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Local actors/actresses in the making who wish to follow in the footsteps of Botswana’s growing number of actors/actresses such as Lerato Motshwarakgole, Connie Ferguson, Kgomotso Ramakoba, Khumo Maakwe, Kgomotso Ratsie and Tlholego Chaba will need more than just talent in order to make it into the cut throat industry of television across the borders.

Those dreaming about seeing themselves appearing on hit television dramas also need to have the right principles for success. This was said by one of the faces of Signed International, Johnson Otlaadisa.

He was speaking ahead of the first auditions that are slated to take place this Friday and Saturday at the Public Library in Jwaneng. The second leg of auditions will take the scouting team to Lobatse at the Lobatse Sports Complex on June 2nd and 3rd. Other auditions are slated to take place on June 10th and 11th at the Francistown Sports Complex, Life Centre in Maun on June 17th and 18th, The Grand Palm Hotel on June 24th and 25th, and lastly Tautona Lodge in Ghanzi on June 30th and July 1st. Auditions are open to anyone over the age of 18 years, and there is no audition fee.

The winner of Signed International Season 2 will walk with P100 000.00 cash prize, and a contract with South Africa’s Talent ETC in order to start their professional acting career in South Africa. Those who will be trying their luck at the auditions will be auditioning using their own script.

Otlaadisa also advised those who wish to try their hand at acting that besides having talent, one needed to be very patient and a fighter. “We learnt from Season 1 that this is not child’s play. The industry needs someone who is willing to chase their dream and someone who has the stamina to keep pushing,” he cautions. “Once they have won the competition, it is only the beginning,” he adds.

Signed International season 2 was launched this past weekend in Gaborone and was graced by the likes of Connie Ferguson, Minister Thapelo Olopeng, Member of Parliament for Lobatse Sadique Kebonang to mention a few. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture as well as CIPA (Companies & Intellectual Property Authority).

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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…

Keletso Thobega

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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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