The 5th edition of the annual “My beautiful home comba indlu ngobuciko” competition by Amagugu International Heritage Centre and various partners was launched last Friday at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo.
The annual competition which started off in 2014 is meant to revitalise the old Ndebele tradition of beautifying walls and takes place in seven wards in Matopo North District. “My beautiful home comba indlu ngobuciko” has benefitted over 400 participants who have won and has also helped in the cleanliness of homesteads, a development confirmed by local traditional leaders and health technicians.
The 2019 launch was attended by various stakeholders among them the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Hon. Edgar Moyo who is also the member of parliament for Matobo North where the competition is annually hosted and the Mayor of the City of Bulawayo Solomon Mguni who officially commissioned the 2019 edition open.
Speaking at the launch Hon. Moyo appreciated the competition as it allows him to connect with the community and urged the community to embrace it as it has major spin offs which include a boast to tourism in Matobo.Speaking to our news crew the my beautiful home commitee said “hut painting is a traditional artistic expression that has for generations been practiced by women to enhance the aesthetic beauty of their homesteads. Through the competition, Amagugu Heritage Trust seeks to revitalise the practice as a mechanism of recognising and appreciating the role of women in household and community development and preservation of cultural heritage in general.”
The women will start painting their homes in April and judging will be between July and August. The awards ceremony will be held in September.