Ten-year-old Kenyan artist, Sheila Sheldone Charles first met President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in March during his 2-day visit to Kenya. Consequently, President Museveni invited her and her mother to Uganda. The ten-year-old genius described the first meeting as a wish come true. During the meeting, Sheila presented President Museveni a portrait she made for him.
Following the meeting, President Museveni invited her to Uganda. A few weeks ago, Sheila was in Uganda at President Museveni’s hometown, precisely Rwakitura farm in Western Uganda. President Museveni confirmed he had invited the ten-year-old to Uganda. The president’s message through a Facebook post read,
“My mwizikulu (granddaughter) from Mombasa, Sheila Sheldon Charles, visited me in Rwakitura with her mother as we agreed she would when I met her during my recent state visit to Kenya. Her mother told me she was born at 8 pm, therefore the Luo name we agreed to give her is Atieno. [Consequently] I thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting her education that her parents were unable to. Talent of whatever form should be nurtured alongside formal education. I thank her for the gifts she brought me.”
Sheila Sheldone presents a rare portrait to President Museveni
While at President Museveni’s hometown, Sheila Sheldone presents him another portrait. Accompanying Sheila Sheldone to present the portraits are her mother and Kenya Police Service’ Sergeant Vivian Otieno. When Sheila met President Museveni the first time on March 27 at the Nyali Golf Residence (NGVR), she presented him a portrait of himself. However, this time it was a portrait of the president and the First Lady, Janet. She also presented him with a portrait of a lion.
Sheila Sheldone is a grade five pupil at Light International School. However, she is currently studying on a Presidential Scholarship courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The president awarded her the scholarship after her display of artistic prowess.
Achievements and awards
Sheila Sheldone started drawing at the age of five. However, her paintings have attracted local and international admiration. According to the multi-talented artist, her favorite painting is the portrait of the lion. Sheila Sheldone is also a dancer, poet, model, and designer. Some of her prominent paintings are Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Martin Luther King. In a BBC documentary, she said,
“I started drawing when I was five years old. My favorite drawing is the lion. Most tourists come to Kenya to see lions. I draw women because they suffer a lot. Like my mum, she has been suffering.”
Last year, Sheila Sheldone was invited by Tese Foundation to teach a painting class in California USA. Consequently, she received the ‘Tese Foundation Youngest Lioness Award’. The young lad has also featured in local and international media.
Idris Elba, Adwoa Aboah And Lupita Nyongo Are Some Of The African Celebrities Who Stunned At The 2019 Met Gala
When we hear about the Met Gala, we expect celebrities to be over the top with their outfits and this year was no different. Each year there is a theme that influences and inspires the style we see on the red carpet. This year, the theme was “camp“, which as Wikipedia puts it “is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.”
It is no surprise that many celebrities were able to pull it off with grandiose flair and why not? This, after all, is a gala that marries art and fashion. So let’s look at how our African celebrities fared on the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o wearing Versace at 2019 Met Gala
Lupita never disappoints at the Met Gala. We think her outfit tops the list. She was art itself on the red carpet. She had us at the gold Afro combs. She is the very idea of “camp” on this list.
French Montana at 2019 Met Gala
One look at French Montana and all we could think about was Sheik Montana. It only makes sense to honour Ramadan at an event like the Met Gala. We like the Afrocentric touches of this look.
Idris Elba and wife Sabrina Dhowre wearing Versace at 2019 Met Gala
Newlywed Mr “dapper” himself with his belle was all kinds of wow on the red carpet. The duo were a treat to watch on the red carpet.
Imaan Hammam wearing Dundas at 2019 Met Gala
Imaan Hammam went a little retro with her look and pulled it off as only she could.
Adut Akech wearing Valentino Haute Couture and Pierpaolo Piccioli at 2019 Met Gala
Adut is a stunner. We just love the eyes … ohhhh so mysterious.
Adwoa Aboah at 2019 Met Gala
Adwoa was regal in her simplicity. She wore the leopard. But was not the highlight of her look. She caught our attention with her stunning hairpiece. We just looove the concept of it all.
Let’s take a closer look. Ahhh yes, we love it even more. There is something innocent and yet intriguing in her look.
