Zim Visual Artist Shines in Tunisia

Veteran visual artist Raphael Jamu last week flew the country’s flag high after coming first in the African Art History Inspirational Exhibition and Competition held in Tunisia.

As part of his winning prize Jamu, who is also the founder of Hillock Arts Foundation in Chinhoyi, walked away with a house in Tunisia and an art kit worth $500 000.

In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, Jamu said from the cash prize he have won he has subtracted $150 000 for donation to a refugee camp in Senegal.

“l subtracted $150 000 from the amount and used it to buy food, clothes, blankets and art stationeries to Dakar Refugee Camp in Senegal,” he said.

Jamu who last month paid school fees for 10 universities students here said he is also going to donate some items to Nyangombe refugee camp in Nyanga.

“As the old adage goes charity begins at home, I have paid school fees for 10 disadvantaged children from Chinhoyi University of Technology and other colleges in my homeland.

“When I come back I want to donate some goods to Nyangombe refugee camp in Nyanga which is facing hard times,” he said.

Jamu battled it out in a stiff competition against 16 of some of the best visual artists in the whole world including Olwethu Silihasa from South Africa.

Jamu has proved his mettle both on the local and international scene. He is a creative artist who specialises in stone sculptures, 2D paintings and other disciplines and is well travelled.

Together with students from his organisation, they have participated in a number of art exhibitions around the globe which saw some of them walking away winners.

Some of these include the International Cultural Exchange in Beijing as well as others in some parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and United Kingdom.

In Tunisia he scooped an award after displaying his masterpiece of cultural art.