Independence through the Eyes of the NGZ

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As Zimbabwe observes 40 years of self-determination and governance, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a running exhibition that expresses the ideals and virtues of the Second Chimurenga, encapsulated in the life of one man. Freedom through the Eyes of General Tongogara was officially

opened to Public on the 4th of February, the late Liberation icon’s birthday, to sterling response from members of Government and the General Public.
The exhibition serves as an archive to many from post- Independent Generation and a reminder of the stature and discipline that was required to attain Freedom for the Nation of Zimbabwe. General Tongogara, is through four acts; depicted as a tireless leader, community and youth organizer, diplomat and above all, a loving and caring Family Man.
In the current vein where most of the Nation’s Heroes are often known by name, be it through establishments such as schools, roads and amenities, are so often unsubscribed in flesh and image; wherein this show, the late General is shown as an inexhaustible stalwart who dedicated his life towards the Realisation of the Zimbabwe the Black majority yearned for throughout the relentless colonial era.
Before the outbreak, and setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Government members had visited and appreciated the facilitation of the show, hailing it as a glimpse into a dark past, illuminated by the sterling drive to which Tongogara filled an expansive niche. Upon visit by a collective of African Scholars and Cultural Practitioners early in March, Freedom through the Eyes of General Tongogara was deemed to be of great importance as it shed light on an icon respected on the continent; with depth into his life to inform and educate future generations.
Concerning the ongoing crisis, the Acting Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa, states; “For me, people’s histories and family histories continue to fascinate me and especially those of our own. For many years these stories have been told by those that want to maintain the position of being our teachers and it is important to tell our own stories and this is the power of this exhibition for me.”
“As a child who grew up in a so-called protected village in Chiweshe Tribal Trust Land, in Keep Number 19; the liberators used to come and Tongogara’s name does ring a bell in my memories. As a National institution we have a duty to create a platform for these forgotten stories for future generations and to avail the current generation to understand how independence came about” he concluded.
Amid the current crisis, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe is making its exhibitions available to its audience online, in an effort to develop continuity to its schedule. In these trying and testing times, the Gallery is urging all members of Public to stay indoors and access its projects online in a bid to avert the crisis of COVID 19.

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