Born on the 11thNovember 1933 inMvurwi, Zimbabwe,Josaihis one of the last surviving First Generation artists of Zimbabwean sculpture. He is of Malawian origin and a “Chigure” by tradition of his Yao culture (a Bantu speaking people from Southern Malawi). He started working as a builder, assisting his father, but in 1967 he met and began working forTomBlomefield(founder of theTengenengeArt Community). He had had experience in carving wooden masks and Tom encouraged him to sculpt in stone.He isself taughtand most of his works are inspired by his spirituality,deeply rooted in his Yao culture. This Spirituality often comes through in his sculpture with unnatural and surreal overtones. He has won several awards including NAMA. He lives and works at theTengenengeArt Community and is married to sculptress,JenetManzi, also a first generation artist.His work is highly collectable.