by Frans Thoka

In the series of drawings, titled Ke Sa Gopola, I talk about my childhood memories. When I was nine years old, my brother and I went to stay with our grandmother in a village called Ga-Maja, in Polokwane, Limpopo. As Millenials, moving to the village was quite a challenge because we were used to the township life of Marapong, Lephalale. That was a huge turning point in my life. I did not know anything regarding a village life.

However, the experience I received there plays a huge role in my life. My grandmother taught me how to cook using ground fire, how to harvest corn, et cetera. At first, I hated every village activity then realised that my grandmother was trying to teach me something. The most important things my grandmother has ever taught me are tenacity and patience. Today, what she taught me plays a huge role in my career. Back in the village, we used to harvest wood and water. My grandmother did not care whether we had enough wood or water. We would walk a long distance in search of water and wood. She taught me that productivity is a lifetime process. Today, I make artworks consistently. I can endure painful experiences in my career. My grandmother made me who I am. I am because she is.