Mabula a man with an eye for art, worships the eye

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His speciality lies in using the pencil as his medium. Artist Fikile Mabula lives and breathes art. The 25-year-old from Siviya, a village located in the North East of Botswana, states that he gives credit to the eye above anything else.

On reaching his place of residence in Gaborone's Phase II, Mabula emerged with half finished art pieces that he states are for an upcoming exhibition. He however, could not be drawn into discussing more saying all would be revealed with time. Among the works is an unfinished piece that has a little girl with an afro smiling and looking into the sky. Next to the smiling little girl is a laughing donkey drawn with pencil.

On talking to Arts & Culture and being asked why the use of a donkey, Mabula replied with a "why not a donkey? ". He said that just like any other animals, donkeys deserve to be given some recognition. He said that it is high time people changed their perception about donkeys because they are equally good animals like the rest.Talking about his line of work, Mabula revealed that he worships the sense of sight because it has made him who and what he is as regards to his art. He said, "You have to respect the eye. I am thankful for it because that's where all my strength comes from. Imagine if I were blind, but still had hands. I wouldn't be able to do what I can because of lack of visuals".

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