The film produced by Austrian film makers MADMAN are being featured at the Tri – Beca 2021 Film Festival – chronicling the story of the Zimbabwean Sommeliers competing for The wine industries’ biggest and most coveted prize.
Nick Stobart was born on a farm in Zimbabwe and finished all his schooling there. He spent his childhood days bare foot and running free on the farm with his three brothers and sister.
‘’This is where my passion and love for the bush developed” says Nick.
He trained as a teacher, and then taught for many years before becoming a headmaster. He left teaching to go farming and remained farming until his farm was repossessed by the Zimbabwean Government in 2002.
Nick and his wife Laura then moved to the South Coast of South Africa where they both moved back into the teaching world.
Nick later left teaching and started up his own art gallery, selling original works of art, art supplies and becaming heavily involved in teaching art to both adults and children.
Says Nick, “I felt as though I was now in heaven. My two greatest passions in life united. Teaching and painting. How much luckier could a man be?’’
Nick has always painted, but turned professional after a series of painting lessons and strong encouragement from two of the world’s most highly rated artists, Craig Bone and Rob Macintosh.
Nick’s paintings are sold all over the world and can be seen in many private collections, hotels, business premises and private homes.
Nick, having moved back to Zimbabwe in 2012, says of his paintings and subject matter, “I have a limitless passion for Africa and all its complexities. I am drawn by its harshness yet incredible beauty. My soul is captured by its wide open spaces, limitless skies and the sense of freedom it invokes in me whenever I am wandering in the bush.”
I spend my life trying to capture that whenever I am painting, and if am able to pass on even a little of that passion to the people who view my work, then I have been part of sharing something that is so very, very special to me.”
Nick paints and runs art classes from his home studio in Marondera. He is also incredibly privileged to be able to teach private art classes at The Peterhouse Group of Schools
Siyabulela Lethuxolo Xuza was born in Mthatha in 1989. He is a 32-year-old South African energy-engineering expert and entrepreneur with a passion for clean affordable energy. Siyabulela is the founder and managing director of Galactic Energy Ventures, an investment company focused on the energy needs of emerging markets. He is the youngest member of the Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel.
He had the prestigious honour of having a minor planet named after him by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration-affiliated Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, in recognition of his innovation in homemade rocket fuel.
The minor planet in the main asteroid belt near Jupiter, with an orbital period of four years, was discovered in 2000 and renamed “23182 Siyaxuza” in recognition of Xuza’s achievements at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the United States.
Xuza began experimenting with rocket fuels in his mother’s kitchen. This passion turned into a serious science project that culminated in him developing a cheaper and safer rocket fuel, which culminated in the successful launch of a real home-built rocket, The Phoenix. His rocket achieved a final height of over a kilometre and earned him the junior South African amateur high-powered altitude record.
In his own words:
“I may not be able to predict what the future holds. But I am excited at how my engineering education will enable me to achieve my aspirations for Africa. My mother told me that even if a planet is named after you…you should always remain down to earth.
People don’t realise that all my work with the rocket fuel was done in South Africa. There are opportunities here, as long as you are bold and brave enough to take them.”
The rocket was propelled by Xuza’s own invention: a cheaper, safer type of rocket fuel, which became the subject of a project titled “African Space: Fuelling Africa’s quest to space”. Xuza’s science project won gold at the National Science Expo and the Dr Derek Gray Memorial Award for the most prestigious project in South Africa.
This led to an invitation to the International Youth Science Fair in Sweden in 2006, where he presented his project to the King and Queen of Sweden and attended a Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.
His project was then entered into the world’s biggest student science event, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, attracting about 1 500 students from 52 countries.
He won the two grand awards, earning him global recognition and a scholarship to Harvard University.
In 2010 he was elected as a fellow of the African Leadership Network, a premier network ofindividuals poised to shape Africa’s future over the next 10-20 years, consisting of the most dynamic, influential and successful leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa and its Diaspora.
He travelled to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to engage in discussions on creating prosperity for Africa. In 2011 he became a fellow of the Kairos Society, a global network of top students and global leaders using entrepreneurship and innovation to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
He was invited to the United Nations and the New York Stock Exchange, in recognition for being one of the world’s emerging business leaders, to offer strategies for solving the world’s energy crisis.
Xuza recently became the youngest member of the AU-affiliated Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel. He was invited to Mombasa, Kenya, to assist in finding sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing economic and social issues facing Africans today.
He is also an accomplished Xhosa praise singer and in 2003 he had the honour of performing a praise song for former President Nelson Mandela.
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Q: You were born in Zimbabwe; what are your childhood memories of growing up there?
