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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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Why men don’t pardon cheating partners

18th January 2021
Cheating-marriage

It goes without saying that men and women handle pain differently. Especially emotional pain. Men tend to be more emotionally immature compared to women when it comes to matters of the heart.

It is for this reason that men do not handle break ups or cheating as well as their counterparts. Where women have been groomed from a young age to express their emotions men have been told to “suck it up and be a man”. This may be one of the reasons why men are unable to express their emotions. It’s therefore that it can be a tad bit surprising that men cheat the most but are the weakest to deal when cheated on.

Research has proven that men find it difficult to digest being cheated on. British Psychotherapist, Philip Hodson opines that men find it hard to forgive cheating because it affects their masculinity, and to them, it might signal the end of the relationship.

“Men can forgive themselves for their indiscretions, but they find it much harder to forgive their partners for the same. For a betrayed woman, an affair by a man is an offence against her dignity, but for a betrayed man, a woman’s infidelity is an offence against his manhood. It goes right to the core of his identity,” said Hodson.

WeekendLife also interviewed a few gentlemen on their honest feeling about being cheated and if they find it hard to forgive their partners after cheating.  Tinashe Mangiroza said, “From the beginning, men are designed with the potential to have and to reproduce with many spouses. Women on the other hand are more or less designed to focus on one man. Along with this natural design, women have stronger pain tolerance. Yes women feel pain when cheated on, but their tolerance is much higher than that of a man (in view of what I said above).”

“And men on the other hand have a low emotional pain tolerance, hence the higher suicide and murder rates among men. Then remember there’s also the ego element which men have. So when you combine a big ego, low pain tolerance and other things such as selfishness and competing with other men, it almost ends a man’s self-worth when a woman he loves decides to sleep with another man.”

He admits to have been cheated on before which he said it took away his self-esteem and he had to sleep around as a way of easing the pain whilst waiting to heal. Another gentleman who was also cheated at some point, Monwabisi Ndumiso Mgenge, highlighted that when a woman cheated on him it becomes very difficult for him to take her back because loyalty is everything to him.

“This is because most of the times relationship involves sex. You see the person naked you enjoy that, you don’t want anybody having what you have. You are emotionally invested and have imagined the future many times and this is why some get violent cause its trauma really.”

Psychologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Toba Elegbeleye said, “when it comes to marriage, men and women see things differently. He pointed out that a man tends to see the woman as possession, and so, the moment somebody else tries to cross the boundary and interferes with his property, there is bound to be serious problem.”

“So, it is not because women don’t care or they forgive so easily, but the circumstances don’t favour them as they favour men. If women were in a dominant position, they easily would have driven the man away. So, the moment a female has committed herself to marriage, for her to voluntarily and openly get out of it becomes a kind of stigma, and women cannot handle stigma, particularly where children are involved. Mothers would not want to walk away, unless it’s beyond their powers, thus they would rather endure.”

Thabiso Cavin Bogopa, an Empowerment Expert also shared with WeekendLife that men are wired different from women hence their response to cheating won’t be the same. “What may prove to be a difficulty in men forgiving cheating is that, generally speaking men sleep with who they can, women sleep with who they want, so the overarching thing becomes she cheated with her desire, the person she is actually attracted to and the cheated man struggles with that truth, as he realizes that sex for him is opportunity based, while for his counterpart is a deliberate and conscious choice.

This to a certain extent is what forms the challenge for men,” he explained. “Cheating devalues an individual both the cheater and cheated on, but more profoundly manifest in the cheated as they start to decrease in their self-esteem, losing their regard for themselves as they are undermined they may begin to try to address this trauma in multiple ways but more commonly through being exactly what they detest because they are stuck in the experience, they therefore cheat and become messed up.”

“No one gets away with cheating even if you never get caught, you become depleted as a person by the lies, trickery and illicit emotional trade. But if we may, the choice to forgive a cheating partner is a personal choice that goes both ways.”

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Modelling| Fashion| Etiquette

18th January 2021
Emmanuel Kayenda

It takes more than just having the body for the ramp to be an “it girl/boy” in the industry. A lot hows into being the cream de la cream. This includes intense coaching and being fortified to thrive in Botswana’s modelling industry as well as making a name for yourself beyond boarders.

No doubt that the likes of Kaone Kario, Mmina Gaebonwe and Emmanuel Kayenda are household names today because of their well-crafted talent. Which needs to be passed on even to aspiring models. Raymond Geofrey an Editor and Content Creator at Vogue magazine who is also known for his Pan African story telling through photography, shared with WeekendLife about what it means and what it takes to be an all-round model, who is capacitated to make a living from their craft.

“Models need good etiquette and good communication especially when dealing with clients reaching to them. They should be able to professionally communicate with them. They need to be efficient in their communication. Professionalism also entails time management during bookings, shootings and auditions. Models should always be early by 1 hour 30 minutes. Enquire about contracts and make contact with consultants. This also include seeking legal advice,” he said.

“Models should have business cards and business WhatsApp numbers. They should possess a good social media account such as Facebook pages with clear biographies. Posts should be sponsored.” Knowing how to transcend the ramp as a model is one of the things that is always a big deal to models and agencies. Geofrey highlighted that models ultimately must know how to walk spectacularly on the runway. When it comes to posing, models are often expected to kill it and bring their A game which in turn will help shine their personality.

Geofrey said models do not take time to read and study as well as research about posing. The more models are confident the more they are able to bring out their personalities on the shoot. He said self-awareness is also imperative, as models are required to be aware of themselves. When wearing heels and walking down the ramp, they should catwalk to the beat.

