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Kanyo M blast-off spring and summer collection!

Boikanyo Molale, a twenty-six year-old prodigious and ambitious fashion designer will this coming week launch his inaugural season collections: fall, spring and summer collections. Molale, an anterior Masa Square Hotel Fashion Show mentee is eminently known in the fashion diligence by his absurd lifestyle brand identity outfit of creativity, Kanyo M. This brand identity is relatively new as it was propelled in 2018, through a campaign dubbed ‘Resort Collection.’

Kanyo M has been on top of heap in creating trendy and chic apparels for both men and women. The resort collection, or travel collection if you fancy, features colourful stylish pieces, inspired by indigenous regions and settings. Looking to the popular tourist destinations of Botswana in Ngamiland, Chobe and the Kalahari, the collection is a phantasmagoria of colours that hunt to volte-face the hint of holiday in Botswana. The four collections comprise of a red satin-chiffon that is a modern take of the kaftan.

Molale told lifestyle writers in 2018 that his brand is derived from his appellations. The two come together in a signature style font to give it a designer touch. The distinct personal touch added to the brand however comes in the form of its symbol, a kudu skull bearing horns with graceful curls.‘’Kanyo M- the brand, in its entirety is Africanism. Our logo for example, it is a K, for Kanyo but what makes it a distinct icon of African Luxury Fashion is how the upward stroke of the K is a Kudu horn. It holds itself in a true elegant fashion, graceful and without unnecessary effort. Moreover, I am part of the Barolong tribe and our totem is the Kudu. So my roots are pretty much where the brand’s identity finds its roots.’’ He said in an exclusive interview with Weekend Life.

The cornerstone of Kanyo M is African culture. A lot of what the brand does is inspired by African culture and heritage. The brand also leverages off this to create sartorial sophistication for the modern woman and man. It is truly Botswana grown brand that tries to stay true to tits people as well as its surroundings. Kanyo M brand looks for heritage sites, landmarks, cultural practices, customs and traditions as a source of inspiration when collections are created.In this ensuing week, Fashion without Borders will have Kanyo M launch its new collection, after it took the route of demi-couture owing to the current world market dynamics. Demi-couture is a strike between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

‘’I am trying to balance off the two spheres with this year’s retail collection. Really, I try to make one of a kind piece that can be part of one’s everyday life. It’s part of making the ‘art of living’’ more memorable and worthwhile, after all, you are what you dress.’’Kanyo underlined that in his previous collections, they have been presenting resort or cruise wear collections, therefore in 2020, they are taking step further in growing the house to incorporate ‘main season collections. According to him, this will be a first for the fashion house but also a personal one for him as a creative director.The brand has never showcased internationally, but hopes to do so before long.

‘’I have shown locally, I still haven’t gotten the chance to showcase internationally. However, we are moving in that direction pretty soon. I have shown at Masa Fashion Show, Fashion without Borders as well as Miss Botswana 2019 Fashion Show- which was a highlight for the house as we were one of the biggest platforms this country has to offer. The Masa Fashion Show was my premier into the industry and I got to work with the acclaimed show producer, Jan Malan, a moment I have always dreamed of. His execution is everything, and I must say he inspires me, literally everyday’’

He further designated that they will be having two themes in the collection reflective of each season. ‘’We are hoping the public received it well. Our hope is for every piece of clothing in the collection takes part in making its wearer’s life striking and valuable.’’Fashion without Borders will be held under the theme ‘’Africanism”. In his own words, Kanyo stressed that ‘’Africanism is what makes something truly African. It can be found in the little things we tend to overlook but also found in the bigger picture, larger than life ways we execute them.

In today’s world, we as African’s are now finding our own voice and taking a stand where cultural identity is concerned. Africanism is one such thing that’s igniting that movement. It is also how we are positioning ourselves in the world and writing our true narrative.’’Botswana fashion industry, he says has grown immensely adding that there is a need to grow even further. ‘’We need institutional growth. Fashion is always going to be private sector led. We need to now be setting the foundation for the future of the industry and this requires government and private sector intervention strategies. We need to fortify the ground which we stand before we can begin inviting more international players lest we regret having not done so much later.’’

