Robert Mugabe, A life lived

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Compound Image of Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe’s passing led to a reflection of – What does “living life to the fullest” mean? According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English – it is to enjoy doing a lot of different things and I do agree with this statement. I do believe Mugabe did enjoy doing a lot of different things – whether they were good or bad things is another story. Lovemore Nyatsine described him as – “Flawed to perfection…he was also gifted to a fault. Excellent thinker…bad executor. Beautiful orator…ugly operator. His fault lines humanized the undeniable gifts he carried.” Many people loved and adored him at one point or another. He experienced great love and great hatred in one lifetime. He is one person who truly knows what it means to be loved and to be hated. He was well exposed to the many different parts of the world and cultures. He had great relations with both the east and the west at one point or another. He inspired efforts of true African unity one at one point or another. He experienced many different things that many of us aspire to. I believe from my perspective he did live a full life – whether it was a good or a bad life he still lived it at the end of the day.

I am a multi-talented digital artist with about 15 years working experience in Digital Media/Arts industry and 12 years of teaching experience. I am currently a PhD student in Digital Art at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). The practical part of my ongoing research based on the use of digital portraiture as a form of political-historical documentation was exhibited in June 2018 at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) held in Durban and received great reviews. The work was also exhibited at the Jack Heath Art Gallery based at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg.