By Fulman Mukobeko
The Patriotic Front has learnt with a deep sense of sadness and loss the passing away of Mrs Gabriel Ellison, the designer of the Zambian Flag. PF Secretary General Davis Mwila, has described Ellison’s demise as a great loss not only to Zambia but to the entire African Continent and the world.
“As a Party, we are heavily saddened by the passing of Mrs Gabriel Ellison who died in Johannesburg on the 18th of July at the age of 87. Mrs Ellison was not just an artist and author but also a true nationalist and patriotic daughter of the soil,” lamented Mr Mwila.
Born Gabriel Ryan in Lusaka in 1930, Gabriel was a prolific artiste whose broad talents ranged from painting to music composition. Despite acquiring a formal education in Britain, the former wife to Tony Ellison, decided to use her talents and abilities to contribute to Zambia.
And on Ellison’s contribution to the designing of the Zambian National Flag, the PF Secretary General paid glowing tribute to the late Mrs Ellison.
“As long as that prestigious green, red, orange and black flag waves on with that mighty eagle, the memories of Gabriel will live on forever. For those that might not know, she designed many important emblems and insignia that are still being used in this great nation. Yes, her work can be seen from both the flag and the Coat of Arms, not to mention other important insignia found in many national emblems. She’ll forever remain part of Zambia’s heritage,” Mr. Mwila has said.
The PF Chief Executive Officer urged women in the country to emulate the example of Gabriel of being truly patriotic and contribute to the growth and development of Zambia.
He further encouraged women looking for opportunities to participate in the political spectrum of the country to rise to the challenge and contribute to the well-being of a Country they call home – Zambia.
“These are the lessons PF will take from late Gabriel Ellison – to avail that space for women leaders to emerge. Not only do we have a female Vice President, we have women of all age groups serving in various positions of the Party. Inspired by the likes of Gabriel Ellison, it makes me both proud and confident to state that indeed, the PF believes in the crucial role which women play in the life of an organization and country at large. This is contained in a statement made available to the media by PF Director of media Sunday Chanda.