The month-long Mafela Trust exhibition honouring the former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) was a resounding success, drawing over 900 visitors, Bulawayo National Arts Gallery director Voti Thebe said yesterday.
The exhibition, launched on October 27 showed photographs of Zipra’s operations during the country’s liberation war.
“It was very successful and looking at our figures, it is the best exhibition this year with the highest number of visitors,” Thebe said.
“It clocked around 900 visitors, meaning 900 adults visited the exhibition. It was a resounding success. Had it coincided with the first and second school terms, it would have registered more visitors than that.”
Thebe said there were plans to extend the exhibition and the gallery was still negotiating with Mafela Trust.
“We are still negotiating because it is something that can be done for schools.
He said the pictures were still being showcased at the gallery while negotiations were continuing with Mafela Trust to take the exhibition to other areas. “Due to its success, it might travel to Harare,” he said.
“The principal director in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Paul Damasane is keen that this exhibition travels to other centres nationally,” Thebe said.
“The Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library is also keen to have that exhibition in Gwanda.”
Veteran journalist Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, who was attached to Zapu during the liberation struggle, said the history of the liberation struggle taught at schools was false.
“The history that you read at school is faulty. It is not adequate. There is a need for it to be rewritten by the people who participated in it,” he said.