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Mr Ibu headlines GIMC comedy

Nigerian film star, John Okafor, populalrly know as Mr Ibu is set to headline the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) this year, but according to organisers; that is not the only reason he will come to Botswana. The funny man will also scout talent locally in a bid to shoot a movie centred on him coming to Botswana-much like what he did with the 2004 film Mr Ibu in London.


GIMC, now on its fourth year, has now become an international event. Last year they made history by becoming the first privately organised event to fill the National Stadium to capacity. Rated amongst top ten events to attend in Africa, GIMC is now on its 4th year running and are now looking into to venturing into the movie industry.


According to event organiser, Fish Pabalinga ‘Mr Ibu’ who is not in- style a stand up comedian, will headline the comedy show at GIMC and also shoot the movies. He said that unlike other Hollywood movies shot in Botswana such as Mma Ramotswe and the latest being United Kingdom, this one will be a localised movie to show our pride as a nation and sell Botswana to the outside world.


He said the movie aspires to show the country’s iconic sites such as the Okavango Delta, the Three Chief’s Monument, Bahurutshe Cultural Gorge among others. “These are places that define us as a nation and they need to reflect on these movies and we will be taking Mr Ibu here to see them and joke about them,” he said. The Niger funny man will also be afforded the opportunity to eat some of our staple food such as Seswaa which is mostly enjoyed by Hollywood stars such as Rick Yune who used to frequent the place as well as Phane which is found mostly in Bokalaka and Tswapong areas.


Pabalinga said the movie will be a high budget professionally shot movie in full HD and will be launched maybe on cinemas or through their YouTube channel. ‘Mr Ibu’ will be coming with his manger, producer and the production team which will conduct auditions in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun during their stay in Botswana. The movie which will be shot in both Botswana and Nigeria will see other parts being played by Nigerians. Pabalinga revealed that the team did not rule out the possibility of bringing along the two funny short boys, Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze whom he featured in a lot of productions.


He said they will also take Ibu to Kasane to show them our animals which they don’t often see in Nigeria. In his facebook clip that he hinted his coming to GIMC, the funny Mr Ibu warned both renowned local Facebook comedians Mjamaica and Jujuvine that he is coming for them. Pabalinga did not rule out the possibility of giving the duo the opportunity to work with the veteran Nigerian actor.


From his biography John Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterised by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality. He was born on 17 October 1961 and is married with children. He has acted in more than 70 movies including Mr Ibu (2004), Mr Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007). He has remained a role model to many Nigerian comedians.


He came into the limelight in 2004 in one of the movies he was featured titled MR IBU which actually gave him the popular nickname Mr Ibu because of his funny role as a father of a troublesome kid. Before then he appeared in lots of very popular movies in the 90’s and since then remained consistent in the movie industry. Okafor’s net Worth is $4.2 Million.  


GIMC runs for a week, it starts during the last week of August into the first week of September. It is the brainchild of Leapfrog, a Communications and Events Management company founded by Fish Pabalinga. In 2014 GIMC held its first show that included poetry, choral, comedy, International Festival and Jazz.


Last year in just two editions of GIMC, Africa.com and African Association of Cultural Festivals listed GIMC as one of the top 10 festivals to attend in Africa. The list of other festivals is very impressive and for GIMC to have made it into this list in only its 3rd year of being is remarkable.

 

The list includes well known and old festivals like Lake of Stars in Malawi, Bush Fire in Swaziland, HIFA in Zimbabwe, Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa, OppiKoppi in Limpopo South Africa, Festal in Lagos Nigeria, Vic Falls Carnival in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, and Festival Mawazine in Rabbat Morocco.  Some of these festivals are over 15 years old and for GIMC to have cracked into the top 10 within such a short space of time is amazing and commendable.

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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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