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Kabonge George Wasswa

Kabonge George Wasswa is a Ugandan visual artist born on 24th April 1990 with an identical twin brother in Naggalama Lutengo village, Mukono district, Uganda. He is a Kyambogo University graduate in Bachelors of Vocational Studies in Art and Design with education. Kabonge is a secondary school teacher of art. He has a passion for painting using pointillism as a unique-style that characterizes his paintings. Kabonge uses oil and acrylics as a media on canvas.

The subject matter and themes that runs through his artistic impressions range from traditional music, wild life and landscapes. These are presented in both realistic and abstract forms. In general these fall in the category of contemporary environmental conservation and livelihood enhancement, poverty alleviation for communities that live in the vicinity of the wildlife resources. If people living close to the wildlife resources (especially those living in close to national parks and game reserves) can promote their cultural heritage, this can serve as a lesson learning. Because such people close to protected areas know and understand wildlife resources much better than people from far away. Thus, such people's knowledge can be used for benchmarking practice for sustainable environmental protection and livelihood improvement, as an aspect for generating incomes and poverty alleviation.

Kabonge's art aims at addressing challenges of livelihood enhancement, poverty alleviation for communities that live in the vicinity of the wildlife resources. If people living close to the wildlife resources can promote their cultural heritage, this can serve as a lesson; and benchmarking practice for sustainable environmental protection and livelihood improvement, as an aspect for generating incomes and poverty alleviation.

Kabonge's vision goes beyond Uganda and the African Great Lakes region. He looks at the development of replicable models for benchmarking; empowering young people to earn a living based on harnessing environmental resources and cultural diversity. Given the contemporary world where ICT is easily accessed, especially to young people, one can use diverse innovative techniques, such as social platforms and sharing this knowledge through art in interesting young people in appreciating and investing in environmental conservation and cultural heritage.