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How varsity is nurturing law student into art giant

George Mwololo is not your average university student. With a degree in history and fine art, he returned to university, not for his Masters Degree or postgraduate diploma as is the norm, but for a fresh law degree. Since 2012, he has been studying at Mount Kenya University and this pursuit of a cocktail of knowledge is already paying off handsomely. George is generating income by putting the skills he has to practical use, and sometimes in high places. Recently, his portraits of the MKU top leadership were well received by the subjects of his deft artistic hand. Better still, he was invited to personally present a bust sculpture he had made of President Uhuru Kenyatta to the Head of State himself.

George Mwololo presents H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta with his bustGeorge Mwololo presents H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta with his bustHe was equally thrilled when the President – accompanied by Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua – unveiled two monuments he had been commissioned to sculpt and erect at the Machakos People’s Park. This was during the 2016 Mashujaa Day celebrations on the grounds. Today, crowds throng the park to view statutes of famous freedom fighter Muindi Mbingu and the late Mulu Mutisya, the man who, because of his close association with former President Daniel arap Moi, once straddled Ukambani politics like a colossus. George also sculpted a “Mother and Child” statue for the Machakos Level 5 Hospital in 2015. The part-time artist appreciates the support he continues to receive from the MKU management.

“They commissioned me to do artworks for chief guests and for senior management and that helped launch my art career. Focused and with a clear vision, George describes his academic pursuit as “a fun experience.” In the past, this journey has been interrupted by lack of fees or his commitment to honour contracts that would take three months to execute. “I have had to call off some semesters so as not to breach some contracts,” he says. “As a law student, I understand what is required of me in my contracts with clients.” It has not been smooth sailing for him, but he takes it all in his stride. He recalls: “Before I joined high school, I had dropped out of school for two years due to lack of fees. I went to check my results two years later after I met Tony Newman from Northern Ireland. He paid my high school fee and tuition fee for my first degree. It was my obligation to meet the cost of my off-campus accommodation, food, personal upkeep, stationery and transport, and I also paid for my final semester.”