Hello, my name is NALA!
I am 8 years old and I live in a small village near Cape Town in South Africa.
While hanging up my daddy’s pink underwear on the line, during my domestic chores, I noticed the mountains in the background. They were shimmering a beautiful crimson pink at sunset.
I am curious about these majestic mountains and I would like to find out what lies beyond them. I have now decided that it is time to start my journey to satisfy my curiosity.
I shall share my experiences of the adventures, people and animals that I meet on this journey, if you visit me here on this website from time to time.
I hope your curiosity has been activated… and that I see you here soon.
PS: see my full story below
NALA is a 8 years old african girl who is growing up in a small village near Cape Town, South Africa. NALA has a Mother, a Father and two Brothers. She is the only girl in the family
The story began when NALA was 6 Years old, and that was the age when she started to help the mother in the house to do the domestic works. (washing of clothes and dishes, cleaning the house, shopping of groceries and sometimes cooking) while her brother can enjoy the free time outside with friends when he came back from school ( playing football, cycling and having fun )
NALA is not allowed to visit the school because of her domestic work, but she like to go to the school, to learn, to explore, to be educated. Her mother said, “you can learn to cook, clean and wash clothes, that’s enough”
One day, after NALA was outside hanging clothes on the washing line, she saw the mountains at the horizon and she was wondering what´s behind them. She was dreaming and in her dreams she was sit on a bicycle to explore the world behind the mountains.
The dream stops when she heard her mother screaming “Naaaaallllaaaaaa”!!!
NALA and the mountains..., and from this time she was wishing to and that’s made her also sad, because she have never the chance to travel behind them, until she met a little bird, and the bird ask NALA "why you are so sad "?,
and NALA told him her story.
The bird said. If this is your dream to see the world behind the mountains, than you have to leave home. Listen to your heart and follow your dreams !!
NALA was thinking and she more think what the bird said, she more was curious to explore the “other world”
One day, she started escaping from home.
She got a lift with an old ambulance to a place called chicken country. She met many nice people, animals and she saw beautiful landscapes.
On a farm in the ostrich land she met a old farmer and he gave her an old purple bicycle and from this time she cycled almost every day.
See the NALA Artworks and you know how far she cycled. Last Time in August 2014 when I updated this side, she was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after 12.300 km of cycling.
First, I love to introduce my friend André Pilz.
He is Artist, and creative Head of this Project. André is situated in Cape Town, and that is where I met him.
André´s big dreams is, to see the Singer(Band) SADE, live in concert,
because he listens since 25 years to their music.
She inspired him many times during his creative painting works.
Again and again he catches himself checking surfing the Internet to search concerts of SADE, but nothing, no concert in reach.
After André found out, that SADE is touring in Europe and he could not
be present, he took in full sadness, pencil and a paper and started scribbling on it. During the drawings, SADE´s Song “Sally” was playing in the radio and suddenly a little face was watching at him, and as he continued drawing, a dress, 2 arms and 2 bambi-eyes were looking at him.
umm, well… so I was created..
Full of devotion, André took a brush and some paint and painted me on a piece of canvas. Well, there I was, painted but still dumb and nameless.
My Painting was hanging on his wall and became marvel and every time when somebody asked about the painting, André was telling the story and the developing of the following project.
André ask all his friends for help to find a name for me.
A lot of friends came up with interesting names, but non of the names seemed to right, but Elvira, a good friend told abrupt “NALA” a part of his pseudonym NAWALA.
Well, I was born…. NALA
Copyright © 2012-2014 by André Pilz, All rights reserved.
latest update: 17.July 2017
NALA in der Schweiz
NALA genießt Ihren Urlaub in der Schweiz. Hier kann sie relaxen, und Ihre Seele baumeln lassen.
Die Schweiz, das Land der grünen Hügel, der schneebedeckten hohen Berge, der lustigen Kühe und des leckeren Käse.
Natürlich gibt es hier noch viel mehr zu entdecken.
Bleibt also schön neugierig. Ich melde mich bald wieder.
NALA in Switzerland
NALA enjoys her holiday in Switzerland.
Switzerland, the land of green hills, snowy high mountains, funny cows and delicious cheese.
Of course there is much more to discover here.
Be curious. I'll be back soon.