When it comes to the modelling industry in Botswana, they normally complain about numerous things which are pushing the industry backward. One of these he said is industrialization and policy making, the most lacking and key factors in need in the sector. “The modelling industry in Botswana is still not industrialized that is there are no laws or policies currently in Botswana to govern the trade of modelling in Botswana. Modelling is still not a legal registered profession in Botswana,” he said.

“Affiliation of local agencies to global/international modelling agencies; we have seen a rise in business revenue with regards to fashion modelling in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya etc, due to the fact that they are exporting a larger number of models overseas to walk at fashion shows like Paris Fashion Week. This is simply because they have affiliations, partnerships with agents/bookers/agencies based in fashion capitals of the world (Paris, London, Milan & New York).”

Lack of etiquette which he said is rather unprofessional, is one of the things that hold back local models. “A lot of models in the country still walk unranked at shows (New faces, freelance, full time, professional, international model etc). Also models lack training in the art of modelling (posing, runway, social media training, and business acumen.”

In the age of brand ambassadors, models have been key in this aspect in making brands known and marketable. Even so, they are many slots that define and categorize modelling work. “Fashion models are usually booked for shows or by designers. Editorial are more for official print/brand work such as for magazines (print/online), websites, blogs etc. Commercial are more on promoting business services of institutions, government or the private sector (including banking institutions, insurance, services providers etc). Fitness models are for promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, we see them booked by professionals sports/athletes/gym brands or the food & health industry (what is popular now is supplements such as herbal life),” he explained.

Like other countries, where models are paid a leg and an arm, the same should be incorporated in Botswana instead of exploiting them. “By respecting what models do and bring to the table; and you do that by paying them what they deserve on time,” Geofrey said. Geofrey is currently running classes for models called ‘Etiquette Class Models’ which offers runway coaching. It equips models with different types of walks. They also offer social media training and mentoring on running as a model entrepreneur.

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LERAPO: Becoming a radio host and property analyst

12th January 2021
Thabiso Tshwenyana

Thabiso Tshwenyana is certainly a bright spark. He has been hitting the books, at the same time pushing hustle on radio! Well, you may not know who I’m talking about right now unless I refer to him as ‘Lerapo’, or ‘Bundle of Joy ya Radio’, as he is commonly called by his aficionados on radio.

Lerapo is resolute on taking over the entertainment and broadcasting space, of course wearing many hats as a radio host, content producer and a socialite. Not only that, he is a fresh Real Estate graduate currently functioning as a property analyst.

One may wonder how this young lad (currently 23-years-old) managed to be on radio, at the same time pursuing his Degree in Real Estate. Well, he says it took grit, time management and really doing what one likes. And he is right, because in today’s world anyone can call themselves a presenter. But it takes unparalleled skill, unbreakable determination, and heaps of talent to captivate an audience of millions.

Whether or not you think he’s the best, there’s no arguing that Lerapo is possibly the most prominent young radio presenter to hail from the Botswana. Initially starting his career in 2017, Lerapo earned himself a reputation as ‘Bundle of Joy ya Radio’ by consistently pushing the boundaries of what could be said and done.

His shows consists of outrageous humor and youthful content that’s shocking the radio establishment, and taking young people to cloud 9. The show is called The Youth Café on Duma FM, and airs every Saturday between 2PM and 2PM, broadcasting in vernacular.

When sharing with Weekendlife his startling life on radio and how he will be turning it down this year, he says the journey started back in 2017 at RB2 where he hosted a 30-minute feature. “I am definitely a go-getter. I love radio and this has been my childhood dream! I held onto this dream and survived against all odds. I am happy to be on radio because after all the knockings, snubs and distressing coercions, I persisted nonetheless. Sometimes it was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time.”

Before joining Duma FM in 2019, he was a content producer at yet another youthful urban radio station Yarona FM. At the age of 23-years old, Lerapo has worked at three radio stations, both government and private urban stations. Remarkable! For someone aspiring to be on radio, I can confidently say he is the pluq for inspiration and familiarity.

He continued to dish more on what radio really needs, saying “Taking time to perfect the craft, being open to learn from others and just digging down on books and the internet on how radio works did magic to me. It became easier to comprehend fully what I needed and how to go about getting it.”

Being a radio presenter means having a whole team prior to going on air. This means having a show prep, and reflecting on how the show went down with your producers or programs manager. Programs manager handles the business of the radio station and leave the voice and personality to the presenter.

Presenters have to follow rules of the programs manager even if they may not see eye-to-eye. They may prefer to play safe and repeat music even though sometimes a presenter prefers to take a risk and make changes to the music. Nevertheless, the success of the radio station lies in programs manager’s hands.

“After a show I usually have a reflection on how it went then I plan for the next show. On Tuesdays I have what we call an ‘air check’ with either the programs manager or his assistant to identify hiccups on the previous show and see how best to work on them to have a great delivery on the next show. Since I produce my own show, I give them a preliminary show prep. Once approved, I start contacting guests to be featured on the show and later share the final show prep a day before the show airs with the bosses.”

Still on his show, he does live reads. These are paid adverts that he discusses with the marketing department prior to his show going live. Well, as for a sizzling playlist, the music compiler knows how to serve him right.

He says a great radio hosts listens, reads and makes a show about the listener. ‘A common mistake we make as radio hosts is that we make the show about us and tend to feel that we know more than the listener. We also ought to respect the listener, these are our clients after all. Radio hosts should also refrain from relying on social media for content, most of it is fake and unverified by relevant authorities.”

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