Best live-sketch artist in Africa awarded to Kenilworth schoolgirl

Ayla Bopape with her winning sketch.

An 11-year-old Kenilworth schoolgirl has been crowned the best live-sketch artist in Africa.

Ayla Bopape won Comic Con Africa 2020’s Shooting the Breeze sketch battle championship on Instagram.

Comic Con Africa 2020 was held virtually from Thursday September 24 to Saturday September 26.

Participants from all over the continent competed in the knock-out sketch contest. They had 20 minutes to come up with a sketch for a random theme. “Teach” was the word chosen for the theme of the final battle.

Ayla, a Grade 5 pupil at Gaia Waldorf School, won her final live battle against a Nigerian opponent with a sketch inspired by her teacher. She took home a R5 000 prize.

“I’m quite happy and excited that I won but a little bit sad that the competition is over, but overall proud of myself,” she said.

Her mother, Rhoda Isaacs, said Ayla had started drawing at the age of 5.

“I’m very proud of her; I’ve always loved her art and celebrated her creativity, and she’s constantly improving her skills and puts a lot of time and effort into her art,” she said.

Ayla’s father is actor Thabo Bopape who has appeared in various local TV series, including Arendsvlei, Traffic! and Jacob’s Cross.

When Ayla is not busy with her art she enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming and playing games with her sister.