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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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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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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.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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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.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020
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Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

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.

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