Rami Malek wearing Saint Laurent at 2019 Met Gala
Ramik caught our eye with his interesting shirt. And just when we thought it was the highlight of his look, our eyes hit the shoes … you can’t miss those shoes.
Danai Gurira wearing Gabriela Hearst at 2019 Met Gala
Awww go Danai. Cornrows, beads, top hat and walking stick to boot. We love it all.
Let’s get a little up close and personal with Danai. We certainly love that she rocked a naturalista hair do.
Trevor Noah at 2019 Met Gala
Ok, we get it. Someone had to represent Mr “ordinary” and Trevor tried to BUT as usual, he couldn’t miss a chance at a little punch with the look so he just had to express himself with his Tshirt. No hard feelings Trevor. With so much art in outfits, one person had to represent the ordinary guy and no one could have pulled it off better than the South African comedian.
Tiffany Haddish in Michael Kors at 2019 Met Gala
Hey hey hey, Tiffany Haddish looks like she just came back from running with the zebras. The actress pulled it off too with hat and matching purse to boot.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Frances Aaternir at 2019 Met Gala
Chiwetel was going for one thing as he told Esquire. His was the “unpretentious” look and we loved every bit of it.
Whose look did you like the best on the red carpet? Drop a comment and let us know.
Three Rwanda Genocide Survivors Inspire Next Generation Of Camera Kids
The 1994 genocide in Rwanda led to the death of about 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis. However, 25 years on, some of the genocide survivors are making a difference using the art of photography. Mussa Uwitonze, Gadi Habumugisha, and Jean Bizimana lost their parents during the genocide. While at the Imbabazi Orphanage in 2000, they were introduced to photography at ages eight and nine when nonprofit, Through the Eyes of Children, partnered with the orphanage.
Today the trio are working as professional photographers. Bizimana is a photojournalist with Reuters Africa while Uwitonze and Habumugisha are documentary photographers. In the past few months, the trio are exploring Rwanda, interviewing genocide perpetrator and survivors to document the forgiveness so far.
A Twist Of Fate For This Genocide Survivors
The fate of the trio changed when a photographer visited the country. Each time he took pictures children will flock around in excitement to see. So the photographer was curious at the type of pictures the children would take if given the opportunity. Explaining their unlikely twist of fate, Habumugisha said,
“He came to our orphanage and chose a group of 19 out the 100 kids, taught us some basics of photography and gave us disposable cameras. We went out to the community to take pictures and what surprised him is that the images we took were images of life and development of Rwanda.”
Soon after, the project leaders began promoting their pictures around the neighborhood, museums, universities, and Kigali. However, their works got the attention of international photographers because they took rare images. This was because they were part of the community, therefore free to take pictures foreigners couldn’t.
Early Years In Photography
After the close of the orphanage, the three became professional photographers. They began documenting activities at conferences and non-profit organizations. Consequently, they also decided to share their photography skills for the benefit of other kids. The trio are taking the Through the Eyes of Children project global by teaching other vulnerable children and genocide survivors around the world photography.
The trio have shared their skills with young refugees in Boston and New Jersey. They have also reached out to children in foster homes as well as disabled students and genocide survivors. Reacting to their expanded Through the Eyes of Children project, Habumugisha said,
“Photography changed our lives because people got to learn about Rwanda through photography and they gave donations to the orphanage. Also, people appreciating our photos gave us hope that even though we were orphans, we had value in society and so we [want] to pass it forward to children in formidable states, so we came up with some workshops to teach children in school and later thought of going beyond to help vulnerable children so photography could help them too.”
The trio is now GroundTruth Film Fellows working on a documentary titled ‘Camera Kids’. Their amazing story will be part of the feature-length film. They are looking forward to opening a photography training center to give young people (including genocide survivors) the chance of making a decent livelihood.
Check Out The Song That Took ‘Song Of The Year’ At The 2019 NAMA
It was a night of glitz and glamor on Saturday 13th April 2019 at the Harare International Conference Center for the 18th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA). Celebrities and dignitaries were spotted at the center in scintillating outfits. There were musical performances by music stars like Enzo. However, the climax of the event was the award of plaques in different categories for outstanding works.
