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Caring for natural hair with Tapiwa Gachala

Are you a natural hair fanatic? Do you like your hair sparkling, black, spick-and-span at all times? Then I guess you should up your game if you did not attend the Annual NH Bots Hair Meet this past weekend at Doreen’s garden, I mean, this occasion was specifically premeditated for you.

You surely need tutorials on how best to keep your natural hair look decent, not just to elevate your confidence, but to attract devotion too. People like eyeing lovely things; they get regaled keen-sighting something with fascination. Natural hair movement continues to grow as many women transition from straight hair to afro and naturalista and beauty content creator, Tapiwa Gachala is hair goals. The natural hair influencer sure knows how to wear her natural crown with pride. Like any other natural hair lover, she does wear protective hairstyles but mostly prefers to stay with her healthy, intact afro.

She is actually one of the trusted brands. Her opinion on products is valued and to help you with a better natural hair journey, and just this past Saturday, she hosted hair enthusiasts for knowledge sharing on how to nurture, uphold and take care of natural hair. Her event, NH Bots Hair Meet was totally diverse from some of the events in Gaborone, and please ask me how! It’s very rare to have event organisers organise a shuttle to convey attendees to the venue, I was so thrilled to realise that we had shuttle service to transport us to the hair meet. That was actually my first experience, and I commend her for such a decent gesture. All you had to do was submit your ticket then you inside…

Anyway, back to business now! Upon arrival at Doreen’s Garden, we were treated to light snacks before we can actually dwell much on how we can have thick, beautiful and healthy hair. Increasing the growth rate of your hair and improving the health of your afro does not have to be a struggle, so I learnt. One lady with a nice afro could see that I am starring, and she quickly rushed to my corner and whispered ‘’you can boost your hair growth and health by eating a balanced diet. Eat right’’. I simply laughed it out. Not that the information was not significant, but because I felt she was just being superfluous.

In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, Gachala said ‘’this is basically an event that we organize annually whereby we gather members of NH Bots group and members of the public to come share knowledge on natural hair care. We have speakers addressing different topics as well as tutorials to help simply natural hair care, and we make this affair interesting with loads of giveaways as one way of maintaining concentration as speaking for a long time can somehow be tedious’’

This time around, Gachala stressed that they contained within stalls by local hair food manufacturers, who I learnt make these products from natural ingredients. Some of these products are invisible in the market probably because of intensive competition from well-known hair products, but I must say this platform played a major role in showcasing what our young entrepreneurs have to offer. Everything starts from humble beginnings, and I have an assurance that in no time these products will be making developments in the beauty industry in Botswana.

Still at the hair meet, I comprehended that there were tutorials on hair styling. You know styling your hair says a lot about you, and in urban areas such as Gaborone, it is now a plus one on your fashion logic. You cannot be looking extravagant and gorgeous and your hair flair goes the opposite direction. Fashion police will literally be on your neck, these people never want to miss a thing. ‘’these styling tutorials are meant to show our attendees how to achieve simple but stylish hairstyles on natural hair. Some of this styles will require hair pins to tighten them up, wools, hair band and some would want you to be able to play perfectly well with hair, so you won’t necessarily need such objects’’ she said

Gachala indicated that it is very vital to take care of your hair, as it is one feature that people notice more than others, even if you are a stranger. ‘’our hair is an extension of our bodies and for a lot of us that is what you notice first in a person. For a lot of us just like fashion when your hair is healthy and looks good, it is a definite confidence booster and contributes a lot to your overall appearance and so it is important to take care of it. Also hair care helps prevent health complications, as if not taken care of, can be a germ accumulation area which is likely to transit diseases’’

How do people take care of their natural hair? Gachala emphasized that to promote hair growth and care, one needs to feed the hair from the inside, adding that it is vital to increase protein intake with foods such as fish, beans, nuts and whole grains. She noted that one should trim their hair frequently. How do you trim your hair when you want it to grow? ‘’this might seem counterproductive since you are trying to grow your hair but trust me when I see this is the way to go. By getting regular trims, you prevent split ends which cause your hair to break. Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster’’ she said

It is important to wash your hair often, she said. Just make sure you are shampooing less and conditioning more. According to Gachala, you should not wash your hair every day. She recommends reserving if for when your hair is greasy and dirty. This is because shampoo can dry out and strip the hair of its healthy natural oils. She further recommended the use of relaxers sparingly. She underlined ‘’relaxers do wonders for the African hair but they also have devastating effects since they are made of chemicals.

Some of them, especially the cheap ones, also contain a hazardous ingredient called sodium hydroxide or Iye. Substances with large amounts of Iye can cause chemical burns, permanent injury or scarring, and blindness. This substance may be harmful or fatal if swallowed’’
Gachala advised that blow drying should be curtailed, as it subsidizes hair breakage. Ladies, afro fundamentalists, I guess was free lessons for all of you who did not attend the hair meet. Next time make sure you get your ticket on time and get this information directly from the speakers. And who knows, maybe this time around the shuttle will be a fine, luxurious and modern car from classy car dealers…I’m just saying!

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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