Harare – It’s been almost a month since South African actor and producer Shona Ferguson breathed his last, and the tributes keep pouring in.
South Africa-based Zimbabwean fine artist, Thomas Mwasangale, has done a portrait of Ferguson and presented it to his widow Connie, who is also a film and TV star, as a tribute to the late film and television icon.
“I am Zimbabwean but I am a fan of the Ferguson family. Everything about this family inspires me and you know how TV and social media has made it seem like we know people personally and his death really pained me.
“Shona and his wife’s brilliance in filmmaking is just so out of this world and by painting his image I want his memory to live on. I feel honoured to have finally meet Connie when I presented the portrait to her. She is a very humble and nice person.
“When I presented the portrait to her, her reactions were mixed as she tried to understand how and when I completed it in such a short period. Yes, she cried, and later she smiled … it was quite an emotional moment. The meeting was made possible by her work associate Conrad Mwanza,” Mwasangale said.
Mwasangale has also done portraits of South African actor Menzi Ngubane, and Zimbabwean musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Soul Jah Love, among others.