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AIMING FOR THE STARS: Thipe is unstoppable Source:The Midweek Sun

Botswana’s multi-talented entertainer Itumeleng Thipe has seen it all just at age 25 having had acting stints at two of South African soapies in Generations the legacy and Muvhango as well as being a TV presenter at Zallywood Productions, a channel on DSTV is still soaring high up in the skies.

In 2015, she appeared among staff members of Hastag staff members in Generations before she acted on Muvhango as Rendani’s university close friend, two roles she said opened doors for her.

Speaking to Vibe recently in Francistown where she is planning a modelling workshop and Ikalanga-themed fashion show, Thipe admitted that back home things are not that professional as compared to South Africa but expressed hope that the situation could improve. She noted that her main aim is to focus on youth through various workshops on modelling acting and fashion designing hence her partnership with an American designer of repute.

She also She shared that she was an entertainer, presenter, hostess and masters of ceremonies who learnt all the skills in Mzansi through her own desire accompanied by talent, hence it did not take for both Muvhango and Generations talent scout to use her when the opportunity arose. As a TV presenter, she disclosed that she would single handedly find location for the show, write its script as well as coming up with content which included celebrity guests as well as controlling the quality of the show.

Her other achievement include being a Miss Earth Botswana finalist of 2007, Miss Francistown 2009, Miss Earth Botswana finalist top six and she also Modelled for BOCCIM in 2009.

Thipe added that she is very excited to be working with a USA based designer Clavon h. Leronard, whose story is quite inspirational.  At the age of twelve, Clavon had a dream of seeing people walk down the runway in his clothing. He did not fully comprehend the dream then, but saw the affinity for clothing and being well dressed. Appearance was important and his father’s care for style instilled in him his own passion to express himself through clothing. The freedom Clavon found in fashion became limited as high school required uniforms. “With that restriction, then came a greater awareness of his skin colour.

The experiences of high school pushed Clavon to experiment with fabrics, colours, and patterns so his skin was not the only thing standing out.” At age 51, Clavon is finally living the dream he had as a young boy. From his first NYFW show with the Set NY in 2014, doors began to open. In 2015, he showcased at Mercedes Benz New Zealand, Fashion Gallery NYFW, Fashion Week Los Angeles, to his stand alone show for NYFW in 2017. His designs have been featured in publications such as British Vogue, Tattler, and British GQ, and he has dressed and styled Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew”, pop music’s Frankie Zulferino, and NFL star Jonathan Casillas.

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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