By Clarence Dube
Lionel Billy Kaunda is a young artist who stays in Babourfields. He is a passionate fashion designer who is motivated by the culture of young people around him. I had a chat with the artist who gave me an insight about his life as a young artist in Bulawayo.
Clarence: How did you get to where you are?
Billy: God, hard work, determination, good business partners and the community centre in Mzilikazi where I work played a part in getting me where I am.
Clarence: What is important for an artist to reach their goals?
Billy: Proper planning, research, positive daily decisions, hard work, consistency, and patience. In short you plant, cultivate then you harvest.
Clarence: How do you infuse technology into your trade?
Billy: I use new technology like social media for marketing and advertising.
Clarence: What has been your biggest project thus far?
Billy: Tote bags have been the biggest project
Clarence: Which degree do you study at the National University of Science and Technology?
Billy: Honours degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering.
Clarence: Does it influence your craft?
Billy: Yes because it equips me with knowledge and skills that will help me to develop and manage a manufacturing company or plant in Future.
Clarence: Who’s your woman crush every day?
Billy: Sheeba Ndlovu
Clarence: Last words to other artists and the youth in general?
Billy: Make the right choices now because life is a long game, young people should start building now and put their trust in God.