that sees to the underserved and trainings to a budding creative economy in Ghana.
When asked what Domingo plans on doing next, he says “My plans for the future are unending, want to work in one of the biggest entertainment firms in the world and later get my own firm to help and give creatives a chance to improve upon their tale.” Domingo’s career has been one that demands the ability to multitask, and manually fuel the drive even when thing do not seem to be working out. It indeed shows that a creative career is possible for any, and everybody.