Bye for now
NALA in der Schweiz. Acryl auf Mdf, ca. 120 x 60 cm.
Photos from the 6th NALA Exhibition
in Mainz, Germany. ( 6.May -20.May 2017)
Photos from the 6th NALA Exhibition
in Mainz, Germany. ( 6.May -20.May 2017)
Click this link to see the Photos from the latest NALA Art Exhibition in Mainz. NALA Art Exhibition
This Exhibition is open until 20.May 2017.
If you want to see more Artist´s who are participate
The NALA Project, just click here: ARTISTS
latest update: 19.June 2017
Sommerferien in der Schweiz bis September 2017.
NALA macht Sommerpause in der Schweiz.
JA, genau, endlich mal wieder Ferien, und diesmal in der schönen Schweiz.
Nein, nein, Faul werde ich nicht in der Sonne liegen, so wie in Zanzibar vor 3 Jahren. Diesmal schreibe ich noch mehr Geschichten über Afrika, Verbessere meine Webseite und
suche neue Ausstellungsplätze für vielleicht eine NALA Ausstellung hier in der Schweiz.
Ich brauche dringend neue Sommerklamotten und möchte auch gern neue Künstler hier kennenlernen.
Natürlich werde ich ausruhen und entspannen.
Mein Urlaub geht bis Ende August 2017.
Im September bin ich wieder bei euch mit neuen Geschichten.
Bleibt neugierig und ich freue mich auf Post von euch.
NALA makes a summer break in Switzerland until September 2017
Yes, exactly, finally again holidays, and this time in beautiful Switzerland.
No, no, I will not be lazy in the sun, just like in Zanzibar 3 years ago. This time I write more stories about Africa, improve my website and Look for new exhibition venues for perhaps a NALA exhibition here in Switzerland?
I need urgently new summer clothes and would like to get to know new artists here.
Of course I will rest and relax.
My holiday goes to the end of August 2017.
In September, I am back with new stories.
Stay curious and I look forward to a mail from you.
NALA se toma un descanso de verano en Suiza.
Sí, exacto, finalmente de vuelta de vacaciones, y esta vez en la hermosa Suiza.
No, no, la pereza no voy a estar en el sol, como en Zanzíbar hace 3 años. Esta vez escribo más historias sobre África, mejorar mi página web
La búsqueda de nuevos espacios de exposición para una exposición quizá NALA aquí en Suiza.
Necesito urgentemente nuevos ropa de verano y también me gustaría conocer nuevos artistas aquí.
Por supuesto que voy a descansar y relajarse.
Mis vacaciones es acabar 2017a agosto
En septiembre, estoy de vuelta a su lado con nuevas historias.
Curioso y tengo ganas de correo de usted.
NALA Diashow auf Youtube
Hallo Freunde von NALA.
Auf Youtube gibt es jetzt das kleine Video zu sehen, was während der NALA Ausstellung gezeigt wurde.
Folgt diesem link:
Über ein Feedback würde ich mich sehr freuen. Dieses könnt Ihr hier: Opinion about The NALA Project hinterlassen
NALA Slideshow video on Youtube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Leipzig. This Video shows André´s and Nala´s artistic bicycle Journey through Africa.
The titles are in german language, but there are very nice photos to see.
Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSkB-UHgOeo
It will be lovely if you can leave a comment about the NALA Project here: Opinion about The NALA Project.
Thank you very much
Yours NALA and André
latest update: 10.May 2017
Now you can order little NALA Portraits Paintings
and the new NALA Mugs in many brilliant colors.
Just write me an email via the "contact" button.
NALA Portrait paintings und die neuen NALA Tassen jetzt zum bestellen. Schreibt mir nur eine Email.
Benutze dazu den "Contact" button oben.
Die Tassen sind streng limitiert ( Spring Collection Mainz)
gibt es nur solange der Vorrat reicht.
I am currently in: Aarau / Germany
Tel. +41 76 823 45 79
+ NALA Promotion Tour in Germany and Switzerland 2017
+ searching new space for more NALA Exhibitions.
NALA and André are busy organizing Events to show the NALA Artworks from eastern and southern Africa.
More updates soon.
We will continue our NALA Project Cycling Tour
beginning of 2018
Cycled kilometer: 16.025 km
Tourstart by Bike was: Monday April 1, 2013
You can also find NALA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNalaProject
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