Kirsty Coventry

Zimbabwe Names 6 To Exihibit At 60th La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

Gillian Rosselli, Troy Makaza, Moffat Takadiwa, Chipfika Kombo, Victor Nyakauru and Sekai Machache will represent Zimbabwe at the 60th Venice Biennale, Italy as announced by Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Dr Kirsty Coventry.

Running from the 20th of April upto the 24th of November in 2014, the exhibitors will exhibit under the Zimbabwe Pavilion and the theme is yet to be established.

The art showcase in Italy, which is a huge platform of artists all over the world equated to World Cup of Visual Arts, will be such a platform where Zimbabwe will engage the World and try to foster synergies.

“In line with NDS1, this platform has been critical in the Image Building and persuasion of International Corporation and it offers new engagement in the Culture sphere, Dr Coventry remarked.

Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa will be the 2024 Pavilion of Zimbabwe Commissioner whereas Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa will be the Curator.

Dr Coventry said that, “As Government, we have seen many carriers flourish from this platform”.

Some of the notable Alumni are Portia Zvavahera, Virginia Chihota, Misheck Masamvu, Gareth Nyandoro, Masimba Hwati, Dana Whabira, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Wallen Mapondera and Ronald Muchatuta who have worked on a number of high-profile exhibitions.

From the dusty farms of Karoi, Moffat Takadiwa appreciated the government of Zimbabwe for recognising his talent and being honoured to grace the affluence of Italy.

“I grew up in farms, in karoi and to have travelled this milestone is by God’s Grace”, Takadiwa said.

Takadiwa appreciated those who have been assisting him on his journey.

Gillian Rosselli was happy to be representing Zimbabwe on the art grand stage.

“I will draw women”, as a way of uplifting them, Rosselli remarked.

She also encouraged women artist in the country to unite for their good.

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dzikwa trust celebrates 30 years in support of dzivarasekwa

After stumbling on a 8 year old boy who was not going to school because of lack of fees, Seppo Ainamo thought of paying fees for the boy for the three years which was remaining on his contract working in Zimbabwe.

Seppo’s contract was extended with another 5 years. Soon the township schools in Dzivarasekwa started proposing new cases for Seppo to assist in fees after they heard the case of how he was assisting the boy. By 1996, Seppo was supporting 18 underprivileged children in Dzivarasekwa. “The Finnish government had been on my case since I have been postponing my retirement ever since I started looking after the vulnerable”, Seppo said.

Seppo later got married to Oili Wuolle and they became a team in supporting vulnerable children. The number of children under the support of Seppo and Oili kept on increasing yearly and in 2002 Dzikwa Trust was established as a charitable educational trust in Zimbabwe as this was necessary for a proper structure of governance.

About 10 million United States Dollars had been injected in the trust today. The Trust is heavily funded by Finland since the founders are from Finland, other funds come from Britain and Australia and the trust seek to further spread its net to other nations so as to get more funding. Two third of the funding by the trust is girl oriented.

“Many specialists such as Dr Guramatunhu had been assisting when special medical attention is needed for the kids”, Oili said. The trust work closely with other schools, arms of the government and the city council among several stakeholders and this had enabled smooth flow of business.

26 people are permanently employed by the Trust and 12 of them are Dzikwa Trust alumini. 5 of the employees are permanently situated at the plantation and are responsible for the forestry duties.

The trust boasts of a forestry plantation laying on a 60 hectare of council land and 76 000 trees have been planted today. Children under the care of the trust take initiatives in tree planting and learn the importance thereof. The olive branch of tree planting has been extended to the community so that they take a leaf from the noble cause.

The trust provide hot meals to children at the center. From 320 children at the trust, and due to COVID 19 pandemic, the trust ended up feeding up to 1000 children due to the economic induced challenges.

“Dzikwa Trust prepared a total of 230 000 hot meals in 2021 alone”, Oili said. Seppo added on that, “to date the center have prepared more than two million meals.”

Minister Kirsty Coventry was the guest of honor at the celebrations.

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