Career Guidance, Vehicle to Excellence for Africa
Harare ‑ National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA)’s Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work winner, David Chinyama encourages all parents to let children decide their destiny on their own, especially those that are extra-curricular in nature.
The award winner purports that parents should not be totally excluded in deciding children`s careers but should support, motivate and guide them in line with what they want to become not to autocratically decide for them.
“Parents play an instrumental role in the career choice of their children, hence, they should not abuse this influence by autocratically declaring their future but they have to consciously support, motivate and guide the children in line with what they want to become.
“This does not mean that parents should not have a say in the lives of their children,” he said.
“Diva”, as he is affectionately known in the Arts spheres, relates mostly Africa`s mediocrity in sports, arts, economics and politics to lack of career guidance to the youths, who happen to be future leaders. The sagacious and astounding artist believes in the so-called “dark continent”, Africa, and labels it the home of resources and talent and thinks that if proper career guidance is done the continent will one day become the beacon of the world in all aspects of life.
“Poor career guidance has not affected sub-Saharan Africa only but the continent at large and this has been the major reason for Africa`s mediocrity in economics, politics, arts and sporting disciplines.
“It sounds like wishful thinking but there is hope for this our lovely home of resources and talent, Africa, and if we the elders devote and channel resources to career guidance mother Africa will one day produce influential world class leaders who will illuminate the globe,” he said.
David Chinyama is a topnotch Zimbabwean painter, visual poet and social commentator in his own right who has a pack and a half of achievements in his bag of life.
Growing as an ordinary boy at his parents` farmhouse, he faced lots of criticism, discouragement and rejection from family and friends for his love, passion and decision to pursue the visual arts as a career.
David received an outstanding student award from the Visual Art School, Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998, and in 2004 he received the outstanding visual artist of the year (painting) National Arts Merit Awards, Harare, Zimbabwe.
He has displayed his work at many exhibitions around the world, Africa and Europe especially. Some of the exhibitions include “Potency of time”, SEED Gallery, New York, USA in 2007; “Painter’s diary” Gallery Afrique, New York, USA in 2007; Painted vibes, Richard Rennie Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe in 2008; Pachedu (with Crispen Mutsadyanga), the Picture Frame, Harare in 2008.