- A South African man showed off his artistic skills on Facebook recently
- Chris Chirruco posted a photo of a sketch he made, which featured some influential stalwarts women
- According to the local artist, he believes art gave people a deeper understanding of South Africa's prominent ladies
Last month, Chris Chirruco shared with us his amazing pencil portrait sketch of some of the most notable women in South Africa's history - including Ma Winnie and Madie Hall-Xuma.
Sharing the beautiful drawing, Chirruco wrote how using art, people could gain a deeper understanding of SA's women.
"A combination of our woman's stalwart pencil portraits sketch. The arts have long been an integral and vibrant part of our nations’ cultural heritage," he said.
Chirruco added: "In its many forms , art enables us to gain a deeper understanding of our woman's and of our societies.providing us with a unique way to learn about history of our country .it allows us to discover all that we have in common.At it’s best art can beautify our cities , encourage economic development and social change ,and profoundly affect the ways we live our lives, We all have a duty to preserve our woman's."
Reaching out to Chirruco, Briefly.co.za learned why he drew these influential women. The artist said he drew these ladies because of their historic and cultural importance in South Africa.
Chirruco went on to reveal the work of art took him three months to complete.
"I started to draw this early October 2017 and I finished on the 8th of January 2018," he explained.
The portrait includes:
1. Madie Hall-Xuma - Maddie Hall-Xuma was the first head of the ANCWL. However, Hall-Xuma was not born in SA, with Wikipedia describing her as an American activist in South Africa
2. Charlotte Maxeke - A South African religious leader, social worker and political activist
3. Matsie Angelina Motshekga - has been the minister of basic education since 2009
4. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - The 62-year-old is the South African Minister of Correctional Services for the past decade
5. Ida Mntwana - Born in 1902, Ida grew up to become a prominent anti-apartheid activist
6. Lilian Ngoyi - Ngoyi was the first woman to be elected to the executive committee of the ANC. She was also a known anti-apartheid activist
7. Florence Mophosho - She acted as the organiser for the ANC and she played a big part in the 956 Women's March
8. Gertrude Shope - a former teacher turned politician
9. Winnie Mandela - Winnie Mandela was one of the most prominent woman during the fight for freedom. At the time of his release, Ma Winnie stood by her husband, former South African president Nelson Mandela. Her activism led to Winnie being dubbed the mother of the nation
10. Bathabile Dlamini - a lot of controversy surrounds Dlamini, who is the acting minister of social development in South Africa.
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