Top Model Worldwide is one of the leading international professional model search competitions, with a proven history of discovering new model talent and creating dreams.
This year, Mosetsanagape Setlhare, 22, has qualified to represent Botswana in the UK. Mosetsanagape says that her ambition is to use this opportunity and put Botswana on the map and walk in the footsteps of famous model – Kaone Kario.
The model agency needs £195 or P3500.00 for her to participate in the competition. The young lady is not new in the modelling industry. She has previously won the 2015 Airport Junction Mall Fashion Model of the Year and also featured in the SKY girls’ magazine. Her modelling career started back in 2014 when she failed several times but never gave up.
Although an Accountancy graduate, she believes that she was born to model. “Modelling is more of a passion than an inspiration for me and I have actually never sacrificed my time for something like I am doing with modelling.” Asked how she maintains her lovely slim body, she noted that she goes on a diet once in a while and goes for walks most of the time as well as hiking the Tlokweng Hill.
She says her rickety legs also inspires her a lot as they just make her look like an outstanding model as her colleagues always tell her. She believes that this is not only an opportunity for her but the country as she will showcase Botswana culture while in the UK.
During her spare time, she listens to music and is always glued to Fashion TV for more tips. Mosetsanagape has also taken part in the 2014 Designer auditions, dressed by Judark Kuvan, Fashion show titled Little Black Dress and last but not least 2015 Little Black Dress Vs Black Little Dress, to mention a few.
The competition in the UK will take place in April, and it will result in a one-year contract in which the main responsibility will be surrounded by charity work there. The competition will be held at the stunning Hilton London Metropole.
The Maun born and bred Mosetsanagape lives by the slogan, ‘Never give up, no matter how many times you fall’. She is appealing to the general public to help her raise Botswana’s flag internationally.
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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