It all started off as a fun event among women who loved to relax together and enjoy each other’s company at Millennium Jazz restaurant.
But now Miss Millennium has grown into a charitable event impacting the lives of many in the society. Fondly called ‘Miss M’ by the precious crown holders, the beauty pageant is now in its 9th year and has provided a platform for women who had the desire to make a difference in the lives of some impoverished families in and out of Gaborone.
The previous crown holders of the pageant who happily embrace the cliché life begins at 40 say the pageant is a way of showing how a woman even after 40years can still embrace her femininity.
‘Yes, we are old but not cold,’ the majority of them kept saying at a press conference called to unveil plans for this year’s pageant. The coordinator of the pageant Zenzele Hirschfeld of Zen Promotions could not emphasise enough the importance of having a woman of substance as a reigning queen.
She revealed that in order to prepare this year’s winner for her reign, a motivational dialogue will be held in the afternoon of 6th February at Millenium Jazz restaurant. It will feature the likes of former Miss Botswana, Juby Peacock amongst others. It’ll be a high tea with participants adorned in white as it’ll be an all-white affair.
The 7th will see the introduction of contestants who will be taking part in this year’s event as well as the unveiling of this year’s sponsor for the pageant. Reigning queen, Sandra Ramanteba says she won’t abandon her desire to see drugs off the streets of the city even though her reign is coming to an end.
She will continue working with the police and helping in any way she can to fight this scourge of drugs off the streets. Her desire is for the country to invest in another rehabilitation centre to augment the Lobatse-based Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital.
The pageant will take place on the 13th of February as opposed to the normal 14th. This is because in this year’s competition, there are contestants coming from other places outside of Gaborone.
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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