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: 30.January 2020
NALA visits Ecuador and Peru.
Long-distance cyclist André Pilz from Kassel, Germany will be visit with his NALA art project the countries of Ecuador and Peru.
André and Nala cycled approximately 16,500 km in 3 years
from South Africa to Ethiopia.
On the road, they met 119 artists from 15 countries, who
supported the Project with more then 160 NALA Artworks.
Now they going to South America and looking for painters
and sculptors support the NALA project.
NALA is a little African girl who had the dream
traveling behind the mountains and escaping from home
to explore the world by bicycle.
The artists tell NALA's travel story through
works of art that are shown in traveling exhibitions.
There have already been 8 Art exhibitions in Africa and Europe.
If you want to participate in the NALA global art project,
write me an email or a message on Facebook.
NALA met Friends in Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian Artist Zelalem Merga with NALA, during our Cycling Trip in October 2019 through Ethiopia.
NALA and the unknown Objects 1
" The Vacuum cleaner"
NALA has a writer´s block.
painted by André Pilz, 120cm x 100cm, acrylic and dutch metal on canvas
Today I really wanted to start writing my book, but somehow I could not think of anything.
I had so many thoughts flying through my head, but I did not know how to start.
I put things on the table to inspire, but somehow I can not get started.
In any case, I already have the title.
"My little purple bike".
Maybe I'll start writing tomorrow.
Good Night, Friends
latest update: 31.Januar 2020
NALA needs your HELP
NALA Art sales support vital surgical costs.
11 unique NALA portraits are now for sale for a good cause.
My friend and "NALA Artist" George Ngaruiya from Ngecha, (Nairobi) Kenya, needs urgently around 40.000 ksh (400 euro) for a very urgent vital operation of his son Stephen.
I want to help him and that´s why 11 NALA paintings are now for sale for the price as little as 85 Euro each.
Now YOU can help with your purchase to support Stephen.
All other donations are also very welcome and highly appreciated.
Each painting is 30cm x 30cm, acrylic on canvas with high gloss detailed varnish, dutch melatl silver and certificate of authenticity.
Please answer with the number of the Painting you like to purchase.
I will send you the painting and the details of my account.
If you in Kenya, you can donate to George direct.
Many Thanks in advance.
Yours NALA and André Pilz
NALA ART Booklet ready for Download
The NALA ART Booklet is now available as PDF File for download.
Selected Artists show amazing NALA Artworks from southern and east Africa.
NALA Slideshow video on YouTube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Germany.
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
I am currently in: Kassel / Germany
Tel. +49 176 4382 7985
+ André and NALA are back in Germany to promote
The NALA Project and their Artists. Searching new Exhibition Space.
We will start in February to our NALA Art Project Cyclingtrip through Ecuador and Peru
Cycled kilometer: 16.425 km
Tourstart by Bike was: Monday April 1, 2013
You can also find NALA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNalaProject
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