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Five essentials for the post-modern man

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The season of warmth, joy and good cheer is here. While everyone is under pressure trying to figure out how and where to celebrate festive season, Fashion Boulevard has one major idea for the post-modern man. Celebrate the art of manliness this December by gifting yourself with essentials you have been overlooking all year. 

Being a man, especially if you are in your twenties and thirties, looking good is absolutely everything and here we are going to explore some essentials needed to make an impression that will help score you a date this season; or even better, enhance your confidence.

When men have a goal of looking good and dressing better, they look up at all latest trends and they end up looking messy because they assume every piece of clothing in their body needs to stand out. That is wrong. Not every item in your outfit needs to grab attention. The secret is playing with the details. A well put-together look will leave different impressions with an amalgamation of super-versatile essentials. Here are the supporting pieces to help keep your clothes anchored.

1. Wrist Watches
A stylish, luxury wrist watch will make you feel good any day. Of course not every man can afford Rolex or omega watches, but funky and sleek does not need to be expensive. There are thousands of outlets with super sleek and affordable stylish watches that’ll noticeably add pep to your appearance. A wrist watch is more than a time-keeper; it is a symbol of style and class.
2. Belts
Accentuate your look with a polished belt that will ultimately bring your outfit together. In addition to creating a demarcation line between your legs and body, belts provide a highlight to a coordinated outfit and they demonstrate who you are as man. Go for a varied collection and make your own statement.
3. Sunglasses
A perfect pair of sunglasses is an integral part of every modern man’s wardrobe. They come in different styles and shapes. Sunglasses are not meant only for protection from the sun. They define a face and make you look cool and relevant.
4. Bags
Trendy and manly bags are what every man should have in their wardrobes. These include travel bags, gym bags and gadget bags. There is no point in using a gym bag for travel. That is too disrespectful to the bag itself.
5. Colognes
Colognes help in boosting a man’s confidence. Women also appreciate men who smell good. For a sensational experience, you must have different colognes for specific occasions. As a rule, people should only be able to smell you when they step inside your own personal “scent circle”, which is about arm’s length. In short, know your limit when applying cologne. A little makes you sexier, more confident. A lot makes you appear loud.

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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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