A: How we use to play certain childhood games actually, I use to make cars from wires, and I was so good at doing that (I guess I was a creative from a very tender age)
Q: What schools did you attend in Zimbabwe and was school an enjoyable time for you? If not, why not?
A: I did my Primary school at Chivhu Primary School and my Secondary School at Liebenberg High School and that’s where I started studying Art. I later enrolled for an Arts Degree at Chinhoyi University of Technology. I can’t say I enjoyed my University years because I didn’t get what I expected. Upon enrollment, I thought it was Art throughout, but I never painted at University. I had more of theory and somehow, I’m glad I did have that.
Q: Were your talents recognised early by your teachers and if so, can you remember any that had a particular influence on you.
A: Yes, I would say they were recognised early during my first year at Secondary level. My first art teacher Mr. Obrien Bill has been much of an influence even up to this day.
Q Being an artist as a career – was this always the dream?
A: I would confidently say I wanted it as a career from a significantly younger age. I had a career as a Graphic Designer after I graduated from University, had to abandon it in 2018 and since then, I have been painting for a living.
Q: Who inspired you artistically as a child
A: This is hard, I must say. I would say my uncle actually, who is a carpenter. He teaches carpentry also. He used to make sketches of cars, and I remember I used to trace those as a child.
Q: What is your creative process like?
A: I do have such a flexibility of mind. When creating, I usually don’t know where I’m going to wind up or the difficulties I will encounter. I start working and from that moment everything begins to flow. But honestly, this is a difficult process, I must say.
Q: Tell me about the first time you saw your artwork on a gallery wall.
A: On a gallery wall, no actually, I haven’t been there, but I hope to. When I see my paintings nicely framed, the feeling is out of this world, hanged in clients homes
. It shows your work is appreciated. I’m never satisfied with my job, actually, so when I see my work hanging somewhere, it shows I’m on the right path.
Q: where has your Art been displayed? What venues most excited you?
A: I haven’t had such a privilege, but I hope soon I will have a tale to tell.
Q: how do you feel the internet has impacted the Art industry?
A: it has in many ways, actually how artists perceive many things. Id say it’s hard to make Art nowadays have so much work to compare with on the internet. It’s hard to actually follow your path with so much work that tends to be doing well than yours. As a marketing tool, the internet has done so much for the Art Industry.
Q: What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?
A: Artistically following my path, being happy is a priority, and loving what I do.
Q: What is one message you would give young aspiring artists?
A: There is no such thing as an overnight success. It’s a hard road. You learn from your mistakes. That’s your biggest experience.
Q: What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your current career?
A: Graphic Designer
Q: What is the best advice you
ve been given?
A: for me, it has to be a Henri Matisse quote: “An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, medium, etc.
Q: If you could change anything in the art industry, what would it be?
A: How people, especially back home, perceive Abstract Art.
Q: What difference has Covid made to your life
A: I was unable to ship certain paintings because of the pandemic. Very few inquiries also hoping things will improve.
Q: what do we need to do as a community to support young and upcoming artists that are based all over the world? What in your experience would you make a difference?
A: they need to be supported, schools should have art classes at the very beginning of childrens education only then can we know how to support them. In my experience, my former school Liebenberg High School no longer teaches Art because they are saying art supplies are expensive. There is a need for schools to have a budget for Art and also the school authorities should also consider it as they do any other subject.
Use of certain football players clarification needed
OP-ED by Charles White
Use of certain football players clarification needed.
Mismanagement, insufficient research, misinformation, external influence, and interference are just the tip of the iceberg on the level of fairness that ZIFA cannot and should not be left to flourish as we witness another disruption of football corridors in Zimbabwe.
First, the Under 17 Zimbabwe football team was suspended from participating in the COSAFA tourney held in South Africa for attempting to play an over-aged player. On top of that, a player was selected for the National Team from Bradford City Division 2 league development squad.
That player in particular named in the National Team of the Under 17 from the development squad is Tapuwa Chakuchichi.
Had someone from ZIFA seen this lad play before? Was there even a letter from ZIFA inviting this player to represent the under 17 National Team with a ZIFA stamp and signature? Can someone in ZIFA clarify if this player is on the books with his English club and registered with a thriving club in Zimbabwe BN Academy? Was he cleared by the FA to be regarded as a BN Academy player? This is irregular to have a player being used in the National Team registered to a club in England and Zimbabwe.
The reason I bring this up is that why should ZIFA accommodate these problems.? Why not just say he is from the development stage of an English Team? The development stage in English football is the pits of football within the academies. No disrespect intended but these are learners.
