The National Director of Awaited Models Agency, who also serves as an affiliate of Mr. Oceans World, Segolame Kudumedi, has unceremoniously withdrawn Botswana representative Kabelo Makulwane from participating at the Mr. Ocean 2017 World final penciled for November 14th in Taiwan China.
Makulwane won the Oceans Botswana title early this year and that automatically earned him an opportunity to represent the country at the upcoming world event.
However, Makulwane got the shock of his life last week when the pageant local director (Kudumedi) publicly announced on social media that he (Makulwane) would no longer represent Botswana in China and that his runner up Moreetsi Bosupeng would take over. The short statement on reads: “ Due to unforeseen circumstances Mr Oceans Botswana will not make it. This means his first runner up Bosupeng will take over. All the best young man.”
According to the devastated Makulwane, Kudumedi never bothered to consult him about her sudden decision. “A few weeks ago she asked me if I would manage to travel to China and I told her that I was still sourcing funds for the trip. But now all of a sudden it appears that I have been sidelined,” he lamented.
The 27-year-old Kang born model told Vibe that he is currently unsettled and to add salt to his injury, the director has distanced herself and left him in the dark regarding the new developments. He said that representing Botswana in China would have been a dream comes true for him. However he is currently in dire straits but was somehow still hopeful that given a chance, he would be able to raise the needed funds.
Reached for comment, Kudumedi threw a tantrum and told this reporter that she was not interested in discussing the issue. “I was not there when you approached Makulwane for your article and I will not interfere now, all I did was announce who is going and who is not,” she said before hanging up.
However this publication has it in good authority that Makulwane and Kudumedi‘s relationship can be traced from far back. He has been under the tutelage of Kudumedi at her modelling Agency; in fact the Ocean King was using the agency to prepare for the world finals in Taiwan. It was also through the assistance of Kudumedi that Makulwane emerged the winner of the first ever Mr. &Miss Bakgalagari beauty pageant (her brain child) in 2015. Makulwane explained that he is failing to recall as to where their relationship could have turned sour, as she has been an inspiration to him in the fashion industry.
Meanwhile, Bosupeng could hardly contain his excitement. “The director approached me on the 3rd of October saying Makulwane will not be able to participate and I grabbed the opportunity,” he said. Fortunately for him, his parents have volunteered to cover all his expenses, which are estimated to be close to P15, 000. The China Committee covers the return flight, accommodation and meals.
When asked if he was aware of Makulwane’s situation, Bosupeng said they had not discussed the matter and he believed that there were no hard feelings because he (Makulwane) had wished him well.
Making outstanding art through waste material
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.”
BOMU awards go on…
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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