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Laone is 2013 BTC phonebook cover winner

Laone Sentle is the winner of the 2013 Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) phonebook cover competition. The winner was announced this week in Gaborone and will have his art used on the cover of the BTC phonebook which is distributed nationally.

Laone walked away with P10 000 followed by Anne-Mart Visser and Mitchell Greenland, who got P7 000 and P5 000 respectively. The three young artists’ works were selected out of 70 that were submitted to BTC. Only 10 ended up on the exhibition list.

Announcing the winners, BTC general manager commercial, Bambino Masoko described the competition as an odyssey that covered the length and breadth of the country to find truly magnificent works. “I am particularly proud that the cover of our book was designed by a young person, as part of our efforts to nurture and unearth talent that is abounding in communities,” Masoko said.

She said in the past, the competition was only open to seasoned and registered artists, but that this time BTC had cast its net countrywide and invited youth between 13 and 18 years to design the cover. Masoko said they also gave two more young people the opportunity to win as runner-ups.

“By extending the competition to the youth, we have once again proven our agility by tapping into the vast and unexplored talent that does not usually get many opportunities to shine,” she said.
She urged the young artists who entered the competition to seek guidance to hone their craft to become celebrated artists.

The 18-year-old winner expressed gratitude to BTC and be Mobile for grooming young talent. Having shown interest in the arts at the age of 11, and assuring that he grows it as far back as junior school, Laone said he had taken arts as a subject and it was also his hobby.

“But now I can see it is taking shape as my career option and hope to make a living out of it,” he said. He thanked his parents, his teachers and schoolmates who believed in his skill and encouraged him to enter the competition.

Thapong Visual Arts Centre coordinator, Reginald Bakwena thanked BTC for the generous support the company had shown to the centre. “This gesture will help us to realise our vision of developing the arts in Botswana as well as be a valuable source of employment and income earner for the country,” Bakwena said.

He said this is the fifth year that Thapong was collaborating with BTC in the venture, adding that the competition had showcased achievements with the successful recognition and acknowledgement of local artists up to 2016 and beyond.

He said he hoped BTC would continue to sustain the competition, as there was a need to provide a platform for young and upcoming artists to develop into knowledgeable future designers by nurturing their talent. ENDS 

Source : BOPA

Author : Segametsi Kebonang

Location : GABORONE

Event : BTC competition

Date : Dec 20 Thu,2012

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