Kibali Gold Mines organized a cultural evening and exhibition of artworks by artist Christophor Omwami on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at the Congo Fleuve Hotel.
With this action, the Kibali mining company wants to show that it not only exploits the mines in the basement of the DRC, but also the “human mines”, that is, making the world discover young talents and contribute to their development.
In this context, this mining giant accompanies Christophor Omwami, a young man from Haut-Uélé, the province where the Kibali gold mine is located.
“We discovered one of these human mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through Christophor Omwami, a young talent. Tonight we want to show you what mining can do that will benefit the youth and the country,” said Barrick Gold Country Director.
And to add: “There are many young people in Africa who have talent, but what they lack are opportunities, people who can introduce them to the world. There are many of us in this room and I appeal to all of you to say that the Congo, this country that belongs to us, is at war today. What we must do if you spot a Christophor, never hesitate. ‘ he demanded.
Who is Christopher Omwami?
Incidentally, this young talent was spotted by Kibali’s human resources manager, who manages the scholarship programs.
Imbued with multiple talents, Christopher is a complete artist: a musician with an angelic voice, he knows how to play multiple musical instruments. He is also a painter and his paintings mostly tell the realities of life in his native corner.
Thanks to the scholarship program granted by Kibali, he left Haut-Uélé for Kinshasa, where he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts to pursue his dream.
This evening of N’gbetu the African exhibitions was an opportunity not only to sell this young talent but also to pay tribute to the N’gbetu tribe to which this young man belongs. This warrior tribe whose hairstyle inspired the director of the film Black Panther Wakanda.
“The MaN’gbetu people originated in Upper Egypt but came to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 17th century. It occurs in three provinces in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, namely in the provinces of Haut-Uélé, Bas-Uélé and Tshopo. These people are considered warriors and artists. “Explained a national MP from the area.
The Congolese Minister of Mines, Ms. Antoinette Nsamba, present at this ceremony, welcomed this initiative by Kibali to explore not only the mines of the DRC, but also the young talents who are just waiting for this kind of development opportunities.
Ms. Antoinette Nsamba encouraged this mining company to continue its scholarship program, thanks to which several young people have been able to continue their university studies.
An idea about the Kibali Scholarship Program
Kibali awards two types of scholarships namely Academic Scholarships and Excellence Scholarships.
First, academic scholarships
It should be noted that these scholarships are awarded locally to candidates from the province of Haut-Uélé who have achieved at least 60% in the state examinations.
The statistics of the Kibali scholarship program count 71 students as scholarship holders for the period from 2015 to 2019. This includes 15 girls versus 56 boys, or 21% girls versus 79% boys.
As for the universities that accept the scholarship holders, it should be noted that they are aimed at all universities in the country that offer the courses desired by the students. These are the most represented sectors such as
University of applied sciences (engineering/chemistry/physics/electrical engineering/electronics); management/economy; Geosciences (geology / geomines).
Then the Excellence grants…
Here, Kibali Gold Mines, in partnership with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Kinshasa, has established an Excellence Scholarship program that benefits Graduate and License winners. To date, between 2012, a total of 16 students have benefited from this scholarship
and 2020 of which 6 women and 10 men.
In 2022, a total of 2,003 finalists benefited from paying state exam fees.
In 2021, 1,563 finalists benefited from paying state exam fees.
For four (4) years Kibali has been supporting a sister of Watsa in her PhD program in Belgium.
This gala evening ended with an auction of some works of art by the artist Christophor Omwami. A way to support and encourage this young talent.