Paralysis doesn’t hamper creativity

When his right hand was paralyzed as a result of a stroke he suffered in 2008, Northdale resident Bongani Ndlela, decided not to allow the disability to prevent him from pursuing his dream of being a sculptor.
Passionate about sculpting all his time, Ndlela, 40, said he always had an interest in art and the diverse forms of it and explored some aspects of it as a hobby before he became paralyzed.
Finding himself with very little options after his illness, Ndlela decided to pursue his love for sculpting.
“I have made a few sculptures before but this time I decided to create one of our late president, Nelson Mandela, as he was a man who fought to the end. I admire Nelson Mandela because he loved our country and nothing stopped him from fighting,” said Ndlela.
Ndlela uses his creativity to experiment with materials such as fabric and beads to create artwork. For the sculpture profiles, he uses material that is available to him.
“I need one week to create one profile. I make use of cement blocks that I find in my yard as a base. I then use cement to create the sculpture. When it is dry I make use of paint to decorate the profiles. When the profile is complete, it becomes quiet heavy but I try to use both my hands to move it around,” he said
His sister Philani Ndlela said that she was proud of her brother as he was attempting to work despite suffering a stroke.
“I feel that he is a great example to people who have suffered a stroke. After he finished his Mandela profile, he already started working on another one. I am very proud of him he doesn’t make excuses,” she said.

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Shorne' Bennie

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