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BIHL’s evening of art, networking 

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 12 September 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
BIHL’s evening of art, networking 

Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL) ran an exhibition at the National Museum to showcase the beadworks, crafts and paintings that came top during the 2017 Presidential Competitions, a category sponsored by BIHL. BIHL had corporate executives in attendance to admire the works and even purchase those that they liked the most. BIHL’s Chief Financial Officer Kudakwashe Mukushi said they are very passionate about their partnership with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development and Batswana craftsmen because the sector holds immense potential for generating substantial country revenues while creating sustainable employment. “People travel the world to collect art pieces in prestigious galleries and heritage sites and this in turn attracts business to vendors, transport, communications, hospitality and more industries,” he said. According to Mukushi, Botswana has the talent and dynamism to attract that kind of creative investment into the economy and as such it stands to benefit greatly if greater investment is channelled towards the indigenous artistry. He said they remain committed to supporting Botswana’s creative arts and it is through this support that they intend to drive greater exploration of opportunities of local businesses to grow the manufacturing and marketing of the indigenous assets. “We have a responsibility as a nation to work together and preserve our stories for coming generations to appreciate, to build on and to derive socio economic development from,” he said. Assistant Minister Kefentse Mzwinila appreciated the collaborative efforts they have with the BIHL Group as it has since benefited local artists in many ways and also helped them sell their artworks to potential clients.  He said as the overseer of the arts and young people it is always exciting to see a corporate taking on young people initiatives. “Artists and athletes continue to put our country on the map and that is why they deserve all the support because when they prosper it is Botswana prospering as well,” he said. The night was made amusing by traditional guitarist player and folklore delicate singer Ntirelang Berman and Lesedi Chorus who both made the exhibition incredible paired with fine wine.