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Male model transcends runways

Beauty has always been linked to modeling, be it physical appearance or being able to own the ramp. The female dominated industry is now being taken over by men with well-defined physiques, as they make their mark on big brands such as Nivea and Adidas.

Locally however, the industry has been somewhat slow or reluctant to be as accommodating to male models as compared to the international community. To every crop there is an exception and Emmanuel Kayenda is that exception. Kayenda has broken barriers and stereotypes to become one of the top male models to make a breakthrough in the predominantly female industry.

Kayenda, a Motswana leading model based in Cape Town, South Africa, made a household name for himself after he was scouted by an international modelling agency. He is one of the few models who have through grit and determination succeeded onto international runways.This is a clear indication that if one has an undying passion for modelling, and approaches it with bull-dog tenacity and resilience, jumping the hurdles and becoming a success is inevitable, whether you are an aspiring female or male model.

Kayenda’s success has inspired many male models to follow in his footsteps, one such model is Chabwe. Weekendlife engaged with the upcoming 24 year old on his journey.Francis Kasongo Chabwe started his modeling career back in 2015 after a friend convinced him to audition for Empire Agency.  At the time he did not know much about modelling and fashion, so he decided to stay with Empire Modelling Agency for two years until he decided he wanted to be a freelance model.

In 2017, he was introduced to the President’s Competitions which are the biggest modeling competitions in Botswana. It was there that he managed to secure himself a spot in the Top 3 in the male models category. It became one of his career highlights.Chabwe has a notable repertoire of work in the industry; 2017 and 2019, his smooth face, vertically gifted and unmarked body graced Masa Fashion show. 2019 also saw him strut it on his very first international run way show in Johannesburg for Fashion without Borders.

Chabwe has developed a passion that has allowed him to go on with his craft despite the many challenges he faced. “Well the major challenge faced in the modeling industry right now is organisers failing to pay us and meeting up agreements between them and the models. There are incidents were models have to wait for 9 months for them to get paid,” he said.

One of the reasons the 24 year old joined the industry was his love for fashion. “I’m a freak of fashion and style, especially designer made clothes and modeling is where you mostly meet fashion gurus, fashion designers and very unique clothing designs that's why I don't consider it only for women.“I want to see myself definitely walking down the ramp at the New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Tokyo Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, the list is endless. Most of all I would love to be signed to New York Agencies or Paris Agencies,” he said.

The seasoned runway and commercial model, who does designer garments to sell, looks up to Kayenda and Kaone Kario.“They took our modeling industry to higher standards, made their mark outside Africa and I'm inspired to do more than them, I'm inspired to go higher than they have,” he said.He wishes male models would be taken seriously and their craft respected and appreciated more. “We sell brands and we expect payments just like models in other countries,” he lamented.

In an interview with WeekendLife, founder of Top Model Botswana, Simon Pierre explained that many factors can make one a successful model.“I think it all comes down to hard work and keeping the hustle. It is not easy as a guy in the modeling industry but consistency and hard work always pays off. You need to be able to find your angle first, in terms of what makes it easier for you to be noticed in this industry as a guy, go to that one feature that makes you stand out from others. You should know your category and work hard under it,” he said.

He further highlighted that the industry is not respected at all and that there are many South African shops in Botswana, Batswana invest by buying from them.‘‘The funny thing is when it comes to advertising, those shop owners go back to South Africa to look for models to do their A4 shoot or any other means of advertising and they will fly the advert back to Botswana and try to attract us to buy,” he said.


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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022

Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.

In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.

We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.

She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).

The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.

The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.

Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.

The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame

Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.

While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.
For more information, visit and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.

Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.

The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.

Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.

In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha.
The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…

Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation

“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.

He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event.
The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.

This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events.  Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.

The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized

Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.

He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.

In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud.
When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.

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