Bonded by Love and Art September 13, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorised

A story by Doug Dicker

Zimbabwe has an array of interesting people with interesting stories and sometimes some of these stories make it into my consciousness which makes me look even closer. One such story is that of Nyarai and Samuel Masakwa.
It’s a story of two people finding one goal through a common dream….to become as best as they can be in their love of sculpting.
Recently, Nyarai told me she often sees shapes in the clouds and would remark to friends near…”there goes another sculpture”.
She says her friends tease her and jokingly call her crazy. But only an artist can understand.

Nyarai Bozho (her family name) was born 10/10/1975 to a family with five siblings.
The sculpting movement is dominated by men, but at age 12, young Nyarai had no knowledge of this, and it wouldn’t have made a difference if she did, because at this time, after school, she would spend her free time at the workshop of renowned female artist, Locadia Ndandarika.
She was allowed to sand the shaped sculptures which fueled her desire to one day become a recognized artist in her own right.
It was during this time, she was to meet her future husband….Samuel Masakwa.

Samuel was born in 1971 to a family with nine siblings and started carving at 14. He was given a lot of guidance and support from his famous cousins, Nicholas Mukumberanwa and Albert Nathan Mamvura who eventually convinced Sam he was good enough to find his own way and develop his own style.

When Sam met Nyarai, they became friends but the relationship grew and they came to realize their love for each other and the arts were parallel and made the decision to marry in Chitungwiza in 1996 when Nyarai was 18.

In 2002, they had a boy and named him Samuel Jnr who has his own character with a huge smile. He is even growing his dreadlocks…just like dad.

Over the last few years, Samuel has been holding workshops in Holland and each year, the number of students has doubled. It’s not surprising to me, because I have know the family for some years and have long back realized these are quality people who never let the hard times Zimbabwe is now experiencing, dampen their hopes or their warm character.

Samuel has a theme for his trade mark sculpture, which is “Stages of Life”. The theme revolves around the belief that a person grows into the various stages of life. In each stage, that person will experience “Life” which will allow him to grow in character and hopefully wealth…even though wealth comes secondary.

I cannot see where we could go wrong with shifting some of our focus towards idealism more in line with this philosophy.