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Museveni heaps praises on talented Kenyan artist, hosts her at his farm

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni recently played host to Sheila Sheldon Charles, a Kenyan girl with a special talent in painting, at his Rwakitura farm in Western Uganda.

Via a Facebook post, Museveni confirmed he had invited the nine-year-old girl after she gifted him with a painting during his recent state visit to Kenya.

“My mwizikulu (granddaughter) from Mombasa, Sheila Sheldon Charles, visited me in Rwakitura with her mother as we agreed she would when I met her during my recent state visit to Kenya,” explained Museveni.

Nine-year-old Sheldon is a visual artist. In Mombasa, she offered me a painting and requested to visit me during the Easter holidays.”

Among the photos presented by Sheldon to the Ugandan President included a portrait of the Head of State and the First Lady Janet.

“Her mother told me she was born at 8pm, therefore the Luo name we agreed to give her is Atieno. I thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting her education that her parents were unable to. Talent of whatever form should be nurtured alongside formal education. I thank her for the gifts she brought me.”

Nairobi News understands Sheldon is a grade five pupil at Light International school, and a beneficiary of a scholarship courtesy of President Kenyatta after she impressed him by her artistic prowess.