Coinciding with International Women’s Day and under the theme ‘be bold and be beYOUtiful’ End Girl Hate (EGH) movement was launched this past Wednesday at Regent Hotel in Gaborone. End Girl Hate is the brain child of South African based LeAnne Dlamini who is intrinsically wired to empower women.
This natural and organic process was spurred on by LeAnne’s personal experiences in which women in the entertainment industry in particular, were frequently unsupportive of one another. Budding within her was the unquenchable desire to break down barriers which women so frequently erect amongst themselves.
According to local EGH Ambassador LuAnne Alexander End Girl Hate is a movement founded on love kindness and humility and is targeted at supporting and empowering both women and the girl child. It is a movement that manifests a safe place for women and girls to be themselves. It is a movement dedicated to encouraging and celebrating each other to succeed, to be happy and to achieve.
“This is not a movement for only me or about me. It's for us all and about all of us, as women, as girls… advocating to end the hate and negativity and choose to love, support and uplift,” she says. For Alexander, the movement and what it stands for resonates with her personally as she herself has been a victim of public scrutiny and on the receiving end of the negativity and perception that is associated with females who choose to be in the entertainment industry.
Alexander is a former back up dancer for local pop groups which were popular in 90s. And as a young girl in high school she found that not everyone had positive things to say about her and what she did, she found herself more often than not having to explain herself and her choices to her peers.
“As women, we tend to find ourselves seeking the validation of others, both women and men and that is not right. All I want to do is to create a safe space for people to be themselves and not have to apologise for who they are and live a fulfilling life. And I hope that through the EGH movement I can plant a seed in as many women as I can or nurture and revive that seed in them so they can go and plant more seeds to improve the mind set and cultivate a more supportive and positive space for women and girls,” she says.
For Alexander, success of the movement will be measured by number of lives and girls impacted. Because at the moment the movement and all its initiatives are personally funded by Alexander, they are counting on the power of social media to reach the masses. They will be using social media to communicate on their activities and initiatives as well as to connect with other women and girls who might be interested in being a part of End Girl Hate.
“With time, I will be looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to come and help. I will also be looking for other champions in different settings, groups and locations for a wider impact and we are open and will appreciate anyone who is willing to come on board with suggestions on how we can push the mandate of the movement, where we can go to motivate, share experiences and try and improve each other as women,” she says.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.