“I define success as feeling complete. Completion within yourself “— Wezi Ma’ crafts.

Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

— Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

― Leonardo da Vinci

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.

― John Lubbock

So many beautiful things can and have been said about art becuase truly there is nothing more beautiful than it. It helps us reconecct our body, mind and soul. A 23 year Wezi Agnes Louise Nyirongo From Lusaka, Zambia believes everyone is an artist just in different ways.

Wezi also known as Wezi Ma’ Crafts or Ma’ Crafts goddess was born on the 22nd April 1997 is an artist and student who has been also teaching people especially Children art and also on how education is very inportant in developing skills.

Brief history and work done (achievements)?

I got done with school in the year 2015 at Ibex hill school and then started to volunteer at an organization because I was not sure what I wanted to do. It was a foundation located not far from home, we worked with young adults with intellectual disabilities who were been taught different crafts and I have always had interest in such, later I joined an organization called ECO Zambia and later started empowering young girls. I then started Ma crafts something that comes from “Aya Nima Crafts” (These are Crafts in English).

I also did the LOUD project (Living Out your Destiny) where I have been helping people understand their implementation of talent and education. I got privileged to get an award by Rotaract club of Lusaka for my community work.

What got you interested in art and what does art mean to you?

Art has always been a major part of my life. My mum and grandmother both played a huge role. Also I had a temper while growing so I needed something to relax myself. Arts helped me calm down and express myself when words were hard to find.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

Art is you connecting to your inner self and also makes me understand myself better and helps me see life from a different sight.

What do you try to communicate or teach kids to communicate through their art?

I let them tap into that energy. I believe that art is something everyone is born with, just in different forms. I tell them to go freely and not to limit their imaginations.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years in your career as an educator?

I study special education so I will get a masters degree and I see myself Infront of a beautiful chalkboard with brilliant learners. I will teach them something new because I wish to change a few things about our educational sector.

Why do you think art isn’t much appreciated in Africa as much as other parts of the world?

Art is not much appreciated in Africa because our mindset is that of getting a white-collar job and art is not understood by many. I think people are scared of trying out new things though Africa has the best artists and has always had. Our ancestors did it. They shared our stories through art.

What was going through your mind at the point you decided to do the (L.O.U.D) living out your destiny project?

What was going through my mind is that i was tired of thinking so let me just do it because i had been thiinking and planning for it for about a year so i just had thoughts of me just do it right now.

How do you define success?

I define success as feeling complete. Completion within yourself. When you set to do something and you get it done so it is just fulfillment in oneself

Who comes to your mind when you think of success?

Every woman stands out to me as successful, so to me as long as you are a woman that itself is success

What do you do to stay up to date with your creativity?

To stay creative, I disconnect from the outside world, social media, friends and family to meditate. I disconnect so as to reconnect stronger.

Why is working with kids so important for you how does it make you feel?

Working with children is so important to me because they are the leaders of tomorrow. We need to prepare them for a better tomorrow.

Why did you choose to teach sign language?

I wouldn’t say I chose to learn sign language, I had the privilege of taking it because it’s part of my course (Special Needs Education) I was keen to learn because I couldn’t understand why something as trivial as a language barrier is why I couldn’t communicate with someone, and through my learning process I decided to teach others too so as to break the barrier

Which people have had the biggest impact in your life in Zambia?

My family has had a major impact in my life but my biggest motivation is my cousin Akatama. He is basically my brother, he always has the right words to say and he is one of the reasons why I do what I do.

What 3 books have you read that have been so instrumental to you ?

I love to read fiction. JK Rowlings , John Grisham .I don’t realy read motivational books but I think all books I read help me understand how brilliant a human mind is.

If you had to put a huge flyer/billboard to go around the world so the whole world can see it what would you write on it and why? ‘hypothetically speaking’

‘No more Boma Ilanganepo’ which means that no more waiting for the government leaders for change, No more waiting for political leaders, We are the change and we are the ones to make the change, do something now.

What’s is your worst habit and what do you love that could be weird for some?

My worst habit is that sometimes I love to break into songs. Sometimes it can be annoying but I think I am funny and amazing. Also I love to think that I am a princess. Some people find it odd but I still think I am a princess.

If you had another life to live what would you do differently ?

If I had another life I would probably want to understand people more because I tend to label people too fast which is not so good. I would want to know how people think differently.

What advice do you have for a young girl child out there who finds inspiration from what you do?

I want to tell them to be strong, being a woman is not easy. People will want to use you because you are a woman.

What advice would you give the 10-year-old you?

I will tell 10-year-old me that you are very beautiful and you are going to the right direction. You may seem crazy but by the time you are 23, you will see the princess you are and you deserve it.

How do people or potential clients contact you?

They can contact me on all social media platforms as Wezi Ma’ Crafts or Ma’ Crafts goddess or email agynyirongo97@gmail.com

By Fonguh Cedric

Edited by Kantumoya Derrick Mpaka

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