The government through the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has officially commissioned a stone sculpture in Kariba donated to the city by a local Kariba-born artist Ronika Tandi.
Tandi who came up with the Kariba Waves Sculpture made out of spring stone was hailed for breaking the gender disparity existing in the arts sector.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Dr Thokozile Chitepo who was the guest of honour at the handover ceremony praised Tandi for putting up a great sculpture in an industry dominated largely by men adding that the gesture by the female artist shows that the country does not only rely on books and media to tell the Zimbabwean story.
“Besides communicating the majestic beauty of Kariba and its people, the Kariba Wave Sculpture is also a great reminder of the high literacy levels we are renowned for as a country,” she said.
The Kariba Waves artwork, according to Tandi, is a reflective piece
of art that celebrate the economic, social and cultural impact of Lake Kariba on the local communities within its vicinity especially the Tonga people and the inhabitants of Kariba and the role it plays in promoting tourism in the country.
Tandi is a celebrated international artist and is also involved in charity work.