Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has admitted that he wasted a lot of time going to school because his passion lay somewhere else.
Mtukudzi is quoted saying “I wasted a lot of time pursuing academics just like some university graduates who end up being employed by artistes to display posters on the streets.”
Speaking during a tour of his Norton based Pakare Paye Arts Centre by government officials, Mtukudzi said “I built this arts centre in 2003 to fight most parents’ attitude towards arts.”
“Art is considered as a loafer’s job by society that is why children are forced to spend time pursuing academics instead of developing the talents they are good at.
“I hope it will go a long way in helping youngsters to follow their hearts. The moment one becomes an artiste he also becomes a businessperson. Society should understand that one can make a living through arts,” he said.
“I am building this centre on my own. I didn’t receive even a single cent from anyone. The centre is far from being complete but I hope it will go a long way in helping youngsters to follow their hearts,” Mtukudzi added.