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Lobin Lowe goes arty with his ministry

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Gracian Lungu

Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe took time out during the Chilembwe Day holiday to show his creative side when he went on a painting mission at Ministry of Agriculture offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

Lowe has in the past been vibrant in visual art but stopped practising it after he joined politics.

But noticing the art muscle in disseminating information, Lowe decided to revisit his art and use it to bring awareness to the nation about agriculture.

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Lowe was reminded of the beauty of art and, so, he decided to sing the song of oils, canvases, landscapes, portraits, water colour and other elements used in visual art.

The minister has since received huge compliments from people for his creativity after he posted his artistic works on his Facebook page.

“Wow! Congratulations Agriculture ministry for having an artistic Minister who is humble enough to do this. Thanks Honourable Lowe for this gift to the country. God bless you,” veteran broadcaster Felix Pachani wrote.

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Writing on his Facebook page, Lowe said he spent the Chilembwe Day holiday on Monday at his ministry’s office building and that this was not his agricultural office work but rather outdoor media work.

“Agriculture Ministry building should be distinguished from the rest of buildings at Capital Hill. But how? By simply bringing some artworks that may define our work. That is why I personally erected these sculptures and used my painting skills to decorate these sculptures,” Lowe said.

He said art is the talent he used to enjoy some years back and that, through art, he used to create artworks and that his work is found in some of the hotels in the country.

“I used to earn a living at a certain time through painting and drawing on shops in Lilongwe and some surrounding areas and, after joining politics, my talent was never enjoyed again but guess what, I can still come to your area and do this job for you but not for free, atleast at an affordable fee,” Lowe said.

The minister said he was happy that now everyone who visits Ministry of Agriculture at Capital Hill can easily identify their offices as now the artworks can easily give people a hint about his ministry.

Some of the artworks Lowe posted display a black and white well-fed cow and on another a woman carrying a basket on her head with some produce in it and holding a pumpkin.

Ministry of Agriculture Spokesperson Gracian Lungu, said the minister did not use any money from the ministry for the work.

“It is all for his love for art that he did that. What happened is that he engaged artists to do the sculptures using his own money and then after they were erected at Capital Hill, he worked on the painting and for him, this was a donation to the ministry,” Lungu said.

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