Hats off to Vilika

IT was an unforgettable moment for the proud Bulawayo women when they won an award at the Sanganai/Hlanganani 2012 Fair at the Rainbow Towers for their outstanding bead work on Saturday night.Report by Rebecca Monhovo, Own Correspondent

Audrey Khumalo, director of Vilika Arts and Crafts, scooped the award for Best Arts and Craft Stand, making the Bulawayo team proud.
Gender and Women’s Affairs ministry caters for all women by helping them identify and develop their personal skills.

Netty Khumalo, one of Bulawayo team members said they were grateful for the ministry as it had uplifted them. It was the first time for the group to compete and win an award.

“We would like to take this opportunity, not as beginner’s luck but as an inspiration to do even better and be well equipped for the World Tourism Day celebrations event to be held in Victoria Falls at the end of the year.

“It has been a life-changing opportunity as we could not afford to make it to this event, but thanks to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke who sponsored our trip, we managed to make it. We hope we made him proud.

“It is true when they say ‘behind every successful man is a successful woman.’ Thank you Kaseke!”

Other products on display from the women’s stands were stained glass works such as chimes made from glass and sea shells and seed crafts.

Neighbouring countries like Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique also presented different art works relating to their countries’ traditions.

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