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Jan 4, 2013

12 years later, a home for Phillip Goldson’s bust

Politician, talk show enthusiast, author, teacher, father, and businessman are only some of the words used to describe Stephen Okeke but busy man may be the sum of his many parts. It’s possible that some may forget that Okeke first came to fame for his prodigious work as a sculptor not only of wood but of metal. This blacksmith did not only wrought iron into industrial machinery, but also mastered his art to bend to culture and to the curvatures on the face of historical figures that have passed away. His most respected piece is the bust of George Price which sits at the Price Center in the Capital. But it is no doubt that the most troubled artwork was the Phillip Goldson Bust, which for more than a decade went through bi-polar phases of proud public sponsorship, rejection, and now once again acceptance. That’s right, the Phillip Goldson bust which has always been on the move until it seemed to disappear has found a home in Battlefield Park. Okeke told News Five this afternoon that City Hall has given him permission to house the visage of one of the founding fathers of the country in the park, but he has to cover the costs of putting it there.

 

Stephen Okeke, Sculptor

Stephen Okeke

“Twelve long years and I am very pleased that finally the monument to a national hero, Phillip Wilberforce Goldson, now has a space at the Battlefield Park. The Mayor and the City government has given us the permission to erect the monument in the Albert Division where it is said he had represented. And yesterday I went out there with the councilor, Mister Kevin Singh and we marked the location. Now what I need si the assistance, the help, to be able to prepared the location; dress up the already prepared monument and the base and make it nice for people to be able to admire and enjoy. For the tourist; for entertainment; for city beautification and for education. It is something that will benefit everybody. I don’t know what to say because I have been saying so many things over the past twelve years and so I would be repeating myself. But we need just five thousand dollars to be able to put it in place, dress it up and make it available for Belizeans. It is a national hero man. It is not a municipal hero, it is not a city hero, it is not a private family hero; this is a national hero. I am just happy that finally it is done. I wanted to raise the money amongst my group of friends, amongst some corporate friends, but I think it is taking too long and that’s why I am opening it to the public. We can do this is one day. We just need five thousand dollars to be able to get this done. One of my friends has put in a small money, but we need five thousand dollars to get this thing done. We don’t have to stretch this man. We can do this in a week.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So what number can they reach you in case anybody wants to contribute?”

 

Stephen Okeke

“You can also contact me through Facebook and message me through Facebook at Stephen Okeke or 662-1678 or 625-1070 or belizesmallbusiness@yahoo.com. This is a national hero. I am asking, I and begging you to help me bring it to its permanent home.”

 

The bust was carved twelve years ago, but it is only now that it has found a permanent place.

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2 Responses for “12 years later, a home for Phillip Goldson’s bust”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Okeke is the typical Nigerian hustle worldwide. Who asked him to inject himself into Belizean politics? Now he wants $5,000 in a day to place his artwork with the connivance of the poco tiempo corrupt politicians. It is no wonder that the world thinks what Aldous Huxley wrote after a visit to Belize, ” If the world had a tail, Belize would be it.” The audacity of this Nigerian is astounding!

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    What an ugly bust of a Belizean hero.

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