This sculpture,”Sola and Olumide”, is a member of Vinnie Bagwell’s Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden Project. This monument represents the young children of West Africa who were stolen from their families and ethnic groups, enslaved and transported to foreign lands across the globe. Vinnie’s goal was to create a work of art that would portray how these children felt after being separated from all that they know and all the people that they love. The two children are not siblings but are companions and friends that share the same horrific experience.
Sola and Olumide are both Yoruban names taken from the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria. The female child, Sola, has iconic images in bas-relief of African wildlife and landscape on her right side. The male child, Olumide, has bas-relief images of African masks on his back. These African Masks are works of art that art native to his homeland. These bas reliefs represent their memories of home.