AMA, Africa Modern Arts , in the heart of Bagamoyo , Tanzania is a grassroots organization initiated by Saidi Mbungu, a renowned sculptor that has had his work exhibited internationally.
Saidi’s hometown is in Bagamoyo (“Here I lay down my heart”). He nurtured his talent in art and spreads his wisdom to igniting rising sparks of creative wisdom
AMA is for sharing skills of craft to all interested in learning. There are so many fulfilling experiences, that volunteers are always drawn to the establishment of AMA. He aims to keep them off from dubious activity and empower them for a bright future ahead.
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CreatepreneurAfrica – Saidi Mbungu @ Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My true passion is art. I believe art is empowering. It is a golden key, an outlet of expression. A tool of upliftment.
There is no free schooling in Tanzania, there is a need for an outlet for education. The youth in Bagamoyo are orphaned or poor. I started AMAP school in my backyard.
How did you find your passion and how old were you? What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The thought of being a creator is amazing. You are on a throne of power after a piece of work is complete. I cannot even explain that element of total upliftment.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
There is so much bereavement, so much poverty surrounding our everyday life. Tourists are free to explore and enjoy our natural wonders, but we are so caught up in our economic disempowerment. But we have the tools and the talent of natural artistic skill. This is how we can rise as a nation!
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I remember the day. I was young. I cannot remember how old I was. I just remember the time was not good. There was little hope, scarcity at my home that triggered so many tensions. I sat outside creating an art piece of recycled materials. A passerby noticed. I was still in the process of polishing. They waited in wonder and handed a batch of notes and takeaway snacks and a juice too! I was delighted!
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Adversities are always there. They come and go. I recluse and engage in a new piece of work and I am lifted and inspired.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The kids around me. Our coming generation. They uplift my soul to reach to the stars.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
The angels of hope are always around me. I truly hope you find yours
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What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
I want to tell all that aspire to keep holding on. I believe in sharing hope. We can rise up together.