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Mukweveri: The young ingenious artist

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One can be taught to develop ideas, think critically and improve the use of one’s creative process, but pure talent is God given and bestowed at birth.
Creative or artistic talent is not for everybody.

Few people are blessed with the innate ability to sing, dance, write or draw with ease, effortless mastery and sheer panache. Being an artist is one of those unique gifts not bestowed to everybody; hence the awe of creating something from the simple movement of the hand, guided by one’s imagination and endearing eye is a talent to behold.

Imagine the ability to hold a pencil and move it gently on a piece of paper, and half an hour later, you have a hauntingly beautiful piece of art! One such young artist making waves in a short space of time through his ability to recreate through drawing and painting is Elisha Mukweveri, a 20 year old member of the Thapong Arts Centre in Gaborone.

Mukweveri recently scooped the second prize at the Thapong Artist of the Year award, walking away with a cool P20, 000 prize money. However, this has not pinnacled his success. He still wants to develop his craft and grow as an artist. Although his work is far from amateurish, Mukweveri feels that he can develop his craft in order to be able to compete at an international level.

Born in Zimbabwe, Mukweveri was raised in Mogoditshane, Gaborone. He completed his secondary school at St Josephs’ Secondary School a year ago, but then decided to take a gap year. He admits that his parents were hesitant at first, but have allowed him to pursue fine arts. “I wanted to take time off to explore my love for art, and be sure this is what I wanted to do. At this point, I know for sure that Fine Arts is my calling.

My parents were not too optimistic about my choice of career because they want the best for me, but seeing my talent and passion has convinced them that this is where I can flourish,” he explains.

Mukweveri singles out one of his former teachers at St Joseph’s Secondary school, Ntau, as a mentor since he encouraged him to push boundaries and step out of his comfort zone. “He introduced me to the works of many great artists like Pablo Picasso, Leonard Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and Michelangelo, to mention a few.

He always encouraged me to keep learning and practising, in order to improve my craft. He saw potential in me, and encouraged me not to waste my talent.” His other mentor is Olemogeng Qaeqhao Moses, who is also a member of Thapong Arts Centre, and one of the respected veteran visual artists in Botswana.
Mukweveri’s winning drawing is now on sale, priced at P6000.

But knowing that this can be a steep amount for art lovers who would want to see it hanging from their living room or bedroom wall, he is willing to negotiate a discount with potential buyers.

Before, Mukweveri never looked at his art as a commercial commodity as he was fuelled by passion. He gave his artworks to his friends and family as gifts, but upon realising that art can be his bread and butter, he is starting to approach his work as a viable business enterprise.

During his school years, Mukweveri has excelled and bagged awards in academics and sports, which cements him as an all-rounder. But it is art that has stolen his heart. He is certain that the world is his oyster, and one day, his name will be mentioned among those of the greatest artists in the world.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

Yvonne Mooka

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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