African art loses one of its greatest talents: UNESCO head

African art has lost one of its greatest talents with the death of renowned Mozambican artist Valente Ngwenya Malangatana in Portugal on Wednesday.

Valente Ngwenya Malangatana

The head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said that Malangatana, who was a UNESCO Artist for Peace, was not only a wonderful artist but also an ardent defender of peace.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Malangatana, who was born in the village of Matalana in the south of Mozambique in 1936 was not only a painter, but was also recognized as a ceramicist, engraver, sculptor and poet.

One of his works, entitled “Youth and Peace” which he donated to UNESCO in 1997, is currently exhibited at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.

Up to his death, he was the Director of the Association of the Matalana Cultural Centre which is promoting occupational training and the creation of small businesses.

Daniel Dickinson at the United Nations.  

(duration: 35″)

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