In terms of relative contribution, Kanyo emphasized that creative industries surpass other key sectors such as water, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing, saying that greater focus needs to be placed on this sub-sector as a way of growing and diversifying the economy. ‘’This can take place in the form of increased funding with industry expansion being the objective. Tax breaks and exemptions are also a way of luring in more investors. We see countries such as South Africa benefitting a lot from these interventions and this has allowed their industry to grow to tremendous proportions. These are just examples of ways that would put us in the right direction.

Kanyo growing up was lured in by wearable aesthetics of clothing, garments, how celebrities looked in their clothes at prominent events, in magazines and on TV. He then tried to recreate these looks with his own twist. He drew people donning beautiful clothing and that’s how his love for fashion really began manifesting itself.‘’It’s been a long journey though. I was mentored by Kaone Moremong so she is the person who really exposed me to a lot in the industry and really just took me under her wing.

It was in her studio I got to learn from seeing how she also ignited her passion and also gained international recognition for it. That inspired to not only be a great creator but also be more assertive in my pursuit of my dreams.’’

 

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Death or Divorce – a tough choice for many

24th May 2022
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Rebecca* is a woman in her late thirties. She holds her head high and walks with a sway in her steps. There is an air of confidence when she speaks. So when she tells me how her husband has been abusing her throughout their 17 years of marriage, I am taken aback.

“Everyday is a new experience for me. I don’t know what version of husband I’ll meet; the one who will scold me for forgetting to lay out his clothes or the one who will hit me for putting too much salt in the soup,” she says while wiping tears. 17 years is almost two decades. I ask her why she has had to endure all that pain for a long time but she only shakes her head and does not answer.

Like Rebecca, hundreds of women experiencing domestic violence find it difficult to leave. For some, it is for reasons best known to them, for others, they simply do not know why or have the words. People who have not experienced abuse find it unfathomable that survivors stay in their relationships and not leave. It seems almost like they enjoy it. But until an experience has been felt, it is easy to give directives on how to act.

For Ms. Ilavbare Goldfish Rahmatulai, it took 6 years to escape the suffocating grip of her abuser. “It was a traumatic experience,” she tells me. “I can tell you this for free; the same intensity used to abuse you is the same intensity used to beg. When he does this, pity begins to set in and you become confused on what to do.”

Ms. Ilavbare Goldfish Rahmatulai

I ask Ms. Demilade Lawal, a psychologist from the University of Chester, in an interview, if there is a psychological reason behind this and she affirms.

“For a lot of women, it’s a glimmer of hope that things are going to get better. And that glimmer of hope can be understood when we are aware of the social cycle of abuse. There is a tension phase, an abuse phase and a honeymoon phase. In the honeymoon phase the abuser temporarily changes his ways and alters the victim’s decision to leave. Then the tension starts and then abuse follows.”

Another reason women remain entangled with their abusers is the fear of the unknown, the unclear reality of what would be after leaving.

“The truth is, as much as this person abuses them, there is an emotional connection. They love this person, there is a traumatic attachment whether they are aware of it or not. It is not the best love environment but it doesn’t change the fact that this is how they feel about the person that abuses them. So the thought of starting afresh without this person whom they have grown to love despite the abuse is just as frightening,” Ms Lawal says.

Although this may sound like an unjustifiable reason to some who have not walked this path, Ms. Rahmatulai agrees.

“In my case, I loved him very much. I could not imagine going to tell my family members or friends that the man I loved started hitting me as early as a month into our marriage. I was embarrassed. So I stayed back, hoping it would get better,” she says.

Research shows that one of the many reasons why women remain in abusive marriages is a lack of income which results in total financial dependency on the abuser. Could this be a strategy to trap the victim in an abusive cycle?

“While I was married, my husband would give me very little housekeeping money. He knew I did not have a job and the money would be insufficient but I could not say a word. I had to feed my children. If I complained I would get beaten. He provided for everything in the house, what authority did I have to question him,” Ms Rahmatulai says to me.

I ask Rebecca if she has a job and she says no. She mentions she’s an interior decorator but she barely gets offers. When she does, her husband collects everything.

A major factor for avoiding abusive marriages is to identify red flags. However, these flags are sometimes mistaken for natural behavioural traits. In Ms Rahmatulai’s case, she tells me she noticed her husband was quick tempered and ill mannered before marriage however she waved them aside as he had never hit her during courtship.

How then can abuse survivors find the courage to leave?

