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M’bona in the eyes of artist Eva Chikabadwa

Renowned visual artist Eva Chikabadwa does not stop amazing people with her works. She has always been creative and used her artistic skills intelligently to come up with different artworks.

A lecturer of fine art at University of Malawi – Chancellor College, Chikabadwa was among the eight artists alongside four Germany artists that participated in the Malawi /Germany Art Symposium early this year.

The symposium running under the theme ‘Myths of Malawi’ saw the artists producing different artworks focusing on the oral storytelling tradition of Malawi.

There are so many stories in the country that Malawi needs to preserve as part of culture and Chikabadwa exhibited an artwork telling the story of Kamdothi.

And so through the project of telling and prerserving different stories from Malawi, Chikabadwa continues to tell the stories.

Her recent one being an exhibition of a painting telling the story of M’bona who has been labelled Malawi’s black Jesus at College of Medicine Complex in Blantyre during the University of Malawi’s Golden jubilee celebration.

The story of M’bona is not new, it has been told in books by different people and the story has even been told through the Rainmaker play by Professor Steve Chimombo.

But Chikabadwa decided to tell it through a painting.

Her painting is amazing an exciting although it is unfinished and it shows how much work she put to come up with the painting.

According to Chikabadwa, M’bona, the rain maker, had powers to run away from his enemies and to stay alive.

However, he voluntarily and humbly gave up his life to his enemies. When his enemies found him sleeping, they tried to kill him using metal weapons but the weapons behaved like soft plastic upon touching his body.

“M’bona was willing to die so he revealed to them a secret on how they can kill him – using grass as a knife to cut his head. When they cut off his head a pool of blood gushed out from his body and head turning into a river of blood and later on water,” she explained.

Chikabadwa added that in Malawi there are several places with foot prints on rocks which are believed to be M’bona’s foot prints.

“Upon M’bona’s death people cried more for the rain maker – his death was followed by drought which brought forth hunger,” she said

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