Fri, Oct 21st, 2016

Presenting my artwork to the President of Botswana

For many years I have applauded the conservation efforts of the country of Botswana. President Khama followed in his father's footsteps( His father was the first president of Botswana after independence and was convinced that Botswana's wildlife was one of its most important resources- as important as diamonds) establishing Botswana as one of the most conservation aware nations in Africa. When I learned my friends Willie and Anna were personal friends of the president, I asked them to set up a meeting so that I could show my support for their efforts. It was an interesting and humbling experience. It was also a very emotional one for me and, while reading the letter Jim and I wrote, I started tearing up and crying.
Luckily, the television story cut out the part when the presidents Minister came over and offered me his handkerchief and comforted me. I guess that helped to impress them that I was very sincere about my appreciation and support for their efforts. I only wish more people would support these efforts and that more countries in Africa would ban trophy hunting and concentrate on stopping animal poaching within their borders. As least I can say I did my best!


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Meeting with Botswana's top officials was pretty nerve-racking.
Meeting with Botswana's top officials was pretty nerve-racking.
Luckily,I decided to just read the letter that Jim and I wrote explaining the significance of the presentation. They posted that letter on their Facebook page which you can go to up above.
Meeting with Botswana's top officials was pretty nerve-racking.
Willie and Anna in front of their home in Gabrone
Willie and Anna in front of their home in Gabrone
Willie Grew up in the Kalahari desert and has a special place in his heart for the San bushman and the wildlife of Botswana. Their friendship with the president is what made my presentation possible.
Willie and Anna in front of their home in Gabrone
I did two Originals-One for the president and one for Minister of tourism, wildlife and environment.
I did two Originals-One for the president and one for Minister of tourism, wildlife and environment.
I did one for the president and also a giclée for him so that he would have one for his office and one for his home. I also did one for his brother,who is Minister of wildlife and tourism and will probably be the next president of Botswana after his term
I did two Originals-One for the president and one for Minister of tourism, wildlife and environment.
We were elated to get this letter from President Khama.
We were elated to get this letter from President Khama.
My hope is that he in the government of Botswana continue to protect their wildlife.
We were elated to get this letter from President Khama.