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Miss BOMU 2017 Saturday

Botswana Music Union promises a night of glitz and glamour on Saturday (December 9) as eye candies from all walks of life will descend on Millennium Jazz Restaurant in a battle for Miss BOMU 2017 crown.

Even though it might fall far beyond the famous international beauty contents like Miss World or Miss Universe in terms of standard, Miss BOMU aims to promote inclusion of young women in mainstream society and build their self-esteem with bragging rights all at stake

Botswana Music Union’s president, Pagson Ntsie stated that the partnership formed by the Miss BOMU team and Botswana Music Union would present the production of Miss BOMU annual pageant event with the aim to give women in the creative industry a platform to voice their concerns.  

“Our strategy is to rebrand BOMU to take it to the corporate world. We may have had some problems  there and there but maybe through women and working hand in hand with them we can do better and rebrand BOMU’s image,” he said. He hopes the initiative would take BOMU further and help in solving some of the challenges they face as a union, one reason being the fact that women were being abused in the music industry.

“We have had a lot of cases at my office whereby women stated that in order for them to record an album they were obliged to have a sexual relation with the male producer,” he said, adding that after getting into a sexual relation with the producer they get no album recorded.

Ntsie said that whoever would be crowned Miss BOMU has a lot of work to do in order to put an end to women being forced to get into sexual relations in order to get an album.

He emphasised how he wants a clean music business as they were  no longer in the music industry but a music business and music investment. Ntsie challenged women in the music industry to come together and stage a women’s festival in March next year giving the “women in praise” of South Africa as an example stating how when they started people where mocking them but now it has turned into a big brand because of the unity they displayed as women and not giving up.

He said women should learn from them and come together as one and hold their own concert to empower themselves and stop doubting their capability.

He said the music industry was not all about fame but should  be for one to be able to sustain themselves.

He urged all women in the music industry to unite and work together and would like to see BOMU committee having 50 per cent of the member being women in the future.

Kootshepile Motseonageng popularly known as Berry Heart said Miss BOMUpageant was a great initiative, and was pleased that it has been brought back as it was one of the initiatives that as women in the arts industry and women in the music industry could  be empowered by. She said in a male dominated field, Miss BOMU was an initiative that would empower  women and give them the chance to work together from the young to those already established in the industry.

Berry Hart has been Miss BOMU for the past five years and is to hand over the crown to the next to reign. Twelve women between the age of 18 and 30 will take part in this year’s contest and the winner is expected to select a school of her choice to work with as a way of giving back to the community.She will also become the brand ambassador of the creative industry and BOMU. Standard tickets in advance for the pageant will be going for P75, P150 for VIP and P100 at the gate. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Author : Kelebogile Bogosing

Location : GABORONE

Event : Press Conference

Date : Dec 05 Tue,2017

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