“The decision to leave is a process, it takes a shift in perspective – realising that you deserve better and that your kids deserve to grow in a healthy home where they don’t learn to be abusers or think it’s okay to be abused,” Ms Lawal says.

“When I pack my bags to leave, my husband would hit me. When I unpack, he would hit me. I started going to school to get a degree and then later I started trading. When I had what seemed like enough then (N80,000/ $192), I left my husband regardless of the worst that could happen. I realised if I stayed long enough, I would be dead,” Ms Rahmatulai says.

“It’s been 20 years since I left. I’m 51 and a lawyer now. I have dedicated my life to helping women in abusive marriages leave. So many men have called me a home breaker but I say it’s better to break a home and save a life.”

*Rebecca has asked to stay anonymous by using a pseudonym.

Claire Mom is a Nigerian journalist and an advocate for human rights.
Email: clairemom26@gmail.com
Twitter: speakclairely

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7 Days to go before As One Music Concert

24th May 2022
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Multitudes of music lovers are expected to throng Francistown’s Obert Itani Chilume Stadium for the highly anticipated As One Music concert next weekend.

Updating WeekendLife on the preparations of the event, Kesego Okie said the preparations for the show are going well and they are working around the clock to make sure that they fulfill all logistics that need to be concluded. She said, ATI has been working hard alongside the featured artists to give Batswana the best experience at concert.

She said that the concert has been accepted well by Batswana and they are very happy with the ticket sales. ”But of course we are looking forward to more ticket sales as more people are showing more interest in being part of this historic event and we are grateful to all our partners and sponsors.”

She appealed to the Francistown Business Community to come on board and support the initiative as it’s a concert for the people. Okie said Francistown was chosen for a reason as they believe it is a gate way to a number of other strategic places in Botswana like Maun, Orapa, Phikwe and Kasane.

“We also felt that since the city has been greatly affected by COVID-19 an event of this magnitude was befitting to be held in Francistown so that we can also play our role in uplifting the socio-economic livelihood hence we believe it is vital for the business community of Francistown to embrace us so that collectively we can contribute meaningfully together as one to the community of Francistown”.

She indicated that they have a large number of artists particularly from Francistown that have shown interest during the show activation and other artists that have collaborated with ATI in the past and those that have contributed in the growth of his music, and it would be very difficult for them to fulfil the mandate of the show without support particularly from the corporate community in Francistown.

Tickets for the event are sold at P50 kids, P150 general, 500 VIP silver circle and VVIP for P1500. All tickets are sold at all Liquarama Outlets across the country.

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Phakalane soars to new heights

24th May 2022
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Founded 30 years ago by David Magang, Phakalane Estates came from humble beginnings to gradually expand into developing one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country which attract high income dwellers.

When the development began in the early 90s the estate was to be developed into 13 phases. It is then that a decision was taken by the developers to come up with plans that would be appealing to certain groups of the society.

Phakalane Estates continues to make its mark in the property development space, this year, they have managed to invests over P45 million on major renovations to the Golf Estate properties namely the hotel, golf course, and conference center.

Already the company has erected 84 single and double bedroom apartments which commenced early this year. The construction of these new apartments has been set for Peto Estates, a gated community within the Phakalane neighborhood strategically placed a stone’s throw away from multiple shopping centres such as Mowana Park and Acacia Mall.

“We want the best for our clients that is why even in Peto, we have various apartments for every one and also bearing in mind that the people should be not far from the complex,” Phakalane Estates’ Lesang Magang said in an interview.

So far the roads tarring has started at Sebote estate which is part of the estate expansion, it is expected that even things electrically will get handed to the Botswana Power Corporation which will be the last stage plus the lights on the streets. “In terms of infrastructure we don’t compromise we ensure that it is world class so that we don’t disappoint our clients. Those that brought houses earlier when they sell them it comes at a profit.”

Following the success of the launch of Peto Estates back in 2014, when over 300 plots ranging in cost from roughly P300, 000 to P1.4m were immediately sold out with a high surplus of demand, Phakalane Estates boasts strong confidence in the market demand for new apartments in the area.

The apartments are set to follow the trend of the estates with state of the art modern designs and facilities that will unequivocally catch the eye of professionals in the market for a smaller yet upscale rental property in Gaborone. Phakalane Estates CEO Subramaniam Parthiban has expressed plans for the creation of an all-new industrial park in Phakalane aiming to expand and consolidate the existing industrial strength the community already boasts.

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