Andrew Syamalenge

Andrew Syamalenge

The big five

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THE BIG FIVE

 

Andrew says he was born as an artist but he only discovered this when he was in grade 6 at the tender age of 16, He has worked as a sculpture artist for more than 15 years preferring to work in wood – especially rosewood which is strong. 

 

However, getting wood has become one of the challenges because he has to walk long distance now in order to the get the wood as more and more trees close to the village are being cut for charcoal.

 

Andrew was the first born of a family of five. He is married with 2 children of his own but has to look after his siblings as well. His work has enabled him to take his children and his siblings to school and he also provides for the needs for his family. His sales are mostly through his grandfather’s shop at the Victoria Falls Curio Association.

 

He expects to benefit through this program because this is the first time that he is going to receive a large amount of money all at once and it will help him to boost his business.

 

“I decided to select the theme of the BIG FIVE for my sculpture because I enjoy carving the animals. I feel that it is very important because it talks about the beautiful animals that we have in Zambia. I carve the Big five because we should not kill them but make them on the sculpture.”

 

“I feel honored to have been selected to have my work erected at the Civic Center in Livingstone and my work will be exposed to many people.”

 


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