Modeling was never top of her plans, let alone winning Model of the year in a foreign country for that matter. Alice Madziba is fairing really well for someone who went into modelling by chance, STAFF WRITER DAVE BAAITSE observes.
What started off as a journey across the world for a young Motswana woman to pursue further studies in Business Management has culminated in her walking the ramps and rubbing shoulders with top designers and the who’s who of the modelling world! Alice Madziba is currently making strides and raising the Botswana flag high in Dublin, Ireland. It has been seven years since she left Botswana, and she has achieved more than just an academic qualification.
Madziba first started her modelling career with IT Modelling; an agency based in Sandton, South Africa. In 2013, she left for Ireland for studies, that same year; she won Miss African/Ireland Model of the Year. That was the unfolding of the African gem’s story-conquering a tough market as a black African woman. In an interview, Madziba revealed that since then, a lot of doors have been opened for her to pursue modelling and other gigs in showbiz.
The Ireland based model said that she has since worked with some of Ireland’s top designers and big brands in Dublin. Her confidence, she said, has since been boosted by the relationships she has since established with big names like Claire Garvey-a star designer who dresses stars, top musicians, television presenters as well as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judges among others. “I wear her designs many times in shows in Dublin,” she said. Madziba is also ambassador of the Emerly Nayhree arts.
Over the years, Madziba has come to appreciate both the African/ Botswana and Europe/ Ireland industries. Being in Ireland, she says affords her many opportunities she could not get back in Botswana. One such opportunity is to enter the London and New York Fashion Week, which she said she is looking forward to. She however commented that she is proud to be representing Botswana well in such high platforms.
Her hope is to achieve even more and continue representing the country in other platforms, further from where she currently is. She attributes her slim model figure to her being a fitness fanatic- the jolly lad expresses that she is glad that her love for fitness paid off for her in other ways.
Apart from modelling, Madziba has also landed roles in TV and Film, particularly on the film Vikings. Vikings is a historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst that was aired in 2013 in Canada. The film was shot in Ireland. It was inspired by the sagas of Danish Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norsemen heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France.
While she admits that she has experienced the cruelty and harshness of social media commentary, she says she has used it to build and brand herself. She encourages people to always focus on their virtues and to be proud of who they are and where they come from to help them grow. “In life there comes a moment that everyone has to achieve something, be it career-wise, exams or buying a house, it can feel overwhelming and you need to dig deep within you and say you know what, I can do this,” she said.
“The support I have been getting from women is so incredible; I wear my heart on my sleeve. What you see is what you get, I don’t try and change myself even though I do worry about what people think of me and of course everybody does. I am very critical of how I look, how I talk, always pinpoint the things I am not happy about. Modelling has helped me to get on with it. I am proud of whom I am, where I come from, and I am never going to change for anyone, I've come too far to change and I will carry on with my God given talent,” she asserted.
While she adds that she misses home, particularly the delicacy- serobe she is enjoying her time in Dublin. “These people are lovely and kind; I work with them every day and have mastered most of their culture and customs. There are exceptions that are naughty yes but it is not always the case.”
“My words as a model to all Batswana out there is be kind, do good it cost you nothing but it brings you good everywhere you go and good will follow you… it is called planting…and always be kind for you do not know what battle other people their fighting in life instead be kind to everyone, and help others.
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.