Artistically wired

2017-01-18 06:01
PHOTO: Ian cArbutt Prince Ajidah Mlumbo posing with some of his wire and bead artifacts.

PHOTO: Ian cArbutt Prince Ajidah Mlumbo posing with some of his wire and bead artifacts.

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A TALENTED young man, Prince Ajidah Mlumbo, who overcame extreme poverty and drug abuse, is now an artist who has the support of businesses and patrons in Pietermaritzburg.

“I was born in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, I had to leave the country due to political issues and poverty. One of my friends, Wanda Mutzengerere, had taught me to make artefacts using wire, and that was all I knew how to do.

“I came to South Africa in an attempt to alleviate poverty. When I got here I used to assist artists with making and selling their artefacts. At the time I had a drug problem so that’s where most of my money went.

“After a while I felt I needed to change my life and poverty was my greatest teacher.

“I had learnt a lot about art so I decided­ to start making my own artefacts using wire, and sometimes beads.

“I believe I can make anything. If I see it I can make it.

“Di Erskine from The Midlands Amble saw some of my work and offered to help me promote it. They gave me an information board and I advertised some of my work in a magazine.

“The Amble also got me a stand at TheWitness Garden Show. This was beneficial as it gave me a chance to get new customers that I was unable to reach on normal days.

“Ryan Zammit from Food Pak gave me a place to store my work. This is helpful because now I don’t have to worry about packing up and taking everything­ home every day.

“It also allows me to place more of my art on display.

“Zammit now allows me to sell my artefacts outside Food Pak on 157 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg.

“One of my most valued, loyal customers, Margie Odell, is giving me an opportunity to visit schools and speak to the children about art.

“I’m honoured to receive this opportunity because I will get to share my talent, and my art will live on through those I have taught.

“I am very grateful to everyone and to all my customers who have assisted me.

“Now I don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry.”

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