RENOWNED Makokoba-born artist Lewis Ndlovu is not stopping at anything in his bid to put one of Bulawayo’s oldest townships on the international map through art.
Ndlovu, a product of Amakhosi Cultural Centre — which is also located at the edge of the sprouting suburb — feels Makokoba has something unique that deserves the world to have a look at.
About 10 years ago, Ndlovu who is also a talented playwright and director came up with a drumming outfit called Drums of Peace which has over the years become part and parcel of Makokoba.
He, however, did not stop there as he has continued to have a number of arts programmes taking place in the high density suburb which at one point was well known for its high rate of crime.
On April 30, Ndlovu will oversee, Bulawayo Dance Expo (Bude) in celebrating the World Dance Day.
The Expo, which is supported by Alliance Francaise, will be taking place in the suburb for the fifth time where various local dance groups will showcase their talent.
On May 5, the suburb will once again play host to Yebo Africa otherwise better known as Marvellous Makokoba Tour which is a collaboration between Hubbard’s Historical Tours and Drums of Peace.
“It is a guided tour around Makokoba seeing all the historical places and spaces meeting people taking pictures and all,” Ndlovu said while naming the sites that will be visited.
“We have the traditional Makokoba Market where the trade and business for the black natives started from, fruit and vegetables, clothes, traditional clinics, shoe repair and so forth.
“MaKhumalo Beer Garden, aka Big Bhawa, Stanley Square, the first ever petrol pump for the western suburbs, churches on church street in Makokoba, we have about 10 denominations in one place and the churches are only divided by a fence or a wall,” he said.
Ndlovu further noted that they chose to call it Yebo Afrika as their guest and everyone else will be celebrating Africanism.
However, among a host of other programmes lined up throughout the year, Ndlovu will also oversee the annual Santa Comes to Makokoba, a Christmas party for the under privileged children in the suburb.