It takes so much to define a Queen beyond fashion, but ultimately a Queen does not yield to fashion whims. Her style should be constant and intrinsic to her identity. Her look should appear effortless, it should be subtle and be able to send out all the required message that of unwavering, tact, classy and diplomacy, when the occasion allows, she should be draped in opulent elegance.
Our style crush this week goes to the reigning Queen Miss Botswana, Oweditse Phirinyane, who has been dishing us lots and lots of fashion moments allowing her to move closer to being a fashion icon. Whilst her body is utterly cooperating with all her elegant style, the Queen has been tremendously majestic lately. From the crown of her head to the sole of her patent shoes, she has not put a foot wrong when it comes to her wardrobe, which is inspiring.
Whilst we can give scream on her fashion signature, credit should be given where it’s due. Local designers have been a force to be reckoned with especially when it comes to pulling off the best home-made designs. Phirinyane is often seen with eye catching designs from her crown to her opulent furs as well as her short sleeved outfits clinched at her waist. Marking a new unveiling fashion wave that has hit streets, towns, malls and the entire evolving fashion world.
Phirinyane takes pride and notice the hardwork of local designers and while that may be the case the petite Queen has made it her mission to be used as a canvas to showcase exactly how amazingly talented locat fashion designers are. Many came dashed quickly to bow to the Queens word, and have been sponsoring her since. The Queen was spotted at South African Fashion Week were she was draped in Thabied flowy piece.
Her series of days at the Fashion show was a total vision, she was spotted in flare rose gold pants, a design by Funky Resy. She did not hold back again the next, adorning a yellow fur crop top combined with red pants by Thabied. The past weekend she had graced Masa Fashion show ramp with her fierce walks where she showcased local designs. The event was held under the theme, ‘Spotlight on Botswana’. The Queen came all girded and was seen strutting and showing some of Botswana’s top fashion designs.
Perhaps the incorporation of designers to dress Miss Botswana, brought an elegant twist to her wardrobe. It’s hard to say if the elegance is because of the designers or the Queen who can pull off just about anything, whatever the case the end results are impeccable. We do not only get to see the Queen dishing fire but we have seen all sorts of glamour that the fashion industry possesses. They have upheld the global standard. In an interview with WeekendLife, the owner of a fashion house dubbed Thabied by Thabiso Dibeela, took us on a fashion trip on what it takes to dress a Queen.
“She just possesses the graciousness in her that speaks sophistication. That is what speaks volumes of who we are, having built a professional rapport with her, makes it easier to clothe her as she lets you be the designer. You must have noticed that even her casual wear has an element of elegance. She is simple yet classy,” she said. While many people are intrigued by gorgeous outfits, Dibeela believes that outfits should be complimentary to who you are.
“I believe that garments must compliment you not overshadow you and your personality as a beauty, you have to balance, so that as people are looking and admiring the dress they are not lost and immersed in the outfit more than in you. Her silhouette as well carries designs very well,” she said. Currently Dibeela is knitting together her dress, which she will use for her grand finale in London. The dress sternly gives emphasize to who she is and where she comes from.
“The dress is lively as her soul, from the current range that I have been running; Okavango glam, it speaks and defines her as a Motswana and what we are well known for, our rich tourism sector. It is green for life and gold for wealth. My wish is for her to live and be prosperous,” he said.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.