David Livingstone meeting with Chief Sichichele Mukuni
Bruno Siloka is married with 2 children but he himself came from a family of 11. He got into this trade through his grandfather who used to make sculptures for 10 years in Mukuni village. He has worked as a sculptor for more than 19 years now. He has worked on both wood and any other materials but prefers working in Mopani because it is strong and it has a natural colour. He sells his work at the Maramba Cultural Centre.
“Over the years I have developed my work into a good business and managed to employ 30 youths from with Livingstone”He has also built a house for his family. The best highlight so far was when used to display his work at Art Café. Through this project Bruno hopes to empower more youths. He feels humble and honoured that his work has been selected to be erected at the Civic Centre. “I selected the theme David Livingstone meeting with Chief Sichilele Mukuni because I love the story. I feel it is very important because it talks about the how David Livingstone met the Chief at a very well known tree called Munga tree in Mukuni village.”The sculpture depicts the great story of Dr David Livingstone and his two African loyal companions meeting the local chief after exploring the Victoria Falls in 1855.They meet Chief Sichichele at the famous Munga tree which is still standing there as a historical tree. Under this tree Chief Sichichele of Mukini Village was converted to Christianity and David Livingstone learnt how to speak their local language. The sculpture symbolizes the four faces – Dr.David Livingstone, Chief Sichichele Mukuni, Sussi and Chuma.I feel humbled and honored for work to be erected at the Civic Centre and I will continue to empower more youths into this trade”
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