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Saturday, 02 December 2023

FlashFlair and Couture at Masa Fashion Show


The much anticipated Masa Fashion Show came to a climax on Saturday 2nd November 2019 to great acclaim. It was a movie, as the hotel partnered with heavy weight brands to crank up the heat for Botswana’s biggest fashion expose.

Being the most influential fashion show in the whole country, Masa Fashion Show showcased local designer’s upcoming line of clothing, accessories and this was where the latest fashion trends are made. Models were up and definitely meant business, as they walked the catwalk dressed in the clothing created by local designers. Clothing was illuminated on the runway using various forms of lighting and special effects. Statements were made in accordance with designer’s collection and what they want, and the audience could interpret what the designer was trying to communicate with his…or her collection.

Not only that, everybody knows that the fashion crowd is full of attention seekers that like to dress up. I could see folks lifting up their cameras and these attention-seekers were more than happy to have their photo taken. Talking about flash, there were photographers everywhere. Every fashion designer loves to see stunning photos of their designs in glossy magazines, social media platforms or just anywhere, so it was only about finding the right spot and shoot.

Masa Fashion Show was the right platform to see what will be trending in the next season, and if you are a fashion enthusiast, that was the right place for you to have been at. There are actually hot collections for the next season, and to be up with the times, it’s only imperative you catch up on their social media pages, to get to see who was showcasing there. I know for sure, they have all that information.

The fashion show was not only a fashion event, it was a whole party. If you can’t get tickets for the show, at least get into the parties. It’s paradise. All these fashion professionals gathering, enjoying drinks at the most incredible hotel in town, and you want to be left out, think twice about that one. It is all wrong. The whole essence is to have unlimited fun, under relaxed ambience, with flash and lights all over.

The couture was on just on another level. Gabs folks came dressed for the occasion; they actually put together looks that made my head turn. None of them failed, and by the look of things, dressing for this event was fun. Layers, prints, bold colours and statement items were the order of the day, they got the job done. These kids levelled up and coordinated outfits for a killer Instagram shots, as it is the case for our now generation. They had fun with their outfits, they didn’t overthink them. That is Ok because this was their opportunity to dig up those statement pieces hiding in the back of their closets, say vintage dresses, jeans and couture I have never seen before.

One thing about fashion shows is that it affords you a chance to blend clothes. You get to test your new combinations, and it is fine to stand alone, somehow someone is inspired by your unique look. Some went wild with their bold prints, some draped their jackets over their shoulders, some slouched them under their elbows and that on its own was awe-inspiring. Next time you think of attending a fashion show, think outside the box. Wear something that you don’t wear on a regular day, wear bold colours because they will make you stand out in a crowd of fashion enthusiasts and something daring will add cherry on top.

The fashion show saw 15 seasoned designers showcase their couture garments to Gaborone’s fashion elite as well as novices eager to consume talent. The designers, models and make-up artists left many mesmerised by what they saw. The show-stopping highlight of the evening was the surprise performance by the award winning KTM Choir.

Speaking at the fashion show, Masa Square Hotel General Manager Hayden Bowl said ‘’As Masa Square Hotel, we have always believed in family and tameness. Collaboration with others has made this project possible- and indeed beyond just tonight but encompassing the entire fashion show campaign and developmental aspects. We have collaborated with fresh and relevant parties who are at the cutting edge of their industries. Our annual fashion show has evidently grown into the hearts of fashion, corporate and even tourism professionals and enthusiast over the years and we therefore have a responsibility to make sure we set the bar higher with each year’’

He further said in the bigger scope of things, the Masa Fashion Show is a way of shining a spotlight on the captains of various industries and talented upcoming artists in order to promote unique Botswana heritage that is a vibrant blend of African metropolitanism. More importantly, he noted that they intend to grow off the unique Botswana experience for people and the world to enjoy.

In a game changing move, the renowned Masa Fashion Show was hosted on the streets of the Western Commercial Road and 1st Commercial Road in the CBD. Jan Malan, Director of Umzingeli productions and producer of MFS 2019 brought this to life through collaboration with local greats Ngwao Brand Architects, who are well renowned for their impressive portfolio in the Botswana corporate and entertainment spaces. The hotel hosted for the first time ever a pop up market the following day, to afford designers a spotlight to showcase their garments from the night to potential buyers and customers interested in acquiring anything they liked the night before.

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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Women in Science: Breaking Glass Ceilings

16th November 2023

Women scientists have made significant contributions to the field of science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Despite their remarkable achievements, women represent only a fraction of researchers globally, and their work often goes unrecognized. The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is urgent. However, organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community.

The Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have collaborated for over two years to support and recognize women scientists who have achieved scientific excellence. These organizations have awarded more than 100 laureates, with five of them going on to win Nobel Prizes. These women researchers, who have worked in various scientific fields across different continents, are not only changing the world through their discoveries but also serving as role models for aspiring women scientists.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programs annually support over 250 talented young women researchers. Through regional and national programs, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO provide crucial support to these researchers during their thesis or post-doctoral studies. While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to achieve true gender equality in science. However, both organizations remain determined to make this vision a reality.

Recently, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO hosted thirty winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 14th Rising Talents Sub-Saharan Africa awards in Kasane. These awards recognize African women scientists for their outstanding research. During a press conference, Fondation L’Oréal CEO Alexandra Palt emphasized the importance of empowering women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, a continent that suffers greatly from climate disruption. Palt highlighted the challenges these women face, including overcoming prejudice, sexism, and harassment, to become accomplished scientists.

The finalists of the awards are scientists, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers who are advancing various disciplines such as biology, agronomy, physics, mathematics, genetics, and engineering. Their goal is to improve the daily lives of Africa’s people, whether through advancements in health or the environment. These women, such as Dairou Hadidjatou, a pioneer in cardiovascular disease treatment in Cameroon, Esther Uwimaana, conducting research on potential tuberculosis vaccines, and Mwende Mbilo, innovating clean energy solutions in Kenya, are driven by their desire to advance science and society.

The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is crucial. Palt emphasized that Africa currently represents only 2.5% of scientists globally, making it challenging for young girls in Africa to pursue scientific careers when women researchers in their countries are often invisible in the media, scientific publications, and international forums. To address this, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have increased the number of young talents awarded from 20 to 30. These researchers also receive leadership training to enhance their communication and negotiation skills, as well as their ability to address harassment and speak publicly or with the media.

By highlighting the achievements of these women scientists, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO aim to break the glass ceiling and provide them with the recognition they deserve. It is essential to take urgent action on multiple levels to enable these talented women to emerge onto the public stage and be acknowledged for their excellent work. Only then can we truly achieve gender equality in the scientific community.

In conclusion, women scientists have made significant contributions to science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community. By recognizing and supporting these women, we can inspire the younger generation and create a world where women in science are celebrated and their work is valued.


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