Who paid for his ticket? Was it his parent or guardian who paid for the ticket? Is ZIFA going to allow any player from overseas to represent Zimbabwe because his parents or guardians can afford to bring him down at the expense of players in the English Academy Proper or talent from the Local Zimbabwean Academies?
That is why I mentioned in my introductory paragraph, the standards ZIFA is setting.
I have to make you understand that these development stages are the lowest rung of the football ladder. One has to understand that the United Kingdom system regarding academies is based on grassroots foundations from 6year olds to 13-year-olds. Then we have a development stage before the elite or scholar stage. Some clubs in the scholar stage pay their juniors and even offer scholarships. But one can graduate from 13 yr old direct to the Elite squad. There are even satellite units for training youth in many regions, including overseas run or sponsored by top clubs.
However, if the lad plays and he is outstanding, what then?
These are the issues that question our standards in football in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwean Poet – Mbizo Chirasha Invited
The Festival Director of 10th Ignacio International Poetry Festival. Rodríguez Galván , JORGE CONTRERAS HERRERA. Distinguished Literary Arts and Creative Arts Curator Antje Sehtn,the Director of PASSION FOR POETRY AND Curator at Little Museum of Poetry( Italy).
I want to take this wonderful moment to thank you , your esteemed team and fellow international poets for inviting me to celebrate a great maestro and humanity through a festival poetry . I am greatly humbled , sincerely touched and profoundly excited to be part of this international line up, to represent my country Zimbabwe, Africa and all global movements of poetry on the 27th of November 2020. Aluta Continua, Together We shine on , We Rise!
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the death of Roger Gower, the helicopter pilot for the Friedkin Conservation Fund in Tanzania, who was shot down while tracking down 5 elephant poachers on Friday. We salute the bravery and dedication of Roger and all other anti-poaching teams as they fight the war on wildlife and protect our diminishing wilderness areas.
Scores witness the funeral procession of the late Harare socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
Thousands of mourners yesterday lined the streets of Harare to get a glimpse of the flamboyant funeral cortège, as the body of the late businessman and socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure was taken to his Domboshava house where hundreds more lay in wait.
The streets of central Harare were jam packed with curious onlookers as the body of Ginimbi was taken from a city funeral parlour to his Dreams Nightclub on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue before it was taken to his home where it lay in state overnight ahead of burial today.
Ginimbi, who died in a horrific car crash along Liberation Legacy Way on Sunday morning, along with three friends, will be buried in a mausoleum at his imposing mansion.
Activities in Harare city centre came to a halt as thousands of people gathered outside Doves Funeral parlour to pay their last respects to the socialite.
Malawi’s constitutional court judges have won the 2020 Chatham House Prize in recognition of their ‘courage and independence in the defence of democracy.
The Chatham House Prize is an annual honour awarded to
the person, persons or organization who are deemed by the institute’s members to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.
At a time when standards of democratic governance are under threat not only in Africa, but in many democracies, Malawi’s constitutional court judges set an example for their peers across the world by upholding the centrality of the rule of law and separation of powers.
The 2019 Malawi presidential election result was overturned after a panel of five High Court judges identified ‘widespread, systematic, and grave irregularities’ in the polls and called for fresh elections.
Despite high-level bribery attempts and threats, Justice Healey Potani, Justice Ivy Kamanga, Justice Redson Kapindu, Justice Dingiswayo Madise and Justice Michael Tembo – who arrived in court under armed escort and wearing bullet-proof vests – delivered their 500-page ruling which upheld the constitution and defended citizens’ democratic rights in the most difficult circumstances.
While some African countries have made important progress in the consolidation of democracy, this is now under threat as the pandemic creates space for authoritarian opportunists. The Malawi ruling is unprecedented in a country where past elections have been marred by irregularities, electoral fraud and violence. The judges successfully asserted their independence in the face of significant pressures and the power of incumbency.
Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, said: ‘This is a historic moment for democratic governance. The ruling by Malawi’s constitutional court judges is not only crucial for rebuilding the confidence of Malawi’s citizens in their institutions, but also for upholding standards of democracy more widely across the African continent.’
There could be no more special way to mark Chatham House’s Centenary than by recognizing the commitment of these brave individuals to the cause of accountable governance and the justice that this affords to all.Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House
Malawi’s constitutional court judges will be presented with the Chatham House Prize later this year, with a formal ceremony due to take place in 2021.
The Chatham House Prize is voted for by Chatham House members, following nominations from the institute’s staff.
The Chatham House Prize was launched in 2005. Previous recipients of the Prize include Sir David Attenborough and BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, president of Ghana John Kufuor, Médecins Sans Frontières and Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.