Cameras of Cable News Network (CNN) were back in the country recently to shoot a documentary about the master of the brush and canvas, Wilson Ngoni for the African Voices programme.
The documentary will air in the coming months. This was the third time that Ngoni was being interviewed by CNN. In 2015, the crew came to Botswana to document the story of Ngoni. Last year in Berlin, he also got to be interviewed by the international media organisation. Ngoni says this is proof that he is doing something right and that they love his work. He hosted the crew at Thapong Visual Arts Centre for a preview and shared the limelight with other local artists last Thursday.
In total, he shared the platform with 10 upcoming artists that include Omphile Segaku, Goemeone Modisane, Naledi Maifala and Isaac Marumo.
He explains that the documentary covered his works, his philosophies and the local visual arts. He further says that by sharing the platform with others it was his way of growing someone’s else journey, with the hope that one day they too would make it big.
I hope that one day when I am gone, someone will paint flowers on my grave,” he says. Breaking it down, he says that he hopes that artists that he is mentoring will use the platform and the advice that they get from him to grow and take their art to the next level.
“I hope that they will prosper,” he notes.
He also added that the CNN team being in the country to document his works means a great deal as it shows that he is doing something right. It means that I have built a solid artistic foundation,” says Ngoni, adding that this was not only about him but a celebration for the country as well.