The music category always draws the most attention. However, this year had lots of surprise entries. The gospel sensation, Mai Patai was voted the best in the People’s Choice category. Patai recently broke the jinx in the Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 by becoming the first woman to make it to the top three. Another female gospel musician whose hard work continues to pay off is Janet Manyowa. Manyowa won the Outstanding Female Musician award.
A Battle For Experience And Fame
One of the keenly contested categories at NAMA is the Outstanding Male Musician. Three superstars Baba Harare, Enzo Ishall and ExQ contended the award. However, many believe the ‘Nzenza’ crooner ExQ’s longevity and experience set him apart from his competitors. It was double honors for ExQ as his album ‘Tseu Tseu’ won the Outstanding Album. Although losing out of this category, Enzo’s hit track, ‘Kanjiva’ won the ‘Song of the Year’. Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style Enzo said,
“It is such a great honor to receive this award which I dedicate to my son and I would like to thank friends, family, and my fans as well as my producers for supporting me.”
Surprise Name On The Award List
One of the surprise names on the NAMA Award list was Long John, a rib-cracking comedian. Not many saw this coming. From John’s reactions, it is obvious he did not see it coming too. The vibrant comedian took to his Facebook to share his joy.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m in shock. I’ve never won anything in my life. But today I am so happy to announce that I’ve just Won the Outstanding Comedian Award. This is so unreal. I even have a certificate and everything. Thank you so much, everyone, for your support #VillageBoy.”
List OF NAMA Award Winners
Spoken Words Award
- Outstanding Poet: Likhwa Ncube
- Outstanding Comedian: Learnmore “Long John” Mwanyenyeka
Literary Arts Awards
- Outstanding First Creative Published Book: Gather the Children by Batsirai Chigama (Ntombekhaya Poetry)
- Outstanding Children’s Book: The City Girl by Elisha July and Tendai K. Rudanda (Pass-Point Publishers)
- Outstanding Fiction: Mazai Emheni by Daniel Mutendi (DanTs Media Publishing)
- Outstanding Actor: Teddy Mangawa in Ukama
- Actress: Qeqeshiwe M’thembo in The Hostel
- Outstanding Theatrical Production: Ukama by Savanna Trust
- Outstanding Director: Lloyd Nyikadzino for Zandezi
- Outstanding Female Dancer: Vein N Alfazema in Black Sheep
- Male Dancer: Martin Chabuka in 100% Afro
- Outstanding Dance Group: Real Flex Dance Group directed by Martin Chabuka
- Outstanding Choreographer: Macintosh Jerahuni and Chaleen Chimara – Iwe Neni Tinebasa
- Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work: The Demolition by John Kotze
- 3 Dimensional Work: Zvirimudombo by Shelton Mubayi
- Outstanding Mix Media Work: The Watchman and the Fence by Greg Shaw
- Outstanding Exhibition: The Grotesque by Alan Sibanda and Talent Kapadza
Film and Television Awards
- Outstanding Actor: Eddie Sandifolo as Clive in Bhachi
- Special Mention: Admire Kuzhangaira – in Death and Other Complications
- Outstanding Actress: Tendaishe Chitima as Anesu in Cook Off
- Outstanding Music Video: Dzamutsana ft. Jah Prayzah produced by Vusa Hlatshayo (aka Blaq)
- Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series): Kuchina The Genesis directed by Blessing Gatsi
- Special Mention: Gaza directed by Ben Mahaka
- Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film: Bhachi directed by Shupai Kamunyaru
- Outstanding Screen Production – Full-Length Film: Cook Off directed by Thomas Brickhill
- Outstanding Journalist – Print: Fred Zindi – The Standard
- Television: Patience Nyagato – ZTV
- Radio: Babongile Sikhonjwa (aka uMrifiti) – Sky Metro FM
- Outstanding Online Media: Capitalk
- Outstanding Female Musician: Janet Manyowa
- Male Musician: Enoch “ExQ” Munhenga
- Outstanding Album: Tseu Tseu by ExQ
- Outstanding Song: Kanjiva by Stephen “Enzo Ishall” Mamhere
- People’s Choice Award Winner: Mai Patai
- Artist in the Diaspora: Danai J. Gurira
- Outstanding Promoter: Unplugged Zimbabwe
- Arts Personality Award of the Year: Mokoomba
- Arts Service Award: The Standard Newspaper
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Mungoshi
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