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Who Am I BW documentary launched to acclaim

Isaac Pheko

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MAKING AN IMPACT: Miss Gee Kays with well-wishers Source:The Midweek Sun

he Who am I BW initiative is a one-stop centre for exploring talents in the arts. Just last week, renowned people gathered at Masa Capitol Cinema for the ‘Who am I’ documentary and website reveal.

It is all love in this documentary; the energetic young people express themselves in poetry and also confidently talk about their future career paths in the arts industry. It is evident that Who am I is a new place to mould not only the young people but everyone since it just aims at killing that fear factor but allow one to express themselves. The vigorous talented upcoming poets of Botswana, groomed at Who am I get all the attention during Who am I poetry sessions that take place every two months.

However, the documentary came not in a way that was initially planned. Founder of ‘Who am I’, Khumo Kgwaadira aka Miss Gee Kays shared the sentiments that the actual clip was recently stolen, hence they had to put together everything from scratch to make sure that the event goes on as planned.
Had she not said this, nobody would have guessed that the documentary was not the initial piece prepared. The clips were just overwhelming, showing the pure talent that young people of Botswana has and how Who am I is making a positive impact in the lives of youth.

Who am I is an initiative which questions everyone about their purpose in life. It strikes to motivate everyone, thereby building their self-confidence and self-esteem to know that they are unique and can do whatever they know they are capable of doing. Kgwaadira’s bold voice is motivational because she speaks from the heart. She shares that Who am I came to be after she endured bullying over her acne for many years.

Nonetheless, the question ‘Who I am?’ came about and she definitely knew her happiness should not depend on what people say about her but who she is. Through Who am I, Kgwaadira has been to different schools in Botswana to motivate students. In one of the clips, one student asks her: “Is it possible for one to have different jobs at a go”? She assures them that it is all about being happy at what you do and balancing the time.

Media industry leaders such as the RB2’s Sakaiyo Jane could not stop embracing Kgwaadira for the effort that she makes through Who am I. He described the bubbly personality as a fearless young woman who was determined and always put energy into whatever she does.

determined for success and always put energy to whatever she does. On the other hand, Music Legend, Solomon Bame Monyame better known as Solo B also encouraged young people to strive to fulfil their dreams and use the Who Am I statement as inspiration to ensure that they represent themselves well and understand their essence. He added that Who Am I was a beautiful project for the country’s future.

Who am I is also sustained by School tours and breakfast sessions, where people equally benefit a lot from. So far, countries such as Tanzania and South Africa have approached Who am I BW to come and host some of their sessions in their countries. Kgwaadira expressed gratitude to her friends and the corporate companies who were present at her documentary. “The support that I have received is amazing. It means a lot to me,” she said.

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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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